Top Tips to Making a Personal Injury Claim
More and more people who have been injured through no fault of their own are making a personal injury claim for compensation. You are bound to have seen the countless number of tv advertisements of solicitors offering their personal injury services. This coupled with other publicity has made people more aware of their rights when it comes to personal injuries.
Introduction to Injury Claims
The first thing you need to do if you sustain an injury, before you even think about making a claim, is to seek medical attention at the earliest possible moment. Your health is the most important thing and you need to make sure that you receive treatment for your injuries. Furthermore, the medical professional assessing your injuries will be able to tell you exactly what injuries you have sustained and how they will impact on your life i.e. can you go to work? This will act as a key piece of evidence as it proves the extent of your injuries.
On average, personal injury claims take between 8 and 10 months to complete. However, more complex claims can take longer and it is important that you understand that making a claim isn’t a process that will be over in a few short weeks. It takes time to collate all the evidence and go through the necessary process to complete the claim. Although, once the process is complete and you hopefully win the claim and receive the compensation you deserve, it will be worth the wait.
Finding a Personal Injury Solicitor
In order to make your case as strong as possible you need to gather as much evidence to support your claim as you can. The types of evidence which will be most useful depend on the type of accident that led to your injuries. However, in general video/photographic evidence and witness statements tend to be the strongest as they are extremely difficult for the other side to argue. Once you have gathered all of your evidence, you are then in a position to talk to a personal injury solicitor and think about starting the claims process. Every solicitor is different so it is essential that you select the right person or company to manage your claim. Many solicitors offer a free consultation so feel free to meet with a number of different solicitors to help you make a more informed decision. You need to be thinking about how much experience they have, do they specialise in a specific area of personal injury law and how much compensation they think your claim is worth.
In terms of establishing how much compensation you could be entitled to, you can always use a compensation calculator to gain a rough estimate based on the average pay-out amounts for those who had similar injuries. Remember, this is just an estimate and a solicitor will be able to give you a more accurate figure based on your individual circumstances.