posted on 07 06,2018 / 9:46 am
Use this useful step-by-step guide for making claims for compensation – everything you need to know. Suffering a personal injury can have a devastating effect on your life. Furthermore, it can also affect the lives of your family and friends. Have you been injured due to the negligence of a third party are you over the age of 18? If so, you should consider making a claim for compensation.
For a full discussion on types of injury claims please read: Types of Personal Injury Claims and how Compensation works or Contact Us for further information.
Tupes of personal injury claims fall withing the following areas:
If you have had an accident or suffered an injury your first step would be to obtain a written explanation of what happened. On top of this, the letter should state the cause of your injury and state a relevant and appropriate action that will ensure it does not happen again.
An apology should follow this.
In some cases, there may be an official complaints procedure you can use. There are organizations such as Citizens Advice Bureau who can provide help on how to complain. If an injury has, for example, happened to you at work, you should inform your employer immediately following the incident, and write an incident report.
Personal injury law is complicated. For example, varying factors influence it including the type of accident and the severity of your injury. Personal injury solicitors can ensure you receive the maximum compensation due to you. Adding on, many solicitors offer a free initial consultation and will be able to tell you if you have a justifiable claim.
It is difficult to assess the amount of compensation. As a result, many solicitor’s offer a claims calculator. This calculates your estimated compensation based on a few factors. The type of injury and loss of income usually act as the basis for the amount of compensation estimations. Although compensation calculators could be helpful in ascertaining the value of your claim, it is important to remember that these are guides and you should speak to your solicitor to obtain a more exact figure.
If you are considering taking legal action and have not yet been to a solicitor you will need to be, above all, aware of the time limits. The most common claim in a personal injury case is negligence and the time limit for this is three years. As a consequence, court action must be enacted within this time frame. Therefore, it is advisable that you make the claim as soon as possible to give your solicitor more time to build the best possible case for you.
A no-win no-fee agreement (also known as a conditional fee agreement) means that you will not pay any fee unless your case is successful. You will normally pay the solicitor a percentage of your compensation claim and potentially any court costs. However, you will negotiate this with your solicitor and it is then set out in your no-win no-fee agreement. Use our online claims calculator to calculate and submit your claim!