If you have suffered an injury or your property has been damaged as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be aware that you could be eligible to claim compensation. However, the amount of money that you are awarded as a result of your claim will largely come down to how strong a case you are able to make. We have put together this article to help you, letting you in on the four main ways to present the strongest case possible, so that you can claim the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Be fastidious in keeping all of the details on record. If you are going to present a strong claim, then it is vital that you keep detailed records of every piece of information you could possibly need to refer to during the case. You should ensure that you get photographic evidence of the injuries that you have suffered (and the damage to your property that has been done) and keep copies of all the pictures. You should also ensure that you note down contact details of any witnesses, as this will ensure that they will be contactable if required to re-confirm their testimony. Make copies of every document related to the case and keep copies of any invoices you have been required to pay as a result of the injuries suffered.
Secondly, ensure that you work with an established, trusted and specialist solicitor. In almost every sector, from work injuries to road accidents, there are solicitors who are genuine specialists in the field. Where possible, you should always work with a specialist as they will not only have detailed knowledge as to how best to argue your claim, but they’ll also be able to present you with a pretty accurate figure regarding how much compensation you should expect to receive. The quality and experience of your solicitor will go a long way to ensuring that you get the maximum amount of compensation.
Thirdly, it is important that you obtain as many witness statements as possible. Essentially, the more certain those evaluating your claim can be that the opposing side is responsible, the stronger the claim will be. The greater the amount of witnesses corroborating a story, the more difficult it is for the responsible party to deny their involvement. Of course, this is not totally within your control – if no-one saw the incident, then no-one saw it – but if there were people nearby then you should approach as many of them as possible and ask if they would be willing to confirm what happened. The more people that do so, the stronger your case will be.
Finally, it is incredibly important to obtain testimony from specialists. In the case of personal injury claims, this means medical professionals. Whilst your pain is legitimate, it may seem to those presiding that you are faking it just to make a claim – something that, unfortunately, happens sometimes. The confirmation from a doctor that your injuries are legitimate will mean that your case is far, far stronger: a doctor’s word is considered extremely trustworthy.