If you are thinking about making a claim for compensation, for any reason – be it a car crash, accident at work, or anything else – you need to be prepared. After all, you don’t get a second chance to make a claim. If you miss out on compensation first time around, then you probably won’t get the justice you deserve for what has happened to you. Therefore, it is a good idea to learn about some of the most common compensation mistakes so that you can avoid them. Let’s take a look…
Say too much – One of the biggest mistakes that people make is saying too much after the incident, which can result in them implicating themselves when it was not even their fault. This is something a lot of people tend to do after a car crash, when emotions are heightened. Some things to do after a crash include getting witness details and taking photographs of the scene. Some things not to do include: losing your temper or saying that you were to blame (even if you attempt to share the blame). Keep quiet, and wait until afterwards to think about what really happened. A crash may appear to be your fault, but you may learn that the other driver was under the influence.
Waiting too long to claim – A lot of people assume that they have all of the time in the world to make a claim. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The time limit for most personal injury cases is three years, and do note that court proceedings have to be issued within this period of time. There are a few exceptions to the rule, just to make matters confusing. If you are under the age of 18, a parent can claim on your behalf, or you will have three years from the date of your 18th birthday. If you have an illness, which was caused by a situation that happened years and years ago, yet you have only just been diagnosed, you will have three years from the date of the diagnosis.
Failing to see a medical professional – This may seem like an obvious point. After all, if you have been hurt, you are going to go and see a doctor. Well, you would be surprised by how many people don’t. A lot of people hate nothing more than hospitals. Therefore, if they sustain a minor injury, they try to look after themselves at home. This is not advised. Not only is it bad for health purposes, but it will also ruin your chances of claiming. You won’t be awarded compensation simply because you say you have been injured – you need to prove that you have. This is where the doctor’s medical report comes in.
So there you have it: the three common mistakes that a lot of people make when making a claim. If you can avoid the issues mentioned above, you can give yourself the best chance of securing compensation in the quickest and smoothest manner.