If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, and you were injured as a result, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury compensation claim. This injury claim guide is intended to help you understand your claim.
Injury claim guide
If you have been the victim of an accident in the last three years, then you may be able to file a claim. For some accidents, such as those in international waters or air space, you have only two years to make your claim.
Any injury claim guide will tell you that the first thing you have to be able to do is prove that your accident and subsequent injury was no fault of your own, but instead was the result of another person’s negligence.
You will need to find a solicitor who specialises in the type of accident claim that you want to make. For example, some personal injury solicitors specialise in accidents which occur in public places. However, if your accident was at your place of work then you would need one who specialised in accidents at work.
What can you claim for?
You can make a claim if you have been diagnosed with a work-related illness or an occupational disease within three years of the first diagnosis.
Whatever type of personal injury claim you make, you receive compensation for your injuries and the pain, distress and suffering caused by them. If you are unable to pursue an interest such as gardening after your accident, you can also be compensated for loss of amenity.
Compensation is awarded for various types of injuries, ranging from the minor to the life-changing. The amount of compensation you receive depends on the extent and severity of your injuries. Compensation can cover past and future medical costs, care, and all other costs incurred due to the injury. Medical equipment will also be covered, if your doctor believes you will need it.
No injury claim guide can say with any degree of certainty how much compensation you will receive for a specific injury. To get an estimate, your accident solicitor would have to do some research into past awards of compensation for injuries such as yours, and consult your medical report and the Judicial Studies Board guidelines. Don’t expect an estimate at your first meeting with any solicitor.
Although you usually have three years in which to begin your claims process, you should begin it as soon as you can after your accident, as some claims take years rather than months to settle.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are considering making a claim, then after reading this injury claim guide you may want to contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. Check out our website, then call us free for expert legal advice about making a claim. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 18th September 2013
Category: Personal injury claims