Friday, 22 February 2013

The Speedy Guide to Making a Personal Injury Claim

Every year millions of people are injured due to an accident at home, at work or on the roads. On many occasions, the blame can be attributed to the actions or neglect of another party. By law, the person at fault is liable to pay compensation for the damage they have caused another person. 

This leads to the need for personal injury compensation. Personal injury compensation comes around when the injured party claims financial reconcilement from the injuring party in order to pay back for the damage that they have caused them in both the short and sometimes long term (if the after effects are on-going). If you have found yourself in this situation where you have been hurt due to the fault of somebody else, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim. 

These are the steps you need to take:

1. Find a Solicitor 

You need to find a solicitor who sees potential in your case. If it is true that somebody else is to blame for your injuries, a lawyer will help you through the proceedings of claiming the financial compensation owed to you. This is often done on a 'no win no fee' basis, whereby the lawyer charges no fees if the case is not won. You may want to check if you have legal expenses insurance as a lost case may mean that you incur charges from the opposing lawyer. 

2. Provide Your Lawyer With Details

Your lawyer will need a full account of the incident in order to proceed with a claim. This needs to be backed up with any evidence supporting the claim. Evidence can come in the form of medical documentation, doctor's statements, your own statement, witness statements, proof of loss of earnings and so on. It may also be relevant to provide proof of past minor injuries relating to the same cause of accident. 

For example, if you work in a factory and have been injured by a broken or poorly maintained machine, you can provide evidence of previous small injuries incurred by the same or similar machinery also in disrepair. 

3. Provide Your Personal Details

Your lawyer will need personal details for contacting you and for proving your track record. This may include employment history, contact numbers, character witnesses, etc. Furthermore, you may need to provide details of your insurance to prove that you have a means to funds in the event of having to cover expenses. They will also need contact details for your witnesses. 

Once all the appropriate information has been gathered, your solicitor can talk you through the proceedings and put a personal injury compensation claim in place. Usually, these claims are settled out of court but on occasion, you may need to be present in a courtroom. The positive side is that most lawyers will not take your case if they do not believe you are entitled to compensation. 

Luckily, the procedure is relatively easy. So if you feel that you deserve compensation for an injury that was not your fault, just follow these three simple steps and before you know it, you will be receiving the compensation you deserve.

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