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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).

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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.

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Personal Injury Really Is a Serious Thing!

Are you thinking about finding someone to handle your personal injury case? If you are, we have one thing to say to you: hurry. Personal injury is such a touchy subject for many people. It’s right there in the name: it’s personal. It’s not something that’s happening to someone that you don’t know. It’s happening to you. It’s happening to someone you love. It’s happening to someone that you’re supposed to protect. Either way, an accident that isn’t your fault definitely hits home. You just have to make sure that you’re covering all of your options as soon as possible. It’s quite possible to not take it as seriously as you should and end up losing the opportunity to collect money in the first place. What would your family be able to do with that type of compensation? Could it mean a new life? Could it mean being able to pick up the pieces that much easier?

Thinking about the type of world that you want to have is very important. You have to consider the way your life actually should be. Otherwise you’re just going to end up spinning your wheels in the long run. That’s not a position that anyone really wants to be in if they can actually help it.

This is where personal injury lawyers come in. Even though you might want to try to handle it all by yourself, this is not the type of case that you want to try to tackle on your own. The world of personal injury is incredibly complex — there is indeed a reason why your lawyer had to go to school for a while in order to get the hang of everything. You can’t just go in as a layperson and hope that you’ll connect the dots on your own. You have to make sure that you’re tackling things appropriately — with the help of a legal professional.

They’re not just going to help you out in terms of getting the most compensation for your case. They’re going to actually be your advocate. This means that you can’t be pressured into taking some lowball offer from the insurance company. That means that you won’t have to give in to family that hopes you’ll just give up because it’s too much work to collect anything. You have to be in charge of your family’s future, one way or the other. It’s not appropriate to just assume everything will fall into place. You have to make it happen on your own terms.

Start with a free consultation to see where your personal injury case actually stands. That’s the way to go!