For those who don’t know much about the subject, making a claim for an accident can seem a little daunting, but this personal injury guide will provide you with everything you need to know.
How to assess your claim
One of the more surprising things we come across is the number of our clients who say they had suffered the injury and been living with it for some time, but had not thought about making a claim until a friend mentioned it or they saw an advertisement on the television.
Many others said they were worried about looking into their rights, because they were uncertain what this might cost financially. This is a shame because what it means, in effect, is that each of these people are choosing to fail because they don’t even ask themselves whether or not they can claim.
Under UK law you will be entitled to claim compensation if the accident happened within the last three years and was not your fault. You will probably be pressing this case in the small claims court which will place the onus of proof on you to illustrate to the satisfaction of the court that the accident was not your fault and was indeed caused by the defendant.
Equally, the accident must have had an effect on your quality of life which you can measure – this could be a loss of mobility or a loss of earnings. Only then will you be able to make a claim.
Making your case
The important thing to remember about this entire process is that you’ll need to prove your case and that often needs evidence. Photographs of the scene or witness statements can all serve to strengthen the solidity of your case and give you a better chance of winning. You should gather up as much of this before you start as this will help you decide what the chances of a successful outcome might be.
Personal injury guide
The next task is to find help from someone who knows this area about moving forward.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have a team of people who can be on hand to assist with anything you need. They will be able to tell you first of all whether or not you have a good case and secondly how much compensation you might be awarded. In short let us act as your personal injury guide as you navigate your way through what can often be quite tricky waters – especially for someone who doesn’t know too much about this subject.
No win no fee
Last but not least if the worst happens and you don’t win at least you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that you’re working on a no win no fee basis.
That means that you’ll only pay if you win.
So, to find your own personal injury guide, why not come and talk to us.
We’re ready and waiting to help you out. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 20th March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker