If you are suffered an injury in an accident either on the road, at work or in a public place or if you have been injured due to negligent medical treatment or are suffering an industrial disease, our specialist team of personal injury solicitors at What’s My Claim Worth may be able to help you claim compensation.
Below are the top 5 tips for you to consider which will help you make a successful claim:
1. Write everything down
For victims of accidents, it is important to keep as much information as possible. Ideally, you need to get the names and addresses of everyone who was involved in the accident, including any witnesses. If the injured person is incapacitated to the point that they cannot do this for themselves, then someone else needs to take control of the situation and get these details written down.
Keeping a note of all medical appointments attended, diagnoses, prescribed medication and details of all symptoms will also help in pursuing your personal injury claim It may also be a good idea to start a diary or journal, noting down events of importance or the development of new symptoms when they happen and also noting down any help or care that friends or family are giving you and any expenses that you incur as a result of the accident.
2. Take photos where possible
It is said that a picture tells a thousand words, and never has that been truer than in the world of personal injury claims law. A few years ago, it would have been very unusual to expect a Claimant to produce photographs of a vehicle collision, a poorly maintained pavement that caused a tripping accident or other pictorial evidence to support their case. However, with so many people owning mobile phones with cameras these days, it is easier than ever for people to snap a picture of the situation as it happens. When taking photos remember to take as many as possible of where the accident took place, the surrounding areas and also photos of any injuries sustained. It is helpful to have photographic evidence of the initial injury as well as how the injury has healed.
3. Be organised
If there is one thing that the lawyers at What’s My Claim Worth have learned through its years of helping client’s to make successful personal injury claims is that the process can be quicker and easier if the person claiming is organised. With this in mind, it is a good idea to start a file/folder for your personal injury claim as early on as possible. Even if you do not keep the file in any particular order just having all the necessary paperwork in one place will inevitably take the stress out of making a claim.
4. Prove it
Often being injured in an accident can have much further reaching consequences than one might think. As well as the immediate implications of the pain and discomfort of the injuries you have suffered you may have other losses due the injuries such as loss of earnings, travel expenses etc.
For many people who have sustained a personal injury they have to rely on friends and relatives to help look after them or carry our jobs around the house or with childcare whilst they get back on their feet.
Your claim will be more successful if you can prove the losses that you have incurred or the help you have received
With that in mind, you can help the process by keeping receipts, invoices, bank statements, payslips and any documentary evidence that you have or come across to support the losses that you have incurred such as receipts for taxi journeys incurred for medical treatment or receipts for prescriptions paid for. It is useful to keep a diary detailing what tasks you have had help with from family friends on a day by day or week by week basis and any medical appointments you have attended and how you got there.
5. Get expert advice
What’s My Claim Worth have specialist teams of lawyers who are experts in all personal injury matters. We will fight to obtain for you the compensation that you deserve.
There are strict time limits in place to make a personal injury claim and so if you or someone has suffered an injury in an accident and would like to consider making a claim for compensation you should call as soon as possible.
Call us today to discuss your claim on 0800 025 00 00 our team of solicitors are more than happy to help.
You can also try our Claimometer for an estimation on how much your claim could be worth.