How to Maximise Your Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
Accidents happen. They are a guaranteed part of our daily lives, from sleepily stirring salt into our morning coffee to falling off your bicycle on the way to work. Unfortunately, sometimes these accidents can be rather serious – and are often avoidable.
If you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether suffering one of 50,000 annual workplace injuries or tripping in a public place, you may be entitled to compensation. But mishandling your case could lead to less money coming your way. So, how can you maximise your compensation with regard to your case?
Though there are many factors that affect the relative success of a given personal injury case, the one that will have the most impact is, above all, evidence. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled before judgement, and providing documentation, video footage and strong eyewitness testimony is key to illustrating the strength of your case.
The more you can provide the court in aid of your claim and the damages you seek, the more robust your case will be and the more likely you are to receive a settlement with which you are comfortable. Failing that, your wealth of evidence will stand you in good stead for court proceedings.
See a Doctor
If you have suffered a personal injury, your natural response will have been to visit a doctor in order to ascertain the extent of the damage. Not only can this visit help you with recovery, but it can also be crucial to the success of your claim. With extensive medical notes on your condition, and a statement from the doctor indicating the origins of the injury, you can eliminate any potential suggestions that the injury is exaggerated, or not caused by the defendant against whom you are claiming.
Seek Professional Consultation
Entering in a personal injury claim is nigh-impossible without the right expert legal representation – but choosing your representation carefully can improve your case’s standing, and give you a higher chance of receiving the maximum compensation. As an example, you may have suffered an accident at work in Scotland, where there are some key differences to England in terms of process. As such, seeking advice from a personal injury solicitor that specialises in Scotland-based personal injury claims would be shrewd.
Lastly, you may be tempted to take your time with a claim. The time limit for entering a claim for a negligence-based personal injury claim is three years, which can be helpful for building a robust claim. However, the longer you wait the less enthusiastic your witnesses may be to contribute to your case – and the less reliable their testimony gets. It is important to start proceedings as soon as possible, for the integrity of your case.