Accident compensation – Common legal questions

Making a compensation claim following an accident can be quite a complicated affair. There are a lot of questions to be asked at what is often a stressful time for most claimants, and our specialist accident compensation solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will be able help answer them for you. Below are some common legal questions that we frequently get asked.

I have been in an accident, how do I know if I am entitled to claim compensation?

To claim compensation you will have had to have been the innocent victim. This means that you will not have been the cause of the accident. Someone else or some other body will have had to have been liable.

How can I prove I was the innocent party?

Witness statements from people who saw the incident can play a crucial role in not only proving you were the innocent party, but also who was to blame. That is why you should try and get the names and contact details of anyone who actually saw the accident. If the police turn up at the scene, you should also note the name and force number of the investigating officer as his or her report will also be important. If there is any footage from security cameras at the scene, that might also help our specialist accident solicitors as we draw up your claim.

Why am I told I need to see a doctor after being involved in an accident?

This is one of the most common legal questions asked when someone is attempting to make a claim for accident compensation. It is because the doctor’s report is one of the most crucial pieces of evidence when seeking compensation. The level of compensation could depend very much on what is written in the report. Even if you feel you have not suffered an injury you should still visit your doctor’s surgery as soon possible following the incident. This is because some injuries take time before they are noticed. Also psychological trauma following the accident also counts as an injury and your doctor may notice it before you do.

If I am offered compensation should I take it before the case goes to court?

It is not advisable that you accept any compensation offer before lawyers are able to consider it. If a person or organisation knows they are liable they may well decide to offer compensation in a bid to save money and avoid the bad publicity a court case may bring. This should be none of your concern. We will try and win you all the compensation you are entitled to and that may mean the case going before a civil court. An appearance in court should not cause you any worries as we will provide you with expert representation.

How much will it cost to have you representing me?

You should not worry about the cost. We will open your case at no cost to you and if assured you have a justifiable claim for compensation will represent you on a 100% no win no fee* basis. This means that if it is unsuccessful you will not have to pay our fees.

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