5 things you need to know before you claim personal injuries compensation.
- Seek medical attention
As soon as possible after the incident has occurred seek medical advice. You can visit your G.P or local Accident and Emergency department. If you have suffered more serious injuries, contact the emergency services and ask for the ambulance service. Getting the right treatment as soon as possible will assist in your recovery. The main priority is your health – get help as soon as possible.
- Contact the authorities
If you were involved in a road traffic accident, it is best to contact the police and file a report. This way you have a reliable statement of events from an official third party that may help when you claim personal injuries compensation in the future.
If the accident occurred in the work place or maybe a supermarket or public place then report the incident to the relevant person in charge and enter the incident in the ‘Accident book’. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) makes it a legal requirement to report all injuries, disease and other incidents in the workplace.
- Keep accurate records
Keep your own file of documents relating to the incident. This may also include photographs and witness details. After the event also write down the sequence of events in as much detail as you remember. Try and be as accurate as possible and include details such as time, date, measurements such as speed or distance if relevant.
All these details will make it easier if you decide to claim personal injuries compensation.
- Make sure you are eligible to claim personal injuries compensation!
It may seem obvious but you need to check that you have a valid claim. We don’t want you to waste your time. Firstly has the accident occurred within the last 3 years (children have a slightly larger window to claim)? Do you believe the accident was not your fault and due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else? Have you suffered from personal injuries that require medical attention? These are some of the most important questions you need to ask yourself before you start the journey in to claim personal injuries compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information and advice or alternatively take our super easy 30 second test to check your eligibility.
- Find a qualified and experienced legal representative
One of the most important factors on whether you will have a successful claim for personal injuries compensation is the legal representative you decide to employ to act on your behalf.
It is of the utmost importance that you have a qualified and experienced personal injuries specialist to take on your case. They will have had the prior experience and expertise to give you the best possible chance of winning your case. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a network of many legal partners qualified to help you.