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What Factors Can Help My Accident Claim?

3/16/2016 Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you are making an accident claim, you probably want to know what factors or aspects of your case can help with your claim. To this end, the most important factors are the date your accident happened (it must be within 3 years) and how the accident happened (who was liable?).


The most important factor in terms of claim success is how good your lawyer is and how substantial the evidence is in your favour. Not all lawyers for accidents are created equal. Some are new to the field of personal injury law while others have a lot of personal injury claim experience. Ideally, you want a lawyer on your side who is highly experienced working cases similar to your own. So if you have been injured in a road traffic accident, then you want a road traffic accident lawyer to work your case.

A specialist accident lawyer will ascertain your eligibility for making a claim the very first time they speak with you and offer legal advice.

In terms of other factors that can help your claim, the type of physical injuries you have sustained can also help your case. Some injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose, and some injuries are also very difficult to quantify. The easier your injury is to diagnose, assess and quantify, the easier it is going to be to come up with a settlement demand.

A perfect example is whiplash. Whiplash injuries are musculoskeletal so they do not ordinarily have external symptoms. Bruising and swelling can sometimes be observed, however the true extent of the injury is tough to ascertain. A broken leg on the other hand is easy to diagnose.

If you have an injury that’s considered relatively easy to diagnose, then this should help your claim, because a true description of your injuries can be included in your medical report. Of course, you have no control over this aspect of your claim, however.

Emotional and psychological trauma can also help your case. It goes without saying that experiencing emotional and psychological trauma from an accident is never a good thing however when it comes to making a claim, this trauma can increase a pay-out exponentially.

If you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, sleepless nights or restlessness after an accident, then there’s a good chance that you are suffering from emotional and psychological trauma according to the NHS. Emotional and psychological trauma is serious, so when you attend a medical examination make sure that you mention any symptoms to your examiner, so that he or she can explore this further and diagnose you.