How do you make a personal injury claim for compensation?
Around three million people in the UK have an accident which is not their fault every year. If you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, then you are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. A personal injury or accident solicitor will usually give you a free first appointment in which to discuss any claim you believe you may have, and by the end of the appointment they should be able to tell you whether or not you have valid grounds to make a claim.
You will need to tell your solicitor:
- The date and time of your accident, the location, the weather conditions and the quality of light (if it was a road traffic accident);
- Names and contact details of any witnesses to the accident;
- Details of the medical treatment you received and the doctor’s diagnosis; and
- If you are a trade union member or not, as this could mean that you could get cost–free legal representation or at least a reduction in costs if you are a member.
What happens next
The solicitor will, if they agree to represent you, send a letter outlining your claim to the person responsible for your accident, injury or illness. You might be asked to see another medical practitioner so that the details of your injury or illness can be confirmed.
The person responsible for the accident (the defendant) may be given up to three months in which to reply. However, your solicitor could ask for an earlier reply, depending on the circumstances. In their reply, the defendant can accept or deny liability for the accident. If they accept liability, the matter may be settled out of court. If they deny liability, you will have to take the case before a court.
In answer to the question “How do you make a personal injury claim for compensation?”, the simple answer is that you ask a solicitor to make the claim for compensation for you. You have three years from the date of your accident in which to file a claim, as you do if you have been diagnosed with an illness for which another person is responsible (for example a work-related illness, food poisoning and so on).
Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to contact an appropriate solicitor for any type of personal injury compensation claim. You can visit the Accident Advice Helpline website, or simply call us on one of our freephone numbers (any time, every day of the year) for expert legal advice. Why not call now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile?
Date Published: 14th September 2013