If you have had an accident that was not your fault you may be able to make a successful personal injury claim. Find out how to make a personal injury claim by reading through the guide below.
1. Get treatment!
Before you even think about making a personal injury claim the most important thing you should be doing is getting treatment for your injuries and getting better. Once you feel ready, make a claim. Sooner is usually better as this is when your injuries will be most prominent, but you have 3 years from the accident date within which to make a personal injury claim.
2. Are you eligible?
You are likely to be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have had an accident that was not your fault and can be attributed to the negligence of a third party. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation service so just give someone a call to talk through your situation.
3. Instruct a solicitor
Choose a solicitor who specialises in personal injury law as they will have the knowledge you need to give you the best chance of success in your claim. Do your research and make sure the solicitor you instruct has good reviews from past clients, is good at interacting with you as a client and has a payment plan that works for you.
4. Collect evidence
Your personal injury claim will be substantiated with evidence of your injuries and of the effect they have had on your life. During the claims process your solicitor will ask you to provide evidence, so it is best that you keep a record of all relevant evidence over time. Keep a record of the progression of your injuries, you may wish to do this in the form of a written or photographic diary. Also keep a record of any financial losses you have incurred as a direct result of the injury e.g. prescription costs.
5. Receive offer
All you will have to do is complete the paperwork your solicitor sends you and provide them with evidence when they require it. They will take care of the rest of the compensation claim for you and if you are successful in your claim you will receive an offer of financial compensation from the negligent party.
6. Accept offer & receive payment
If you are happy with the amount you have been offered in compensation you will accept the offer and will be sent your settlement amount. This will conclude the personal injury claims process.