Your Guide to The Personal Injury Claims Process in 5 Steps
Personal injuries are certainly not uncommon, and whether you’ve suffered a workplace accident, traffic collision or been injured at the hands of another person, you might wonder whether you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation, and if so, how you should go about doing it.
To simplify the process and help you determine whether you have a legitimate case, we’ve compiled a short but comprehensive 5 step guide to making a personal injury claim:
- Knowing whether you’re eligible to make a claim
If you’ve suffered a physical or psychological injury, or have contracted an illness or disease that was due to the negligence of another party or a breach of statutory duty, then you are certainly eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Should you still be unsure as to your eligibility, you’d be advised to consult with a solicitor specializing in personal injury claims.
- Making a personal injury claim
Once you’ve selected a personal injury solicitor to represent you, they will carry out an assessment of your case and create a body of evidence that details the way in which the injury occurred. Using photographs of both the scene and the injuries sustained, witness statements, and both police and doctor’s reports (if applicable), they will collate the evidence to make a report.
- Knowing whether your case will go to court
In the majority of instances, personal injury solicitors will seek to negotiate an out of court settlement, despite the fact that every case they handle, is prepared as if it is going to court. Your solicitor will represent your best interests in light of the evidence and witness testimony gathered, and if necessary, progress your claim to the judicial forum to try and get you the compensation you deserve.
A good personal injury solicitor will work closely with you to ensure that you get all the support you need and deserve.
- Knowing how much compensation you’ll get
Taking into account the expenses incurred as a result of the personal injury, such as medical costs, loss of earnings, therapy, future care requirements and more, your solicitor will be able to give you an estimated guide to the amount that you will receive in compensation, and naturally, this may vary wildly on a case to case basis.
- Understanding how long the process will take
There are a lot of factors that go towards determining the exact duration of a personal injury claim case, and these can include the severity of the illness or injury, how complex the evidence is, and whether responsibility is denied or accepted. On your side right from day one, your personal injury solicitor will work tirelessly to progress your case, and will do everything within their power to get an appropriate settlement, swiftly.
You’ve suffered enough with an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault and shouldn’t have to fight to get the compensation you deserve. Work with an experienced personal injury solicitor, and you won’t have to.