Starting the injury claim process can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right help on your side, you can navigate through the legalities with ease to bring you the best possible outcome for your case. Here are the steps you should take if you have fallen victim to a injury.
Seek Medical Attention
The very first thing you should do if you have been injured is seek medical attention, even if you think it’s not overly serious. Often the difference between a successful claim and one that’s not is the extent of the medical records used as evidence to support the claim. You will need to keep a detailed log of any expenses related to your injury and you should ask your doctor for a copy of your medical records after each visit. You must advise your employer of the injury and fill out an incident report as soon as you can.
What Is Classed As A Injury?
injuries fall under several categories depending on the type. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Workplace injury
- Medical negligence
- Public liability injury
Find The Right Representation
To ensure you are adequately compensated, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice. A quick internet search will reveal hundreds if not thousands of lawyers nearby. So, how do you know which one is going to represent you best? There are many areas of law and each and have their complexities. To get the absolute best result, you must find a lawyer that specialises in your type of injury claim.
How Does It Work?
You will have to contact a injury lawyer. Most of them offer free consultations over the phone and they will ask you a series of questions to determine whether you have a good case for compensation or not. The injury lawyer can give you an idea of the entitlements you may be able to claim for based on the information you have provided.
Your injury lawyer will ask you for all the evidence you have to support your claim. Relevant documentation includes medical files, employee statements, photographs of the incident if any, and proof of expenditure concerning your recovery. Once all essential evidence has been gathered, your lawyer will submit your claim to your insurer.
Most of the time the insurer will offer you a settlement amount. You can decide if this is a reasonable payment under the advice of your lawyer. If you are not happy with the figure that the insurer has offered, or your claim has been rejected, you may have to take the matter to court. Your injury lawyer will advise you on the appropriate steps to take based on your circumstances.
Ask About Their ‘No Win, No Fee’ Policy
Whilst conducting your research it is likely you will come across your fair share of ‘No Win, No Fee’ lawyers. Its standard practice for injury lawyers to offer this nowadays. Before signing anything, you should have an in-depth understanding of the fine print in the contract. Some may still require payment if they do not win, you need to be mindful of this as it can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Look for a injury firm that covers all expenses if they lose.
What Will It Cost?
The cost is a huge factor for many and you should be aware of how much the entire claim process is going to be so you don’t see yourself excessively out of pocket. injury lawyers fees vary depending on their policy. Here is what you should be looking for to save yourself money:
Capped or fixed fees – Find out if the injury lawyer works on a fixed or capped fee basis or charges by the hour. If they charge by the hour, you could see yourself paying every time you correspond with them and this can become quite expensive especially if all you need to do is ask a simple question.
If the up-front costs are covered – Even if a firm claims to cover all up-front expenses, there may be some costs they do not fund such as specialist medical reports needed to support your claim. Some injury lawyers do cover all expenses, however, they charge interest on them. Make sure you ask about this.
Timeframes Apply For Injury Claims
It is important to get the injury claim process started as soon as you can as time limits apply. Putting off your claim may see you miss out on the compensation you are entitled to. Your injury lawyer will be able to advise you of the stipulated time frame relevant to your situation. In most instances, it cannot be more than 3 years after the injury has occurred to claim compensation.
Speak To Trusted Professionals
If you have sustained a injury, speak to an experienced injury lawyer to discuss your options, you don’t have to go through it alone. Here at SouthEast Injury Lawyers, we specialise in this area of the law and have many years’ experience helping Queenslanders gain the compensation they need to get them on the road to recovery. Check out our website for more information or call our expert team on 1300 446 999.