Can I get interim compensation payments?

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

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Interim Payments

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

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

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before the claim is concluded. The amount you receive is deducted from the compensation payable by the defendant when the claim is finally settled.

Speak to a specialist today to find out if you could be eligible to receive interim payments.

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When can I get an interim payment?

To apply for an interim payment you must show that the defendant is likely to be found at fault for your injuries and financial losses.

In most cases, your solicitor can negotiate or agree the defendant's liability without the need for a Court hearing. In this instance, an interim payment may be paid voluntarily by the defendant or their insurance company.

If the defendant does not admit liability, you first must issue proceedings in the Court. Your solicitor can then apply to the Court for an interim payment order.

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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. However, 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.

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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 the money will be put to good use.

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 are in receipt of state benefits, ask your solicitor about the impact an interim payment may have on your benefit payments.

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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