RSS Feed

Related Articles

Related Categories

How to seek legal advice after an injury

27th February 2013 Print

Companies get away with a lot of things, but don’t let them get away with negligence at work. If you were injured in an accident and believe that it’s the business’ fault, you should consider claiming to cover the costs owed to you in lost income and suffering. Get compensation that truly reflects the damage they’ve caused you. And here’s how:

Do you have grounds for a personal injury claim?

It’s as simple as: if you’ve been injured and you can prove that it was due to another’s negligence, you have a case. Some ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors will only take on claims that’ll almost certainly succeed in court, as their pay cheque depends on defeating the opposition. The best way to make sure that you get the right support is to build-up a strong case, packed with evidence.

Gathering evidence

As soon as you receive your personal injury, seek out medical assistance. Some lawyers will argue that your condition wasn’t severe if you didn’t immediately see a doctor. Also, the damage may be greater than you first thought, so always be cautious. In court, not seeking out medical attention can be seen as an attempt to exacerbate your injuries.

Keep the documents that show loss of income. Any expenses that arise out of the accident should be filed, so you can claim them back in court.

Photographs can be solid evidence, so use a camera phone (if you have one) to take pictures of the scene. This can be pivotal in highlighting health and safety malpractices.

Witnesses are indispensable evidence. Try to remember who was at the incident and take down their details. You can extract a statement from them or ask for them to appear in court and give evidence against the defendant.

Contact a personal injury solicitor

As soon as possible, get in touch with a personal injury company for advice. Usually the first consultation is completely free, so you can ascertain if you truly have a case or not. Getting the ball rolling straight away will work in your favour. Share everything with your attorney. If you don’t practice complete honesty, you could be in trouble further down the line.

Consider a settlement

If the company admits liability, your solicitor may be able to negotiate an agreement that means you won’t have to drag them into court. This is a mutually beneficial option, for the right compensation, as it means that neither party has to pay court expenses and the matter can be resolved quickly, without drawn-out legal proceedings. Look to your lawyer to manage and advise on the outcome of these negotiations.

Going to court

The company may not be forthcoming, especially if your injuries are serious, so don’t be afraid to escalate the case now. This can be an exceptionally hectic time for you, but your solicitor should guide you through the process, every step of the way. Good luck with getting the compensation that you deserve!

Provided for Jigsaw Law, showcasing their desire to help people a clearer understanding of how legal advice should be sought – please follow them on Twitter here @Jigsaw_Law or visit their address location at: Jigsaw Law, Pioneer House, Pioneer Business Park, North Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65.