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Wirral Globe Article: Sufficient Evidence is Vital for a Personal Injury Claim

October 11, 2012

Unfortunately, accidents are an every day occurrence and not only often happen unexpectedly, but can take place in many different situations. We could be caught unawares on one of our busy motorways, following our normal routines at work, or off playing sports at the weekend.

Many accidents can have severe repercussions on our future lives and can also have a great effect on our income earning potential. It is therefore very important that we put in a claim for compensation if the injury sustained was not our fault. Our experienced solicitors at Lamb & Co know only too well the physical and emotional suffering that victims have to go through when injured in an accident that was not their fault. We not only offer a free consultation but we are still offering our service under a “no win no fee” arrangement.

Putting in a claim for personal injury should be placed within 3 years of the accident taking place, so an accident victim should not wait too long, but act as soon as possible.

There is one thing that can halt or slow down an accident claim and that is lack of evidence. If you sustain a serious injury when involved in a road traffic or workplace accident, you should start to compile the evidence as soon as possible. Obviously if you have been seriously injured you will be in no position to do anything except be treated at a hospital. If you are unable to collect evidence yourself, a relative or close friend might be able to carry out this task for you.

You can add weight to your case by following the guidelines set out below:

• If it occurred in a road traffic accident you must contact the police immediately. A police report is always important when a claim is made.
• Record the names and contact information of all witnesses to the accident.
• Inform or pay a visit to your family doctor and you must ensure a medical report is made available as this provides evidence of any injuries you have sustained.
• If any witness has a camera or a even a mobile phone camera ask if they can take pictures of the accident scene as these can be of great assistance if any dispute arises.
• Make a note of the details of the scene of the accident as quickly as possible as later on it is often too difficult to recall vital facts.
• If the accident took place in the workplace it must be written down in the workplace accident book. If this has not been made available by your employer then you should present the information to him or her on paper and keep your own copy. If you are self-employed then you have a legal responsibility to present a report of any injuries that have taken place when at work particularly if they have been sustained while on someone else’s property.

You can’t prepare for an accident, but it helps to know what to do if the situation arises and through economic necessity we have to make a claim for compensation. Our personal injury law firm at Lamb & Co, as well as offering a first class service, offers free home visits within the UK for those accident victims who are unable to get to our office.