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Personal Injury And Accident Claims

Irrespective of the safety measures you might have taken, an accident could occur at any time and to pretty much anybody, it doesn’t matter who you are, even a personal injury solicitor. We humans neither decide to become an accident victim, nor do we choose why, when and where the accident will take place.

It might seem obvious but almost any accident is likely to be both a distressing and potentially costly experience. Any injuries you are unfortunate enough to sustain are likely to cause you various degrees of pain and any medical attention and treatment can incur high costs.

A way to reclaim these losses is through making a successful personal injury claim and the importance of such a claim really shouldn’t be taken lightly. Certainly you won’t be able to make any personal injuries sustained any less traumatic or painful but you will get some comfort from knowing that you will be fine financially.

How A Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help

The trouble with making a personal injury claim is for most people it seems a difficult process to grasp, and that’s because generally most people have no previous experience with these kind of procedures. A trouble-free alternative to trying to do it all yourself is to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor.

Personal injury solicitors are professional people and these kind of personal injury claims are how they make their living. Their role is to put together a strong injury claims case in your name to win you accident compensation.

The injury solicitor’s service is based upon a “No Win No Fee” process. This will mean If your accident claim is successful, the solicitor recovers all of their bills, or fees from the losing party or the losers insurance company and you could get 100% of the compensation depending on the agreement with your solicitor.

If you don’t win your accident claims case the solicitor is accountable for the loss, in other words you won’t have to pay them anything. However, you may be liable for the winning sides costs, but you can take out insurance cover for this scenario.

Choosing Your Solicitor

It is entirely up to you which personal injury claims company, or solicitor you choose to take up your case. Always try your best to research a company before deciding for certain they are right for you. Also make sure you understand the “agreement” you might be signing so you know exactly what fees you may or may not end up having to pay.

Is It Necessary To Opt For A Personal Injury solicitor?

Naturally you could very well attempt to manage your accident claim on your own, or with the help of friends and family if you prefer, but have you actually thought hard about what the process entails?

Personal Injury Claims

Remember solicitors train for a reason and that’s to know the ins and outs of the British law so they have the best chance possible of being successful. This isn’t to say you won’t but do you really need the hassle?

Ask yourself these few questions and it might help you to decide which route is best if you haven’t already.

Are you aware of what preparations you need to make before going to court? Have you got all of your facts and details correct so you don’t inadvertently lose your road accident claim for example, on some small technicality?

Will you be able to stay calm and focused if things start to become personal? If you can’t answer these few questions with a resounding “yes” then maybe you ought to consider the services of a “No Win No Fee” solicitor, but the choice is always yours.

Please do bear in mind that a personal injury solicitor will undoubtedly make life easier. This is after all what they do for a living. They’ve already all the essential expertise and experience to take care of your accident compensation claim.

Injured On A Businesses Property

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you have an accident on a business property and the accident was not your fault, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Making a claim is easy, as long as you work with a qualified solicitor or claims advisor. Many of these professionals work on a “no win, no fee” basis, so you won’t even have to worry about the initial costs. Here is what you need to do if you want to make a claim for an accident on a business property:

Contact a Solicitor or Claims Advisor

The first step to making a claim is contacting a qualified professional. Although it is possible to make a claim without professional help, you are much less likely to be successful if you do all of the hard work by yourself.

There are many different solicitors and claims advisors to choose from, but you may want to pick one who has a lot of experience of dealing with accidents on business property claims.

Discuss your Case

Once you found a claims advisor, you will be expected to discuss your accident with them. Although you might feel uncomfortable about discussing your accident with a stranger, you will need to tell them all of the details so that they can help to assess whether you have a valid claim.

Your advisor will ask you to remember as many details as possible, so that they can ascertain where fault lies. The vast majority of people who get in contact with a claims advisor find that they do have a valid case, because the accident that they suffered was not their fault.

Gather Evidence

Your claims advisor may ask you to gather evidence to support your claim. This can include details of witnesses who may be able to corroborate your story, or details of any cameras which may have caught the incident on film.

You may also be asked to bring in a copy of your medical records, so that you can prove the extent of the injuries that you suffered as a result of the accident.

You may also be asked to submit to an independent medical evaluation to help to decide if you are still suffering from any lasting effects from the accident. In addition to evidence about the accident itself and the injuries that you have experience, you may also want to gather financial evidence of the effects of the accident. This can include documents that show loss of earnings and any costs that you have incurred because of the accident, such as the cost of adapting your home to accommodate your injuries.

Notify the Defendant

Once your solicitor or claims advisor has helped you to build a solid claim, they will get in contact with the defendant to let them know that a claim is being made against them. The defendant will have the right to respond to your claim, and they may choose to accept liability there and then. In many cases, the defendant will accept partial liability and seek to enter into negotiations with you.

In some cases, the defendants will refuse to accept any responsibility for your accident, and may ask for the case to go to court.

Negotiations

If the defendant accepts full or partial responsibility, they will either choose to settle or to negotiate a lower settlement. Your claims advisor or solicitor will lead the negotiations process on your behalf. They will be able to advise you about whether you should take a lower offer or not, but the decision will ultimately be down to you.

If you do not want to settle, then your claim may be taken to the courts, so that the courts can decide whether you should be awarded compensation.

The Courts

If your claim goes to court, you may be awarded a larger amount than you would be had you agreed to settle, however you may not be awarded anything at all. Many claimants prefer to avoid court, because the additional scrutiny can increase stress levels and the courtroom setting can be quite upsetting for some people. Likewise, many defendants will do what they can to avoid the claim going to court.