Adverts persuading us to make personal injury claims are everywhere; on the TV, radio and online. But how can you make sure that your personal injury claim is solid and that you don’t waste money on legal fees where your claim won’t succeed?
Accidents at work can range from anything from a grazed knee to on going psychological damage, depending on the situation. If you have been hurt at work through an incident or series of events that weren’t your fault, contact a personal injury lawyer as you may be able to make a claim.
There are several things you can do to back up your claim:
When the accident happened, you should log the details straight away. Most employers have a log book for this however if they don’t, make a brief note of the details and send a signed copy to your employer for them to sign as well. This means that there can be no dispute over what happened if you need to recall the details at a later date.
If the injury is physical, it can also be a good idea to take photos of what might have caused the injury, and making notes of any witnesses’ names and addresses if needed.
If necessary, you should see a doctor as soon as possible and ask him to provide a medical report of your injury and possible ongoing treatment that might be needed. This is because if your case does go to court, your doctor will be asked for their professional opinion.
There are two types of personal injury compensation you can claim; general damages and special damages.
General damages covers things like payment for the pain and suffering you have endured and loss of future earnings – compensation for the injury itself.
Special damages include compensation for financial loss caused by the incident during the time in the lead up to your hearing. An example of this is, costs of care, travel, medical expenses and damage to clothing or belongings.
Many people do not gather evidence or keep track of all the problems they have had as a result of their accident which means they may be wasting time in trying to claim in the first place. By compiling all related evidence and documents, you are helping your solicitor make the best possible case for you.
If you have any queries, contact a personal injury lawyer. Many offer a free initial consultation to help determine the best way to proceed with your case.