The definition of personal injury is broad and wide reaching. It can be used to describe physical injury caused in a road traffic accident, ongoing health problems caused by medical negligence or emotional and mental trauma suffered because of being put into a dangerous situation. If you have suffered because someone else did not do his or her job properly, or because someone else was careless, then it is your right to make a personal injury claim.
Before you start on the road to making a personal injury claim, there are certain things you can do to ensure your case is successful and that you are protected. Follow these 5 steps and help your solicitor to process your personal injury claim as smoothly as possible.
1. Seek medical treatment
Even if your injuries seem minor, the very first thing to do is to seek medical advice. Over and above making a personal injury claim for compensation, the most important thing is to get yourself back to full health again. Some injuries can get progressively worse if left untreated, so protect yourself and your claim by visiting your doctor at the earliest stage possible.
2. Inform the police
This is particularly important when dealing with an accident that involves damage to a vehicle or property, as it will give you a crime reference number and official evidence, which is sure to help with you case. The police can also be used as an additional, independent witness to your case, which will really help if it comes down to your word against the defendant’s.
3. Start a file of evidence yourself
You will need to have proof of all sorts of things relating to your personal injury claim when it comes time to take the matter to court. Keep all paperwork you can, such as appointment cards for doctors visits, receipts for taxi rides or prescription charges, and if you have your mobile phone with you at the time of the accident it really helps to take photographic evidence of the scene of the accident. If anyone saw the accident happen, try to get their names and addresses and keep them on file so that your appointed solicitor can get in touch with them in future if he needs to. Write down times and dates of telephone conversations and make a note of who you spoke to and what they said. This type of in depth evidence can make the difference between winning and losing a case when it comes to more complex situations.
4. Be patient
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can have an accident on a Monday and get the personal injury claim compensation paid into your bank account on the Friday. Making a personal injury claim can be a lengthy and time-consuming process and the amount you end up with might not be all you expected. Whilst your solicitor will do everything they can to process the claim quickly and efficiently and will do their best to win the maximum compensation for you, there are a whole host of things that can hold up the process, so you need to be prepared to wait.
Date Published: June 20, 2012
Author: David Brown