If you are looking for a firm of injury lawyers in Hetton you may have been injured in an accident which you, along with injury lawyers in Hetton can prove was not your fault. There are many different types of accident, so you would need to find injury lawyers in Hetton or elsewhere who specialise in the kind of accident you were involved in. There are some lawyers who specialise in clinical negligence claims, for example, so you wouldn’t need services of these lawyers if you had suffered an accident in a public place.
Injury lawyers in Hetton
Of course, it is possible that you have been told that you are suffering from an illness which you, with your injury lawyers in Hetton (or ones anywhere else in the British Isles) could prove was the result of another person’s negligence. You have three years in which to file this kind of personal injury compensation claim.
Filing a claim
Although, generally, you have three years in which to file a personal injury compensation claim, it is best to file one as soon as you possibly can. An injury lawyer is usually prepared to meet you at a hospital or at your home if you are unable to visit him or her at their offices.
You will be able, usually, to have the first appointment free of charge, so that you can discuss you reasons for filing a claim. By the end of this time (around forty-five minutes, generally) your injury lawyer will be able to tell you whether or not you have good grounds on which to base a claim.
If you then decide to hire that injury lawyer to represent you, ask for testimonials from satisfied clients who had similar accidents and injuries to yours. You need a lawyer with an excellent track record in winning compensation for clients in order to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The lawyer will need your medical records as well as the full details of your accident or illness. If you had an accident at work, or in a public place then the details should have been recorded in the accident book.
If you have any photographs taken at the scene of the accident and of your injuries (before and after photos) these can be used as supporting evidence.
Your injury lawyer will write to the person you believe to be responsible for your accident or illness, informing them that you are making a claim against them. They will have ninety days in which to respond, usually. After that you will be advised to accept or reject any offer of compensation made. You may have to take your claim through the courts, and this process could take years, which is one of the reasons it is best to file a claim as soon as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline
For expert legal advice about any potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline. The freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 for landline calls and 0333 500 0993 for mobiles. Call now as the lines are always open.
Date Published: 12th November 2013
Author: David Brown