We can often worry whether we have a claim eligible for personal injury compensation, but if the accident was caused by third-person negligence – from slips, trips and falls to accidents at work – it is likely that you have a claim worth pursuing.
Some of the most genuine of claims do fail, and there are similar contributing factors in these instances.
Establishing your personal injury compensation claim
On sustaining an injury due to an accident at work or a slip across a wet shopping centre floor, for example, it is important that you do the following:
- Report your injury to the party responsible, such as your employer, the shop owner, the shop manager, the third-party driver, whoever you deem to be liable
- Create a history of the injury or illness the accident caused by visiting your GP service
- In the case of a severe injury or illness, waste no time and visit the accident and emergency services; children should always be checked over immediately following car collisions even if they appear to be unharmed
- Take photographs of the issue that caused your personal injury
- Document your injuries, with photographs and statements
- Collect witness details, where possible, and insurance policy details, if relevant
- In the case of a road traffic accident, be sure to call the emergency services and request the police file a collision pack, complete with an incident number
All of these elements fuse to create a robust basis for your personal injury compensation claim, increasing its chances of success. Too many personal injury claims fail due to inadequate evidence or failure to meet the most fundamental levels of documentation.
Travel accident compensation
In addition to genuine claims in the UK, if you suffer from an accident abroad, such as a fall in the local town, it can be extremely difficult to follow through a successful compensation claim.
The differences in regulations surrounding liability and communication issues can sometimes make these types of claims impossible to pursue.
That being said, if you were injured on your flight, at your hotel or on an excursion, all of which were booked through a UK travel company, it is likely that you could have an eligible case to claim travel accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
As any law firm will tell you, any genuine claim stands a chance, the only cases that are doomed to fail are false claims.
Do you believe you have an eligible claim? Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice