Whether you have been injured by accidents at work, on the road or in public places like supermarkets, for instance, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. In order to qualify you for a personal injury claim, an injury must:
- Be the result of someone else’s negligence/ mistake
- Have happened within the last three years
This, of course, makes it necessary to prove someone else’s responsibility/ liability; the extent of your injury and how it has affected or will affect your life in both the short and long term.
Here are a few steps you should take to improve your chances of being awarded adequate compensation for personal injuries.
Personal injury claims: slips, trips and falls
Wherever your injury occurred, be it through an accident at work, a slip, fall or trip in a public place or in traffic accidents, it is important to write everything down. Written accounts of the accident, witness statements, names and contact details, in short everything that could possibly be of relevance should be recorded in writing.
Times and dates of required medical appointments should also be noted, as should diagnoses, medications, other treatments administered, and so on. It may also help to note down important events, changes in or additional developing symptoms of injuries, etc in a type of journal or diary.
Taking photos of accident scenes, damages and injuries incurred will also assist in getting a personal injury claim processed quicker and smoother than having no visual evidence of this type. This includes taking photos of poorly maintained pavements causing trips or falls; potholes in the road causing motoring accidents, and so on.
Road traffic accidents
When involved in road accidents, it is also necessary to obtain the name cards of attending police officers. Insurance and contact details of other road users involved in car and motor-biking accidents must also be obtained, as should license plate numbers.
It is also important to inform your own car insurance company of the accident as soon as possible, again keeping note of dates, times and details provided.
Other important factors of making a personal injury claim
Sometimes injuries mean not only loss of income, but also additional expenses for care of the victim; childcare or help with day-to-day tasks within the home.
It is vital to keep all invoices, receipts, bank and/ or credit card statements that may serve to prove these expenses.
The best way to ensure none of the above are lost somehow, it is best to keep all written, photographic and other evidence in a single file or folder.
Getting expert help
Naturally, it is of utmost importance to get qualified, experienced professional help. Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted for free advice and high quality legal assistance on a no win no fee* basis.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims