How to approach your accident claims
So, you’ve been injured and it wasn’t your fault. You’re off work with broken limbs and you have no idea how long you’ll be out commission or how sympathetic your employer will be. If you are self-employed you have a different set of problems in addition to losing income. You have extra medical expenses to find because even health insurance cover doesn’t guarantee to pick up the whole tab these days. Maybe another family member has had to change their working hours or even stop altogether to look after you.
Where to find accident claims advice
You will need a solicitor or legal representative with the particular expertise for the circumstances of your accident injury. There’s a big difference between an accident at work and a road traffic accident. If you don’t have personal contacts or knowledge of local law firms it could be hard to know who to ask, although of course, general advisory bodies such as The Law Society or The Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help.
First point of reference is a compensation provider
Fortunately these days, many compensation providers advertise on the net and provide a useful starting point to find the solicitor you need. Always be sure to select one that is regulated by The Ministry of Justice and be clear exactly what fees might be payable and at what stage they kick in. Most compensation providers offer a quick initial assessment at no charge. It’s only if you proceed there may be a referral fee.
The claim must be eligible, the definition being that
Medical attention was received
It was not the claimant’s fault
The claim is being made within the three year statutory period, although in practice, it’s better to do it sooner than later, because court documents take time to prepare, witness statements to collect and so on.
A compensation provider is an expert in accident claims advice. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading compensation providers in the UK. If you need advice on your accident claims, take our 30-second online test or call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 19, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims