If you have been injured and someone else was to blame, it is a good idea to seek accident claim advice to confirm if you are eligible to receive compensation. In most cases, your eligibility will be determined by who was to blame, how long ago your accident or injury occurred, and whether you needed the attention of a doctor or other medical professional as a result.
Here are some useful facts and hints about accident claim advice to help you to pursue a claim.
Accident claim advice can be free
There are many solicitors and compensation providers who are available to offer their initial advice for free. This means that you can ‘shop around’ if you wish, and gather information to be sure you are able to choose your representation carefully. In many cases, this accident claim advice is given over the phone, meaning you can do this from the comfort of your own home.
An advisor will check your eligibility
In order to make a claim, your accident will need to qualify to receive compensation. An advisor will usually be able to confirm this for you, or alternatively you can use an online tool to double check. Many compensation providers or personal injury lawyers will include an eligibility checker on their website – it is usually a quick and simple process.
Advice can come from anyone
It is important to check the validity of your source of advice – it is imperative that they have been trained in order to provide you with accident claim advice that you can trust. Compensation providers, for example, train their advisory teams to a high standard, ensuring they are able to offer sound advice as well as act with understanding and sensitivity.
Questions are important
Before you speak to an advisor, it is useful to jot down any questions you may have beforehand. Key points for consideration may be:
- Can they progress your claim on a no win, no fee basis?
- Will your legal representatives be expert in your particular injury type?
- What type of communication methods will be involved?
- How much input will be needed from you as the claimant?
- How does the claims process work?
All of these are valid questions that can and should be asked at the advice stage. Make sure that you check about anything that may be on your mind, big or small.
Considering the facts about accident claim advice will stand you in good stead should you need to make a claim for compensation? Going through a personal injury is a traumatic enough experience and seeking compensation should not add to already high stress levels. Make sure you get all of the advice you need before proceeding with your claim, ensuring you understand the process and are happy with your selected compensation provider or personal injury lawyer before instructing them to act on your behalf.
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David Brown is the head of marketing at Accident Advice Helpline, the providers of justice to thousands victims of non-fault accidents across the UK.