If you want to make personal injury claims in Watford, you first of all have to make sure you fit the legal criteria required to make a claim, which is:
- The accident must not have been your fault
- You must have been injured in the accident
- Your injuries must have needed medical attention
- The accident must have happened within the last three years
If these rules apply to you, personal injury claims in Watford may be the way forward in claiming the compensation you are entitled to.
Gathering the Evidence for Personal Injury Claims in Watford
You may well consider that someone else was to blame for the accident you were injured in, but if they decide to argue the case, you have to prove they were, and to do this you need to gather as much evidence as possible. If you have not been taken to hospital in an ambulance, there are a few things you can do at the accident scene.
- Stay calm. Easier said than done when you have just been in an accident that was not your fault, but there are several reasons why this is the best way. When people are angry and upset, they often say things they shouldn’t and this can then be used against you at a later date. Keeping as calm as you can will help your body recover from the shock of the accident.
- If there any witnesses to the accident, statements from them could be very useful. Get their details so that Accident Advice Helpline can contact them if the need arises.
- These days, most phones have a camera facility so take as many photos of the accident scene as you can.
- If it is a road traffic accident, the police will probably have been called. They will speak to everyone involved, survey the scene and the damage, and then compile an accident report. Make sure that they hear your point of view, particularly if you are on a two-wheeled vehicle, as sometimes even the police will assume it must have been your fault. The report they compile will often say who they think was at fault, and this can be vital evidence for personal injury claims in Warwick.
- There are other circumstances, such as accidents at work, where the Health and Safety Executive might be called. They will investigate the accident, and like the police, compile an accident report.
As well as the accident, you will have to prove the severity of your injuries and medical reports will be needed to achieve this. Sometimes, victims are asked to attend an independent medical assessment.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we will help you to claim your compensation in a simple, fast and efficient manner, without causing you any more stress. You can complete one of our online options or call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 to get all the help and advice you will need when you want to make personal injury claims in Watford.