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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    To claim or not to claim?

    When it comes to accident injury compensation, the above title is very much the question. There are two sides to the claims coin. On the one hand, people are very quick to either blame themselves for an accident or try to brush the incident off.

    On the other side of the coin you have those who try and make a claim when there is little or no justification. The best case scenario is a happy medium where someone, following an accident at work, on the roads or even just out and about in town, can be sure that they are due accident compensation and how to go about getting it.

    So, what’s the secret to a successful accident claim? Well, the truth is that there is no secret. Just a simple list of dos and don’ts.

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    –  Check the date of your accident: in the vast majority of cases, an accident on the road or elsewhere will need to have occurred during the last three years in order to be valid. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. For example, ill health in later life due to the inhalation of hazardous fumes when working.

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    –  Have plenty of evidence: Photographs, witness statements, incident reports, doctor’s notes. Anything you think may be of use to your case, try and get hold of. In the case of injuries suffered at work, check the health and safety reports of the environment and the maintenance log of any machines involved. Notes from a medical professional provide unarguable analysis regarding the extent of your personal injuries.

    –  Seek advice from the experts: Accident Advice Helpline have a quick claims calculator on their website to help you quickly establish whether you have a claim to make or not. Also, their free phone service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    –  Try and forget all about the incident: by the time you decide that, actually, you are due some accident compensation, the three year deadline may have already passed.

    –  Embellish or attempt to falsify witness statements: the fact you are even considering having to do this would suggest that you don’t really have a claim to make.

    –  Exaggerate your injuries: Many people find this tempting as, generally, the more severe the injury means greater the amount of injury compensation.

    There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain, from discussing your claim with the experts.

    Date Published: November 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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