Over 3 million people are involved in accidents every year, this could be at home, at work on the road or whilst travelling. If you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. The world of compensation claims though, can seem like a very daunting one as the over saturated market has made for an intimidatingly sales focused environment for claims solicitors.
Try to remember that you are in control and make sure that you know your rights before dealing with any solicitor. The first thing you need to do when filing for compensation is to find a solicitor with a free consultation process, no win no fee claims specialists first4lawyers can help with this. They should tell you up front if they think you have a claim. If you are still not sure take a second opinion from another firm, in fact, take as many as you like before you are comfortable with the information you are receiving.
You then need to pick the firm you think you would like to go with. There could be many factors that go into the deciding process of your claim. Perhaps you favour the company that seems the most reputable or the one that speaks to you in plain English, or the one best equipped to handle your accident at work claim, whichever one you go for, remember it is your decision and the main point is that you feel comfortable.
Here is a list of the things your solicitor is likely to need from you:
- Details of the date of the accident and where and how it happened.
- The contact details for any witnesses, try to get in contact with them first so they are not blindsided by a call from the solicitor’s firm.
- All details of the injuries the accident incurred, this means all of the medical diagnosis, medical records and records of all and any treatment carried out.
- Details as to whether you are a member of a trade union as you may be entitled to free or reduced-cost legal representation.
- Proof of your loss of earnings and other financial expenses.
- All documentation that relates to any insurance policies you have.
Once you have all of this information in place it is usually a case of waiting. Most of the time you won’t even have to go to court as most solicitors sort out the process for you.
This information was brought to you by Michael Johnson a leading medical expert who regularly contributes at medicalsolicitor.co.uk