If you have been involved in an accident, you may have heard that you could make a claim for compensation. This would involve making a claim against the person who you believe to be responsible for the accident and therefore, the person you believe is responsible for your injuries.
Many people worry that making a claim is a complicated and expensive process; however, this is not the case. Especially if you use Accident Advice Helpline.
To try and help make the process a little easier to understand, we have compiled this insiders guide to claiming, just for you.
How do you know you can claim?
The first step in seeking compensation is to find out if you are actually entitled to make a claim. Here in this insiders guide to claiming, we will now show you the three important factors that need to be taken into account:
- Whether you have been injured in the accident and needed medical attention
- Whether the accident was your fault or someone else’s
- When the accident occurred
In order to make a claim for compensation, it is important that there is something to claim compensation for. This is why we need to know the nature and extent of any injuries you have suffered. Not everyone knows this, which is why we have put it in our insiders guide to claiming.
It is important you seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. This will be noted on your medical records and will form part of the evidence used to demonstrate the extent of your injuries.
Our insiders guide to claiming also states that the accident should be the fault of someone else. It should go without saying that if the accident was someone else’s fault then you will be able to make a claim against them. If the accident was your fault, then there is no one else to hold responsible, and therefore no one to claim against.
However, you can be partly responsible for your accident and injuries, and still be entitled to make a claim against the other party, for the role they played in the incident.
When the accident occurred is also of importance as there are strict legal deadlines imposed on how long you have to make a claim. Usually it is three years from the date of your accident. However, in some instances, you can still make a claim, even if it is more than three years since you were injured. For example, in cases of industrial disease in which it is often difficult, if not impossible, to pinpoint the precise time when the disease set in, the time limit can be extended.
Ask Accident Advice Helpline about an insiders guide to claiming
To get specific advice about your case, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 25th February 2014
Author: David Brown