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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."

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    Dos and don’ts of an accident claim


    Dos and don’ts of an accident claim

    The dos and don’ts of an accident claim can be complex. There is a wide variety of situations that are classed as an accident, enabling you to claim compensation for an injury if you were not at fault. If you are in any doubt, do not hesitate to give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline for clarification.

    Many members of the public have suffered a fall or slipped over due to uneven roads and pavements. It is, however, the responsibility of a local council to maintain all public highways, so they are liable to pay compensation to victims if they fail in this duty. If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury after a fall on a footpath, pothole or paving slab, always seek medical attention to establish the extent of the damage. Evidence in the form of medical records could help you to make a claim against the council responsible.

    Similarly, if you have been involved in a road accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. You may have been driving when you were injured, a passenger in a car that crashed, or even someone who was hit while riding a bike. Whatever the circumstances, if the incident occurred within the last three years then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you to make a risk-free claim.

    Although accidents by their very nature often come as a shock, it will help your case if you record certain details where possible. Do try to note down registration numbers, as well as names and take a number of photographs to illustrate the incident. Also, seek witnesses to corroborate your version of events, and take a phone number so that they can be contacted in future. In the immediate aftermath, visit your GP, even if your injuries were examined at the roadside by paramedics. Your GP will be better placed to arrange follow-up care and eventually give a long-term prognosis.

    Work accidents are very common — no setting can ever be considered to be completely free from hazards. Whether you work in heavy industry or in an office, human error or a lack of maintenance can cause accidents to happen. Many people may shy away from claiming for an injury sustained at work, as they feel a certain amount of guilt, worry about losing their job or are wary of their colleagues’ reaction. However, the company must be fully insured in order to employ staff, so do not feel you are draining the funds of the business by claiming compensation.

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    If you have experienced any of these accidents or were injured in a different incident that was not your fault within the last three years, get in contact with Accident Advice Helpline. We have a team of friendly and approachable staff who will be happy to help with the dos and don’ts of an accident claim. We can establish within 30 seconds whether or not your case is viable, and if so we can assign an expert solicitor to your case.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.

    Date Published: October 8, 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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