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How a Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help You With Your Accident Claims

Jun 19, 2008
If you are ever injured due to someone else's negligence, you are entitled to file an accident claim to receive damages. Common accident claims are from driving accidents, a trip and fall on someone else's property, and accidents at work, to name just a few as personal injury law covers many different fields and types of accidents. However, whatever the basis for your accident claim, you first need to know a few basic steps to ensuring a successful claim.

The first step is to truly assess the extent of your injuries. Often, especially if you are particularly angry about the situation, it's easy to blow injuries out of proportion in our minds and what's a minor scrape now becomes something much bigger. After this, if you determine that the injury is large enough to proceed further with filing a claim, the next step is to hire a personal injury solicitor. Insurance companies often don't want to pay damages and you will need a personal injury solicitor to negotiate, speak to the insurance companies, and lead you the rest of the way through the process.

A personal injury solicitor will inform you of when you need to file and what documentation you should be providing. The time frame is important because there is only a certain amount of time after the accident when a claim will be admissible. You will also need to see a doctor and ask for him to document your injuries so that the court will be able to verify the claim and award appropriate damages. Your personal injury solicitor will also inform you that you will need to submit a police report. This is applicable if the injury was of a great enough extent that the police needed to be called to the scene to provide their own documentation.

As you are preparing your claim with your personal injury solicitor, they will be able to calculate for you the damages that you can expect to receive. This information is very important because illogical requests for much more money than is needed will not often be taken seriously by the courts. The next step is to file the claim and here is another area when the personal injury solicitor becomes extremely important. Having years of experience in this field, a lawyer will know the exact protocol and how to go about filing a claim. They will recheck the claim several times and may continue to confer with you regarding the claim's accuracy. It's important there are no errors on the claim as this can hold the entire process up.

Now that the claim has been filed, there is a chance that you will need to appear in court to testify as to what happened and how you determined the amount of damages. Before you even find out your court date, begin contacting anyone who saw the accident and ask them if they will appear as an eyewitness for you in court.

Filing an accident claim it may sound easy but knowing the intricate ways of the law and how certain procedures are done can be very difficult. It's important to hire a personal injury solicitor to help walk you through this process. Their many years of experience will be invaluable to you!
About the Author
David Phillips and Partners is a nationwide firm of solicitors (lawyers) regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority to provide legal services and advice on accident claim . It has all the potential information to claim on accidents at work DP&P also ensures the maximum possible compensation for you in the shortest possible time. DP&P pursue claims on a 'no win, no fee' basis.
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