Claiming compensation following an accident, be it a car crash, accidents at work or public falls, can be a hugely significant help in terms of getting back on your feet and regaining the confidence that may have been seriously shaken in the aftermath of the incident.
It is also an unfortunate truth that many people are tempted by the idea of receiving financial recompense and therefore, try to either exaggerate the extent of their suffering or make it up altogether.
Is it easy to make money from a personal accident claim?
In short, no it isn’t. You need to be able to provide substantial proof in order for your personal injury claim to have a chance of being successful. At the very least, a successful claim normally has to meet the following criteria:
- The accident typically must have occurred within the last three years. There are exceptions, such as accidents involving minors and industrial illnesses such as respiratory problems from working with asbestos, but three years is the normal cut-off point.
- The fault of the accident should clearly lie with someone else. Establishing blame is a key part of the accident claims process and it’s important to not just to brush an accident off as clumsiness. Even slips and falls in public could be the fault of the local authority if they have failed to properly maintain a pathway.
- The accident was the definite cause of the subsequent personal injuries suffered.
How can I help improve the chances of my accident claim being successful?
Evidence. Proof is the focal point of any successful accident claim so the more evidence you can gather, the better. It can come in many forms, including:
- Witness statements. These can be particularly useful when it comes to road traffic accidents. Ideally, you’ll have statements from everyone involved or who saw the motorcycle accident or car crash.
- Medical reports. These are useful as they provide an impartial, unarguable and professional analysis of the extent of the injuries suffered.
- Safety reports. These can play a crucial role in a work injury claim as they detail things like the working environment and how often machinery is inspected.
A call to Accident Advice Helpline can help paint you a clearer picture of the claims process and the likely steps that will be taken and procedures that will be followed going forward. The advice line is open 24/7.
Date Published: September 2, 2013
Author: David Brown