Can I get interim injury compensation payments?

If you suffer immediate financial hardship as a result of an accident at work, road accident or any other personal injury, you may be able to claim interim compensation payments in advance of your final settlement.

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Interim Payments

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your injury claim which is paid before your claim is concluded.

The amount you receive as an interim payment will be deducted from your final compensation award.

What can I get an interim payment for?

Interim payments can be made to cover a range of expenses, including:

  • Treatment costs and physiotherapy
  • Living costs, including mortgage payments and bills
  • Necessary alterations to your property

When can I get an interim payment?

Before your solicitor can apply for an interim payment, he will need to be able to demonstrate that the defendant is likely to be found liable for your injury.

In many cases, a solicitor should be able to negotiate an agreement of the defendant's liability without the need for a court hearing. If liability is agreed, an interim payment could be paid voluntarily by the defendant or their insurance company.

If the defendant does not admit liability, your solicitor can issue proceedings in the court. Your solicitor can then apply to the court for an interim payment order.

How much will I receive?

There is no fixed amount of interim payment. The amount you receive will depend on the value of your claim and how much financial assistance you will need in advance of your final settlement.

An interim payment is only intended to help you on your road to recovery. The money you receive is not a substitute for compensation and cannot exceed a reasonable percentage of your likely final award.

What can I spend the money on?

While you do not have to explain to the defendant or the court why you need the money, in practice, you are more likely to receive an interim payment if you can show that you need the money to cover medical treatments and living costs.

For example, you may wish to spend the money on:

  • Specialist care or therapies
  • Adapting your home to accommodate a wheelchair
  • Purchasing mobility aids
  • Paying your mortgage and bills while you are off work and unable to earn a regular income.

Interim payments and state benefits

Interim payments may affect your eligibility to receive means-tested state benefits. If you receive state benefits, ask your solicitor about the impact an interim payment may have on your benefit payments.

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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