Claiming personal injury compensation after you have recovered

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In the main, we find that the majority of people who instruct us to help them find the right solicitor to pursue their claim for personal injury compensation are still suffering from their injuries.  There are all sorts of things to consider when looking into making a claim and some of these relate to the injury.  Of course, a claimant needs to be motivated to pursue a claim and if an injury is not particularly serious, the motivation may well not be there.  That’s fair enough and, the severity of an injury needs to be assessed as only injuries above a minimum level of severity will qualify the claimant to make a claim on a ‘No Win No Fee’  basis.

For the best and easiest outcome, it is always wise to avoid delay and begin the claims process whilst your injuries are still fresh and can be better identified by your solicitor and the various experts appointed to report on your condition.  Delaying a claim can have unwanted consequences and waiting until you have fully recovered before claiming compensation for your personal injury may not be the wisest thing to do.  Apart from the difficulty to then prove how badly the injury effected your day-to-day activities and usual way of life, if you have already recovered when you commence your claim, you may miss out on being able to access specialist rehabilitation therapies as a part of your claim.

What to do if you have recovered from your injuries

Of course, the best outcome for any person affected by a personal injury is to make a full recovery in the quickest possible time.  A full recovery is a priceless outcome and one we all hold as the highest goal.  However, just because a full recovery is made, it doesn’t mean that a claimant should not pursue their claim for personal injury compensation.  They still suffered injury, had difficulties with day-to-day life such as being unable to work and being left without an income and possibly incurring additional costs in normal life if they couldn’t drive or needed care and assistance etc.

If you have recovered you can still claim compensation – as long as you make your claim before your claim limitation period (usually 3 years from the date of your accident or diagnosis) expires.  As long as you have received medical treatment for your injuries, your solicitor will be able to use your medical notes as evidence to support the claim made for injuries and provide a valuation for the settlement that you are claiming.  This evidence, combined with other proof such as an accident book entry at the site of the accident, will confirm that you were injured and should enable your solicitor to prove liability against the 3rd party.

One positive thing about claiming compensation when you have fully recovered is that you will be able to state fully how long you suffered for, describe all of the medical treatments that you underwent and also be fully aware of any losses you have incurred.

Questions

We’re used to being asked lots of questions when it comes to making a claim for personal injury compensation and we’re happy to do our best to answer them, so don’t worry if there is something you want to ask us.  You’ll always get a friendly and helpful response.  Whether you call us on 01225 430285, fill in the contact form or comment on our articles to get your questions answered, we try to make sure that Direct2Compensation gives you the information you need to have the confidence to pursue your claim for personal injury compensation.

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  1. Can I make a claim after 3 years? I could not claim because I had no one to claim for me and I could not do it due to brain injury that I had and the loss of speech.

    • Robert

      It is almost impossible to do anything after the 3-year period has passed, but in very extreme circumstances something may be possible. I am not sure that you would be able to do anything but there would be no harm in emailing me some further info to: ian@:direct2compensation.co.uk so that I can make some investigations on your behalf and see if anyone is able to make any helpful suggestions and help you with this.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Ian

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