Many individuals are denied compensation for their personal injury case, even when they had a legitimate claim because they didn’t follow the correct procedures. It is absolutely essential that the cause of your accident and any relevant injuries are properly recorded and reported.
For example, if you were walking on a public trail, you slip, and this results in an accident, you must contact the local authorities responsible for the maintenance of the path and report the problem to them.
In many instances, they will likely send you a form to fill out in addition to a reference number; however, this means you have put them publicly on notice for the incident. There are specific ways to report the accident, such as at work, in a store or restaurant. If there is no accident book or your employer will not let you use one, you do have a course of action.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to seek out medical attention as soon as possible after an accident.
While it may seem like simple logic to seek out medical assistance, many people don’t do it due to the fact that they feel fine. Whereas in the case of a severe injury, an ambulance will typically be called.
Many people are victims of accidents at work due to the pressure of completing a job on time or overworked due to working long hours. You must seek out medical attention regardless of the size of the accident because your personal injury solicitor will use evidence and medical reports to help you obtain fair compensation.
Maybe you have been self-medicating for a month or longer, hoping that the pain will ease itself. If you are finding that the symptoms of your injuries are remaining a daily problem in your life, it is possible to seek out medical attention, and if the physician is able to link the accident to your current health problems you can contact us and we can start a claim for you.
Fully Cooperate With All Requests For Information From Your Solicitor
There is not much asked of clients during the process of a claim for personal injury compensation. Once you give the initial instructions to the personal injury attorney, you’ll need to sign and return the official instructions for the solicitor to act upon your behalf in a no win no fee claim. This is known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement. A solicitor is not able to begin working for you until they have received your instructions.
If you are unsure or have questions about the specific document, you may talk to your solicitor. He or she will be able to explain any conditions you do not understand and offer you the peace of mind you need to have the ultimate confidence in the pursuit of your claim. The system in which are solicitors and off work is completely compliant within the law and will protect you from any costs involved if the claim should fail. Keep in mind that your solicitor may contact you with what may seem to be an odd question.
For example, they may call and ask where you received your medical treatment at, what specific training you had on the job, or even particular conversations after the accident. The quicker you are able to respond to these types of questions, the sooner they can begin in the processing of your compensation claim. For the best results, it is advisable to stay in touch with your solicitor regularly. They like to hear from their clients and do not mind giving you updates regarding your case. Remember, any delays from you to your solicitor, only delays your claim.
Do Not Suffer In Silence
While it is in important to report your accident, it is equally important to acknowledge how the injuries he sustained from the accident or affecting your daily life and impairing your typical activities to not only your general practitioner but your solicitor as well. It may seem as your position does not have the ability to easier problems, and in some cases time is the only thing that will heal certain issues.
However by seeing your position on a consistent basis they will be able to make notes of your ongoing problems. This shows that the condition is not minor and that it is ongoing. In this situation, your solicitor will be able to access your medical records and use it as evidence of the repeated visit to show that your claim settlement is greater than what may have been perceived initially. If you do not talk to your physician, they may not know the extent of your pain and injuries. In this case, it is impossible for a solicitor to prove your claim and it is impossible to gain a fair settlement.
Keep in mind, it does not have to necessarily just be a general position that you say it could be massage therapy, physiotherapy or private osteopathy. Whatever form of treatment you seek, it is essential to ask them to record all the details of your medical problems and what you are doing and be sure your solicitor knows exactly who is treating you as they can seek them out for further evidence.
Lost Wages And Other Medical Costs
The amount of a personal injury compensation settlement will vary depending upon the severity of the injury as well as it has affected the day to day life of the claimant. Many people will actually try to exaggerate the severity of their injury, which is never advised as this is one of the greatest ways to backfire a settlement case. It is best to remain honest throughout the process and make a claim that truly signifies your pain and loss. In addition to the injuries you have sustained from the accident, there are typically other costs that are incurred due to the situation.
There will be large losses such as the loss of daily wages, which is a significant hardship as well as more minor costs such as hospital transportation and prescription costs, all of which can be included in the claim and are known as special charges. We advise all of our clients to keep a log of any expense that they incur as well as the receipts. In some cases these costs may seem small and insignificant, but if you are forced to pay them on a daily basis they can truly add off and there is no reason why you should not claim those costs. Some typical claims that people tend to forget to claim:
– Travel costs to and from medical treatment appointments.
– Cost of parking while at a hospital or chemist.
– Membership costs for activities which you are unable to use due to an injury such as classes or gym memberships.
– Amount of miles driven – you need to be driven to various appointments or daily chores due to injuries you have sustained, those mileage fees can be claimed in your settlement. Just be sure to keep a record of all mileage as well as destinations.
– If you have had family and friends doing chores for use such as buying groceries, cutting the lawn, preparing meals or even helping you get dressed, that time span can be added to the claim.
– Any products that you have had to purchase to help you live as normal of life as possible after the injuries you have sustained can be claimed, it is just essential to keep every receipt.
If you are seriously injured and had to alter your home, those are definitely eligible to add to a claim.