Many people accidently hurt themselves on a daily basis at home and may sometimes sustain a minor injury. But there are millions of people every year who get involved in work and car accidents where the injuries are a lot more severe.
Do you know what to do after an accident where an injury has occurred? It appears that a high percentage of people are unsure of what they should do. After all, with several aspects to manage, from the Police, insurance companies to doctors, it can be unclear when to take certain actions. You are likely to deal with injury solicitors as well if the accident was not your fault. We offer a helpful guide here below for you to understand what to expect from the stages of a personal injury compensation claim.
Soon after an accident, it is necessary to appoint a legal representative to submit your injury claim. Experienced solicitors are able to act on your behalf to communicate with the third parties responsible for your damages. They can file the various entitlements and submit your statement of what actually happened. A solicitor can calculate how much you may be awarded based on previous successful claims.
The lawyer will act for you to negotiate a settlement that you are happy with or contest the offered amount for an increased bid. The legal professional will advise you throughout the whole procedure and may recommend for a court trial if there is a dispute in liability. Again, the solicitors are there to help during the trial if needed.
“You'll need a solicitor to take care of the legal side of your injury claim.”
Evidence is important in any claim that is filed and plays a vital part in securing a successful settlement. In order for the insurance companies to pay compensation, they will look at the facts and decide whether there is a valid claim. The connection with solicitors and lawyers is important as they will liaise with the insurers to provide any proof required to support your claim. This can include the Police case reference file if they attended the scene and the witnesses’ statements. Your lawyer will collate all the things needed to substantiate the submitted injury claim.
Your compensation solicitor may request a medical report from an independent doctor. The medical professional will examine you and write a legal report about your injuries and the treatment required or completed. This will serve as evidence of your personal injuries and have an impact on the level of settlement awarded. You lawyer will add the cost of medicine and treatment for your recovery to the file as well to reclaim expenses.
After all the necessary documents are submitted with the medical evidence and the full costs of damages, the insurance company will send their offer to settle the claim. They will base the amount on the level of injuries, the expenses incurred and any other costs, including the future loss of income, where applicable.
A pre-trial conference may be ordered if a settlement is not accepted. A ruling judge will organise a meeting between the 2 parties to discuss the particulars of the personal injury claim and resolve the claim. A ‘discovery’ is presented to the judge describing the case details so that a decision can be made to reach a mutual agreement.
Once you win your injury claim against the third party, you will receive the awarded amount to compensate your losses. The defendant will have to pay the court’s costs. Some successful cases are subject to conditions and your solicitor will inform you if you are affected, but it is rare and happens if there are difficulties.
In some circumstances, you may not succeed in winning your claim. Your injury lawyer can file an appeal on legal grounds. It does mean that the case will be become lengthy and incur more costs. This act may present your case to other judges to try and gain a favourable outcome. However, your right to appeal is limited to a certain time period which your solicitor will advise you.
With our professional solicitors, who can assist you with all the legal formalities, an injury claim can be quickly submitted to gain compensation for your losses. Whatever help or guidance you need, we are here to ensure that you get the best representation. Get in touch for an initial free consultation.Send Injury Details For Assessment By Experts
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