A brief guide to compensation claims

There are many types of incidents that may lead to compensation claims. For example, you may be injured in:

  • road traffic accidents
  • workplace accidents
  • a trip or fall on the pavement
  • medical negligence

If you have suffered pain and discomfort as a result of somebody else’s actions or failure to act it may be worth speaking to a personal injury lawyer.

What will you have to do?

You may be nervous about approaching a lawyer because you are worried about the costs involved. However, compensation claims are often run on the basis of a “no win no fee” agreement. If your claim is not successful, the lawyer does not get paid.

In a “no win no fee” case, a lawyer will listen carefully to the information that you can provide. They will only take on your case if they have a great deal of confidence that you may win. After all, if you do not, they will have been working for nothing!

What the lawyer will typically expect from you includes a detailed account of what happened and co-operation in terms of attending medical appointments and gathering evidence.

Will you have to stand up in court?

This depends on how the case proceeds. First you may have to give evidence in a written down statement which your lawyer will help you prepare. If you are not confident about writing formal documents do not worry as help will be on hand from your team of solicitors.

Before anyone sets foot in a courtroom there is normally a period of negotiation where the parties’ respective lawyers may try to “settle” the claim, which mean that a sum of compensation may be agreed.

If yours is a claim for car accident compensation your lawyers normally deal with the insurance company who insured the person who caused your accident.

If the case is settled at this point (which many are), you may not have to even enter a courtroom. However, if no agreement can be reached, you may have to go to court.

If your case is one of the few compensation claims that does go to court, some cases may be decided on the basis of evidence that has been written down. In the event that your accident claims lawyer does need you to appear in person, you may rest assured that he or she will guide you through the whole process.

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