Five Things to Remember When Making An Accident Compensation Claim
By AdFeatures | Friday, November 02, 2012, 13:33
In the aftermath of an accident of any severity, those involved are likely to experience a certain amount of disruption and unease – making it easy to forget what to do. Keeping a clear head and taking the necessary steps can improve your chances of attaining success with a compensation claim, but there are plenty of other things to remember too, including the following:
1. Take photos of the scene
One of the best ways to record the events following an accident is to take photos of the scene. This will ensure no important details are omitted from the claim and provide valuable evidence which can be used in the case.
2. Try For Witness Statements
If there were any witnesses to the accident, it is a great idea to obtain a statement from them. An independent account is highly valuable in court and should be pursued if possible. If you manage to take a statement from one or more witnesses, it is best to take their contact details and ask whether they would mind being contacted if their testimonial is required for the case.
3. Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Of course, the most important thing to remember when making an accident compensation claim is to seek medical attention immediately after the event. Not only is your health the most important factor in these proceedings but you will need the opinion of a health professional if your claim is to be successful.
Even if you show no physical signs of injury, it is important you get a thorough health check performed by a qualified professional. Obtaining an official record of your injuries, whether physical, emotional or psychological, can also strengthen your case and give you further basis for a claim should you experience further difficulties in the future.
4. Don’t Leave The Claim Too Long
There is usually a time restriction in place on accident claims for them to be considered legitimate. Consequently, it is important that you don’t leave it too long before you make your case.
Delaying the process will automatically weaken your case as details concerning the accident may become clouded or muddled in your mind; particularly if you didn’t record them at the time. This can be a real problem when it comes to legal proceedings, especially if there is a lack of hard evidence.
5. Find The Right Legal Service
Finding the right legal service to make your accident compensation claim will usually be one of the most important decisions you make in the aftermath of the accident. It’s a good idea to go for a company that has a history of working with accident claims, is easy to contact and establishes a friendly, helpful and professional working relationship.
Your choice of legal representation could be the difference between a successful and unproductive compensation claim so make sure you choose a company with an excellent reputation.