Making a Personal Injury Claim
If you’re suffering with an injury following an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be considering pursuing legal action against those responsible by making a personal injury claim.
For many, the idea of making a claim for compensation can be daunting, but whilst winning compensation may not be a top priority, it can help you to get your life back on track.
We’ve outlined our top tips for making a personal injury claim below, covering some of the key elements and highlighting some parts of the process that many aren’t aware of, to ensure you’re fully informed and prepared for the claims process.
Seek immediate medical attention
You should endeavour to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Firstly, because some injuries can be worse than they initially seem to be, and a registered medical professional will be able to identify exactly what the issue is to ensure you receive the correct treatment, and secondly, so that you have an official record of your injury to help with your personal injury claim.
Make a report
Whether the accident has occurred in the workplace or in a public space, it’s important that the incident is reported to the relevant people, and that a record of the incident is filed.
If the incident involved a road traffic accident, you should make a report with the police.
Gather evidence for your claim
Evidence can be provided in a number of different ways. Photographs taken of the location at the time of the accident can help to show the circumstances which contributed to its cause, and help to identify any areas of negligence or wrongdoing.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, photographs of the vehicles involved can also help in the claims process when it comes to assessing damages.
You might also wish to make a note of any witnesses to the accident, in case witness statements are required at any point during the process.
Record any expenses
It’s a good idea to record any expenses associated with the accident, including receipts for prescription costs, travelling, or any specialist care you have had to seek as a result of your injury.
You may also be able to claim for a loss of income if you have had to take time off work for medical appointments, or if you have found yourself unable to work due to your injury, so a note from an employer may also be of use.
Some frequently asked questions:
How much time do I have to make a personal injury claim?
For clients seeking compensation in England, Scotland and Wales, a claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident.
Will I have to go to court in order to receive my personal injury compensation?
It is very unlikely that you will be required to appear in court in order to receive your personal injury compensation.
In some exceptional circumstances, for example where there is a dispute, you may be required to attend court. In such a case, your DRN solicitor will provide you with comprehensive legal advice and guidance to ensure you are fully informed and prepared.
How can DRN help?
DRN Solicitors can help you to seek justice and financial recompense for any form of personal injury, whether your accident has occurred in the workplace or in a public space.
With an approachable team of legal experts, each with extensive experience in seeking personal injury compensation, DRN are here to help.
If you have suffered as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact our team today on 01282 433241 and allow us to help you take the first step in pursuing your personal injury claim.