It is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen. When they are not our fault, it is frustrating when we have to suffer the consequences, whether that it through being injured, having to replaced broken or damaged materials or other effects.
If you have been injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault, and have suffered as a consequence, you might be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation. This money is to help to compensate you for pain and stress that you have suffered, any money that you have spent, and money that you haven’t earnt – or won’t be able to earn, due to the accident.
What Information you Need
If you are planning on making a personal injury claim, your solicitor will ask you to supply a range of information to help them to calculate the amount of money that you can claim for. You will need to think about this from the start.
1. At the Scene of the Accident
- Write down as much information as you can about what happened whilst it is fresh in your head.
- Take down the contact details of any witnesses.
- Try to take photos of anything that would be able to help your case – the trip hazard or liquid on the floor, for example. If the size of something is disputable try to add in an object to show the size.
- If the police attend the scene, try to take their details.
- If you are given an incident or reference number, make sure to note this down.
- In a car accident, make sure to take note of their insurance details.
- If you are in a commercial property, ensure that you write in in the accident book.
2. Dealing with your Injuries
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can from a reputable doctor.
- Get checked over even if you feel ok, as shock or trauma can cover pain.
- Keep a full record of all the details of your treatment, with receipts – this includes costs, travel, even the travel or family members who accompany you, and lost wages due to time spent at the hospital/doctor.
3.Some general points
- Always tell the truth about your injuries and what happened tin the accident.
- There are time limits, so make sure that you get advice as soon as you think that you might have a case.
- Try to get proof of loss of earnings to help your case.
- Give your solicitor any insurance documents that you might have.
Based on this information which you have given to your solicitor, they will then decide whether they recommend that you make a personal injury claim, and whether they are prepared to represent you in your claim. This is why it is vital that you tell the truth about the accident, and don’t exaggerate your injuries.
Your solicitor can take it from here, and it is often the case that you won’t have to go to court as the ‘accused’ may want to settle out of court. In this case they will make an offer and it is down to you to decide whether you want to accept the offer.
If you have had the misfortune of being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to not have to have spent any money recuperating. You may also be entitled to some sort of compensation for stress and pain. By ensuring that you are honest and not exaggerating, you will make sure that you get the money that you deserve and that can help you get up and running as good as new.