If you’ve suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault it can be a stressful time. But by making a personal injury claim, you can attempt to win the compensation you deserve to help you recover and cope with any time off work. You’ll most likely need to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer, but you can make this process easier by gathering the necessary evidence. Below, we explore all the evidence you need.
Details of those involved
For a start, it’s important to note down the details of everyone involved in the accident. The key people to note down are the victims, anyone who was liable, witnesses and other passers-by. Ideally, this will include full names and contact details to allow the authorities to get the clearest view possible of what happened during the accident.
Medical evidence is important for establishing the exact injuries you suffered during the accident. Plus, medical evidence can also reveal whether your injuries were caused solely by the accident. To acquire this evidence, you’ll need to gather your prescriptions and medical record. From there, it’s a good idea to be assessed by a doctor to create a report on your physical condition following the accident. On top of this, any sick pay and photos of the injuries in the aftermath of the accident can be useful too.
Financial evidence can also help your claim too. This can be used to show the money you lost as a result of the injury, plus any earnings you lost during this period too. Your financial evidence could include transport costs to visit the hospital, medical bills if you went private and any other costs you incurred as a result of your injury.
Keep a diary
Finally, it’s important to keep a diary following the accident so that you can provide a full account of how you were impacted by your injuries. For a start, this is a useful way of recording important details: hospital appointments, costs and days off work should all be included in your diary. On top of this, you should also report how you’re feeling mentally following your injuries. Simply write down your thoughts and feelings and try and work through any trauma you’re feeling during this time. This can be a useful way of demonstrating the mental suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your accident.
When you make a personal injury claim, you’ll usually have a lawyer to help walk you through the case. But by proactively gathering evidence by following the advice above, you can give your personal injury case a real boost.