What People Don’t Know About Compensation Claims
If you are thinking about making a claim for compensation, you will probably want to know where to begin and what is going to be entailed. More and more people make claims for injuries and accidents today, as the adverts on television have made them more aware of the options that are available to them. With that being said, below, we are going to reveal some of the important things you need to know about making a claim.
You don’t need to hire a lawyer…but you should.
When it comes to making a compensation claim, you don’t actually need to hire a lawyer. However, making a claim without legal aid is a big, big mistake! If you don’t have any experience in law, the opposing party will use this to their advantage. Often, you will end up settling for much less than you would if you had hired an experienced legal company, like Hasbrook & Hasbrook. There have also been cases whereby people have missed out on compensation altogether because they have tried to handle the claim process themselves.
There is a time limit on most claims
Unfortunately, you cannot make a claim whenever you feel like it. This is because there is a time limit on all personal injury claims. This tends to be three years. However, there are some exceptions and it does depend on the circumstances of your claim. For instance, if you have experienced hearing loss because of your working environment, this is something that tends to happen over time. Therefore, you will usually have three years from the date of your diagnosis, rather than three years from the date of the accident, as it is often not possible to determine when the incident occurred.
You can make a claim for your loss of earnings
The third thing that a lot of people do not realise when it comes to personal injury claims is that they can claim money for loss of earnings. You are going to be able to make a claim for any expenses that you have experienced because of the incident you were involved in and the injuries you have suffered. This could be anything from medical costs to the cost of childcare while you recover. You can also claim for loss of earnings. This not only includes the time you have already spent off work but you will also be able to claim for any future loss of earnings as well if it has been concluded that you will probably need to spend more time off work in the future. When it comes to the latter, your future earning potential and your current wage are considered.
So there you have it: everything you need to know about making a compensation claim. We hope that the information that has been provided has helped to give you a greater insight into how to make a compensation claim and what you can expect from the process.
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