How to claim compensation in East Dunbartonshire
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault then claiming compensation is a fairly simple process, however there are things to avoid whilst claiming – and many things that will help your claim move forward more quickly.
Don’t claim too soon! You have three years to file your claim for compensation in East Dunbartonshire, so don’t rush, wait until you are better and know the full impact that your injury has had on your life. You can only claim once, so any injury-related expenses you incur after your compensation settlement cannot be reimbursed.
Don’t neglect to mention the affect that your accident had on your mental wellbeing. Had trouble sleeping? Anxiety attacks? Stressed at impending financial difficulties? All this inner turmoil can be just as detrimental to your health as a physical injury, sometimes more so. You should talk to your doctor about how you feel and make sure that you claim for your psychological illness.
Don’t choose the wrong solicitor; for the best chances of making a successful personal injury claim you need a lawyer who specialises in personal injury law! This may sound obvious but many people assume that any lawyer ‘will do’. Lawyers have different areas of expertise, the lawyer who dealt with your last house purchase, for example, may not have the expertise necessary to fight a personal injury claim.
Don’t be intimidated out of claiming; if you are suffering through someone else’s neglect then you have every right to seek compensation – and please bear in mind that if you are claiming against a business or your employer, that they do not pay your compensation, their insurer does.
Do make sure that you gather as much evidence as you can: this could be the contact details of any witnesses to your accident, photographs of any injuries or vehicle damage, and any bank statements or receipts that show accident related expenses.
Do write an account of your accident, so that you pin down all the details – add to this account, if your injury has stopped you attending an event, or if you are having difficulty sleeping, for example.
Do report your accident. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, this could be the police, a business owner or head office, or your local council.
Do visit your doctor if your injury doesn’t get any better, and take any recommendations or referrals that your doctor has to offer. All of this will go on your medical record which will be seen when you claim.
For more help and advice on claiming compensation in East Dunbartonshire please call us on 0800 689 500. Or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile. Both lines are open twenty four hours a day and all calls are kept confidential.
Or you can find more information about claiming compensation in East Dunbartonshire on our website: www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk
Date Published: 9th August 2014
Author: David Brown