If you are thinking about making a car accident claim, you likely have many questions about how the process works. Below, you will find information about how your car accident lawyer will build your case, to win you the financial compensation that you deserve.
Ascertain your eligibility
First and foremost, your eligibility for making a claim has to be established. You only have three years from the date your accident happened to claim, and you cannot be wholly responsible for the accident in which you were injured to be eligible for compensation.
Ascertaining your level of liability
The most vital aspect of any car accident claim is to prove that you were not liable for the accident in which you were injured. Your car accident claim lawyer will achieve this through an investigative process, which will see the collation of evidence.
Evidence that your accident claim lawyer may use to support your claim includes witness statements, video recordings including those from CCTV and mobile phones, emergency service reports, medical reports and photographs of the accident location and your injuries.
Ascertaining the true extent of your injuries
The second most important aspect of any car accident claim is to prove that you have the injuries you claim to have. The only way this can be achieved is by yourself attending a medical examination set up by your lawyer. The examination will be conducted by an expert in your injuries a few weeks into the claims process, and the following will be ascertained:
- The extent of your injuries;
- A recovery period for your injuries;
- A prognosis for the future;
- Details on the acceleration of any pre-existing medical conditions.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may have to attend more than one medical examination. This is normal in cases where the claimant has suffered several injuries, or physical and psychological trauma. With this medical report to hand, your solicitor will have evidence to back up your settlement demand, which is the term used to describe the amount of compensation you demand from the other side from your injuries.
Presenting your case to the other side
Your case will be presented to other side once your accident claim lawyer is certain that they can provide sufficient proof to see your claim accepted. Once it has been submitted, the length of time it takes to process your claim depends on the efficiency of the other side.
Find out more about how your accident claim lawyer will build your case
Call our free, no obligation claims helpline today on 0800 157 1437 to find out more about the claims process and how your accident lawyers will win you compensation.