Over the years, several accident cases have occurred and quite a large number of Americans involved in these accidents have suffered personal injuries. This compelled lots of people to seek accident claim compensations or damages from the party that caused the accident, many of which are usually unsuccessful. In this article, we will look at some of the factors that can help to increase the success rate of accident claim compensations.
Time Factor: Lot of attorneys will not be willing to deal with an accident case that occurred over 3 years ago. All personal injuries have a limitation period of three years and if the case is yet to be settled or no court of law has issued any proceedings prior to that time, then the case become statute barred. However, there are exceptions to this notion. The most essential one being that time does not start to run until a person gets to the age of 18 years. There are other exceptions and advice on accident claim should always be sought in cases that relate to limitation.
Injuries: The physician who initially treated the injury will keep medical information and details, which are very important when making a claim. The solicitor will use these documents as proof of the cause and type of the injury and if necessary will seek another specialist’s medical opinion as the case progresses. It is therefore very essential that medical guidance or advice is obtained as soon as possible after any accident either from General Specialist or from the Accident and Emergency department of a local hospital.
The Cops: A professional accident claims attorney will liaise with any cops who witnessed the accident or the events that occurred soon after the accident and will usually acquire a duplicate of police accident report which will be made available as soon as any appropriate criminal prosecutions are completed. A police officer may be called to give proof in any municipal lawsuit for damages if necessary.
Eye Witnesses: Most times there are eye witnesses and it significantly helps the case if their statements are collected instantly. However, these statements should never be acquired personally by the person that sustained the injury. An attorney or a private inquiry agent employed on behalf of the client will usually acquire finalized signed statements which will confirm the client’s version of events.
Load of Evidence: The more proof and information collected, the greater the success rate. Clients are advised to take detailed pictures of any injury and the location. A daily record or diary charting the recovery from injury is also useful in evaluating any compensation due for pains and discomfort. This should include any records on what kind of activities you can no longer enjoy, or how the discomfort has advert effects on your ability to have fun with a ‘quality” life. Receipts, Invoices and other documents for all expenses incurred should meticulously kept and appropriately filed. (Ensure to make copies).