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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

    What constitutes a bad claim?


    Personal injury claims are a complicated and often confusing business. Serious accidents, be they at work, on the road or out in public, can have devastating consequences both mentally and physically.

    When deciding to push for accident compensation however, it’s important to take emotions and feelings of anger, hurt, embarrassment and frustration out of the equation as much as possible and to make decisions with a clear head and to avoid making a bad claim.

    Bad claims

    Decisions made on emotional highs and lows can be somewhat muddled and end up simply making things worse. The last thing you want to do is end up making a bad claim. Elements of an accident injury claim that alert suspicions include:

    –  A lack of specific detail. The descriptions of what happened are somewhat vague and general. Statements are open to interpretation. In order for a work accident claim to be successful, the more detail you are able to provide, the better.

    –  Mysterious witness statements suddenly appear. These are particularly suspicious if they are submitted in the weeks after the accident occurred.

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    –  An inaccurate date is provided. Either the wrong date altogether or one which reveals that the work or traffic accident occurred more than three years ago.

    –  Exaggerated injuries. The temptation to do this comes from the fact that the more severe an injury is, the greater the amount of accident compensation will be paid out.

    –  The fault of the accident is incorrectly determined. Personal injury claims can only be made if the accident is the fault of someone else.

    So, how can you stop your accident claim falling by the wayside? Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to give your accident claim every chance of success. For road traffic accidents, these include:

    –  Obtaining the contact, vehicle and insurance details of the other driver, or drivers, involved in the incident.

    –  Obtain the contact details of any witnesses. This is especially important because, as mentioned earlier, exaggerated or falsified accounts can appear.

    –  Take photos. Lots of photos. When it comes to road accident claims, there is no such thing as too much evidence. Back them up too.

    –  Don’t try and shrug it off or put on a brave face. This is not a time for the classic British stiff upper lip. It is a time for calm, rational analysis and thinking of what compensation you may be due.

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: November 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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