If you have recently been involved in an accident and you are planning to claim compensation, you will want to ensure you are awarded everything you are entitled to. Below is a guide which will help you to lodge a successful compensation claim.
Check the time limit on the claim
Different states have different time limits in which you can legally claim compensation. If you do not claim within a certain time period, you may forfeit all rights to claim for injury and distress caused by your accident. You should ask your lawyer to check the time limit for filing a claim so you do not miss out.
Record all details of the accident in the accident book
If you have an accident at work, or in someone else's business premises or shop, you should immediately ask that details of the accident are recorded in the official accident book. You should not take anyone's word that this has been done without seeing a copy of the report yourself. If the accident is not properly recorded in the accident book, this could lead to problems with your claim if a dispute occurs.
Do not miss any medical appointments
If you are referred to a doctor or other medical professional for treatment of injuries sustained during the accident, it is vitally important that you attend every appointment. Failure to attend could be interpreted as an indication that you were not seriously injured.
Be willing to settle out of court
It is quite common for large companies to offer out-of-court settlements to those who have been injured on its premises, especially if the legal team representing the defendant admit fault. By settling out of court, the defendant could substantially reduce their legal fees and court cost.
If the offer made by the other party is fair, you should seriously consider accepting it. Although it can be tempting to want your day in court, you must remember that there is no guarantee that the court will rule in your favour, which would result in you receiving no compensation as well as having to pay any legal cost. Your lawyer will be able to advise you about the benefits of any settlement offer you receive.
By following this advice, you can ensure that your claim is successful and that you receive the compensation you deserve. If you would like further advice about making a compensation claim, you should contact a compensation lawyer in your area.