Advice following an accident in St Albans
If you are going to claim compensation because you have been injured in an accident in St Albans there are several things you can do to make the most out of your claim. Please read through this guide – but don’t worry if you haven’t thought of doing any of the things listed, do what you can now and your solicitor will be able to fill in the gaps. Whatever you can do will help your claim move forward quickly, and increase the chances of you getting the maximum amount of compensation for your injury.
Making the most of your claim
Write an account of your accident in St Albans. Include anything that you can remember; sometimes the devil is in the detail!
Check your eligibility to claim. As a rule of thumb you are entitled to claim compensation for any injury or illness caused by your St Albans accident if the accident was someone else’s fault and it happened within the past three years. But to confirm this before you start digging around for receipts etc, call one of our advisors on 0800 689 0500 – calling our helpline puts you under no obligation to continue your claim with Accident Advice Helpline; we are happy to help.
Visit your GP. If you didn’t receive medical attention following your accident in St Albans, make an appointment to see your doctor, even if you feel OK – some injuries (muscular injuries in particular) can take a while to manifest. You can also claim compensation for the psychological impact of your accident, so make sure you talk through any psychological symptoms with your doctor.
Report your accident to any relevant authority. For example: if you know, or suspect, that a law may have been broken, report your accident in St Albans to the police; if your accident happened at work, make a report in the accident record and tell your employer. If your accident happened in a public place or a shop complain to the local council or business owner responsible.
Keep track of your costs. You can claim for any costs that your accident in St Albans caused you, so keep a note of these and keep hold of the relevant receipts, bank statements and payslips.
Choose the right solicitor. Sounds daft but an injury lawyer is the legal bod that you need to make an injury claim! A lawyer you have used in the past, or who has a practice in town may specialise in say, family or property law. Using a lawyer who will work for you under a no win no fee contract will free you from the financial worry of paying legal fees upfront.
Take pictures. This may be a case of photographing a bolting horse! If you did take pictures of your injury then well done, if you didn’t and there is still physical evidence of your injury, take that picture now.
For more help and advice on claiming compensation please call our helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 4th August 2014
Author: David Brown