The process of claiming compensation damages is a highly specialised area of legal practice. It is the way in which injured people claim compensation from the person or organisation that was at fault for their accident.
Compensation damages can be claimed with the help of the law firm Accident Advice Helpline. They are a well-established firm, endorsed by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen.
Claiming compensation damages
You can claim compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline or by contacting them online via their website. They are available any time of the day or night and any day of the week.
Their highly trained, professional advisers will help you through the claims process and deal with as much of the paperwork as they can on your behalf.
Compensation for your injury
You must have suffered an injury in order to claim compensation. The law is clear on this point. If there is no injury then can be no compensation damages. It is always a good idea to visit your doctor to get some advice about how to manage your injuries. This will also mean that you injury will be documented.
At some point in the claim you may be asked to attend an appointment with a medical expert. This is so that a medical assessment report can be prepared about your injuries. You will be asked some questions during this appointment and you may have a medical examination.
In general, the more serious injuries attract the higher levels of compensation but there are no fixed rules about how much you will get. This is because every case is different and is judged on its own merits.
You will also be able to claim compensation for money that you have lost because you are injured. This is for things like:
- Loss of wages – you will need wage slips to prove this
- Extra childcare – you will need invoices or receipts to prove this
- Extra help with household tasks – you will need invoices or receipts to prove this
- Personal care with washing, dressing and so on – you will need invoices or receipts to prove this
Compensation damages for accidents that were not your fault
You can only claim compensation for accidents that were not your own fault. This is because you are claiming from the person that was at fault. If you are unsure about who caused the accident then ring Accident Advice Helpline for some advice.
There are many ways in which people can be at fault for an accident. In some cases it is very straightforward – for example if someone drove into the back of your car. However, in other cases it is more complicated. Some workplace accidents attract compensation damages because an adequate risk assessment was not prepared and a worker got hurt. A lack of maintenance of equipment, machinery or the general workplace environment can also be to blame. In a surprising number of work place accidents it is a lack of training or supervision that causes the accidents.
To chat to Accident Advice Helpline about your claim, call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Our initial advice is free, so there is nothing to hold you back from getting in touch.
Date Published: 18th August 2013
Author: David Brown