Making a Personal Injury Claim: How expert injury solicitors in Charlwood can help
If you want to make a personal injury claim the process can seem daunting at first. However once you understand the different stages involved, making a claim can be straightforward experience, with the help of expert injury solicitors in Charlwood.
Initial consultation – What you need to provide
When you first chat to your expert injury solicitors in Charlwood they will need the following:
- Full details of your accident
- Information regarding any witnesses (ideally names, phone numbers and addresses)
- Your medical details relevant to the accident (this includes any medical paperwork)
- If relevant they may also ask about trade union membership, as it may fund part/all of your costs
- Any other relevant paperwork e.g. proof of financial loss, insurance paperwork etc.
Initial consultation – What your expert injury solicitors in Charlwood should provide
Once you have provided your expert injury solicitors in Charlwood with full details of your accident they should be able to advise you whether you have an eligible claim for compensation and how much compensation they believe you are entitled to.
They should also talk you through the process and clearly set out any costs or fees you will/may be charged.
What happens next?
If you and your expert injury solicitors in Charlwood agree to pursue a claim for compensation they will let the person/company responsible for accident know that you are making a claim. Your solicitor will include full details of the accident and your injury. If you haven’t already had a medical assessment, they may need you to undertake one before they issue this letter.
The person/company responsible then has a fixed period of time (not usually exceeding three months) to respond and confirm whether or not they accept full liability.
If they do accept liability, your expert injury solicitors in Charlwood will then try to agree a settlement amount with them without taking the case to court.
Going to court
If a settlement cannot be agreed, or if liability is not accepted, your solicitor may recommend taking your claim to court for a judge to decide whether you are entitled to compensation. If you do take the claim to court you will have to then wait until the date set for your hearing before you find out the outcome of your claim.
It is possible that once the person/company responsible for your injury realises you are taking the claim to court they may offer you a settlement. You need to let your solicitor know (throughout the process) what amount of settlement you are prepared to accept, in order that they can act in accordance with your wishes.
Accident Advice Helpline are great for this. With a 24 hour phone line, so you can get in touch with it is convenient for you, getting their help and advice is easier than ever!
Landline: 0800 689 0500
Mobile: 0333 500 0993
Remember as well that claims are no win, no fee – so you have nothing to lose by contacting them and looking at your options.
Date Published: 31st December 2013
Author: David Brown