More about the process

Following an accident there can be significant changes to a person’s life, both physically and mentally. It is important to respond quickly and ensure proof of events immediately following an accident. That will help us to protect your interests. You ensure proof by seeking medical attention, writing a damage report and/or providing a police report. It is also important that you fulfil the obligation to report an incident to the insurance company. Failure to notify the relevant party may result in a reduced compensation or even loss of compensation.

Then it is best to contact us so we can proceed with the case. We can immediately give you advice on the next steps and get started with gathering the information needed. We will also notify the parties concerned. The main evidence in compensation cases are usually injury certificate and certificates from general practitioner or medical specialists. Certificate from a physiotherapist or a psychologist may also be relevant if available.

Compensation can be claimed for several years after an accident. It is therefore important to contact us about your case and check the status, even though it has been a long time since an accident occurred.

Compensation cases can take a long time and usually it takes at least one year until the consequences from an accident can be evaluated. It is difficult to say how long it will take to collect compensation as no case is the same.

In most cases, a settlement is reached about compensation, especially when the insurance company is liable. In the event of a dispute regarding the liability or the amount of compensation, we take the case to appropriate ruling committees and/or the courts.


The Process

It is important to respond quickly and ensure proof of the incident, as this can help us to protect your interests.

Gathering information and evidence

It is best to contact us so we can proceed with the case in the right direction. Then we can give you advice on the following steps and get started with gathering information and evidence.

Assessment of consequences

Injury and compensation cases can take a long time. Usually it takes at least one year until it is possible to assess the consequences for the injured party.

Settlement of compensation

In most cases, a settlement is reached. That is especially in cases when an insurance company is liable for compensation. In the event of a dispute regarding the liability or the amount of compensation, we will take the case to appropriate ruling committees and/or the courts.

GOOD ADVICE

  • It is important to seek medical assistance immediately after an accident, even if you do not feel pain or other discomfort right away. It is important that all basic information about the accident is available in the medical records from the beginning.
  • The amount of health care costs, such as the cost of medical care following an accident, is primarily based on available data, such as receipts. It is therefore important to keep receipts for all expenses related to the accident.
  • Write down all the basic information, such as the time you have been away from work. Also remember to write down all the pain and discomfort you have experienced following an accident, whether the pain is severe or non severe. It is the doctors’ job to assess whether the pain is related to the accident or not.
  • The insurance company may request that clothing and other items damaged in the accident will be inspected. It is therefore important to keep such items if you want to get it compensated.
  • Follow the doctor´s instructions. Failure do to so may result in a reduced compensation or even loss of compensation.

COSTS

The first interview with an attorney at TJÓNARÉTTUR is always free of charge. Often the injured party has the right to get medical-, medicine and physiotherapy costs reimbursed from the relevant insurance company, Health Insurance of Iceland, or his/her employer.

If compensation is paid, the fee for TJÓNARÉTTUR is deducted from the compensation at the end. The fee is usually in proportion to the compensation collected.

EXPIRY AND DEADLINE

It´s common that people do not realize immediately after an accident that they are entitled to compensation. Although it is possible to get compensation few years after an accident, we recommend seeking legal assistance as soon as possible. If nothing is done, it may result in reduced compensation or even loss of compensation.

Generally, the right to compensation expires ten years after an accident occurs. In the case of traffic accidents, a claim for compensation must be made within four years from the accident. Interests expire in four years regardless of the main claim.

In the case of leisure accident, a disability rating must be established within three years of the accident