What you should do after a Stevenage accident
If you are thinking about claiming compensation for your Stevenage accident, there are several things that you can do to help your claim along.
Helping your claim
- As soon as you are able to, write an account of your Stevenage accident. Include any details you remember before they slip your mind, such as the time of your accident and what the weather was like. For example: if yours was a road accident, that it happened under blue skies may seem incidental, but the driver of the vehicle that caused your accident may say that it was pouring down with rain.
- Take photographs of anything that may help your claim, such as the scene of your accident, damage to your vehicle, clothing or personal possessions, and visible injuries. Do not edit these pictures – if a judge sees that they have been cropped or enhanced, they may suspect further tampering. Leave your lawyer to get the best and most honest view of what your pictures show.
- If you suspect a law has been broken, contact the police; if you are unsure, still contact the police. In most accidents, a law probably has been broken, but there are rather a lot of laws so you may not realise that this has happened. In a similar vein, if applicable, report your Stevenage accident to any relevant authority such as a council, business, employer, or primary care trust.
- Hopefully your injury wasn’t too bad, so there was no need for you to be treated at the scene of your accident by a medical professional and you weren’t rushed to hospital, but if this is the case there will be nothing on your medical record to say that you were hurt. Visit your GP, tell them your symptoms, including any psychological ones. Do this even if you feel okay, as some injuries can worsen over time, such as musculoskeletal injuries, whiplash, and back pain. Your visit will be noted on your medical record, which a court may then ask to see.
- If there were any witnesses to your Stevenage accident, get their contact details. This might be rather hard to do after the event, but ask around — someone may know who witnessed your ordeal.
- Wait before claiming! You cannot claim for the same injury twice, so if you want the maximum amount of compensation, wait until you are recovered before claiming, so you are clear about the inconvenience your injury caused and how much it cost you financially. Remember the three-year time limit in which you must claim, though.
- Keep track of what your injury is costing you; write those costs down and keep any evidence such as receipts, bank, and credit card statements. Ask for receipts from people like taxi drivers, physiotherapists, and childminders. If you are unsure whether something belongs on your claim or not, include it anyway — your lawyer will go through it all with you at a later date.
For more help and advice about compensation for your Stevenage accident, call 0800 689 0500 today and let one of our friendly advisers help you.