Making a compensation claim
If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own and your life has changed for the worse as a direct result, you could be able to make a compensation claim. It is important to note that you have three years from the date of the accident or the date that the injuries became apparent (whichever is latest) to make a personal injury claim in the United Kingdom.
How to make a claim for compensation
After you have established that you would like to make a personal injury claim, you need to make your claim as strong as possible and the best way to do this is to gather evidence that supports your case. Now, they types of evidence work best vary from case to case, as each situation is different. However, photographs/video recordings and witness statements tend to be the most concrete as these are difficult to argue with.
Once you have gathered your initial pieces of evidence, you need to start thinking about talking to a good personal injury solicitor. They will be able to advise you on things such as the likelihood of your claim being successful and how much compensation they believe you could be entitled to. Furthermore, a number of personal injury solicitors offer a free consultation, so you have nothing to lose by going along and discussing your situation.
How compensation is calculated
Compensation amounts actually take into account a lot more than just the injuries you have sustained. They also consider how the injuries have impacted your life from a financial perspective and you can essentially claim for any financial loss you have incurred… within reason. For example if you are unable to work and are losing money, you can claim that back in your compensation estimate and the same goes if you are unable to drive and have to pay for public transport.
To gain a quick estimate of how much compensation you could receive, all you need to do is use a compensation calculator. These tools are extremely easy to use and they take into account the average payout amounts for specific injury types. However, remember that each case is different and a solicitor who is aware of your circumstances will be able to offer you a far more accurate estimate.
Finally, it is important to note that personal injury claims aren’t completed in a matter of weeks. In fact, the average case takes around eight months to complete and more complex claims such as medical negligence can take years to reach a conclusion. However, if you are patient and have a good solicitor in your corner you should receive the compensation you deserve.