Filing a personal injury claim can be a complicated process, and it can be easy to make mistakes.
After an accident, emotions run high, and stress or confusion can make the entire event seem overwhelming, leading to errors that could be costly when it comes to claiming compensation.
The trauma, injuries, and other damages mean that legal matters re probably not at the forefront of your mind leading to delays and errors when filing a claim.
These are three reasons why it is important to contact an expert personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after you have been in an accident.
Five tips from The Law Offices of Ronald J Resimi to ensure that your claim is filed correctly in order to ensure the greatest chance of success are detailed below, visit their website.
1. Document The Accident
An accident is a traumatic event. The emotional and mental toll that it takes can make it difficult to remember the events that led up to the accident and the actual accident accurately.
Rather than attempting to document these events immediately on your own, it is recommended to call the relevant authorities to the scene of the accident as soon as possible. They will be able to provide their own evidence of the incident. This is especially important if you have been the victim of an injury to the head.
An official report will support your claim for compensation in the event that you forget the correct sequence of events or other details at a later date.
It is also recommended to take photos of the scene if possible and save the other driver/s contact information and details on your phone.
2. Keep A Journal And Collect Evidence
Keep a daily journal of how your physical injuries and the mental or emotional trauma caused by the accident has affected your daily life.
Write about the physical and emotional pain and suffering that you have experienced, even if it seems insignificant. It is also advisable to keep your doctor informed of the physical and psychological symptoms that you are suffering. Your doctor can document your symptoms which will support your claim. Keep all medical bills, patient reports and doctors notes of treatments that you have received.
You should also keep a photographic record of your injuries. If your injuries allow, collect contact details of any people at the scene who witnessed the accident. They can provide evidence if needed at a later date.
3. Don’t Settle For Less
Victims of a personal injury often feel pressured into accepting the first offer they receive to settle their claim. It is very important to get legal advice before agreeing to a settlement offer.
Wait until all your medical treatments and procedures are complete before accepting an offer. Your recovery from your injury is likely to take time and can include ongoing treatments including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, surgical procedures, psychotherapy and so on, which will all add to your medical expenses and should form part of your settlement.
A skilled personal injury lawyer knows the tricks and underhanded methods that insurance companies employ to prevent you form getting the compensation that you deserve. Always allow a lawyer in Glasgow or Edinburgh to review any settlement offer before you decide to accept or reject it.
4. Financial Loss Statement
Keep a record of any financial losses that you may have experienced as a result of your injuries – this includes any unforeseen expenses as well as loss of income.
Our experienced lawyers understand how every expense and loss needs to be recovered and can add value to your claim.
Keep every receipt or other document related to your expenses and losses, even if they involve family and friends. This will provide documented evidence of the losses that you incurred.
Even the smallest expense like for parking at a hospital or treatment clinic. Repaying a friend or family member for fuel costs for driving you back and forth to medical appointments count. Ordering takeaways because your injury prevents you from preparing your own meals can also be added to your claim.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will take all these expenses and losses into account to provide a measurable estimate as to the worth of your claim.