Are you considering making a personal injury claim? If so, you are not alone. Personal injuries can potentially happen in many ways, and they may not necessarily affect the body alone. For example, the Citizens Advice Bureau points to both physical and psychological injury as potential hazards that may follow an accident or incident. You may be left with psychological problems stemming from a nasty accident that left you seriously hurt and fighting for your life, for example.
Immediately following an accident, you probably won’t think of making a personal injury claim. However, if you do so later, make sure you avoid these mistakes. Any one of them could lead to potential problems in making a personal injury claim. Thus, the more you can do to follow the right processes as you go along, the better the outcome could be.
1: Neglect to get medical help
Medical help is vital if you think there is a chance you could start making a personal injury claim. This holds true no matter where or how your accident happened. Work-based injuries may happen while handling, lifting or carrying something (reported as the cause of injury in 20% of injuries suffered at work). But no matter what caused your accident, you must seek medical advice for your injuries, as this proves how you were injured and ensures there is a record that you can fall back on if you end up making a personal injury claim.
2: Fail to get in touch with the police to report your accident
This applies in the case of car accidents and similar incidents. While it is not essential in all cases (such as where the accident was minor and no injuries were involved), it is vital when someone has been hurt. The Metropolitan Police provides information on which forms to use to report a collision; different forces may have different forms, so check which applies in your area.
3: Never admit liability for the accident
If you do, this may be held against you later. If you are injured, do not say you are okay if you aren’t. It may be polite, but it could potentially harm your chances of making a claim. Keep this in mind.
4: Fail to make notes of expenses connected to your injury
If you incur expenses as a direct consequence of what happened, you may be able to claim for them as part of a personal injury claim. For example, if you were in a car accident that saw your car written off, you may have to take the bus or even get a taxi to attend a hospital appointment for your injuries. This may be the case if you are on crutches and cannot manage to get on and off a bus safely. Keep all your receipts as these will be required if you decide to try and claim.
5: Fail to take photos of your injuries and of the scene, or anything else involved in the accident
If you have your mobile phone with you, take photos of the accident scene if you can. Do this before the cars are moved, and take pictures of all the angles you can. You should also take photos of your injuries as it helps prove what happened to you and how serious the injuries are. Keep all the evidence you can as it could help establish the scene, the conditions at the time and other aspects of the situation. The same applies in other accidents, and not just to road accidents. If you are able to take photos of conditions in your workplace, for example, this could help prove how and why your accident occurred.
6: Don’t exaggerate the injuries you suffered
It doesn’t matter if you were hurt at work, in a road accident, or in another mishap. You should never exaggerate the injuries you experienced. For instance, not everyone who is in a car accident will suffer from whiplash. The UK is one of the safest countries in Europe for road users, and very few people die in car crashes each year. Similarly, very few will suffer serious injuries. However, some of those with mild injuries may potentially be tempted to exaggerate their symptoms when making a personal injury claim, and this should never be done. Remember, the claim is a legal process and must be undertaken professionally and properly.
7: Fail to get expert professional legal advice
This is very important. Generally, you will have three years from the date the accident occurred in which to seek legal help. However, it pays to seek advice as quickly as you can, once you begin to recover from the initial shock of the accident and you have sought treatment for your injuries. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has revealed the most common type of accident is a fall. However, any accident where a third party is to blame (or could potentially be to blame) could mean you have a chance to seek compensation for any injuries you suffered.
The best team for making a personal injury claim
Accident Advice Helpline has been supporting people and providing advice following numerous accidents and situations for more than 16 years. Since getting legal advice is so important, it makes sense to call one of our advisors as quickly as you can after the accident has occurred. They can determine whether evidence of negligence is present – and if you did take photos and you have a police report (both mentioned above as crucial elements of the process), you may have ample evidence to support your claim.
Call our team today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, if you are considering making a personal injury claim and you want further no-obligation advice from the experts. One of our lawyers might be just the person you need to help you in making a personal injury claim much easier to navigate your way through.
Date Published: July 12, 2012
Author: David Brown