Thinking of Seeking Compensation for an Accident – Things to Consider

Posted on the April 10th, 2013 under Legal Guides by admin

Every year in the UK, millions of people suffer injuries as a result of accidents that were not their fault and were the result of someone else’s negligence. Thankfully, the injuries are often minor and do not have any notable impact on the injured party’s life. In other cases, the injuries can be more serious, having a massive impact on the health and quality of life of the injured party.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to realise that you may be entitled to compensation. There are specialist lawyers, such as the experts at Injury Lawyers 4U, who can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Things you need to take into consideration

Accidents that cause personal injury can take place anywhere, from supermarkets and parks, to on the road or in the workplace. Recent HSE figures showed that workplace related accidents have actually been falling, but there are still many people who sustain injuries as a result of an accident or incident at work as well as in a variety of other areas.

If you are thinking of seeking compensation for an accident, there are a number of things that you need to consider to ensure that you are as prepared as possible. This includes:

How did the accident occur? It is well worth making notes on exactly when, where and how the accident occurred. Even though you may remember it all now, over time you may forget small details that could prove vital. Therefore, make a note of these details as soon as possible following the accident.

What was the immediate effect of the accident? You should note down whether there was any immediate obvious injury or pain resulting from the accident.

Witnesses: Witnesses can be vital in cases such as these, so make sure you write down the names of any witnesses and if possible speak to them to ask whether they would be prepared to verify your account should the need arise.

Delayed effects of the accident: You also need to keep a note of any and all delayed effects that may have resulted from the accident. For instance, you may not have seen any obvious injuries right away but a week or two later you may start to suffer physical pain, which could be a result of what happened.

Details of doctors/medical visits: It is important to keep the details of any doctors or hospitals you visit in connection with the injury, as you may need these details later on in the process.

Overall impact of the injury: You will need to consider how the injury has impacted on your life overall. For instance, are there certain things you cannot do now as a result of the injury? Has the injury stopped you from working or made it more difficult to do your work? Are you in constant pain and on regular on-going medication as a result of the injury?

All of these are important considerations that you need to think about if you are looking to make a personal injury claim.

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