If you have had an accident that was not your fault, whether at work, on the roads, or in a public building, accident reporting forms will be an important part of your case if you decide to make a claim for compensation. There may be more than one of these forms as employers are required by law to keep an accident book to log workplace accidents and the police and medics will complete their own versions.
The detail included in each form will also vary in terms of the information required. When all the accident reporting forms are gathered together, they detail the events that led up to the accident, the severity of the injuries sustained and how these injuries might affect the accident victim in the long-term.
The importance of accident reporting forms to a compensation claim
In this way, a complete picture can be built up by a personal injury solicitor for a future compensation claim. The complex nature of some claims mean that, without these accident reporting forms it would be difficult to establish who was at fault. The forms highlight the accident from different perspectives – the victim, any witnesses, your GP or doctors at the hospital and the police officers who may have attended the scene of the accident.
It is advisable to either complete an accident log, or to write down your version of events as soon as possible after the accident, as it is very easy to forget small details that might later be important to a successful compensation claim. Obtaining the details of any witnesses will also give you peace of mind that your account of the accident will be corroborated independently.
Do I make a claim for compensation?
This can be a difficult decision to make and is not the right course of action for everyone. To help you make that decision with absolutely no pressure, we operate a 24-hour helpline to allow people to discuss their case in detail. You may already have access to the completed accident reporting forms and we can get a clear picture of what happened and advise you accordingly.
By talking through the circumstances of your accident with an experienced advisor, it may help to clarify your thoughts. We will offer an estimate of the amount of compensation you could receive based on past results of similar cases, which is helpful in deciding whether making a claim is worthwhile.
The first step if you are thinking of making a claim for compensation is to make sure that all accident reporting forms are complete and available to either you or your personal injury solicitor. For some expert legal advice about this and other aspects of claiming, contact our professional advisors today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown