Making a compensation claim for personal injury
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault you could find yourself incurring a number of financial losses if you are unable to work and carry out regular day to day tasks. In such instances you might be able to make a claim for compensation, it isn’t right that you should suffer financially if someone else is responsible for your injuries.
According to British law, you must make a personal injury claim within 3 years of the accident or the date the injuries became apparent. So while there is no major rush if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t initiate the claims process immediately after sustaining your injuries, it is still recommended that you talk to a solicitor and make a claim as soon as possible.
In order to make your case as strong as possible you will need to find as much evidence to support your claim as you can. With little or no evidence to prove that the other party is at fault for your injuries it makes it much less likely that your claim will be successful. When you meet with a personal injury solicitor they will be able to tell you what evidence will best support your claim. However, in general photographs and witness statements tend to be quite strong in injury claims, so if you are in a position to do so at the time of the accident, take some photographs of the scene and record the details of any witnesses who can support your version of events.
In terms of how much compensation your claim could be worth, it depends on a number of factors. Compensation amounts taking into account things such as financial losses incurred and vary from case to case, as each individual is different. In order to determine what financial losses you have incurred, you will need to keep the receipts from public transport tickets if you are unable to drive and also establish how much money you have lost if you have had to take unpaid leave from work. These will then enable your solicitor to work out a compensation figure that they believe you deserve and present it to the other side and their legal team. However, in the meantime, if you would like a rough estimate of how much compensation you could receive, you can always use a compensation calculator. These take the average pay-out amounts for different injuries and provide an estimate. Although, as stated earlier, each case is different and a solicitor will be able to give you a more accurate estimate as they are aware of your individual circumstances.