How to Claim
Have you suffered a personal injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accidents can be traumatic and often have serious lasting impacts. You might need to find a new job, be unable to attend work, or have trouble caring for your children. Whether you’ve been in a road traffic accident or an accident at work, adjusting to life afterwards can be difficult. If you’re struggling, we’re here to help.
After your accident, injury lawyers at Watermans will help you get the best medical care, build a strong case for making a personal injury claim, settle your claim, and work towards helping you acclimatise to life afterwards. Best of all, our no win no fee policy ensures that if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
We understand that it can be daunting to make a personal injury claim—especially if you haven’t previously used a solicitor. Our specialist team of personal injury lawyers have helped lots of people just like you to get the compensation they deserve. From the initial accident to adjusting to life afterwards, our handy guide will walk you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and, ultimately, help you get back to everyday life.
Our Simple Guide to Personal Injury Compensation
Adjusting to life after your accident can be difficult. Depending on the severity, you may have to make significant lifestyle changes. You could need long-term medical care, be unable to care for your children, or have to make adaptations to your home. Your employment may also be impacted if you’re unable to return (at least immediately) to work. These changes can have serious consequences on you and your family, and will be considered as part of your personal injury claim.
You and your family need help to rebuild your life, so your compensation claim will also focus on your future.
It’s time to approach a personal injury solicitor
As personal injury solicitors, we frequently meet clients who tell us that they were worried about approaching us to see if they had a claim, so we understand it can be daunting. If you’ve been injured in an accident in Scotland within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, then you should seek advice. Plus, with our no win no fee policy, you won’t need to worry about solicitor fees, because if we don’t win you don’t pay.
There’s no need to suffer in silence. We’re here to help you get your life back on track and support you in every step along the way. Speak with one of our injury solicitors today.
If you’ve had an accident in the last three years that took place in Scotland and wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Each case is different and, as such, we recommend a personal consultation. During this consultation, we’ll assess your situation and provide advice on what you can claim for, including coverage for your injuries and any associated impact such as out-of-pocket expenses.
How much could you claim?
In order to accurately determine the amount you could claim, it’s important to keep any receipts related to your injury, such as transport costs or treatment bills. Find out how much you could claim by using our personal injury compensation calculator.
Legal process for personal injury claims
After your initial consultation, we’ll send a formal letter to the ‘at fault’ party. This letter will explain our intention to pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf. At this point, the ‘at fault’ party will normally contact a solicitor or their insurance company.
There are two options for settling a personal injury claim. Approximately 98% of our cases are resolved out of court. We’ll work with you to establish the maximum amount of compensation you can claim, and then negotiate with the ‘at fault’ party.
If a settlement isn’t agreed, the personal injury claim will be taken to court. Typically, the ones that are taken to court are more technical or involve a higher financial value. In the courtroom, a judge will determine how much you are entitled to and who is at fault. If this happens, we’ll support and represent you at every stage—at no cost to you.
Whether you’ve had an accident at work or been involved in a road traffic accident, it’s important to seek medical attention. Even if you think it’s only a minor injury, medical appointments are essential, as not only will your doctor be able to prevent any complications, but they will also create a written record of your injuries and confirm their severity. The doctor’s report is important for your personal injury claim if you’re unable to return to work.
Road Traffic Accident
A road traffic accident can happen in the blink of an eye and can cause severe physical injury. From whiplash to mortality, the results of road traffic accidents are serious. Over 20,000 occur each year in the UK and a large number of these can be avoided.
What should you do if you’re in a road traffic accident?
It’s important to know how to handle an accident. Even if you think only minor damage has been done, under the Road Traffic Act you must stop your car. Turn off your engine and use your hazard lights to alert other drivers, then immediately call 999 to get medical assistance for anyone who has been hurt.
How to start building your personal injury claim
Depending on your wellbeing, you should start building your personal injury case at the scene of the accident. If you’re able, make sure to photograph the accident as this could help with any future claim. If this isn’t possible, it may be beneficial to return at a later date to document the location and injuries.
We also recommend you write down your experience as soon as possible. After suffering trauma, it’s quite common to forget or lose clarity about what exactly happened because the brain naturally attempts to block negative or painful memories.
It’s also essential to collect crucial information (including names, contact details, vehicle registration numbers, physical descriptions, and insurance details) of any witnesses or the party ‘at fault’. We can use this information later to gather evidence and file your personal injury claim.
Accidents at Work
Each year over 600,000 non-fatal accidents occur at work and cause personal injuries. According to the Health & Safety Executive, nearly 50% of all workplace accidents are either a result of slips and trips or lifting and handling. It’s important to follow health and safety protocol to prevent any accidents at work.
What should you do if you’re in an accident at work?
When an accident occurs at work, it’s important to report it to your employer who should document it in the accident book. If your employer doesn’t have an accident book, you should create a written record of the situation and provide a copy to your boss. Often, employees don’t report incidents as they may seem inconsequential. While you could simply suffer minor lower back pain or a twisted ankle, failing to report the accident can seriously damage your personal injury case.
How to start building your personal injury claim
In addition to written documentation, we also recommend that our clients take images of the location and of their injuries. If possible, they should also try to obtain the contact details of witnesses. However, coworkers may be unwilling to serve as witnesses if they are worried about jeopardising their position in the company.