Almost one in two adults in Western Europe have been injured in an accident in the last five years – whether it is through a workplace incident, road traffic accident or even a slip or trip in a supermarket.
Personal injuries can range from soft tissue damage or broken bones, through to permanent disability, and can have a severe impact on your quality of life. Yet amazingly enough, only one in three victims go on to make a claim.
While making a claim may seem a daunting prospect for many, here are some ideas that will take you through the personal injury claims process and provide you with a better understanding to help you make a successful personal injury claim.
No matter how big or small the injury, compensation is intended to provide financial support for any area of your life that has been affected by your accident, such as providing access to relevant medical services and replacing any loss of earnings caused as a result of the accident.
Until your claim has been assessed by a specialist personal injury solicitor it is difficult to say exactly what level of compensation you may be entitled to.
You should be wary of anyone who makes promises to gain you thousands of Euros in compensation before they have been able to fully assess your case.
The first criteria for any personal injury compensation claim is that the injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault. The second factor is that there must be a third party that, at least, partial blame can be attributed to.
What must I prove to win compensation?
In order to win your case you will need to show that:
There is a person or organisation against whom a claim can potentially be made
He or she had a duty to prevent your injury, and could have taken reasonable steps to avoid that injury
The injury suffered was a direct and foreseeable consequence of the failure to take reasonable steps to avoid injuring you.
Your specialist personal injury solicitor’s first job is to look at who is to blame and why. This may involve collecting evidence such as statements from witnesses, documents and official reports.