Making a personal injury claim is sometimes a long process, which can be frustrating. However, there are certain things you can do to help to ensure your claim runs smoothly, increasing the chances of our hardworking teams getting the result you need as quickly as possible.
It’s likely that you will have to have an independent medical examination to help support your claim. This will normally involve talking about your injury and any symptoms you’ve experienced since the accident with an independent medical expert. Following this examination, the expert will compile a medical report.
This is a key part of your claim and will contain information on how the injuries affected your daily life. For example, if you have to claim for out-of-pocket expenses as you now have to rely on people to help you cook and clean, this is best supported by medical evidence.
The medical report will also confirm what is a reasonable time for you to have been absent from work due to the injuries sustained.
The report forms the basis for the award of damages and your solicitor will use the medical evidence to help him/her value the claim for damages.
What can you do?
To make sure your claim progresses quickly, making yourself available for a medical examination as soon as possible and giving as much detail as you can during this session can really help.
You will also need to sign a form confirming your approval of the medical report before your claim can progress, so doing this quickly will also speed things up.
Witness statements are another important part of supporting your personal injury claim as they provide independent evidence that your accident happened in the way you say it did. Statements can be provided by colleagues if your injury happened at work, or people you don’t know if you were involved in a road traffic collision.
You will give us any details of witnesses and we will approach them for statements. This means you don’t have to do anything but provide their contact information.
What can you do?
Providing witness contact details as soon as you can will help your claim progress faster. Any information on how they were involved with the accident and whether you know them or not is also useful.
To find out more about the claims process speak to one of our experienced team.