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Personal Injury Claims

Updated on June 1, 2013

Types of Injuries

Personal injury claims can be due to a variety of accident types including trips or slips in public places, work related, and road accidents. Many people are not aware that each type of personal injury claim is different, and must also be filed according to the laws of that particular type of accident claim.

Work Related Injuries

If you get hurt or injured on the job, no matter how insignificant it may seem, report the injury to your supervisor immediately. An official report will be placed in the company's accident report book. This book is proof of any accidents within the company, and also helps employers review safety rules to help reduce the possibility of this type of incident happening again.

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Road Accidents

If you are involved in a road accident be sure to call the appropriate law enforcement agency so that you will have the police report to when you file your claim. The police report should describe the accident in details, and the investigating officer will give the claimant a copy of the report for his compensation claim.

Hitting an animal on the road is considered a personal injury case, but if you are on someone else's property it will be considered as a criminal assault case.

Injuries from Slips, Trips, and Falls

To file a personal injury claim due to an injury from a fall, a solicitor must be contacted by the claimant. Full details must be disclosed to the solicitor, who will then get in touch with the party at fault to talk about a suitable compensation.

Other Types of Personal Injuries

  • libel
  • slander
  • dog bites
  • drug injuries
  • wrongful death
  • exposure to toxins
  • medical malpractice
  • nursing home abuses
  • defective product injuries

Be sure to check around before deciding on legal representation. Many law offices will take cases on a "no win, no fee" basis.

Things Needed to File a Personal Injury Claim

  • Seek medical help for any injuries, no matter how minor. Be sure to see that the doctor includes the details of the accident leading up to the injury for proof of injuries.
  • Collect bills, receipts and a discharge summary for time and money spent due to the injury.
  • Appoint a legal adviser or a personal injury solicitor to help file a fair compensation.

Will I Have To Go To Trial ?

Ninety-five percent of personal injury cases are settled out of court, prior to a trial. This is a decision by the individual and depends on how strong of a case you present for a trial. There are literally hundreds of online solicitors, advisors, and attorneys, so it isn't too difficult to find one with a trusted reputation.

Settlement usually works to everyone's advantage, it eliminates litigation costs and the worry of what verdict a judge or jury may render. Settlements are typically faster than a trial, yet be alert to those that seem to settle a little too quickly. Quick settlements are usually not a fair compensation and should be checked out more thoroughly.

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