Five things to consider when claiming for an accident
We all do our best to avoid accidents, whether they are on the road or in the workplace, but sometimes they are unavoidable. Obviously some professions are more hazardous than others and despite stringent health and safety laws, accidents do occur.
Falling objects, slips and trips, falls, vehicle and equipment problems are just some of the dangers that can cause injury and these hazards can be found in virtually any location.
When you are victim of an accident, it can affect you both physically and mentally. Physically the injuries you have sustained may require a long recovery period and lead to you missing work and perhaps finding childcare difficult. The mental anguish can lead to depression, anxiety and other associated conditions.
When you have been injured in an accident for which you were not responsible, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the physical and mental toll that the accident has taken on you. It is worth seeking advice from a solicitor such as Edwards Hoyle who can present you with all the options in your case.
There are several things to think about when claiming and here are five things to consider:
1. Details: make sure that you write a full account of the accident as early as possible after the accident. If possible, consider the situation fully and try and recall as much detail as possible. This recollection can then help your solicitor establish whether you have a case for compensation and pursue the correct course of action.
2. Laws: you may be worried that by reporting the accident and claiming compensation it will affect your job but you should try and put these worries out of your mind. Employers are obliged to get employers liability insurance and there are laws to prevent mistreatment of employees who have claimed compensation after an accident.
Employers must maintain a safe workplace and protect their employees and if an accident has occurred that was not your fault, you are entitled to claim for compensation.
3. Costs: consider realistic costs that you have incurred due to your injury and write them down – medical costs, travel to hospital for follow up appointments etc. You may be able to claim these back.
4. Fees: when you are claiming compensation, it is reassuring to know that many solicitors work on the basis that if you do not win your compensation case, there will be no fee. Check the No Win No Fee Explain sections of solicitors’ websites for more information on this.
5. Compensation: the solicitor will deal with your case so you can get on with your recovery. They will keep you abreast of matters and will always explain the stages of the case in straightforward terms. The amount of compensation you receive if you win will vary from case to case but your solicitor will discuss estimates with you.