Making a personal injury accident compensation claim
If you have been involved in an accident, chances are that you may have suffered an injury. If the accident was not your fault – due to the carelessness, error or negligence of someone else – then the injuries you have sustained are referred to as a ‘personal injury’.
A personal injury can be either a physical injury, disease or illness, or a psychological (emotional) injury or illness. In serious accident cases a personal injury can result in a permanent disability or even death.
How personal injuries occur
A personal injury can be sustained in a variety of ways:
- Road traffic accident
- Accident at work
- Medical negligence
- Sporting accident
- Trip or fall in public place
- Accident due to faulty goods
- Accident due to faulty service
You can make a personal injury accident compensation claim; this includes general damages and special damages.
General damages are a type of compensation paid for the injury you have sustained. It is for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the accident.
Special damages are a type of compensation paid for the financial loss caused by the accident. This will include damage to your clothing or other items, prescription costs, travel expenses to medical appointments and loss of earnings.
You have three years in which to make a claim for personal injury compensation for negligence. For children the law is slightly different and they have three years from their 18th birthday in which to make a claim.
The compensation claims process
The easiest way to make a personal injury accident compensation claim is to have a personal injury solicitor handle the claim for you.
The solicitor will have specialist knowledge regarding personal injury law and the relevant experience to deal with the compensation claim. Most of the claim can be dealt with over the phone, making it simpler and easier for you.
Accident Advice Helpline works with hundreds of independent personal injury solicitors all over the country. If you decide to take up our services to handle your compensation claim then we will appoint a personal injury solicitor to you. You do not have to worry about searching for a qualified and reliable legal representative as we will do the hard work for you. Your solicitor will take away the stress and hassle so that you can concentrate on your recovery and putting the accident behind you.
You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.