You have probably seen adverts talk about claiming “if an accident was not your fault.” While in some cases this can be clear, in others it is not always so obvious who can be considered at fault. In order to decide if you want to seek compensation, it helps to find out the criteria you need know if you want to make an accident claim.
Questions you need to ask yourself before you make an accident claim
- Was there an acceptable level of risk? For example, if you don’t tie your shoelaces and trip over this is not the fault of the shoe manufacturer and it is probably not sensible to pursue an accident claim!
- Were you engaged in a risky activity? Bungee jumping might be one example, though if your equipment was faulty you can pursue an accident claim against the manufacturer or the event organiser who should have provided proper equipment.
- Did you see any hazard signs warning you of potential slip or trip hazards? If so, you may have a case, but If there were signs which you did not heed, you are unlikely to make a successful claim.
- Could the accident have been prevented? For example was the injury due to a workplace not giving proper health and safety training or as a result of using faulty equipment?
- Were procedures properly followed?
- Can blame be attributed to a person or organisation?
If you ask yourself these questions and you either want to seek compensation or want more information then it is well worth giving us a call.
One way of improving your chances of getting compensation is to gather evidence. You can claim for expenses which were a direct result of your accident so keeping receipts will be essential in justifying your claim. It cannot be argued that accident claim compensation is excessive if you can clearly show what you have paid for or will need to pay for in the future.
This can also apply to medical treatment. Keep a diary of your symptoms and get written details from your doctor in order to show what your injuries are. Certain injuries can be the result of repeated strain or one-off accidents and it helps to know the difference.
It also helps to take pictures. A lot of people have smart phones with cameras now, so in the event of an accident you can clearly show the damage involved, the people there at the scene and so forth. It also helps to get contact details from people who witness an incident so that they can confirm any details that you give to your legal representative.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Instead of directly contacting an insurer come to us! We are a dedicated law firm and as such our job is to try and get the compensation our clients deserve.
With over 13 years of experience behind us we are confident we can offer the best representation.
For more information contact us on our 24-hour helpline to find out what we can do for you.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown