If you’ve suffered a personal injury from an accident, it’s unlikely that the first thing you think about is whether or not you can claim for compensation. Especially if you’ve suffered a serious accident on the road or at work, or you’ve suffered from a painful slip or trip.
However, there soon comes a time when you have to think about whether you want to claim and whether you have a claim – often because of financial pressure on you or your family. That’s where personal injury solicitors come in. They specialise in taking the financial stress out of recovery and can meet the cost of any care you need.
And when it comes to claiming compensation, personal injury advisors work hard to ensure that you claim the maximum amount possible. Our experience tells us that the amount you’re entitled to depends on a number of factors which include:
- Your injury
The amount of personal injury compensation that you’re awarded varies depending on the seriousness of your injury. Compensation is awarded for pain, suffering and your inability to lead the ‘normal’ life that you could before. It takes into account both the physical and mental damage you’ve suffered.
The award is ultimately made based on medical evidence and specialist reports of your injuries. These specialist reports will be made during the course of your recovery and rehabilitation.
- Your employment status
You might need to take time off work following an accident. Personal injury accident compensation covers financial losses from employment. So if you’ve suffered loss of earnings since the accident – this will be recovered in your claim.
In cases involving more serious injuries it may not be possible to return to work or at least to the job you were doing at the time of your accident. In this case, a claim for future loss of earnings will also be part of your claim. If you choose a personal injury specialist, they’ll be with you at every step of the way so don’t worry if it all sounds a little complicated at the moment.
- Adding up all of your out-of-pocket expenses
Injuries have financial implications in every part of your life. Whether it’s the cost of petrol to get to the hospital, medical expenses or the cost of hiring some help at home – you may be entitled to claim these as part of your personal injury award.
The most important thing to remember is to keep all invoices and receipts for your out-of-pocket expenses. This way we have a ‘paper trail’ of all the costs related to your accident. We will then build this into a strong case and present it to the ‘at fault’ party in order to claim maximum compensation.
- The extent of medical assistance you require
Anyone who is injured needs fast and effective medical care. Each case needs individual assessment and the care you require will depend on a number of factors.
You might need specialist medical care to get you on the road to recovery. If you’ve had to pay for extra care services or need on-going medical assistance from a family member then this can be built into your compensation claim. Again, it’s important you keep a record of all the out-of-pocket expenses related to your personal injury.
- Your rehabilitation and future needs
Regaining control of your life and rebuilding for the future might take some adjustments. The cost implications of your adjustments will also be considered when it comes to making a claim for compensation. You might need to have your home adapted or need to make adjustments for your personal interests. There’s also family commitments and the prospect of relying on state benefits if you are unable to return to work.
Each part of your life will be assessed as part of your claim. This way, you’ll be able to get the best out of your rehabilitation and your future needs will be catered for.
If you’d like to get the ball rolling and start your claim, then speak to one of our specialist solicitors today.