In day to day life, and even when away on holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to accidents to occur. Although we all go out of our way to avoid anything untoward happening to us, it’s not always possible to avoid. If you’ve been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault and are looking for personal injury claims advice in Devon, we at Accident Advice Helpline are here to answer your questions.
Personal injury claims advice in Devon Q&A
Here are some of the most frequent questions we are asked about persona injury and compensation.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is any injury inflicted to a person, rather than property. For the most part, these injuries are physical, for example a broken bone, a head wound, or a more serious injury as a result of a car accident, or industrial accident in the workplace.
Are these injuries always physical?
No, injuries re not always physical. Personal injury can also be made up of emotional and mental injuries. The same parameters still apply, however. You still need to have visited a doctor in relation to these injuries and your accident still needs to have occurred within the last three years.
What is compensation and how is it worked out?
Compensation is the thing that is awarded in recognition of wrongdoing, pain and suffering. There are two main types of compensation, general damages which are paid in recognition of pain and distress that’s suffered and special damages. Special damages are paid in recognition of financial loss, such as loss of earnings, prescription charges and childcare in relation to your case.
What do I need to do to make a claim?
In order to make a claim for compensation, all you need to do is make sure you meet a few criteria, check your eligibility with our test, and then give us a call on one of the numbers below. These criteria are:
- That your accident was not fault your fault.
- That your accident occurred within the last three years, unless you were a minor at the time of the accident, or are claiming for a case of industrial disease.
- That you visited a doctor or other relevant medical professional around the time of your accident, in relation to your injuries.
To find out if you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, you can take the 30 second test on the homepage of our website, which will also tell you what your claim could be worth. If you’re looking for more personal injury claims advice in Devon, you can give our friendly, helpful advisors a call on either 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your landline, or mobile phone respectively.
Date Published: 26th July 2015
Author: David Brown