Millions of people are injured in accidents each year, and the majority of those affected haven’t been to blame. Incidents that occur on the roads, at work, on the high street, in the park and even at their home are all too common and if the accident can be proved to be the fault of someone else, then the person who has been injured would be entitled to make a compensation claim.
This financial compensation goes some way to covering the costs of any repair work that needs doing, any expenses that you have had to pay while injured, (such as travelling to doctors appointments or getting taxis to and from appointments while you’re off work) and also as a form of apology and accepting liability causing a loss of earnings.
If you don’t already have a solicitor, then it can be difficult to choose one to represent you – especially with all of the advertisements offering legal services. These adverts have come about as a result of an increasing “compensation culture” in the UK, whereby people see the opportunity to gain compensation for injuries that are not as severe as they make out, for damage done to their vehicle that has been there for some time and for accidents that they caused themselves. The benefit of having so many personal injuries lawyers trained in fields such as personal injury is that they can establish fairly early on in the case whether or not the claim is legitimate and if the claimant actually has a case.
Should the solicitor accept your case, a road traffic accident for the sake of this example, they’re going to need certain information to be provided to give them the best chance of succeeding:
First of all, they will need details on the accident itself such as the date and location. Using this data they can use police reports and CCTV evidence if available to find out any relevant factors such as the weather and road conditions, the amount of traffic on the road at the time and also if any witnesses would’ve been around to provide reliable evidence.
Next they would require details on any injuries incurred in the accident. Obviously, the more severe the injuries are the more compensation you’re likely to receive, but it isn’t all about the money. Your solicitor is likely to request information from your doctors, such as any treatment you received immediately after the accident, and any follow-up procedures or consultations you might need or further physio.
They’ll also need documents from any insurance policies you have, detailing exactly what you’re covered for so that the solicitor can check whether or not the insurers will cover the costs of your claim.