What You Need to Know Before Making an Injury Claim
Accidents inevitably happen, however in some cases they are caused by the negligence of others. In those circumstances you may find yourself in the position where you need to make a claim for compensation. You may need help with paying for medical treatment, to recover your lost earnings or you may be angry and want the person who injured you to acknowledge what they did.
QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby have compiled a list of 4 things you need to know when you’re thinking about making a claim.
1. Is there a time-limit on claims?
In most cases you have three years from the date of an accident to start court proceedings. This is known as the limitation date and failure to start court proceedings before this date can lead to your claim becoming statute barred. This means that you may be prevented from pursuing the claim at all. It is vitally important that you contact QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby as soon as possible after your accident or injury should you wish to make a claim.
2. Will I have to go to court?
It is always possible that a case might end up in court, but in reality, very few claims will go to trial. Most claims settle through negotiations with the other side. In a few cases where agreement cannot be reached on either liability for the injuries or the value of the claim then court proceedings will go ahead.
3. What can I claim for following a serious accident?
We can claim for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries and also for any financial losses related to the accident. This could be loss of earnings, the cost of specialist medical treatment or any other expenses that you incurred due to the injury.
4. What will your solicitor need before making a claim on your behalf?
As much detail regarding the accident as possible, including:
- Date, time, what happened
- Details of the parties involved in the accident
- Contact details of any witnesses
- Details of your injuries and any treatment that you received from the GP or hospital.
- Proof of loss of earnings and other expenses (wage slips, receipts from medications, etc)
- Confirmation of any legal expenses insurance policy you may have
- Any further evidence available to support your claim
Not all of this information has to be available right at the start and we can assist you in obtaining some of the information listed above.
Whatever type of accident or personal injury you might have encountered, we can represent you. Based in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby's specialist team provides expert legal advice to help innocent parties receive justice for an injury or health matter that should have been avoided. Contact us today for Free Initial Assessment on 01724 854 000 and find out what options you have, before deciding what action to take.