If you have sustained an injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether you have been involved in a road traffic accident or an accident in the workplace, you could be eligible for compensation. If you have been affected financially by your accident, then compensation could be just what you need to get your life back on track.
Speaking with a personal injury claims solicitor is the smart thing to do, if you are thinking about making a claim. Advice on personal injury claims from solicitors is always given in confidence and with no obligation to proceed with a claim. You will find out:
- How much compensation you could be awarded (estimate);
- How compensation is calculated and awarded;
- What happens when you make a personal injury claim;
- How long the claims process will take;
- Whether you are eligible to make a claim;
- Plus much more.
In order for the solicitor you contact to help you as much as possible, however, it’s important to prepare some information. This information includes:
When and where your accident happened
The date and time of your accident and the location of your accident are vital facts when it comes to making a claim for compensation. Your solicitor needs these to process your claim.
How the accident happened
From your point of view, write down exactly how your accident happened, and also write down the moments leading up to your accident and the moments immediately afterward, so your solicitor can get a clear picture of exactly what happened to you.
Details about your injuries
Details about your injuries will be used to ascertain how much compensation you could be in line for. For example, minor whiplash claims have an average payout of £1,500 but severe whiplash claims have an average payout of £15,000. Write down all of your injuries on a piece of paper, and give each of your injuries a rating from 1-10 for pain with 1 being normal and 10 being extremely painful. This will help your solicitor understand the extent of your injuries and the level of your pain and suffering.
Once your solicitor has this information, they will be able to provide specialist advice on personal injury claims and ascertain your eligibility for making a claim. Throughout the claims process, your solicitor may need you to clarify a couple of details, and you will need to attend a medical examination within a few weeks of making your claim, so that a fair and proportionate pay-out can be determined. Remember, it is your legal right to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, so don’t be put off if your solicitor needs to ask you some more personal questions during the process.