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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    What details do I need to provide when making a claim?

    When making a claim for compensation it will be necessary to provide as much supporting information as possible. If you decide to use the services of an experienced claims solicitor, which is highly recommended, it will help the legal expert decide if there really is a valid case. After all, for the claim to be successful it will have to be proved that someone else, or another body or organisation, was responsible for your injury. When making a claim for compensation it must be demonstrated that you were no way responsible for bringing the misfortune on yourself.

    Some of the information required when making a claim is fairly basic; for example, the date, time and location of the incident and details of what actually happened. The names, addresses and contact phone numbers of any witnesses are also crucial, as they will help substantiate a claim for redress. Other factors that could have led to a personal injury being suffered, resulting in a claim for compensation, should be provided. They might include road or surface conditions and the prevailing weather, in cases of road traffic accidents or someone being hurt in a fall.

    Medical details needed for making a claim

    When making a claim, if personal injury is involved, any relevant medical information could prove vital. The extent of the injury could well determine the amount of compensation awarded should the claim be successful. Medical notes form a key part of any evidence and will be provided by the doctor who examined you.

    The doctor’s notes will be especially important if all or part of the compensation claim is for loss of earnings due to being unfit for work after suffering the injury, taking time off to recuperate and any other costs incurred following the incident. This information may also reinforce the evidence provided by any medical experts brought in by the legal team to back up the claim.

    If the police were called to the incident it is important to take the name of the officer who attended. The police officer’s statement may prove to be very important.

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    How the details will be used

    The details provided will be used to help build the case when making a claim for compensation. Personal recollections of the incident will set the scene and put the reasons for making the claim into context. Witnesses are crucial; their statements add weight to the claim because they are made by people who are not directly involved in the case. Medical statements make clear the extent of the injuries sustained, while a police statement provides official verification about the incident leading to the compensation claim.

    How much will legal representation cost?

    It is always best to seek the assistance of a solicitor who deals with these kinds of claims. This is because the people or body you are claiming against will more than likely have their own representation. We can represent you on a no win, no fee* basis, which means if your claim is not successful you will not have to pay a penny.

    Date Published: August 13, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.