After you’ve had an accident, shock, pain, worry and all the other emotions associated with a serious injury can often mean that thoughts of legal proceedings and compensation are the furthest thing from your mind. But when you take into account that most serious injury claims are unsuccessful or dismissed if made more than three years after accident, it becomes apparent that time is of the essence.
Luckily the claims process needn’t be stressful, over complicated or time-consuming if you follow these simple first steps:
As we mentioned before, a compensation claim is likely to be the last thing on your mind in the immediate aftermath of an accident but the truth is, the more evidence you can gather at the time, the stronger your claim will be. Try to take photographs of the scene or, if there are witnesses, take down their details as they might be able to back up your claim later. If you’re unable to do this at the time due to injury, try to ask someone you’re with or send someone afterwards. If your accident did happen some time ago, don’t worry, a good serious injury lawyer should gather evidence for you as part of your claim and can always send an expert to examine the area or access relevant CCTV footage at a later date.
It’s also important that you report your accident and have it recorded as soon as possible. If it happened in a public space, this might be to a local authority or business while your employer should be notified immediately if your accident happened at work. If you were injured at work the accident should also be logged in your company’s accident book. Making sure there is an official record of your accident will help to corroborate your claim and strengthen your position when your proceedings begin.
Make your claim as soon as possible
Lots of people aren’t aware of the unofficial ‘three year rule’ when it comes to making a serious injury claim but there are other reasons why it’s a good idea to make your claim as soon as you are capable. Firstly, you’ll be much more likely to be able to recollect details and give an accurate account of the events leading up to your accident if less time has passed since it happened. Secondly, legal proceedings can take time so the sooner you begin the sooner you are likely to receive any compensation you are owed. That’s not to say you should give up if it has been over three years since your serious injury occurred; it is always worth seeking advice as you still might be entitled to claim.
Get expert help
Unless you’re a solicitor by profession, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to navigate the claims process by yourself. For the best results, we recommend getting in touch with a serious injury specialist such as First4seriousinjury who will be able to handle your claim for you.