Filing a Personal Injury Claim: What Information Do I Need to Provide?

If it is determined that the circumstances of your recent accident may entitle you to compensation, then you will want to prepare a personal injury claim. In order to be sure that there is enough information to properly file a case, you will need to provide a list of details to your solicitor.

Date of the Accident: An incident that leaves you with serious injuries or with a need for major repairs is not easily forgotten. Chances are that you won’t even have to seek this information, but will know it by heart. It is important to be able to provide both the date and the time of the accident as concisely as you can.

Details of the Accident: You must be able to provide a thorough account of what took place on that day. Your solicitor and the courts will want to know exactly what you were doing before the accident occurred, what happened in the moment, and how things played out afterward. Very often, the evidence is in the details, so be sure that you write down or record anything that stood out before meeting with your solicitor. If you happened to take pictures or to write down information at the scene, be sure to bring those with you as well.

In addition to the details of the event, you should be prepared to discuss the aftermath. This includes the injuries suffered and treatment received. You may have to release your medical records and may even be required to see another physician, who can confirm your doctor’s findings.

Witnesses: If there is anyone who can corroborate your story, or who might have seen the incident from a more beneficial angle, be sure that you collect his or her name and number. Your solicitor will want to contact witnesses before filing the case.

Loss of Wages? If your injuries resulted in your losing your job, caused you to take an extended leave or to be demoted due to physical limitations, bring evidence with you to the meeting with your solicitor.

Documenting Your Injuries

Any time an accident occurs, the single most important thing you can do is document your injuries. Not sure where to begin? This quick guide can help.

Seek Medical Attention

As soon as the accident has occurred, no matter what type of accident it may have been, it is essential that you seek medical attention right away. Go directly to hospital or to your GP’s office. Even if you believe your injuries may not be that severe, it’s a good idea to get some official documentation of your physical and mental condition directly after the injury occurred, as that can serve as a baseline for your future claims. If you don’t speak with a medical professional, there’s no good way to prove your injuries were a result of the accident.

While you’re there, make certain you obtain a copy of any records or reports created. Don’t worry – you won’t have to do this for every doctor’s visit post-injury. The initial treatment report is what will prove most useful.

Create a Personal File

Dealing with any kind of injury often means quite a bit of paperwork. Whether it’s the slip you fill out for sick days at work or the paperwork from your GP’s office, keeping a record of all of that is important. Gathering it from the start will save the hassle of getting it together at a later date. You may also want to keep a diary during this time to help record how you feel both mentally and physically.

Take Photos

Make certain you take photos of your injury and the damage to your property right after it occurs. You’ll want to continually take additional photos of your injury to show how it changes over time, and make certain you time stamp it or upload it to a cloud service that does that for you, so you have ongoing proof of your injuries and the healing process.

Personal injury claims often require proof, and gathering it in advance can help to make certain your claim is remunerated in full.