Personal Injury Claims
If you think you may have a claim for personal injury, you can speak to one of our personal injury attorneys for a no obligation assessment of your claim. In this way you can avoid missing out on any compensation to which you may be entitled.
Personal injury claims can be brought cost-effectively by using one of our personal injury attorneys. All of the attorneys and personal injury Solicitors that are on our personal injury claims referral panel presently offer 'no win no fee' retainers when undertaking personal injury compensation claims, although the Government may remove this option in the future.
There are a few different types of personal injury compensation claim. Personal injury claims can arise in a number of situations. For example at work through an accident, exposure to chemicals or stress which causes a psychological injury. Other common causes are road traffic incidents, harm caused as a result of faulty goods or services and other types of accidents.
The following questions should be considered when you or a family member have suffered a personal injury. What do you want to do regarding the incident? Do you have any accident claims insurance in place? Do you wish to make a complaint? Have financial issues resulted in you needing financial support? Once you have determined these answers, you will be able to take action to resolve the matter.
The Right Personal Injury Attorney
When you believe that you may have a personal injury case you should seek qualified advice from a personal injury attorney on how to proceed. A personal injury attorney specialising in personal injury law can help you to determine the documents and paperwork required and the action needed to be taken. For example, first and foremost, the police should always be informed when a personal injury occurs, especially as a result of a road accident. Secondly, you need to procure an attorney to assist you in making or defending a claim. Also, insurance companies need to be notified of the accident. This could mean your car insurance or your employer’s insurance. The insurers must be notified in order to make the claim valid.
A doctor must also be notified of the injury in order to conclude medically that the injury exists. It is best, even if the injury seems minor, to consult with a doctor. By having a consultation, you can assure yourself that there is nothing more serious. Photographs, witness statements and other documentary evidence need to be gathered. The names and addresses of any witnesses should be noted on the police report and/or in your files. This is all necessary for evidential purposes.
When you file a personal injury claim, whether due to a road traffic accident or an accident at work, you will need certain legal documents to substantiate the claim. If you want compensation for the personal injury, there are time limits to which you must keep. This means that you should take legal action as soon as possible after the incident in order to receive compensation. Most complaints of personal injury result in an apology. The process can be very time consuming. To obtain compensation for personal injury you will need to use a claims assessor. You will also need to involve the civil courts and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
There are two types of compensation which you can claim in a personal injury case and your personal injury claims attorney will discuss these with you. The first is general damages; the second is special damages. General damages compensate for pain and suffering due to the injury or loss of future earnings. The court will decide on the outcome and measure of damages to be granted.
Special damages are usually financial payments for loss. For example they could cover the costs of belongings, care, travel to hospitals, medical expenses and recovery needs.
Personal injuries are not easy to recover from when they are severe. Being out of work, paying medical bills and even losing some of your belongings can be stressful. A person should not have to suffer unduly for an incident for which they were not at fault. A personal injury attorney can provide you with the correct legal advice and documents needed to bring a personal injury case. If compensation is warranted, allowing the case to go to court can ease your plight.
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