In the wake of an accident, it can be easy to make mistakes when applying for a personal injury claim.
While in a state of confusion and worry, there can be a variety of ways that you could end up becoming overwhelmed and making costly mistakes when applying for compensation.
Completing a personal injury claim honestly and accurately may be the last thing on your mind after experiencing a traumatic event, and that’s why it’s important to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
Here are five top tips from Watermans Solicitors on securing a successful claim.
Document the injuries and details
If you’ve just experienced an injury from a road traffic accident, it can be difficult to think clearly and note down precise details of what’s just happened.
That’s why it’s important to contact the authorities right away. It means they will also be able to provide evidence and details of the incident, particularly if you’ve suffered a head injury.
Official reports will help to back up your claim and prevent you from misremembering the incident, which could ultimately land you in trouble.
If you can, take photographs at the scene of the accident and email yourself the other party’s details so you have it backed up on your phone.
Journal the impact the accident has had on you
If you’ve suffered physical or psychological injuries after an accident, keep a diary of all how you’ve been impacted by the incident in your daily life.
Write down any pain or suffering you’ve felt, even if you feel it could be insignificant. It’s also important to keep your GP up to date with this so you have medical records to back these up.
You’ll also need documentation that includes photographs of your injuries, witness names, and contact information. The more thorough the information that you provide, the better chances of you making a successful compensation claim.
Don’t settle a claim too soon
Although it can be tempting to accept a settlement right away, it’s important that you seek advice from a personal injury lawyer on this, as it could potentially be too soon.
It’s important that you never settle a claim until the full treatment of your claim is complete, including physiotherapy sessions, surgical procedures and psychological therapy if required.
Our personal injury lawyers are familiar with the tricks insurance companies use to prevent you from getting the best compensation possible after an accident.
When it comes to making a personal injury claim, seek advice from one of our personal injury solicitors in Glasgow or Edinburgh and they can review it to see if you may be entitled to more compensation.
Keep a record of financial losses
One way to ensure a successful personal injury claim is to ensure you keep note of every expense or loss which has occurred as a result of your accident.
Our solicitors know how important it is for our clients not to miss out or to undervalue their claims.
Keep every single receipt, even if it’s from a friend or relative in relation to the incident, and inform your lawyer of each expense.
Even small costs such as hospital parking receipts or takeaways bought because you couldn’t cook as a result of your injuries can be taken into consideration.
We have a personal injury calculator that can help you estimate how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Ask your lawyer questions
It may sound simple, but making sure you’re asking your lawyer all the questions you want answered is also helpful when it comes to securing a compensation claim after an injury.
This is your claim and you have a right to know what’s going on, even if you think the question may not be important or relevant.
Our team of solicitors are understanding and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about a compensation claim in Scotland.