When you get compensation due to whiplash you shouldn’t just get it for physical injuries but also for the wage loss and other things due to the injuries. But there are people who don’t know what to do when they are in a car accident and have been injured.
Below there are some steps that someone who has been in a car accident should take. These steps are created to help things go easier on them when going through the court proceedings and making their injury claims.
See your doctor following car accident
After you’ve been in an accident, go for a complete test. Go to the doctor and request tests like a CT scan or x-rays. You are going to need evidence in your case in order to show that you are really injured. Keep receipts and any kinds of test results that you get.
Find solicitors experienced in making car accident claims in the UK
It’s a good idea to find a solicitor who you don’t have to pay unless you win. If you’re hesitant about filing your whiplash case due to concern about being able to pay for the solicitor, you are going to find a lot of solicitors who don’t charge you anything unless your case is won. Look for solicitors who have been in business for a while and who have good reputation.
Read the fine print when making car accident claims in the UK
Thoroughly examine any document that you get from an insurance company when they are trying to negotiate your settlement. Be sure that your solicitor’s reviewing your settlement agreement since there could be terms that aren’t favourable to you.
For example, you might be agreeing that the company’s going to pay you in installments Another thing that you might be agreeing to that you no longer can get more compensation if you find another injury in the future.
Act quickly when making car accident claims in the UK
Check out your time-frame. Whiplash injury cases are able to be filed in the court up to three years after the time you were injured. If you didn’t file the case in this time period chances are that you may not have a case that can be prosecuted much less to win. There’s legal procedures you have to observe and it doesn’t matter the severity of your injuries. You’re not going to get compensation if you wait too long.
One really important thing that you should do is to get yourself a solicitor. This is the person who is going to be representing you in court and making sure that your rights are protected. Don’t know where to find a good solicitor?
We can help you with finding the one for your case. At Accident Advice Helpline we match people who have been in accidents with the right lawyer to represent them in court. Call us and let us find the lawyer who can help you the best in your car accident claim.
So for expert legal advice about car accident claims in the UK call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 2nd December 2012
Author: David Brown