A personal injury compensation claim will be necessary if one has been involved in a road accident, accident at work, industrial diseases, slip, trip, fall accidents, medical negligence or a criminal injury. It is worthy to know that there are no two personal injury claim that are the same because various factors are usually considered before a compensation is made. Claims can be made on behalf of dead persons who suffered a personal injury. Therefore the tips below will help you in making a personal injury compensation claim.
- Determine that someone else is responsible for the injury
Before a claim can be made, it is important that the person can prove that a third party is responsible for the injury. Where careful scrutiny shows there is no prove a third party is responsible for the injury, no compensation will be received. Again, if the injury is partially the fault of the third party and the claimant, only partial compensation will be claimed.
- Immediate actions to take before deciding to make a claim
Whether you have taken the decision to make a claim on personal injury or not, it is important that the following actions are carried out depending on the kind of personal injury:
- Visit your doctor to report the injury even if it is a minor injury
- If it is a road accident injury or a criminal injury, report to the police
- The injury incurred at work should be recorded in the accident book of your employer
- Keep record of names and other information of witnesses
- Keep a detailed personal record of what occurred as it is possible to forget details with time
- Always keep employment records and salary slip of before and after the injury
These records will become very useful once a decision to make claim is made.
- Time limit for making a claim
To be entitled to a personal injury compensation claim, the law has a time limit of two years for most common claims. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the time limit can be extended by the court. It is very advantageous to make claims as soon as the accident or injury occurs. This is because witnesses are easily located and detailed recollection of information can be obtained.
- Seek advice from professionals
Seek advice from an experienced specialized solicitor or a claims management company. Most of them offer free first consultation services which enables you to wisely choose the one that can provide good and quality services. Again, as legal actions can be very expensive, it will be better to select a company or solicitor that offers a conditional fee agreement, that is, no win, no fee services.
- Provide all appropriate information
Ensure that the police, solicitor, doctor or appropriate personnels are provided with all information necessary for the claim. Solicitors dislike it when undisclosed information are unearthed by the defendants during the claim process. This might disqualify your claims or reduce it drastically.
- Settling the claim
First determine your own personal settlement figure that you can accept or the settlement amount your solicitor thinks you deserve. Where an offer is made, do not accept the first offer made but try to make negotiations until you get a good settlement.