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    Top 6 tips when making a compensation claim


    If you are considering making a compensation claim in relation to a personal injury, it is important to go about the process thoughtfully and with the right information to hand. Here are some top tips to get your compensation claim processed quickly and win the maximum amount of compensation possible.

    1. Be clear on how it happened

    Injury claims fall under certain headings. It is up to you and your solicitor to decide whether you suffered a car accident, an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall or a medical injury. Usually this is fairly straightforward to identify, but if you are in any doubt, discuss it with your compensation claim solicitor who will be able to advise you.

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    2. Identify the damage

    You will need to seek medical opinion to diagnose the extent of the physical damage that you have suffered, so this part should in some ways be fairly straightforward. However, you should also take into account the emotional and mental damage that you have suffered as a result of the accident. Many people feel nervous, depressed or suffer other mental problems after an accident, and all this can be presented to the court to increase the compensation claim amount you ask for.

    3. Keep the details to yourself

    Because the insurance company of the at fault party is facing a large payout, they will be working hard to collect any information they can about you that can invalidate your compensation claim or reduce the amount they have to pay you. It is best, therefore, to keep all the details of your case between yourself and your solicitor to avoid any costly chat getting back to the wrong people.

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    4. Keep a record of lost earnings and expenses

    If you have had to take time off work and have lost money as a result of this, keep a note of all the days you have had and what this amounts to in income lost. Also, if you have had to use public transport or taxis as a result of either not being able to drive or because your car was damaged, all this can be claimed back as part of your compensation too, so keep receipts in a safe place as evidence.

    Try to account for everything you spend that you would not have spent if the accident had not happened. This could be anything from buying takeaway meals because you cannot cope with cooking, to calling in extra childcare for your family whilst you recuperate.

    5. Note any witness names and contact details

    If anyone else saw your accident, try to gather their names and addresses for future reference. By having an independent witness corroborate your story your case will be strengthened and compensation easier to claim.

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    6. Contact a solicitor as soon as possible

    Although you may be aware that you have up to 3 years to claim for an accident, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible to ensure you are able to make the maximum compensation claim possible.

    They will be able to advise you on course of action, as well as helping you build up a database of evidence to ensure you don’t lose out in court.

    Date Published: June 19, 2012

    Author: David Brown

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