Sunday, 22 January 2012

How to claim compensation

If you have suffered personal injury as a result of an accident that you believe was the responsibility of another party, then you may be wondering how to claim compensation.

At or near to the event itself

The first step is to ensure that you are in possession of all of the facts relating to your accident. That is not quite as intimidating as it may sound - you simply need to be clear as to when and where it happened and the circumstances leading up to it.

It is a fact of life that human memory may be liable to become hazy on points of detail over time, so it might be advisable for you to make some personal notes on the key circumstances and facts, as close to the actual event as possible. (Also, see our Top Tips below).

If anyone witnessed the accident, it might be useful if you are able to record their name and address and a brief summary of what they saw and believe happened.

Finally, it might also be useful for you to keep notes of any medical treatment or help you received at the time the accident took place - and on an ongoing basis.

Some of these things may not be essential in order for you to progress accident claims, however, the more information you have available to support your position, the easier it may be for us to obtain just compensation on your behalf.

Afterwards and ongoing

In some cases, the responsible parties may accept their liability. In other situations, unfortunately, they may be less inclined to do so.

In either situation, you may need professional help to progress your claim.

In the case of people that accept liability, there may be a tendency for them to seek to minimise the cost implications in terms of the compensation they pay. Professional help in this area may allow you to quantify what you may be due by way of claims compensation.

In the case of disputed liability, you may need expert legal help in order to obtain a judgment in your favour.

That is where a no-win no-fee arrangement with an organisation such as Bentley Accident Claims may be able to help you to understand both how to progress a disputed claim for compensation and more importantly, to achieve it.


- Some people carry around a throwaway camera in their glove compartment in case of witnessing or being involved in a road traffic accident.

- Dating any photographic evidence may always be useful. So, if you trip or slip on a faulty pavement for example, get a newspaper for that day and take a photo with the date of the paper and headline visible.

- Similarly, if you twist your foot on a deep pot hole, taking a photograph evidencing the depth (such as showing a ruler) may be useful.