If you are hurt in an accident and you believe that someone else was to blame, you have every right to want to seek some sort of redress. This is usually in some form of compensation.
Therese Classon, personal injury solicitor at WBW Solicitors in Newton Abbot, outlines what documented evidence you will need to gather to have the best chance of bringing a successful compensation claim.
The documents you need to produce for a compensation claim will vary depending on the facts of your case, but generally will include proof that someone else was responsible for your injuries and evidence of the loss you have suffered because of your accident. You will also need to produce proof of your identity before they start your claim.
To prove someone was negligent you need to show they owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty of care and that you were injured as a result of that breach. The standard of proof required will again depend on the nature of your accident.
Evidence which will help your personal injury lawyer strengthen your case includes:
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries;
- Any CCTV footage of the event;
- A written account of the accident and how your injuries have affected you, mentally, physically and financially;
- Details of any police report;
- Records of any medical treatment required following the accident;
- Workplace accident book entries if the accident happened at work; and
- Details of any expenses which have arisen from your injury, and of those going forward, such as time you need to take off work to recover.
How a solicitor can help
You should consult a specialist personal injury solicitor before you launch your compensation claim. They will help you gather evidence needed to strengthen your case and will refer you to a medical expert who will produce a report to demonstrate how your injury was caused and the effect it has had on your life.
They can also negotiate to secure the out of court settlement you deserve or be with you to offer advice and speak on your behalf if your case needs to go to court.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and your long-term prognosis but could include damages for:
- Pain and suffering;
- The cost of medical care;
- Travel expenses related to your medical treatment;
- Loss of income;
- Adaptations to your home; and
- A home care professional.
This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.