Evidencing a personal injury can be an important part of the claims process;proving the extent of your injuries as well as apportioning blame to a person or individual who caused your accident and resulting injuries. Although not mandatory to start to claims process, it is very helpful to have as much information as possible. Documented evidence can significantly boost your chances of a successful outcome.
If you have been involved in an accident that you feel is eligible for compensation, then you may wish to collate the following information, both at the site of the accident if you are able to, and following the event and subsequent medical attention:
- Injury pictures
- Contact details of witnesses
- Information of other parties involved
- Vehicle registrations, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident
- A medical report from your GP or other qualified professional
- Receipts corresponding to expenses resulting from your injury
How can injury pictures be of benefit?
Visual evidence can be a very powerful way of showing the extent of your injuries, and for this reason injury pictures can be very useful. For example, if you have incurred a knee injury it may only be severely swollen for a week or so. Therefore if you are able to take injury pictures you will be documenting the effects at this specific point in time.
Are injury pictures necessary?
Whilst they may be able to provide some form of evidence, injury pictures are not mandatory as most information relating to your injury, medication, treatment and general prognosis will be detailed in the medical report provided by your doctor. It is this report which carries most weight during the claims process.
Other pictures may be of use, however, and can document other factors which may have contributed to your injury including a poorly maintained road surface, or damaged pavement. You may also wish to take photographs to show the damage done to your property – such as your car or your bicycle following a road traffic accident. A camera phone should provide pictures of good enough quality to be used as evidence during your claim.
How can you make a claim?
Accident Advice Helpline can ensure that the claims process is a straightforward and stress-free as possible for you, especially given the difficult experience you have already contended with.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our advisers are all highly-trained professionals who will treat you with respect, understanding and sincerity throughout the claims process, guiding you through every step so you always feel supported. To check if you are able to claim, our 30-second online tool will confirm your eligibility and provide you with an estimated compensation figure. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team, dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown