Step by step plan on how to claim injury costs
- Finding a personal injury solicitor
Personal injury law is complicated, however making a claim for your personal injury need not be. With the help of an experienced legal adviser the whole process can be straight forward. The first important step in claiming compensation is finding a qualified legal representative.
The Accident Advice Helpline has been helping the public find personal injury solicitors suited to their case. For over 10 years, thousands of people have taken advantage of their no obligation free advice.
- Keep accurate records
To help with your personal injury claim you will need accurate information relating to the accident and any costs incurred as a result.
You will need the following:
- The date of the incident
- Where the incident occurred
- What exactly happened prior to, during and after the incident
- Details of injuries incurred by you
- Medical diagnosis and treatment.
- Proof of loss of earnings if incurred.
- Other financial losses and expenses as a result of incident. Keep receipts!
- Documents supporting your case, including witness details.
- What your solicitor will do to claim injury compensation
After discussing your case with your personal injury solicitor, your solicitor should be able to tell you how likely you are to succeed in your case and how much you could be awarded.
The solicitor appointed to you by Accident Advice Helpline will also explain the legal process involved to claim injury compensation. The ‘no win no fee’ arrangement will also be explained. The solicitor will also estimate how long the process will take.
Your solicitor will then write to the negligent party (the defendant). The injuries you have sustained and the circumstances will be clearly explained. The defendant then has to investigate the case and reply within a fixed period. If liability is admitted, then the case will often be settled out of court. If further medical assessments are needed your solicitor will help arrange this
Your personal injury solicitor will advise you how much compensation they think you are entitled to. You will also be asked what you think is a reasonable amount to compensate you for your injuries.
- Going to court
Going to court can be a daunting thought. However, rest assured that most cases do not need to go to court and are settled through straightforward negotiation.
If the case does need to go to court there is a strong chance that you will not have to attend. Your solicitor will prepare your case in detail and explain exactly what will happen.
- Enjoy your compensation!
Accident Advice Helpline will only refer cases they think have a good chance of being successful. Therefore it is more than likely you will win your case. The compensation you are awarded can go to over your financial losses; pay for medical treatment such a physiotherapy to help you recover. After the stress and hardship you have encountered you should also treat yourself to make you feel better.