Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury Claims Advice
There are plenty of steps you can take to increase your chances of getting the highest possible compensation settlement after being injured in a road traffic accident.
In this article, we outline some ways that you can strengthen your claim and increase the likelihood of getting what you’re entitled to.
For a free consultation and legal advice contact our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation with you. As if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Get Medical Help Straight Away
Your immediate priority after suffering injuries in a road traffic accident should be to get medical attention, as a doctor can tell you exactly what injuries you’ve sustained and what treatment you need. This can be crucial after a road traffic accident, as some of your injuries may be worse than you realise.
Medical practitioners will also keep detailed records of your injuries, treatment and the dates you were seen, which can be crucial when it comes to putting together a compensation claim. This medical information could help us increase the amount of compensation you can claim, as you’ll have a factual, objective medical record available.
Get as Much Evidence as Possible
While this may not be possible, depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries you’ve sustained, it’s important to collect as much evidence at the scene as you can. This can include the other driver’s vehicle registration number, insurance and contact details, photos of the location at the time of the accident and photos of damage to any vehicles that were involved in the accident.
Report Your Accident to the Police
A police report is a critical piece of information, as this provides a further record of the circumstances of the accident, and when and where it took place.
Take Photos of Your Injuries
Some of the injuries you sustain in a road traffic accident, such as bruises, can heal very quickly, so it’s worth taking photos as soon as you can, so you have a permanent record of what your condition was immediately after the accident.
Keep Documents and Receipts
Picking up the pieces after a road traffic accident can be costly, with expenses ranging from taxi fares to hospital and medical appointments to paying for modifications to your home if you’ve been left with a disability.
You may also be experiencing a significant loss of income, as your injuries have left you unable to work. To boost your chances of getting a suitable amount in compensation, you should keep track of the costs and expenses you’re incurring, so your Solicitor or Lawyer can factor this into the valuation of your claim.
Log Details of Care Provided by Friends and Family
Your injuries may have left you unable to perform basic tasks at home, such as cleaning, cooking meals, doing the washing up and getting dressed, and relying on friends and relatives to do this for you. Often, this can be over and above the level of care that would normally be given in the course of normal family life, so this care and support can be included in your claim.
So you should keep a detailed record of what type of care you’ve been given by friends and relatives and how long this went on for.
Don’t Immediately Accept a Compensation Offer
You might be tempted to settle your claim quickly by not going through a Road Traffic Accident Solicitor and dealing directly with the other driver’s insurer instead. However, you’re unlikely to receive the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
It’s in the insurer’s interests to settle the claim for a relatively low sum, whereas a specialist Solicitor will thoroughly investigate the full impact of the accident on your life. As a result, they’ll calculate a settlement that genuinely meets all of your needs.
Once you’ve accepted an offer of compensation, you can’t go back and claim more if your injuries become worse in the future. So if you find you’ve undersettled because you didn’t have a Solicitor representing you, there’s nothing you can do about it later on.
Ask Your Solicitor before Signing Any Documents
If you have received an offer of compensation from the other side and don’t understand what’s written in a document regarding your claim, run it by your Road Traffic Accident Solicitor before accepting the offer. Your Solicitor is there to provide legal advice and support about anything you’re not 100% sure about.
Watch What You Say
Anything you say at the scene of the accident, or later on social media, could prove problematic when you come to make a claim. So don’t make any comment about who did what and whose fault the accident was, as seemingly harmless statements could undermine your claim.
Don’t Delay Making a Claim
There are countless reasons why it’s better to make a claim sooner rather than later. For example, the details will be fresh in your mind if you act immediately, and it’ll be easier to track down evidence such as documents, receipts and witnesses to the accident if you don’t delay.
Furthermore, acting immediately can increase your chances of avoiding a lengthy period of hardship. A compensation settlement is designed to help you cope with the aftermath of an accident, so you get the treatment and financial support you need, so delaying could end up prolonging any suffering.
But crucially, the law only allows you to claim for a personal injury within 3 years of the accident in question, or 3 years from when you became aware of an injury.
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