Claiming compensation may sound easy. If someone has done something that negatively affected you and left you financially worse off or injured, then it figures you should be allowed to claim some compensation. All you need to do is find a lawyer and take the case to court, right?
Well, it should be that simple but, unfortunately, things can sometimes run far from smoothly. If you don’t plan your case as well as you could, you might find that your claim is thrown out of court or you are only given a small portion of what you had initially expected to receive. So, how do you ensure that you get everything that is owed to you? Here are some useful guidelines that you should try to stick to.
Report The Incident In Full
You shouldn’t delay in reporting the incident and starting a claim for compensation. Whether it is taking someone who caused a car accident to a DUI trial or taking a bad boss to an employment tribunal, it really is necessary to report the incident in full. Your solicitor will need to know every detail about the event, why you want to claim compensation, and any further details regarding injuries and medical treatment that occurred as a result of the incident.
If you withhold any information which is later disclosed, the accuracy of your initial statement could stand against you.
You Need To Comply With All Medical Treatment
If you are injured, it is imperative that you comply with all the medical treatment that doctors suggest for you. This is especially the case if you are not working because of your injuries and it is your insurance company who are replacing your wages. Your compliance with treatment could be part of your insurance contract, and not following the treatment plan could result in your insurance payouts being terminated. This also will not look too good when you are in court trying to claim your compensation.
Don’t Return To Work Too Early
As well as complying with all of your medical treatment and prescribed medications, you need to take any allocated time off work in full. Don’t be tempted to return to work too early as this might make it look that you weren’t as badly injured as you might have made out at first.
So, if you are given a month off work, for instance, it is really important that you take that full period of time off. Don’t be tempted to return to work early, even if you feel a lot better.
List All Of Your Financial Losses And Expenses
To ensure that you receive compensation for all of the financial losses and expenses that you have incurred, you need to submit a list in full to your lawyer. They will then present this to the court so that they can include them when they review how much compensation to award you.
If you follow all the steps above, you should find that you are paid all the compensation that you rightly deserve.