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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Claiming for Personal Injury?


You want to make a Personal Injury claim but do you know how much compensation you can claim for?  Defining how much a claim is worth is not easy, especially when loss of earnings, medical expenses or treatment costs becomes involved.

A Personal Injury Claim and the amount of compensation you’re entitled to claim for can be affected by several factors but it will mainly be based on the type and severity of the injury you have suffered.  Without speaking with an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor, calculating how much your Personal Injury Compensation Claim is worth can prove difficult. Mainly your claim will be based on proven medical or reports or treatment history but what about other factors?

An experienced Solicitor will be able to help you collate all the correct insurance and medical documents required for your claim but if you have suffered a Personal Injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you should consider keeping a Personal Injury Diary.

 
As well as noting down the time and place of your accident, along with names and contact details of witnesses if possible – which will help your claim to be processed much easier -   keep a record in your own words of the pain and suffering you are experiencing and how this is effecting you emotionally as well as physically.  Record any loss of earnings or capacity of earning or any wage loss information along with a record of any doctors, hospital or other healthcare visits, detailing dates, advice or prescribed medical treatment.

Your Medical report will show a prognosis period which will outline how your injuries are likely to affect you in the future and a time frame for how for long you are going to be affected by the injury you have sustained.  It is unlikely that a Solicitor will advise you to settle a compensation claim until a full recovery is made from your injuries or you have a firm medical diagnosis detailing the prognosis period. Settling a claim before making a full recovery or having a solid prognosis period in place would prevent you from applying for further compensation should your injuries and recovery period persist for longer than expected.  The examination report prepared by a medical expert will be used by your Solicitor to calculate how much your compensation claim may be worth by comparing your injuries to Claimants in previously settled cases who have suffered similar injuries and recovery time to your own which is known as Case Law.

It is worth noting that in most cases there is a standard limit of three years in which to bring a Personal Injury Compensation Claim in the United Kingdom. This three year deadline will start from the date that you were aware your injury was linked to the original accident or exposure and whichever is latest. It is not uncommon for the date of knowledge to be much later than the accident date. If you are in any doubt regarding your chances to make a claim for personal injury you should seek accurate claim advice from an experienced legal advisor who will quickly be able to determine the strength of your claim and offer advice regarding seeking compensation for your injuries.

How can Personal Injury Solicitors at MTA make it simpler to claim compensation?

Here, at MTA our Personal Injury Solicitors are focused on making your claim process as straightforward as possible. Our Solicitors will do most of the paperwork for you and will keep you updated every step of the way. We realise that waiting for a response can be frustrating, but with our unique client focused way of handling claims, we can make the process of claiming compensation as simple and as stress-free as possible.

Chasing for responses, keeping you in the loop and getting you the compensation you deserve. To speak to one of our qualified MTA solicitors contact us on 020 8437 0707