Personal accident claims in Peebles
The information that you are asked to provide as part of your personal accident claim is needed for two reasons. Firstly, Accident Advice Helpline (who will handle your claim for you) are trying to collect details of the injury that you have suffered so that they can negotiate how much compensation you will get. Call them on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
They do this on your behalf and they claim the compensation for you from the person who was at fault for the accident. The second part of information is to assess how the accident happened to make sure that it was not your own fault and that there is someone that you can make a claim against.
There is one further category of information that is vital in personal accident claims in Peebles and that is the information about how much money the injury has cost you. This may not have been the first thing that you thought of as you were injured or when you first contacted Accident Advice Helpline. However, you are very likely to think about it in the days, weeks or even months following your injury. Some ways in which injuries can cost you money are given here – a broken ankle is used as an example.
Personal accident claims in Peebles – Just after an ankle injury
Straight after the accident you may be in pain and may feel shocked. This can make you feel dizzy and sick. You may have a suspicion that your ankle is broken because it is swelling up and may be too painful to walk on. This is when a friend or relative will have to take you to the Accident and Emergency Department. You can ease the pain and swelling during the journey by raising the ankle and putting ice on it.
Personal accident claims in Peebles – Accident and Emergency
The doctors in the Accident and Emergency Department will probably want to X-ray the ankle area in order to assess whether any bones are broken. If the bones have broken AND have moved out of place then they will have to be moved back and this is called reduction. In many cases it is performed in the Accident and Emergency Department using sedation and painkillers.
If the break is severe and the bones have moved completely out of position then an operation will be required to fix them. This may use plates and screws. Once the bones are back in place a plaster cast will be applied.
Personal accident claims – Costing you money
You may have to stay in hospital for a while. You will be in a plaster cast for several weeks and will not be able to drive. As a result you probably will not be able to work and may not be able to care for young children. This will all cost you money and your compensation is designed to help with this – it can cover loss of wages and extra expenses.
Date Published: 4th August 2013
Author: Sharon Parry