What is the Compensation Claim process?
A compensation claim can be quick and painless if you map out your route before you start. It's always a good idea to have a firm plan before you embark on a legal journey. Think about the equipment you will need, the advice you should seek and the options you have.
If you're ready to get started with your compensation claim, there is a fairly straightforward set of steps you should take to achieve success. In this case, success is marked by obtaining compensation for your injury and suffering. Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to completing the compensation claim process!
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1. Who's liable?
The first step is one that many personal injury victims overlook. You should start by identifying who is liable for your injury. Remember, it's only a personal injury if your suffering is the result of someone's negligence or intentional harm. You must identify who is responsible for your injury to proceed with a compensation claim.
Ask yourself these questions. Where was I injured? How was I injured? Who is responsible for health and safety where I was injured? Who owns the property where I was injured? Those answers will help you determine who is liable.
2. How hurt?
The amount of compensation you receive depends greatly on how severe your injury was and how long you were out of commission. If you had a head injury that left you unable to work for two years, you would receive more compensation than if you had a finger injury that left you unable to work for a month.
Clearly establishing how hurt you were and for how long is step two. How long were you unable to work? How much did you lose in wages? How much pain and suffering did you endure? Answer these questions and ask a medical professional to attest to your answers in writing.
3. Who will help?
The third step is finding someone to help you make and manage your compensation claim. This is where injury lawyers come into the picture. Look for someone who has experience winning compensation claims.
You can even look for someone who has a track record of success with injuries similar to yours. While personal injury law is a specialization in itself, many lawyers specialize further. There are back personal injury lawyers, head personal injury lawyers, car accident personal injury lawyers, slip and fall personal injury lawyers, and more!
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