Q. How do I prove my injury was not my fault?
A. Could be a tricky one. You need to gather evidence and if your accident was at work, it may be that the employer has not fulfilled certain conditions, or has neglected to put safeguards in place. Having witnesses helps, so make sure to collect their contact details and get their consent to back you up. Write down as much information as possible about the incident and take photographs. You – family or a friend – should take photographs of your injuries.
Q. Is there a time limit on making a claim?
A. In English law, a personal injury claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident, but don’t leave it until right on the deadline.
Q. Why should I consider making the claim sooner?
A. If you have a valid personal injury claim, your legal representative will need time to prepare the case, take statements and draw up documents. You weaken your case by rushing it.
Q. How do I know my personal injury claim is eligible?
A. It must be demonstrably not your fault, you must claim within the three years and you must have required medical attention as a result of your injuries.
Q. How do I find the best person to represent me?
A. Accident Advice Helpline is a leading compensation provider which specialises in finding the right solicitor for a claimant’s circumstances, from their network of lawyers.
Q. What if I can’t afford the legal fees to start my claim?
A. Most compensation providers do not ask for money in advance. If you are considering whether to start a personal injury claim, you don’t normally have to pay anything at the preliminary stage. If you seek legal advice from a solicitor, however, then you may have to pay for that consultation. However, all good solicitors will set out their fees in advance.
Q. Will I have to have a medical examination?
A. Probably yes, but the compensation provider or legal representative will advise.
Date Published: March 12, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims