You never want to think of the worst happening, but let’s face it accidents do happen and there are also times where for example you may go in for surgery and you could be a victim of malpractice.
When we suffer a personal injury in an accident that wasn’t out fault, we sometimes may need help determining why it wasn’t our fault and what we can do to rectify this.
If the accident was straight forward and you know who was to blame etc you may think that you definitely have a straightforward case and it should be easy to file and win a personal injury compensation claim by yourself this isn’t always the way. Sometimes filing a claim by yourself can lead you to many obstacles. You need to think carefully when choosing personal injury attorney.
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There are certain steps to take to make a claim –
Make sure you have a claim before you start and assess what damage this has caused you.
The amount you could be paid depends on your injury or illness, its severity and effect on your life. When you choose the correct solicitor they will assess every aspect of your claim / what has happened so that we can make sure you are fully compensated.
Damages for the immediate pain and suffering is the first step, you may also want to make damages for –
- Time off work and any lost earnings
- Any loss to your future income
- Any impacts on your ability to work
- Psychological damage
- Personal help or care you’ve had
- Any modifications you’ve had (or may need) to your car or home
Ensure you are sticking to time limits
There are different time limits within which you must begin legal action in a personal injury claim. You should get legal advice urgently if you want to claim compensation.The most common claim in a personal injury case is negligence and the time limit for this is 3 years. This means that court proceedings must be issued within 3 years of when you first got injured.
How are you going to pay for legal action
Legal action for compensation for a personal injury can be expensive. You might be able to get help with legal costs from a conditional fee agreement or an insurance policy – many house contents policies, car insurance or travel insurance policies have legal expenses cover attached, you need to ensure you are financially ready for this.
You can agree conditional fee agreement with you solicitor this means that your solicitor will receive no fees if you lose your case. You may, however, have to pay the legal fees and expenses of the other side. This needs to be clearly agreed at the start of the claim.
If you want to take action over a personal injury you should consult a solicitor who is a member of the Law Society’s personal injury accreditation scheme straight away and ensure they are registered – this will ensure your claim goes smoothly. The last thing you need is for your claim to come up with blind spots or not go smoothly.