Many legal systems in the UK can be complicated, including the personal injury claims process. There are regulations that cover how claims have to be handled and the types of information that need to be presented. Once Accident Advice Helpline agree to take on your personal injury case, we will be handling a lot of the complex legal procedure for you, but it is still useful for you to have some basic knowledge of what is going on.
Here is a simple guide to the personal injury compensation claims process and how they work in practice with a lawyer in Ardvasar.
The process of personal injury claims was established so that injured people could claim some money from the person who was responsible for their injuries. This seems fair and reasonable, and has made a contribution to securing safer working premises and generally safer public areas.
It is a legal system and cases are generally handled by a personal injury lawyer – this is a lawyer who has specialised in personal injury work.
For there to be a personal injury claim, there has to be an injury. This can be physical (for example, a broken leg) or it can be psychological (stress, depression, anxiety). The main point is that the injury must have been caused by the person from whom you are claiming.
If you were injured in a road traffic accident because someone was speeding, you can only claim for the injures that you sustained in that accident. If you had a bad back prior to the accident, you cannot claim for that. You also have to prove that the injury arose from the accident, which Accident Advice Helpline will help you to do. You will have received medical attention for your injuries, and your medical notes will form part of the proof.
It can be straightforward to show who was to blame for an accident, or it can be very difficult. If you were knocked off your bicycle by a car that was being driven recklessly, then it will probably be the car driver that was to blame. In occupational accidents it can be the employer that was to blame if they required you to carry out a task that was unsafe. Employers can also be to blame for accidents because of something that they did not do, such as carrying out a risk assessment or providing personal protective equipment.
The money that is paid to the injured person in a personal injury claim is called compensation because it is meant to ‘compensate’ for the injury. The more serious injuries often get the highest levels of compensation. However, there is another element to a personal injury claim that is called out-of-pocket expenses, which covers loss of wages, childcare bills and travel expenses.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown