If you are currently in the process of making a personal injury claim or are considering whether or not to go ahead with a claim, you need to remember a number of things. Hence why we have developed 5 top tips when making personal injury claims.
1. Hire a personal injury solicitor
Whilst it may be tempting to make the claim by yourself, especially if you feel that there is nothing for the other side to argue, it can’t be stressed enough how important it is that you obtain the services of a personal injury solicitor. They will have the knowledge to ensure that you are able to claim for everything you deserve and will also be able to hold their ground if there are any unforeseen issues that arise. Furthermore, personal injury law can be complex and processes may differ from case to case, so a solicitor will know exactly how to make a personal injury claim.
2. Gather evidence
Ultimately you need to be able to prove that the other party is at fault for your accident and the injuries sustained. Therefore, it is extremely important to gather as much evidence as possible to support your case and strengthen your claim. The forms of evidence required vary from case to case, let’s say you were in a car accident and needed to claim for whiplash. You have to prove that the other person caused the accident and also how severe your injuries are. A simple medical report covers the injuries, which is why it essential to receive medical attention ASAP. As far as proving fault for the accident you could: take witness statements, photograph the scene, check local CCTV and much more. A solicitor will be able to tell you exactly what evidence will best support your case.
3. Use a compensation calculator
A compensation calculator will help you to understand roughly how much compensation you could be entitled to. Be sure to use one of these to see whether or not the amount of compensation potentially available is worth the time and effort of an injury claim.
4. Be patient
On average, personal injury claims take between 8 months and a year to complete. However, it is essential that you don’t cut corners to reach a quicker decision as this could result in you not receiving all of the compensation you deserve or perhaps even losing the case.
5. Fully understand the claims process
Be sure that you fully understand the personal injury claims process. Before deciding whether or not you want to press on and make a claim, you need to know what lies ahead. Do this and you should be fully prepared for the claims process and hopefully won’t have any nasty surprises along the way.
Injury Claim Specialists is one of the UK’s leading personal injury advice websites. We pride ourselves on offering easy to understand, plain English injury claims advice on a wide range of different injury related topics. There are also a number of extremely useful tools such as the Compensation Calculator, which can give you a compensation estimate in less than a second, and the Injury Claims Guide is at hand to answer all of your personal injury related questions.