Accidents do happen to us when we least expect it. However, deciding whether or not you can claim for that accident is a problem we can help you with.
Who was to blame?
If you wish to bring a claim you have to show that the person who caused the accident was to blame for it. If you do not do this then your claim will fail.
Will I get compensation if I do not prove someone is to blame?
No, you will not get compensation unless you can show that someone was to blame for your accident.
If you simply are injured and cannot show that the accident was caused by someone else’s fault, then you will not receive any compensation. The first hurdle that you will have to show through our experienced team is to show that someone was to blame for your accident.
How will I show that someone was to blame?
When preparing a case for you we will obtain information from you as to how the accident occurred.
What you need to do at the start of the claim
We will need information from you which can include the following:-
- Photographs of the accident location, preferably dated. If they are not dated then you must write down the date and name of the person who took these photographs.
- Photographs of your injuries.
- Any written reports from where the accident took place or a crime reference number if the police attended.
- Details of any witnesses, including names , addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses.
There are other documents that will be specific to certain types of cases:-
- Accident at work – if the accident happened at work then we would ask if it relates to damaged machinery that you get photographs of that machinery or any possible reports upon the machine.
- Trip or slip accident – if you tripped or slipped in an accident then if it is a pavement you have tripped over it is very important that you measure the pavement where you have tripped to make sure the defect is higher than 25mm. A good guide for this is to put a tape measure and/or 50p piece against the area where you have tripped. If you have slipped in a supermarket then photographs of the area you have slipped on would be good evidence.
- Road traffic accident – a plan of the area where the accident occurred, a sketch plan of the position of vehicles in the accident showing directions of travel and/or any photographs of road markings.
- Industrial disease – if you have any medical evidence, such as general practitioner or hospital records or any other medical evidence to show the links to the business where you worked and who you are claiming against.
What should I do?
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault then you should contact our specialist team about the accident and we will take your full instructions. If we are to take on the case then we would advise you to do the following:-
- Throughout your case photograph your injuries – Keep up to date photographs of your injuries showing the original injuries and how they improve until they heal. This can be especially important where you are left with scarring. It is always important to keep these photographs dated.
- Keep a diary. We will always ask you to keep a diary of the events, such as physio appointments, hospital appointments, general practitioner appointments. If you cannot attend those on your own then please keep details of who took you to those appointments. If you require assistance around the home then please keep a diary of who gave you the assistance and the type of assistance you were given.
It is important that when you incur any expenses because of the accident that you keep receipts to claim the monies back for you. If you do not then your opponent may not pay for these expenses. The out of pocket expenses can include prescription charges, over the counter medication, loss of earnings, physiotherapy treatment, other medical treatment etc. We will supply you with full details of what you can and cannot claim for.
Will the accident claim cost me anything if I lose?
When we deal with your claim we will advise you about bringing the claim on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. We will discuss other possible funding options with you at our initial meeting.
If you wish to bring a claim please contact our litigation team on 01282 422711, complete our online claim form on our website www.southernslaw.co.uk or email a member of our team directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.