If you wish to claim compensation following an accident in Polmont, you will need to send a Letter of Claim to the guilty party. When drafting your Letter of Claim, you will need to follow a set of guidelines known as the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims.
What is the Pre-Action Protocol?
The Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims sets out the details you need to include in your Letter of Claim. It applies to almost all personal injury claims.
What are the requirements of the Pre-Action Protocol?
The Protocol encourages you to include the following information in your Letter of Claim:
- Your personal details
Your Letter of Claim should contain your full name and address, your occupation and your employer’s name and address.
- Information about your accident
Your Letter of Claim should include sufficient information to enable the guilty party’s insurance company and/or lawyer to commence investigations into the cause of your accident. It should contain a clear summary of the facts of your accident, together with an indication of the nature and severity of the injuries you have suffered and the financial losses you have incurred.
Should I request documentary evidence through my Letter of Claim?
The Protocol encourages you to exchange information at an early stage and therefore, you may wish to request that the guilty party provide you with any documentation relevant to your case. If you are claiming against your employer, you should request details of your usual earnings. In doing so, you will be able to calculate your financial losses.
Should I set a timescale for my claim?
Through your Letter of Claim, you should indicate the date on which you expect to receive a receipt of acknowledgement from the guilty party. You should provide the guilty party with at least 21 days in which to reply to your correspondence.
Who can help me to draft my Letter of Claim?
A Letter of Claim is an important document – a badly worded document could prejudice your entire compensation claim. If you wish to draft a convincing Letter of Claim, you should hire the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Looking for an accident lawyer in Polmont?
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Polmont working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Polmont or anyway make us your first point of call.
To find out more about the process of starting a personal injury claim, please phone our freephone helpline today. Our legally trained advisers will assess the validity of your claim and determine whether you are eligible to receive guidance from a 100% no win, no fee accident lawyer.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 8th February 2014
Author: Jan Newell