To make your personal injury claim as speedy as possible there are three main things to do:
1) Have all the information needed ready before you contact the helpline
2) Respond quickly to queries and supplying further information they may need
3) Make the claim sooner rather than later while everything is fresh in the minds of all concerned
Have All the Information Ready
There is quite a bit of information the law firm will need to start your claim, but it sounds worse than it is, so much of it is basic fact you will have no trouble providing it. They will need to know:
- Your personal details
- The details of who the claim is to be made against
- When the accident happened – it should be no more than three years ago unless there are exceptional circumstances
- What type of accident you had – there is an endless list of the accidents you could have been involved in, but they all come within the scope of personal injury claims
- What are your injuries and how severe are they – a medical report can assist with this information because of the huge range of injuries that result from accidents
- What impact have the injuries had on your life and those close to you?
- Have you had extra expenses to pay because of the accident? You should keep receipts or invoices for them all as you will need to prove you have had to pay them
- Have you lost earnings because of the accident? Proof of lost income will be need in the form of wages slips or a letter from your employer or accountant
Having all this information to hand will mean the claims advisors will be able to complete all the initial paperwork immediately rather than having to wait for you to gather everything.
You can cause delays in the processes yourself if you do not respond to requests for information as quickly as possible. The injury lawyers only ask for things they really need to try and make yours a quick claim and quick responses can only help this. If you are not able to supply what they are after, be honest and tell them because they may be able to find some other way of dealing with that particular question.
Sooner Rather than Later
When you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, with a few exceptions, you have three years from the date of the incident to start the processes of a personal injury compensation claim. Experience shows that the sooner a claim is made, the quicker it is dealt with by everyone, and the more successful it is likely to be. There can be no real reasons for this except that the events are still fresh in the minds of all concerned, so the evidence is more readily accepted after a short time than after nearly three years.