It is bad enough getting injured in an accident that occurred through a fault of your own, but it’s even worse receiving an injury from an accident that was ultimately not your fault.Why Claim?
Being injured in an accident could mean pain and suffering for an extended period of time. Sometimes accident victims are unable to perform some, or all, of their normal daily activities. In this instance, accident victims have a right to claim compensation, that’s if the injuries they sustained were through no fault of their own of course.
An accident victim should be prepared to show supporting documentation that describes the extent of their injuries in order to be fairly compensated for their pain, suffering, and loss of income. Below is a comprehensive list of items to have available in the event that you choose to file a lawsuit for compensation.
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The first thing you need to document is information about the actual accident. You want to document – whether you use paper that you physically write on, or a log on your computer – specific information about the accident such as the date it occurred, the time of day, where the accident happened, and what you were doing just prior to the accident.
This is also a good time to detail your injuries. Make sure to record even the smaller details like cuts, scrapes, and bruises, which may fade and heal quickly. It may also be a good idea to take photographs of your injuries.
It’s important to record the details as soon as possible after the accident. The longer you wait to document what you remember, the harder it will be to recall certain details. Information gets fuzzy over time, and since you want to be financially compensated for your injuries, you need to start keeping detailed records sooner rather than later.
If there were witnesses to the accident, collect the name, address, and contact information for those people. They may prove to be invaluable allies in your recovery efforts.
When recording accident details, the goal is to establish a timeline of events, and witnesses, which may show why you were not at fault, and why the other party was in the wrong.
It is extremely important to keep detailed records that describe how your life has changed due to the injury you’ve sustained. It would be beneficial to keep a journal or binder in which you can record details about your injuries and what your day to day life is like having to live with them. Collecting and storing all of these details in a central location makes it easier for you when you’re ready to present your case to a solicitor.
In your medical notes, you should again record the important information regarding your injuries and any treatment or medication you received for those injuries. Document when the treatments started and when they ended, as well as any ongoing treatments.
If you had to make a hospital visit, record the dates you were admitted and discharged, and any treatments or operations you received.
In your medical files, you should record information about doctor’s visits as well. Again, you should record symptoms, treatments, and any statements your GP made during the visit.
Although the hospital or surgery will provide their copies of the visits and treatments, having a second version will help you remember the events and can point out errors the doctor’s office or hospital made in their records.
You will be asked to provide information about previous injuries and whether or not you’d been similarly injured before. If you’re unable to perform your normal daily activities because of the accident, you will need to prove this through previous medical records or current visits to your physician.
Lastly, your medical file should contain contact information for each of your doctors so they can provide their records to your solicitor. They will be asked for the symptoms you presented during the visit, their diagnoses, the treatments prescribed, and the percentage of disability caused due to the accident.
If you have home or motor insurance, gather your policy information together. You may receive assistance from your insurance company to cover the cost of your solicitor under “legal expense insurance”. Otherwise, you’ll be expected to pay this hefty bill out of your own pocket.
Since your goal is to be fairly compensated for your injuries, it is important to keep accurate financial records. If you’re employed and are unable to work or are only able to perform some of your normal daily activities, you want to prove the financial loss the accident caused.
While this is not an exhaustive list, it is comprehensive and will help get you on the right track. Once you’ve started gathering the above information, you can then contact a personal injury solicitor to determine if you have a case for fair compensation. Your solicitor will guide you through the legal personal injury claims process and give you an idea about the possible outcomes based on the strength of your case.
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