One personal injury can change the course of your entire life. Most people try their best to steer clear of danger, but injuries are often unpredictable. When they do happen, they can leave the worst scars, both physically and mentally. Personal injuries are a serious case due to how much it affects people’s daily lives. If you have been a victim of this due to negligence by another party, be sure to contact a professional solicitor to provide advice with your case.
If you are confident that the injuries brought upon you were caused by another party, then there are certain ways to improve your odds of winning in terms of compensation. We’ve provided a quick guide on how to go about crafting a case that will greatly increase your odds at getting the best possible outcome:
The King Of Any Legal Case Is Evidence
In the UK, the onus of proof lies with the Claimant (individual or company making a claim) as they must prove a Defendant (the alleged negligent party) has been a duty of care owed to the Claimant. If you are able to provide enough evidence that proves the personal injury was caused by someone else’s negligence—whether it be intentional or unintentional—you could have a winning case. Collect as much information as possible that backs up your claims for a stronger statement in court. Whether the accident occurred while on the road, in a public place, or at work, try to find different kinds of evidence.
The most powerful pieces of evidence that are normally very difficult to combat are:
1. Photographs Or Videos
In today’s technological world, photos and videos are thankfully easy to capture. Any smartphone can successfully capture quality images while CCTV systems record situations as they occur. Once there is physical evidence in these forms, it is often hard to disprove the case you are filing against the other person.
After an accident, take photos of the scene if you are still physically able to, and contact local locations or police departments as soon as possible to find any video evidence near the scene for reports.
2. Witnesses At The Scene
A witness can be very valuable towards evidence in any case. If anyone saw what happened and had a clear visual on things, get their names, addresses and witness statements with their signature. They may not always be reliable in the eyes of a judge, but couple this with photo evidence and it becomes much easier to tell fact from fiction.
You should ideally make notes while your memory of the accident is still fresh. All details are important here, so try to omit nothing from the statement. A police officer at the scene can help take down notes of an accident, so be sure to call your local emergency line to get an officer at the scene immediately. With an exterior source taking notes, there are fewer biases or odd changes likely to develop, which will help your case in court.
4. Medical Statements And Reports From Physicians
If you suffered hospitalisation due to injuries sustained, make sure these records are kept and noted.
Seek Specialist Help
A personal injury solicitor who is well-versed in the field of injuries and the laws surrounding them would be able to offer their expert help. Knowing that they will greatly increase your chances of receiving compensation for all losses as well as the ability to work on a no-win, no-fee basis (check with your solicitor to see if they offer this), investing in the assistance of an experienced solicitor becomes an understandable choice.
The key to winning your case in court is proper evidence. Be sure to always collect any data that can support your personal injury claim, and work with a solicitor who specialises in the field to get the compensation you deserve.
GSR Solicitors are personal injury lawyers in England and Wales who can assist you in any legal matters surrounding a personal injury that has affected yourself or a loved one. To find out if you have a case, get your questions answered, and receive personalised advice, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.