Had An Accident At Work?

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Gathering the evidence you may need

Personal injury solicitors may come across evidence in the defendant’s disclosure that could convince the defendant to settle or a court to rule in favour of the claimant. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the most valuable evidence is one that the claimant did not think of obtaining or preserving until it was too late.

It is understandable that following an accident, people may fail to do things they could have done due to the shock, pain and overwhelming sensations that they experience.

So, what should you do following an accident?

Accident report

Following an accident, it is crucial that both the employee and employer complete the accident report. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Incorrect information on the accident report may be used against the claimant, suggesting that they are altering the story to suit their claim, even if the report itself is inaccurate. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all details are accurately recorded in the report.

If you are concerned, you should create your own report of the accident independent of the official accident report. With modern technology, you can take a photograph of the scene or save it as a digital note. After that, you can send it to a friend or family member. This will create a timestamp and prove that you wrote this note contemporaneously. If the defendant produces incorrect evidence, you can show the court that you completed your own version of events at the time of the accident or shortly after.

Make a note of who witnessed the accident

It is advisable to immediately jot down the names of any individuals who were present at the accident or have information that can support your claim. Your appointed solicitors can then reach out to these individuals early on, determine the extent of their knowledge, and obtain their willingness to provide testimony.

It is always advisable to ask someone if they would be willing to assist you as a witness before taking any further action. By giving them the option, you are more likely to receive their support. People who are suddenly contacted by lawyers without any prior notice may become defensive and uncooperative.

Download our care and assistance guide

Did you know that if someone has had to care for you following an accident, you can look to recover the time and cost of care?

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Start collating evidence of financial loss immediately

It is important to note that there are several losses resulting from an accident that may not be easily proven. For instance, you may need to request a receipt for taxi journeys voluntarily. Similarly, receipts for over-the-counter medication may not always be available. It may also be difficult to provide specific information about the care and assistance provided by friends and family. Lastly, the purchase of replacement items that were damaged due to the accident may also be difficult to prove.

Start a diary to record important information, including financial losses, and keep receipts in the same book. You can also ask your friends or family members who provide care to write down when they started doing something and when they finished. The more accurate the information the more likely you’re going to recover the appropriate compensation.

Seek early medical attention

It may seem obvious, but many people try to avoid making a fuss about medical matters. Whether it’s due to a fear of hospitals or simply being too busy, attending medical appointments is crucial. Not only is it important for providing evidence of your condition, but it also increases the chances of receiving early treatment. If you’re experiencing any health issues, don’t hesitate to speak with your GP or medical practitioner.

Personal injury claimants must take reasonable steps to minimise their losses. If an individual continues to experience symptoms for six to eight months without seeking medical attention, and it is discovered that an early referral for physiotherapy would have resolved those symptoms sooner, the court may award a lower amount of compensation. This also applies to the failure to recover the loss of earnings during a time when the claimant could have returned to work earlier.

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Engage with Solicitors as soon as possible and don’t worry if they do not act immediately

It can be advantageous to have a consultation with a personal injury solicitor without any commitment, especially at an early stage following an accident. This enables you to discuss the matter with your solicitor while the details are still fresh in your mind. It is unfortunate that memories tend to fade with time, which can put everyone at a disadvantage.

It is possible that the solicitors will not contact the defendant immediately after an accident. However, there is no need to worry because in most cases, solicitors wait to see how the injury progresses before proceeding with any correspondence. This is because it is difficult to determine the duration of an injury immediately after an accident. Therefore, they may wait for a few weeks or months to see how your injury develops before contacting the defendant.

Don’t sit alone in silence

We understand that many people may be hesitant to make a claim for an accident at work because they are concerned about repercussions at work or the prospective costs of bringing a claim due to associated costs. However, if you have a claim with reasonable prospects of success and can provide evidence, we can take on your case on a no win no fee basis.

It is compulsory for employers to have an insurance policy that covers accidents at work.

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