Your Guide to Making a Personal Injury Claim

By Anita Jaynes on 13 October, 2020

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you might be thinking about the option of making a personal injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered an injury or become unwell as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another individual or company. However, making a personal injury claim and getting the compensation that you deserve is not always a short or straightforward process. To help you understand what to expect, we’ve put together a handy guide to making your claim.

Find a Personal Injury Solicitor

Your first step should be to find a suitably experienced and specialist personal injury solicitor who can represent you during your case. While it is possible to represent yourself in a personal injury case, this is not recommended since you will typically be up against an experienced legal team who have the main goal of reducing your compensation as much as possible or even denying it completely. Smith Jones Solicitors are specialists in personal injury claims and offer a free consultation before you begin so that you can find out more about how you can expect them to handle your case. You can also use the handy compensation calculator tool on the Smith Jones Solicitors website to get an idea of how much you could be owed. Find out more here:

What You Should Provide

When working with a personal injury solicitor, the more information you can provide them with, the better. Ideally, you should know the date and location of the accident and be able to describe exactly how it happened. If you have details for any witnesses at the scene, your solicitor will need these so that they can get in touch. Keep records of your injuries, medical diagnosis, treatments, and financial expenses such as loss of earnings as a result of your injury, including travel costs for getting to and from medical appointments. Any documents that can be used to support your claim should be provided as they are incredibly helpful.

Beginning the Process

In the case of most personal injury cases, your solicitor will begin by sending a Claim Notification Form (CNF) to the defendant’s insurance company to notify them of the claim. This will provide further details about the accident, any losses that you have incurred as a result and why they are thought to be responsible for your injury.

How Much Compensation Will I Get?

There is no set amount of compensation to be awarded in a personal injury case and the amount that you get will depend on a number of factors. Most importantly, your injury itself, any losses that you have already incurred as a result, and the length of time that it is likely to affect you will be taken into account. Your solicitor will likely ask you to undergo an independent medical report in order to determine the full effect of your injuries to present to the other party.

Whether you’ve been injured in a public place, at work, or on the road, a personal injury claim can help you get the compensation you deserve for what you have been through.