The reason that many people delay or avoid making a personal injury claim is the fear of the unknown. They have never made a personal injury claim before and are apprehensive about what it will entail. Legal processes can seem formal and impersonal and they are nervous about dealing with a big law firm and with personal injury lawyers. In fact, these fears are unfounded but they can seem very real to a person who has been injured in an accident that was not their own fault. Here is a straightforward plan of a typical injury claim involving a person from the typical Scottish town of Hawick.
A typical injury claim
Injury claims solicitors in Hawick would begin with the injured person – sometimes called the claimant – calling Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500. They would start by speaking to one of the highly-trained professional advisers about their case. An alternative way to start with an injury claims solicitors in Hawick would be to find Accident Advice Helpline’s website on the Internet.
It has a section where you can enter in some very simple details about your case – such as if it was your fault and which part of your body is injured. There are two basic legal rules relating to injury claims solicitors in Hawick and to all personal injury cases in general. Rule one is that the accident must not have been your fault. Rule two is that you must have suffered an injury. The website assessment will indicate if your case is likely to be successful.
Once it has been confirmed that your case is viable, then the next stage of an injury claim case is to allocate you a personal injury lawyer. A large, well-established law firm like Accident Advice Helpline has a range of personal injury lawyers, all with different expertise that can be drawn upon. For example, if you have been involved in a workplace accident that was a fall from a height then you would want a personal injury lawyer who was experienced in this type of claim.
Need for detailed and accurate information
You do have certain responsibilities relating to the claim. You will need to supply accurate and detailed information. The first set of information will be about the accident itself. You will have to supply details of where and how it happened – and if it was witnessed by anyone else. You will also have to supply details about your injuries. You can indicate their severity by listing all the hospital visits that you have had to make and all the treatment that you have received. Details about medication such as painkillers are also relevant. The final set of information relates to the financial losses that you have suffered because of your injury.
Your personal injury lawyer will then handle the case for you and keep you informed about how it is progressing and of what your final compensation award might be. Some claims take longer than others to settle, the time of settlement dictated by the complexity of the case and the extent of the victim’s injuries.
Date Published: 22nd June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry