posted on 04 01,2018 / 8:16 am
In order to make successful compensation claims; one must be sure to take down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of all potential witnesses. Keep copies for your own records as well as providing to your solicitor.
Take photos and videos of your injuries, property damage or the scene of the accident. Furthermore, keep a written record of all the events in a diary, including problems or symptoms after the incident as well as costs incurred with receipts.
Report your accident to the police/authorities and your insurance company as soon as possible. Failure to report your accident could lead to denied claims.
Ask your doctor for a medical report stating the injuries you sustained. Explain all your symptoms, both physical and mental.
Consult a professional personal injury lawyer. This is so that they can assist you in ascertaining whether the settlement should be reached and the amounts agreed to. Try to avoid dealing with insurance companies directly as they may not have your best interests at heart. Additionally some aspects of a case may be neglected by them for example as loss of future earnings.
The time limit for most personal negligence cases is 3 years from the date of the accident or injury. Initiate proceedings as soon as you are aware of your injury or illness. This is so that there can be timely court proceedings.
For example, if you are injured in a car accident you might feel obliged to use the solicitor prescribed by your insurance company. There is nothing wrong with that, but remember you have the right to choose your own representation. Choose wisely, as they say. As future outcomes may just depend on it.
It could happen that the various parties involved would want to settle before you know the full extent of your injuries. This would not be advised by your solicitor. In most cases settlements can only be accurately ascertained when all the evidence has been scrutinized and accurately estimated.
In the event where various parties are involved, do be careful to have your legal representation scrutinize all the relevant paperwork. That is ultimately what they are there for – to get you the compensation you deserve!
We do hope that this list of Do’s and Don’ts will assist you with any compensation claims that come your way. This is so you may avoid pitfalls and get the most out of your compensation claims. We do realize of course, that sometimes help of a more in-depth nature is needed. We would advise you consult a professional solicitor. We wish to leave you with another great read: A Few Tips on How to Choose the Right Personal Injury Solicitor for you. Enjoy!