Quick guide on how to claim compensation for a personal injury
- You’ll know immediately if it was not your fault, so if you are able to, gather as much information as you can at the time of the accident. To be eligible you must claim within three years and you must have required medical attention as a result of the injury.
- If the accident is at work, ask for it to be recorded in the Accident Book, or reported to the Health and Safety Executive, if your company has more than ten employees.
- If you are injured in a road traffic accident, exchange details with the other drivers and make sure you have a note of all registration numbers.
- If the accident happened in a public place, make notes.
- In all cases, take photographs if you can and ask witnesses if they would be prepared to support your case to claim compensation.
- Don’t discuss the details at the scene of the accident. It’s better to stay quiet and let your solicitor do the talking.
- Ask for a copy of your medical report, your solicitor will need it as part of the case to claim compensation and if your medical problems are ongoing, you will need constantly updated medical history.
- If you don’t know of a solicitor with the right expertise, go to a compensation provider who can help you to claim compensation by finding the right solicitor for your case. Always ask for an estimate of charges and make sure you understand what you might have to pay if you win your case, or what you might have to pay if you lose.
- Keep all your receipts and documentation, especially if you are off work and incur extra costs as a direct result of your injury.
- Be prepared to have an independent medical examination. Most claims are settled out of court, but if the amount cannot be agreed by negotiation, the case may go to court.
Date Published: March 28, 2013
Author: David Brown