If you have sustained a personal injury through no fault of your own – because of the willful act or negligence of a third party – you may be able to file a claim for personal injury; you may be able to get compensation to help you with your recovery, and to set your mind at ease with the knowledge that there is such thing as justice, no matter how imperfect it may be.
However, there are some requirements that need to be fulfilled first – your claim must be based on facts and have a strong legal foundation. Have you sustained a personal injury? Here’s your important guide to filing a claim for personal injury: the basic aspects to remember.
What’s a personal injury?
A personal injury could come in many forms. The most obvious examples are wounds or physical injuries, or diseases or illnesses. However, they can also be psychological wounds, trauma or illnesses, and they often occur together. Personal injuries can be sustained anywhere; in road accidents, from working with chemicals or asbestos, stress at work, from suffering abuse, and so on.
What to do immediately
Once a personal injury has been sustained, three things need to be done immediately:
- Seek medical assistance
- Report the accident (to your boss, the police, the insurance company, and so on)
- Gather all evidence of the accident or incident, including official reports, the contact information of witnesses, medical bills, photographs of the scene, and so on.
What to do at work
If the accident happened at work, it should immediately be recorded in the accident book. If there is no accident book, you should make a written report of the incident and send your employer a copy.
You may make a complaint (to your employer, the local authorities, a government department, and so on). However, it’s important to understand that there are certain procedures to follow, and often this results in an apology and nothing more.
Making a claim
To make a personal injury claim (and hence, to seek compensation), it’s highly advised to seek professional legal advice and consult personal injury solicitors who specialise in personal injury claims.
The goal of making a claim is, of course, to receive acknowledgement and apology for what has happened, to receive compensation to help you cope with recovery, and to ensure that similar accidents don’t happen again. For your claim to have a much higher chance of success and to make sure all the procedures are properly followed, consult a legal professional – there are many solicitors who specialise in personal injury claims and who are willing to work on a No Win, No Fee basis. If you feel you have sustained a personal injury, never hesitate.