Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident

If you’ve been involved in an accident, whether that’s an accident at work, a road traffic accident, or an accident in a private or public place, what you do in the immediate aftermath can not only help protect your health but can also help protect your legal rights. Here we share what to do after an accident and the steps you can take to ensure that you are in the best position should you choose to make a claim for compensation.  

Seeking immediate medical attention 

Your main priority after any accident should be to ensure that you and others are out of immediate danger. Check for hazards and do what you can to ensure that you and those around you are safe.  

Once the situation is safe, the NHS advise that you should assess the injured person and contact 999 if necessary. The NHS gives guidance on how to assess someone who is injured, as well as guidance on common first aid situations.  

It’s important to seek medical attention after an accident, even for injuries that are seemingly minor. Some injuries aren’t always immediately obvious, and your medical records can be included as evidence if you decide to make a claim for compensation.  

Reporting the incident properly 

Keeping good records and having a paper trail of what happened is crucial to protect the rights of those involved. If a claim is brought, then these records can be used as evidence in a compensation claim. 

If you’ve had an accident at work, then the incident should be recorded in the accident book as soon as possible. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explain that organisations with more than 10 employees must keep an accident book by law. Keeping a record of incidents or near-misses can help identify patterns and precent similar incidents from happening in the future.  

Furthermore, certain accidents at work should be reported under RIDDOR – the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Incidents that must be reported include deaths, serious injuries, incidents where someone is unable to work for seven days, occupational diseases, near misses, incidents involving gas, and injuries to non-workers. To find full details of reportable incidents, including which injuries must be reported, visit the HSE website

For road traffic accidents, where an injury is involved, the incident will need to be reported to the police. If urgent medical assistance isn’t required, you can report the accident using 101. The police report may form part of your evidence for any compensation claim.   

Record evidence 

Collating evidence is crucial when making a claim for personal injury compensation. Keeping all correspondence relating to the accident can help corroborate your version of events and will provide good foundations for your case. If you can, you should gather evidence as soon as possible after an accident.  

The type of information and records available will depend on the type of accident and the specific circumstances of your case, but we have listed below some examples of evidence commonly used in personal injury cases:  

  • Names and contact details of anyone involved in the accident, including witnesses 
  • The type and location of the accident 
  • Details of injuries sustained due to the accident 
  • Date and time of the accident 
  • Details of immediate treatment received for your injuries, including names and wards of medical staff treating you. You may also need an independent medical assessment to help support your claim.  
  • Dates and times of subsequent medical visits and treatment 
  • Photographs of your injuries 
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident 
  • Diagrams explaining how the accident occurred (e.g. showing position and direction of travel in an RTA) 
  • Police reports or reports from emergency services if applicable. Or a copy of the RIDDOR report from your employer.  
  • A diary recording any appointments you had relating to your injury, as well as details of your physical and mental condition. Keep details of any support you need with day-to-day activities.  
  • Receipts for any expenses incurred because of the accident, e.g. travel expenses if you are unable to drive due to your injuries.  

Keep track of losses 

As part of the evidence you provide, you should also ensure you keep records and receipts for any financial losses you’ve experienced as a result of the accident. These records will help your legal team put together an accurate picture of your losses, which will then be used, alongside other information, to negotiate your compensation settlement. Examples of losses and expenses you should record and keep receipts for include: 

  • Medical costs if you’ve had to pay for any treatment yourself 
  • Travel costs if you’ve been unable to drive or you’ve had to travel to medical appointments 
  • Loss of income if you’ve been unable to work, or had to reduce your hours or change roles due to your injuries 
  • Care costs 
  • Details of damage to your belongings, e.g. vehicles, clothing or equipment  

Speak to a personal injury solicitor 

Knowing what to do after an accident can be overwhelming, but seeking legal advice is a crucial step. If you’re unsure on what to do after an accident that is not your fault, consulting with a specialist personal injury solicitor will help you to fully understand and protect your rights. Your solicitor will help you navigate the claims process and will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.  

For expert advice and to receive an indication of how much your claim could be worth, speak to The Compensation Experts today. We can put you in touch with a solicitor who specialises in claims like yours. Get in touch on 0800 182 2188 or request a callback now.