There are times in life when we all need some support. If you have been the victim of someone’s negligence, which has caused an accident, then you could and should make a compensation claim. There are many different types of accident which can lead to a need for compensation help.
Making a claim for compensation help
To make an effective compensation claim, you must prove that somebody else was at fault for your injury. In other words, you must show that somebody else was neglectful or careless. This party or company is termed the defendant. This could be your employer, another driver, the driver of a vehicle in which you were a passenger, an inhabitant or the person who possesses a property where you had your accident.
You also have to show that an injury stemmed from that neglect. This is called causation. Take our quick 30-second test to see if you can make a claim for injury compensation.
What accident compensation can you claim?
- You can claim compensation for your injury. A general guide to the kinds of injuries that are appropriate to take to the small claims court could include injuries lasting anywhere between one and three weeks, with no long-term complications or minor scarring. This is not an exhaustive list, and every case will be decided on its merits and on the medical evidence.
- You can claim for loss of earnings. If you have been off work for any period of time and suffered loss of earnings, these can be included within your claim.
- You can claim for any other financial expenses as a direct result of your accident. These can include damage to your clothing, any travel expenses you incur and payment for medication. Indeed, any loss which can be directly attributed to your accident can be included within your compensation claim. Be sure to keep receipts.
How long do you have to start your claim?
The common rule in compensation claims is that court proceedings have to be commenced within three years of the date of the accident happening. There are some exclusions to this rule; for example, if you are on a ship, plane or balloon when you are injured, legal proceedings should be started within two years of the accident. If you take longer than this to start your claim, you are likely to be disallowed from pursuing compensation.
Ask Accident Advice Helpline for expert compensation help
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone for specilaist compensation help. Our initial advice is free and there is no obligation to start a claim if you are not ready.