Everyone is entitled to compensation if they suffer an injury that was not their fault. The process involves making a claim against the person or company responsible. In order to make the entire procedure as simple as possible, whilst achieving the maximum compensation, there are certain elements to take into consideration. Below are our top tips for making a personal injury claim.
The number one tip when making any personal injury claim is to record as much information as possible. It should start with a descriptive account of what happened, the names and contact details of who was involved, along with statements from any witnesses. Additionally, detailed notes of any diagnoses, medical appointments and prescriptions should be compiled. Photographs are also a valuable element in providing evidence in a claim and pictures of the cause and result of the accident should be taken if possible. If you are unable to record any details at the time of the accident, perhaps due to the injury sustained, try to ensure that someone else gathers as much information as possible on your behalf.
Keep things organised
Collecting detailed evidence is the first step towards making a successful claim. The second step is to ensure evidence is presented as clearly as possible. Keeping everything organised is important and providing well laid out evidence, clearly marked and presented in a file or folder can go a long way when making a personal injury claim.
Consider the bigger picture
Some victims may find they suffer with long-term medical problems following an accident and it is important that this is considered when compiling your claim. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, whilst going through the recovery period it may be necessary for you to request help from family, friends or healthcare professionals to assist with everyday tasks, such as childcare or transport to medical appointments. This extra assistance is all part of the claim and detailed records should be collated with dates, times, names and any receipts of expenditure.
Contact an expert
Whilst the above tips will assist in preparing as thoroughly as possible for a claim, the next step is to contact an expert for free legal advice. Discussing the case with professionals such as the ones we employ at Accident Advice Healthline will ensure you have covered all the angles correctly. In addition, assuming you have a valid claim, our solicitors will offer to take your case on a no win, no fee*, basis. By contacting a reputable personal injury claims company, such as ours, you can be sure you will receive the best legal advice possible.
Making a settlement
The objective of a personal injury claim is for the responsible party to accept liability. When they do, your solicitor will be in a position to provide an estimated compensation figure. You will be able to respond to this with an amount you are happy to accept with and in most cases an offer will be made to settle out of court. Doing so will result in you receiving your compensation without the stress of potentially long drawn out court hearings.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims