Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sponsored blog post: A face to face service as part of an accident claim


If you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault and you are looking to make an accident claim, it is probably fair to say that in the days immediately after your accident, your priority is going to be on recovering, not on filling out mountains of paperwork to make your claim.  For many injured people, the prospect of making an accident claim might seem quite daunting – especially if they are still not feeling 100%.  This is why a no cost home visit service can really benefit injured accident victims as part of their claim.
As with most aspects of law in England and Wales, making an accident compensation claim requires a lot of paperwork to be filled in and exchanged between solicitors, the courts, expert witness, the claimant and the defendant.  Even with an increasing amount of the accident claims process taking place via online portals, an accident claim still entails the collection of a substantial amount of written evidence, witness statements and testimony from the accident victim.
Receiving a home visit from a representative of the solicitor dealing with your claim takes less time and doesn’t entail the travel costs associated with travelling to a meeting in the solicitor’s offices.  The meeting can be arranged around your schedule, making it possible to meet during your lunch hour or after work.  On the other hand, if you have children then your home visit could take place during the day when they are at school.  You should typically expect a home visit to last between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the type of accident claim you are going to make and how much information your solicitor has already had from you over the phone or through previous correspondence.

What to expect from a home visit
You don’t have to be worried about being bombarded by mountains of legal paperwork, at your home visit your solicitor’s representative will explain everything that you are asked to sign or fill in.  As a matter of course, anyone making a compensation claim should also be given contact details of their solicitor or the member of staff working on their claim at any point to allow them discuss their case over the phone or through email.
Typically a home visit will cover how your No Win No Fee claim will be funded, the insurance policy that is taken out on your behalf to cover you against having to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful and your solicitor’s terms and conditions.  You’ll then be asked about the circumstances of the accident and the representative will take down a brief description of the accident (you might also be asked to do a sketch plan of the accident scene).  You will probably also be asked about your injuries and how they are affecting you at work and during your daily routine.
Other topics that might be covered include your financial losses, as your solicitor will need to know how the accident has affected you financially.  This is so that he or she can make sure your accident claim covers all the money you have lost as a result of your accident.

Taking the strain out of your accident claim
The good news, if you are someone who was injured in a non-fault accident, is that the home visit service offered by Camps Solicitors really helps to make the process of claiming accident compensation simple and straightforward.  When you contact Camps, either by phone, email or through our website, our client liaison team will arrange for you to receive a home visit from one of our team of representatives to take down the important information we need from you to begin your accident compensation claim.

Author: Neil Worrall

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