When it comes to personal injury compensation, it is absolutely not a case of less is more. The more details and evidence you are able to provide, the greater your chance of success. The differences between a ‘good’ claim and a ‘bad’ claim vary from the obvious to the subtle and it’s important to know which side your case lies on.
A good accident compensation claim will:
– Concern an accident that occurred within the last three years, save for a few exceptions such as health problems from the inhalation of toxic fumes that arise in later life.
– Have plenty of evidence. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, photographs, witness statements, doctor’s reports, vehicle inspections, police reports, maintenance and repair records plus anything else you think might help your accident claim.
– Concern an accident where the fault clearly lies with someone else, be it through negligence or some other way.
A ‘bad’ accident compensation claim will:
– Have a date that is either outside of the last three years, or incorrect altogether.
– Have vague, misleading or entirely falsified witness statements. These are usually presented some time after the original accident, contain little or no specific detail and tend to be inconsistent with other reports. Some road traffic accident claims, for example, have been known to include statements from people that weren’t even present at the scene of the accident.
– Include exaggerated injuries. Generally, the greater the severity of your personal injuries, the greater the amount of accident compensation you will receive. Unfortunately, this tempts some people to embellish the extent of their suffering.
– Not have anyone clearly identifiable as being at fault for the accident.
Other tips for making a claim
If you suffer a road traffic accident, for example, it’s important to obtain the details, including insurance, of any other people involved and as many witness statements as possible. It’s also advisable not to carry out any repairs to your vehicle until advised to do so as damage inspections can help your case.
For accidents at work, consider the safety of the task you were performing and the tools with which you were doing it. Were they in a safe-to-use condition? Had you been instructed to work that way? Had you been sufficiently trained?
Slips, trips, and falls in public are not always a result of clumsiness. Maintenance of areas is the responsibility of the local authority who may be liable if they are in poor condition.
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