There are so many types of accident that can befall us on a daily basis, and in legal terms, a personal injury compensation claim can be not only because of an accident but also because of a work-related illness. If you think you might have a claim for personal injury suffered in an accident that was not your fault and are considering contacting an accident solicitor in the Isle of Barra, or an accident solicitor in another location in the UK, you could be asking yourself the following questions.
1. Do I have grounds for a personal injury compensation claim?
If you have had an accident which was not your fault and you can prove it was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you probably do have grounds for a claim. You may also have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, so you might also have grounds for making a compensation claim. You can claim for the pain, suffering and distress caused to you as well as loss of earnings and expenses (prescription charges, taxi fares and so on) that were incurred because of your injuries or poor health.
2. When should I make a claim?
You can make a claim for most accidents within three years of having the accident. The same is true with a work-related illness; you should make a claim within three years of first being diagnosed with the illness. However if you have had an accident on a ship or boat, you should check with an accident solicitor in the Isle of Barra-based or one based elsewhere about the limitation period, which might be only two years. Clearly the sooner you make the claim, the better, as the details of the accident will still be fresh in your mind.
3. How much compensation will I receive?
Because the circumstances of every accident are different, and there are varying degrees of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises through to a fatal injury, there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding the amount of compensation you might receive. It depends on how severe your injuries are and also if you received medical attention shortly after the accident. Failure to seek such attention can weaken your claim for compensation. Any accident solicitor in the Isle of Barra or elsewhere can only give you an idea of the amount of compensation you might receive.
4. How can I find an accident solicitor in the Isle of Barra?
You might find an accident solicitor who has experience in some types of accident, but has no experience in others. You need to find a solicitor with the expertise to win a compensation claim for you and who has experience in handling cases involving the type of accident you had. You might not find an accident solicitor in the Isle of Barra or one in your area by looking in the phone book or online.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with a team of solicitors with the expertise you need to make a successful compensation claim. There work nationwide and most claims are dealt with over the phone so they can represent you regardless of where you live. You can visit our website or call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 7th June 2013