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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Personal injury claim


    A personal injury claim is simply a legal action by someone who has been injured in an accident for which they believe they were not at fault. Common personal injury claims include car accidents, trips, slips and falls, product malfunctions, and medical negligence. Although it can seem rather daunting, especially at first if the other party in your personal injury claim won’t reply, it will all go through anyway as soon as the case goes to court. Here are the steps through which you might go in your claim.

    The accident

    Record as much information and evidence as possible about the accident, including the time, date, and a statement. All of these, as well as police records, witness statements, and medical records, will help when it comes to making your claim for compensation.

    Contact a law firm

    Contacting a specialist law firm that has experience in dealing with personal injury compensation claims is a must at this stage. Accident Advice Helpline can advise you about whether you have a valid case, and give you help and guidance about gathering key information and evidence.

    Proceeding with the case

    Your case may start with Accident Advice Helpline sending out an initial letter to the third party stating facts about the accident, the time, date, and place, together with the damages that were caused. They will ask you for a specified amount to cover the damages you suffered, and the other party will be given a set time to respond. Even if the other party doesn’t reply, the lawyers will deal with all of that for you.

    Will the court decide, even if the other party in my personal injury claim won’t reply?

    If an agreement cannot be reached at this stage, then your solicitors will file a lawsuit on your behalf. This means that the court will help to decide who is at fault, and what damages should be paid to cover injuries and losses arising from the accident.

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    Both parties will have the opportunity to share information and evidence before the court date, and they might agree a settlement figure before the date of the court hearing. So, because there are lawyers involved, even if the other party won’t reply, the case will still be heard.

    Accident Advice Helpline are specialists in personal injury compensation, with over 14 years’ experience in the industry. Call our freephone 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or take our online 30-second test to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. We work on a 100% no win no fee basis, so it won’t cost you a penny.

    Date Published: 8th July 2014

    Author: Jan Newell

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.