Personal injuries can happen for all sorts of reasons, perhaps resulting from a construction accident, a slip on spillage in a restaurant, a motorcyclist collision or sporting equipment failure. Whatever the accident you have been involved in, if someone else is to blame, it happened within the past three years and resulted in the need to visit a medical professional for treatment, then you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
As accidents can be so varied, it is advisable to take accident pictures (if you are able to) following your injury. For example, if you have fallen down some steps that were wet, and with no signage to warn you, take a picture of the area to use as evidence when pursuing your claim. If you are too badly injured or upset to do so, try to remember to ask a friend or family member to take photographs on your behalf – a camera phone is fine to use. Accidents can happen in a split second and may leave you feeling very shaken – with the help of accident pictures, you may be able to remember key details that you will have otherwise forgotten.
In what other situations may accident pictures benefit a claim?
Accident pictures can be used in a number of personal injury situations as documentation and evidence. For example:
- In a car crash, to confirm the vehicle registration, damage incurred to the car, the weather and road surface conditions
- In an accident at work – perhaps you work in a factory and the equipment failed; a photograph will detail this along with the make and model of the machine in question. Serial numbers may be useful too.
- Following a fall in a public place – if you have tripped on a piece of broken pavement, make sure you take a photograph to show the extent of the damage
The more information you are able to gather, the better. Other information may include:
- Expenses that have occurred as a result of your accident, with corresponding receipts
- Details of witnesses or other parties who will be able to verify that the accident was someone else’s fault
- A medical report from your doctor or healthcare provider containing your injury details, any current medication, and prognosis
How to claim
First of all, you should check you are eligible to make a claim, using a calculator such as the 30-second tool on the Accident Advice Helpline website. It’s a simple way to confirm you are entitled to compensation, and your details will be passed to a trained advisor who will call you to talk through the process in more depth.
Accident Advice Helpline ensures that making a claim is easy and stress free – once you have handed over all your information, we will do the rest! You can relax knowing that an experienced law firm is championing your case, using the best legal representation possible on a no-win, no-fee basis. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: David Brown