Are There Any Factors That Could Harm My Accident Claim And How Can I Avoid Them?

Most people worry about something out of their control affecting their accident claim. The good news is that there’s very little that can overly harm your accident claim, although there are some things that can slow the claims process down. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Inconsistent medical reports

When you were injured, you’ll have had some form of medical treatment. If you visited hospital or a GP, this will now be on your record. The next step is to go for a medical examination during your claim – any inconsistency here could harm your claim.

How to avoid it

Ensure that during the medical examination set up by your solicitor that you go through all of your symptoms and make it clear that your initial symptoms have gotten worse.

  1. Lack of evidence

The most common reason for claim rejection is because the other part won’t accept liability for your accident. This can be for a variety of reasons, however the most common is a lack of information in the case – specifically vital evidence, such as witness statements.

How to avoid it

Build a strong case with undisputable evidence. Collect all visual evidence you can, such as CCTV recordings and photographs, to back up your claim and present this to the defendant.

  1. Claim value

Another common reason for claim rejection is because the other party doesn’t agree with the claim value. The value can be contested at any time by the other party, and they may offer a lower payout or ask your solicitor to come up with a new figure.

How to avoid it

Be fair and proportionate with your claim value – general damages and special damages should accurately reflect the pain, suffering and financial hardships caused by your accident.

  1. When your accident happened

You have three years from your date of limitation (the date your injury became clear) to make a claim for financial compensation, except if you have been treated under the Mental Health Act 1983 or you were a minor (under 18) at the time. In these cases, the time limit can be extended, or if you are still a minor an adult can claim on your behalf.

How to avoid it

Claim within three years of your injury. Remember that your date of limitation may differ to the date your accident happened – if you are not sure of your date of limitation, contact a solicitor to find out whether or not you are still eligible to make a claim for compensation.

If you are concerned about any of the factors mentioned above, discuss your case with UK Claim Lawyers today on 0800 157 1438 or visit us here to find out more.

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