When we have been through an accident through no fault of our own, we know that it is perfectly acceptable to seek the help of a doctor and personal injury lawyer. However, the advice that we receive from these professionals is based upon the information that we supply. This does not mean being economical with the truth or over dramatizing a situation in a bid to elevate the amount of compensation we may receive. Honesty is always the best policy as it is often difficult to remember false accusations. A clever defense lawyer may easily find discrepancies in your statement to trip you up. Which is why you need help from our lawyer in Chalfont St Peter to fight your corner.
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A doctor and personal injury lawyer will want to know if you suffered any visible injuries as these will play a vital role in a claim. Therefore, it is important to provide photographic evidence to back up your verbal account of injuries. Take photos straight away as bruises and lacerations can start to heal quite quickly. Naturally, it is impossible to provide such evidence with internal injuries but a doctor can take those internal photographs in the form of an X-ray.
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Both a doctor and lawyer will want to know how much pain you experienced. Some people go through a state of shock immediately after an accident . This prevents symptoms from becoming evident straight away. If this is the case, don’t be tempted to invent injuries which were not there. If it took time for wounds to become apparent say so. Shock is perfectly understandable – lying is not.
The next question will relate to the amount of pain endured whilst the injuries were healing. You will be expected to describe the extent of suffering you went though using words such as shooting, throbbing, aching, cramping, stabbing etc. A personal injury lawyer will back this up with a medical report from your doctor.
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Both doctor and lawyer will look at the impact the accident had on your emotional state of mind. Serious accidents could invoke feelings of anxiety, stress, frustration, anger, sadness, fear and even humiliation.
You will also be asked to describe how the injuries have affected your everyday life. For example, some people may not be able to continue driving, others will no longer be able to participate in their favourite sport or take part in a physical activity. For some, it may be difficult to dress in the mornings, wash up, run the hoover round or prepare and cook a meal.
Accident Advice Helpline are just a free phone call away on: 0800 689 0500 to help you answer your questions honestly and correctly. You can reach our lawyer in Chalfont St Peter on 0333 500 0993 if using a mobile.
Date Published: 4th February 2014
Author: Donna Jennings