Essential dos for making a personal accident injury claim
- Get some straightforward simple advice as soon as you start to consider making a personal accident injury claim. For most people this is straight after being involved in an accident that was not their fault. However, for other people it is much later. You have up to three years to make a claim.
- At any time of day (24 hours a day;7 days a week) call a personal injury law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. They can advise you on what to do next.
- Provide some straightforward information about yourself, your injuries and the accident to the friendly, professional advisers. They will use this information in a unique 30 second test. They will then be able to tell you right away if you claim is likely to be successful. You then make a decision about whether you want to proceed with the claim or not.
- Try to keep as many records as you can. Medical records can be details of hospital or doctors’ appointments that you have had to attend, operations or medication that you are taking for your injuries. Financial records are receipts for travel expenses, childcare, housework or personal care services. Earnings records are details of how much money you have lost because you cannot work at all or work the full hours (including overtime) that you worked before you were injured.
Essential don’ts for making a personal accident injury claim
- Don’t pay expensive legal fees up front when making a personal accident injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline does not ask anyone to do this. The national network of legal partners (lawyers) at Accident Advice Helpline work on a no win, no fee* basis. There is no fee at all if you do not win your case. If you win, the legal costs are recovered from the other (losing) party.
- Don’t be put off by the thought of countless appointments with lawyers and numerous meetings. Most claims can be handled over the telephone and very few cases actually require you to appear in court. You will probably need to attend one appointment with a local doctor for a medical assessment report to be prepared.
- Don’t rush in and choose any law firm that you see. Take your time and find one that is endorsed by a trusted consumer champion like Esther Rantzen. Also choose one that has been established for over 10 years so that you know that they are experienced. Accident Advice helpline is both of these things.
- Don’t expect the law firm to be able to predict exactly how much compensation (money) that you will get for your claim. Every case, every person and every injury is unique and so the amounts vary. Some cases also take longer than others to sort out.
Date Published: 10th January 2013
Author: David Brown