Damages claims may be made for any personal injury which you sustained in an accident that was no fault of yours, or for an illness you contracted which was caused by another person’s negligence. This might have been food poisoning or the bacterial infection MRSA, caused by a so-called superbug which has become resistant to antibiotics. You may also have been diagnosed with an occupational disease or work-related illness. You have to begin a personal injury compensation claim within three years of the date of your accident.
How do I make any damages claims?
First of all, you should contact an accident solicitor who has the experience and expertise in winning damages claims for your kind of accident and injury. Accident Advice Helpline have over 200 solicitors who specialise in a range of damages claims, such as claims for the armed forces, claims for people who have had an accident such as a slip, trip or fall in a public place, and medical negligence claims. You need one who has the expertise to deal specifically with your case.
An accident solicitor will generally be able to deal with any possible compensation claim you might have by phone, although you may need to attend a medical assessment to determine the nature and severity of your injury. Most claimants do not need to attend court.
If you have been severely incapacitated, you could arrange for your solicitor to meet you at your home or in the hospital. Although you have three years in which to file any damages claims, it is better to do this as soon as you can. This is because the details of the accident will still be very clear to you, and because if the case has to go to court then it could drag on for years rather than weeks or months.
Also, an accident solicitor can advise you to take or not to take any out-of-court settlement you may be offered. Sometimes, people involved in damages claims take the money that is first offered, and in some cases this is never enough to compensate for the pain, distress and suffering caused by the accident and resultant injury.
Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people to file personal injury compensation claims for more than a decade. Why not visit our website and take our 30-second test to discover how much compensation you might receive for your injury? Afterwards, you can read more about us and then you might want to take advantage of our freephone numbers and give us a call.
Our lines are always open, so you can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will be able to give you expert advice about any personal injury compensation claim you think you may have. Why not call us on 0800 689 0500 free from your landline, or free from your mobile phone on 0333 500 0993?
Date Published: 7th July 2013