Whether it is a broken limb or cuts and bruises, personal injuries can be traumatic and in some cases life-changing. Therefore it is important that injured parties receive the best support possible during the rehabilitation period.
Personal injuries should not be suffered in silence. If the accident occurred as a result of another party’s negligence then you may want to consider making a personal injury claim. The purpose of a claim is not just to secure the best financial reward for injured parties but also to ensure that you receive the best available rehabilitation to help you resume normal activities as soon as possible.
How do I make a personal injury claim?
The first step to making a claim is seeking expert legal advice. Many personal injury lawyers will be able to visit you in your own home to make the process easier for you. They will be able to discuss the situation with you in greater detail, talk you through the process of a compensation claim and advise you whether they think your claim is pursuable.
They will try to build up an informed picture of the accident itself, eliciting from you when it happened, what happened, how it happened and who was involved. The more detailed and transparent the information that you can provide, the better.
What proof do I need?
Evidence is one of the most important aspects of a personal injury claim. Firstly, you will need to have information to show that the accident actually occurred and ideally that you were not to blame for the injury occurred. These types of evidence can often be more difficult to obtain as immediately after suffering a injury, gathering information is likely to be one of the last things on your mind.
Medical evidence is also extremely important as you need to clearly outline any injuries which have been sustained as a result of the accident. This may also include proof from medical experts of any time off work that has been necessitated as a result of your injuries.
Other less obvious things that will need to be evidenced are damages to your equipment or travel and expenses related to medical treatment.
How can I ensure that I have the necessary evidence?
Your personal injury lawyer will do as much as they can to take the stress away from you during the whole process. However with regards to collating evidence, the best thing that you can do is to collect as much evidence as you can right from the beginning.
Photographs and witness statements of the incident can prove valuable, especially when it comes to proving liability. If you have incurred an injury as a result of a faulty product or piece of equipment then strong evidence could help to substantiate your claim. For accidents at work, it may be necessary to review the accident book or relevant documentation. If the police were involved or arrived at the scene at all, ensure to get the officers’ details as their report is likely to be drawn upon.
Also keep all invoices and receipts throughout the process regarding medical treatments or rehabilitation. Your injury lawyer can take a lot of the strain away by liaising directly with the medical professionals and involved parties however the more detail and evidence that you can provide, the better.
What happens if I am missing pieces of evidence?
It is completely understandable that under the circumstances, pieces of evidence may have been missed. However all is not lost, if you decide to make a personal injury claim, your assigned lawyer will discuss the situation with you, review the evidence that you do have and they may be able to put a case forward anyway. Lawyers are trained in handling even the most difficult of injury cases therefore you will receive expert advice at every step of the process.
It is however important to acknowledge that it may be a lengthy process to establish all the relevant details and there is no guarantee of receiving compensation especially if liability cannot be established.