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Personal Injury – The Breakdown

If you’re considering making a personal injury claim, it can be quite a daunting prospect. Don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you, so you can make informed decisions about your case. So, let’s get started!

What Is A Personal Injury?

An injury… but this time it’s personal. (Okay, sorry about the lame joke).

A personal injury is actually a very serious occurrence. A claim usually arises when the fault lies with someone else; commonly employers or other motorists. If you have an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you have a few options: you can make a complaint or opt to claim for compensation (or both).

Personal Injury

Taking Action

Inform the police, if your personal injury occurred on the road and report the incident to your insurance company. At work, it’s important to write down your injuries in the accident book and inform your employer.

Visit your doctor or A&E to receive a diagnosis of your injury and receive medical attention. You should do this, even if you believe your injury is minor. You will need the medical report, should you choose to claim.

It’s highly recommended that you gather evidence about the accident, so you can prove someone else’s negligence. This might mean taking pictures of any faulty equipment or the scene of the accident. It could also mean gathering witness details or writing down an account of the incident, while it’s still fresh in your mind.

Complaints

You may not wish to receive compensation, but you may want to hold someone accountable and receive an apology for the harm they’ve caused you. The downside of choosing this approach is that it’s usually time-consuming, and all for just a “sorry.”

Compensation

Going through the compensatory route means you’ll need a solicitor on-side. Whether you’re making public liability claims or you have a medical negligence case on your hands, it’s best to have a professional advise you.

There are time limits on claiming for compensation, so make sure that you act fast. Usually, you have a three year timeframe, but the sooner you pursue your claim, the more likely you are to succeed.

Legal help can be expensive, so make sure that you see if you’re eligible for financial help; if you’re part of a trade union, and your personal injury occurred while working, you may be able to get legal representation for free.

Choosing A Solicitor

When you make a claim, it’s important to choose the best solicitor you can. This means opting for someone who specialises in your personal injury – don’t choose a jack of all trades. Visit a few law firms to get a few quotes and review a number of solicitors.

It’s good to choose someone you get on well with, as you will be working close with them for the foreseeable future. Always ask for an estimate of the costs involved, before you make your decision.