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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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    Seeking compensation for an accident


    Seeking compensation for an accident

    A victim seeking compensation for an accident may have a valid claim for compensation for injury in an accident if the accident was not their fault, if they required attention from a medic and if the incident occurred within three years. It is important not to start the claim at the end of the three year period because the solicitor will need time to prepare the case.

    Compensation for an accident at work

    Accidents at work must be recorded in the organisation’s accident book. Employers with more than ten employees must report the accident to the Health And Safety Executive. If there were witnesses to the accident at work, it is a good idea for the claimant seeking compensation for an accident to gather the contact details because the solicitor will need them to add weight to the case.

    Compensation for an accident on the roads

    Whether pedestrian or driver, the victim seeking compensation for an accident needs to collect as much information at the time and place of the incident as he can. The same advice applies to obtaining contact details of witnesses. Try not to say too much at the scene of the accident because it is better if your solicitor can state your case.

    Putting forward a claim

    If the claim is eligible, a claimant can first go through an online compensation provider, who will be able to refer them to the personal injury solicitor with the right expertise for their circumstances. There are many different aspects to evaluating a claim and different solicitors have different specialisms.

    Pursuing the case

    An independent medical assessment and report will all most certainly be required. However, many claims are settled by phone and by negotiation and not all claimants have to go to court.  Usually the responsible party makes a settlement offer and if the claimant accepts this, then the pay-out is made quickly.

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    How much it costs

    Always be sure to ask the solicitor what his terms of business are and his fees before starting a claim. Most solicitors will send you a letter stating these terms before he starts work. A claimant may be liable for other costs and should talk this through with his solicitor or the compensation provider before he starts his claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Is one of the UK’s leading compensation providers, working in partnership with legal partners around the UK. Find out today how we can help you with your claim, either online or call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

     

     

    Date Published: April 7, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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