Claiming compensation for car crash injuries in Musselburgh: do’s and don’ts!
Claiming compensation after car crash injuries in Musselburgh need not be stressful or complicated, but as one of the country’s leading injury law firms we know how to make a successful (and speedy) claim for compensation. This short article will show what you should and shouldn’t do when you claim.
Don’t go with any-old-lawyer! The lawyer you used when you bought your house for example, although no doubt a force to be reckoned with in the field of property law, he (or she) will not be an injury law specialist. Nor do you have to go with a lawyer recommended to you by an insurance company. You choose the lawyer YOU want to work on your claim – but you should go with a lawyer who specialises in personal injury law. Did you know that you cannot get legal aid for a personal injury claim? To avoid paying upfront costs use a lawyer who works under a no-win, no-fee contract.
Don’t claim too soon: this is particularly important if yours is a reoccurring or long term injury or illness. You can only claim compensation for whatever it is that ails you ONCE. You need to know the full impact that your injury had on your life and your finances; so if you claim straight away for, say, a musculoskeletal injury, then six months later find yourself back in physiotherapy you will not be able to claim for the fees, nor will you have received enough compensation for your injury. Talk to us to discuss your accident.
Don’t ignore the psychological impact of your accident: Sleepless nights worrying about money? Anxious about getting back in a car? Stressed? It is very important that you talk about this to your doctor and take whatever help your doctor recommends; psychological illness can often be worse than a physical injury and you should definitely claim compensation for such an illness.
Gather any evidence that will help your claim. Such as:
- The contact details of any witnesses
- Photographs of visible injuries, the accident scene or, if you were in a car accident, the damage to your vehicle.
- Receipts, bank statements, credit card statements and payslips that show the financial costs of your ordeal, as of course, you can claim these costs back.
Write an account of your accident: Get all the details down on a piece of paper, so when you come to talk to your lawyer you can give them a clear, concise account of what happened.
Do see a doctor about your injury as soon as possible, especially if you didn’t receive medical attention at the time of your accident. You can claim compensation for any injury or illness that warranted medical treatment, so you need to show this via your medical record.
Contact us about car crash injuries in Musselburgh
For more help and advice about claiming compensation for car crash injuries in Musselburgh call our twenty-four hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. All calls are confidential.
Date Published: 1st August 2014
Author: David Brown