Why you should make your compensation claim early
Victims of accidents not their fault are entitled to seek recompense against the party that caused the accident. The commonest causes of claims are road traffic accidents and accidents at work or travelling, but there are many more reasons why people get injured through no actions of their own. If it happened to you, you might be thinking about claiming, but have not done anything about it. After all, the qualifying period is three years (for some cases, two years), so what’s the rush?
Your accident lawyer in Country Durham needs time to prepare your case
Three years sounds like a long time, but legal processes also need time. To prepare your case, your solicitor must gather documents and evidence in order to present it. Time gets eaten up with acquiring reports from employers and authorities involved in the case. You, as claimant, will need to attend an independent medical review. This shouldn’t cause you extra worry, but as part of the legal requirement, it must be done. Finally, the defendant (the party from which you are claiming), has three months in which to submit a defence.
Memories fade with time
You could be relying on witnesses to help support your case. It is better all round to secure your witness statements early, because memory is unreliable and fades with time. Also, witnesses could move away or not be available if they don’t hear from your accident lawyer in County Durham before too long.
Your income has taken a nosedive
Has your injury caused you to be off work? Sick pay in the modern day and age is becoming as rare as hens’ teeth, so unless you have a nice fat income from an insurance policy, you could be looking at serious financial hardship over the medium term, with no income to pay the bills. A lump sum of cash in compensation could save your finances, and your accident lawyer in County Durham will do their best to secure you the award that you deserve.
Talk to Accident Advice Helpline
Of course, this advice does not only apply to claimants seeking an accident lawyer in County Durham. You might live anywhere in the UK. What you can do now is talk to our knowledgeable advisers. They field around 25,000 calls per month and they can answer all your questions.Open Claim Calculator
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