Filing a Personal Injury Claim

When filing a claim, it is very important to find a solicitor who has a vast experience in the field. With the right solicitor to guide you, you will have a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve for all the pain and injuries you suffered.

One of the most important things in a personal injury claim is documentation. You must keep documents from the time the accident happened. Who was in the immediate vicinity? Were there witnesses? What are their names and where do they live?

Aside from keeping records of your receipts, you should also have proper documentation of what happened during the accident and after it. It is also necessary that you see a medical professional who can assess the extent of your injury and what you need to do to recover. Although you were injured, you need to recover so you can get back to work and to living a happy life.

Personal Injury Time Limits in the UK

No one wants to be injured while at work or while on the streets. Being injured means days missed at work and missed wages, as well. If you have been injured due to somebody’s negligence, you will want to make a claim.

In the United Kingdom only has three years to make a personal injury claim. If there are no legal proceedings in the court after three years, the claim is then time-barred. The three-year deadline starts from the date the accident occurred or from the date the individual knew that his injury was a result of an accident or exposure. This is also otherwise known as the date of knowledge.

In cases, which are fatal, the three-year limitation starts at the date of death or when the date of death was connected to the accident. For example, it may not have been known how the person died until the post mortem was carried out. If a person was on the way through making the claim when he died, the three year deadline will start from the date of the death, giving the family enough time to follow through with the claim.

There are special rules, which apply for children, or patients who are being treated under the Mental Health Act of 1983. The time limit will only begin when their legal incapacity is removed. This means that for a child the three-year limit will only begin on their 18th birthday and for someone who is treated under the Mental Health Act, on the day the patient is discharged.

Further Tips for Making Claims

It is important to pay close attention to time limits when making claims. There are different time limits, which apply to different situations. However, this does not mean that you should file straightaway. It is important that you get legal advice first so as you are guided on making a claim. If you do not, you could be losing out on all the compensation, which you would otherwise be entitled to.

Research on how you will pay for the legal action

Solicitors can be expensive, especially the top caliber solicitors. However, the personal injury claims market is at such an advanced point in the UK and there is a great deal of competition so individuals do not have to fund the process by themselves.  There are various legal aids available or you could also enter into a conditional fee agreement with your solicitor. There are numerous solicitors today who are willing to work on a no-win no-fee basis. Always do your research and check what other options are out there.

Choose the best possible solicitor

You will have a better chance of winning your personal injury claim when you have the best possible solicitor by your side.  Do not go for the cheapest personal injury solicitor out there. There is a reason why they are cheap. Although they might be undercutting their competitor’s cost, they could also be sacrificing their quality of service.  Choose a solicitor who is accredited and keep in mind that England and Wales, as well as Scotland have different accreditation schemes.