The number of people in the UK who do not make accident claims when they would be entitled to compensation would most likely shock you. There are many reasons why this is the case. Some people do not realise they have a claim to begin with, others miss the three-year deadline, and then there are those who think a claim will be more hassle than it is worth. This could not be further from the truth.
So, what are the benefits of accident claims? While money cannot reverse what has happened to you, it can help to make the recovery a lot easier. Whether you need your accommodation adapted, are going to miss time off work, or need counselling to get through the emotional trauma, the compensation you receive will help you to get through the recovery phase. It will also make sure you are not out of pocket, as injuries can be of huge expense, from hospital parking tickets to arranging childcare while you recover. Another reason to claim is to draw a line under the incident and get closure. It is easy to question ourselves when accidents occur, but a successful claim will help to put your mind at ease.
FAQ about accident claims
- Who can make accident claims?
Anyone can make a compensation claim if they have been involved in an accident within the last three years that was not their fault, and they have seen a doctor for their injuries. Accident claims vary from car crash claims, to workplace incidents, to slips, trips, and falls, to even food poisoning. What is important is who was at fault for the incident.
- How do you make a claim?
How to make accident claims is something you don’t have to worry too much about. In fact, all you need to do is find a quality solicitor, and they will guide you through the entire process. Nevertheless, your job will be to gather crucial evidence that will help to build a strong case. Not only will you need to inform your solicitor of what happened and where it occurred, but you should attempt to gather the following: medical reports, photographs of the scene, photographs of your injuries, witness contact details, contact details of the perpetrator, and any other information you deem relevant, such as the registration number for vehicle accidents.
- How much does a claim cost?
There are solicitors who charge astronomical fees; so can you afford to make accident claims? Yes, if you choose a no-win, no-fee solicitor you will be able to. This service reduces financial risk, as you are only going to pay legal fees if your case is successful and no huge upfront payment is required.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you are ready to make a claim, contact one of the leading law firms in the UK, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown