What Documents Do I Need to Make a Personal Injury Claim?
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What Documents do I need to Make a Personal Injury Claim?
There are four main types of documents you need when making a personal injury claim:
- personal identification
- medical evidence of your injury
- proof of the cause of the accident
- financial records of out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred.
Your personal injury solicitor needs to comply with regulations designed to prevent fraudulent claims and money laundering. In addition to providing them with adequate proof of identification, you will also need to show proof of how you will pay for your legal representation, which may take the form of an insurance policy. Some clients, for example, have legal cover provided as part of their home or motor vehicle insurance, while others take out an “after the event” policy. This insurance is required even if you opt for a No Win No Fee* contract.
The next set of documentation required will relate to your injury. Even if you have been involved in an accident caused by another party, unless you are injured as a result you do not have valid grounds to claim compensation. Paperwork used to demonstrate that the injuries you state you have sustained are genuine include:
- Medical records – either from the hospital, if you were taken there after your accident, or in a subsequent appointment to your GP. It may also include notes from specialists you have been referred to after your initial examination, including physiotherapists or nurses providing home care.
- An independent medical report. This is not always required, but your personal injury lawyer may recommend you have an independent assessment to provide a thorough overview of your injuries, prognosis, and any long-term impact it will have.
- Photographs showing the extent of your injuries at or shortly after the time, as well as pictures of subsequent scarring.
As well as evidencing your injuries, a successful claim also requires you to prove they were a result of the mistake or negligence of another, and that your accident was not simply caused by unavoidable chance or bad luck.
Physical evidence of your accident can include:
- A RIDDOR report or details from your employer’s accident book, if your injury occurred at work.
- The police report or reports from emergency services who responded.
- Statements from witnesses who saw or heard your accident. If possible, your lawyer may also supply statements from witnesses involved in similar accidents in that location to build up a picture that shows the area was a known hazard and that your accident should have been predicted and prevented by those who own or manage it.
The more evidence you supply with your request for compensation, the faster your potential claim is likely to be processed. Even if you are not yet sure whether you will submit a claim, it will work to your benefit to seek legal advice as early as possible so you know what sort of information you will need to provide.
Get in touch with The Compensation Experts today and speak with one of our trained legal advisors to find out how we can help you.
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.Find out more