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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.

Injuries From Sports Activities

Are you an athlete that has met an injury that’s not your own fault? Have you been injured while playing sports whether as an amateur or professional? Perhaps you may want to look into filing a sports injury compensation.

When Can You File a Claim For a Sports Injury?

There are three basic things to remember when you want to file for a sports injury claim. First, there should be an injury and that injury has had led to a negative impact in your life such as you’ve lost your job, spend so many months in a health care facility, or trapped to a lifetime of medications and therapies, for instance.

Second, the injury happened within the last three years, which is the prescription period for the claim. There are times when the court accepts or honors a claim beyond three years, but it all depends on the circumstances, and you should be prepared to prove that the late realisation is still valid.

Third, and perhaps the most important of all three, you can prove that the injury is not your fault, that someone has been negligent or has deliberately tried to harm you as an athlete.

A sports injury claim can include the following:

  • Injuries caused by poor-quality sports equipment and venue maintenance
  • Injuries from illegal or inadequately tested supplements that may have been provided to the athlete without his knowledge
  • Sports injury treatment that has gone wrong (e.g., an ankle surgery that caused the temporary or permanent health problem to the athlete)

What Happens When You File a Claim?

Just because you work with an accident solicitor doesn’t have to mean that the matter is immediately brought to court. In fact, more cases are settled outside of it.

This is because the moment that you’ve filed for a claim, the solicitor then sends out a notice in a form of a letter to the defendant or the other party, with all the necessary details of the claim. The defendant is then provided by law usually up to 3 months to create their defence or investigate on the matter. If they accept the fact that they are actually liable, then usually it’s settled before the claim gets to court, but not always of course. If they do not accept liability though, then you can escalate your case it and let the judge decide.

How Much Should You Get?

The law doesn’t mention any specific amount simply because every claims case will be different. It may all just depend on how much compensation you’re willing to get from the claim. A solicitor can help you determine the amount. Some of the factors that have to be considered include:

  • Cost of the solicitor’s services
  • Cost of treatment before, during, and after the injury
  • Loss of income, whether permanent or temporary
  • Insurance coverage (if you’re covered by insurance)
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering

Most solicitor firms nowadays provide a no win, no fee agreement. You pay therefore only when the claim is successful. Otherwise, the only thing that you have to spend on is the success fee. To have a better idea on how much you’d likely spend on the services, make sure that you’ve read the fine print of the agreement since all the costs should be outlined there.