What is a personal injury claim?
There may be many times when you have had some sort of accident in your life. And, if you have sustained an injury that wasn’t your fault, personal injury claims are a step open to you as you could have valid grounds to go for compensation.
If you are in the position where you think you may be entitled to compensation, you need to know if what you have experienced is an actual personal injury claim. For more information take our super quick 30 second test to see if you can claim compensation.
Can I make a personal injury claim?
In general, the best way you can determine personal injury claims is to consider how you’ve been affected by the incident in question:
- Has your quality of life changed for the worse?
- Has your ability to work been affected?
- Are you in financial difficulty because of your accident/injury?
Personal injury claims vary widely and all have their own circumstances. So to determine whether or not it is possible for you to make a claim it is vital that you seek the help of a professional.
Typical personal injury claims
Examples of some of the typical places that a personal injury accident can happen are:
- Work? – Either through a physical injury (taking a fall, slipping or tripping over) or a psychological one, such as the stress of the job.
- A public place? – Such as in a supermarket or walking along a cracked, uneven pavement.
- In the car? – If you’ve been in a car accident.
- Hospital? – This usually involves medical negligence, such as an error with your medical treatment.
Sometimes making personal injury claims can be difficult in terms of proving what has happened and how an incident has affected you, such as in some cases where you may have been damaged psychologically and have experienced a trauma of some kind.
If you are unsure here are some examples:
- The stress of your job, to the extent of making you mentally ill.
- Experiencing harassment or discrimination in the work place.
- Being the victim of a crime which has affected your state of mind.
- Being a victim of abuse as a child.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, which can usually happen after experiencing any traumatic event that has involved the threat of injury or death.
- A physical injury is much easier to deal with due to the fact you can actually see what the damage is; there are also cases where a disease or illness may be the issue, which is most commonly the result of something like asbestos poisoning.
What do I do now?
No matter which category your claim falls under, you will still need to ensure that you have some sort of evidence to back up your allegation. The best way to do this is to collect any proof of your injury if possible, this will obviously be a lot easier to achieve with a physical injury. Accident Advice Helpline is very experienced and can help with any questions. Give their team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 21st January 2013