Many people are worried about the process of making a personal injury claim as they may feel that attending court could be a stressful process. However, with Accident Advice Helpline court proceedings are not always necessary therefore making a claim can be as easy as picking up the phone. Here are some of the steps you will have to go through when making your personal injury claim.
Get in touch
The first thing you have to do is give us a call. Our number is free to call and our team of trained advisors will discuss your claim with you. You can even phone on behalf of a friend or family member if you think they may want advice on a personal injury claim. As we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) we are able to give you expert advice on any case, no matter how minor you think it may be. Remember that your personal injury must be the fault of another and not yourself and the incident must have occurred within the last 36 months. This is mainly to keep events fresh in the memories of you and any witnesses.
Will my personal injury claim go to court?
The majority of our cases never go to court and are settled over the phone so you need not worry about attending court just yet. After calling us, you are under no obligation to proceed with your claim and your advisor will give you an estimate of the likelihood of court proceedings. Because many personal injury claims are the fault of an employer or company, they often have a reputation to uphold. As such, they will be less likely to want to go to court as a result of their own negligence. We give the person at fault the opportunity to settle out of court in the first instance which is often followed through. This means that no one must attend court proceedings and you will receive money as compensation. Companies often have insurance to cover for this kind of incident therefore it is more likely that they will agree to settle. However, bear in mind that this is only if the other party accepts that they were negligent.
It is important to collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim in order to have it dealt with over the phone instead of in court. In some severe cases, such as those with no witnesses or severe medical negligence, you may need to go to court, but this is very rare..
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown