How to claim accident victim compensation in Ipswich
As one of the leading injury law firms, we know the right and the wrong way to set about making a personal injury claim; claiming accident victim compensation in Ipswich need not be difficult or stressful – this article shows how you can make the best of your claim, and how to avoid those pitfalls.
Choosing the right solicitor
To maximise the chances of your claim being a success, use an injury lawyer! This sounds obvious but many people either use a solicitor they have used before – but who may specialise in family or property law, or they go with the lawyer chosen by their insurer. You do not have to go with the lawyer your insurer recommends.
Since you cannot get legal aid for a personal injury claim, using a solicitor who will handle your claim under a no win no fee contract is your best bet if you don’t want to gamble your finances on a pay-as-you-go lawyer; law firms who operate a no win no fee policy cannot afford to be anything but transparent about your chances of making a successful claim
Wait before you claim
Of course, you are indignant about your misfortune, and perhaps feel that you need to claim now; your income has gone down but your outgoings are still the same, if not higher – perhaps you have been forking out for child care or private medical treatment. But try and hang on in there, wait until you can see the full impact that your injury or illness has had on your life, and your bank balance, before you claim – you can only claim once.
Take long term back pain for example, say you get your compensation and then a while later find yourself back for treatment with a private physiotherapist – you will not be able to claim for those additional fees.
Those invisible injuries – stress, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety, are just as real and can take longer to mend, so please don’t be afraid to speak out about any psychological illness your accident has caused you; seek medical help. You can, and should, claim for any mental illness caused by your accident, so make sure that your solicitor knows about your illness.
For most people, taking photographs and writing down the contact details of witnesses is the last thing on their mind when their accident happens. That’s understandable but when all is a little calmer do what you can: if you still have visible injuries, take a photo of them, and write a brief account of your accident while it is still fresh in your mind. And keep track of what your accident is costing you financially; retain supporting evidence of these costs, such as receipts and bank statements.
For more advice about claiming accident victim compensation in Ipswich call our twenty four hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. Or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile.