Clearwater | Personal Injury Lawyers : Building Your Case
9th June 2015
If you have decided to make a compensation claim following a personal injury then you may be wondering where to start in terms of building a strong case to prove you deserve compensation. Manchester personal injury solicitors will have extensive experience in making sure that their clients have all the supporting evidence they need in order to build a successful compensation claim. However, there are some things that you can do yourself to make you chances of success even higher, and prove that you are a truthful, honorable and responsible individual who has become a victim of the negligent behavior of others. Inform the Relevant Authorities One of the first things you should in the aftermath of a personal injury is to make sure that every person involved and all of those that have a potential responsibility to you are informed of exactly what has occurred. For example if you have been involved in road traffic accident, you would be advised to immediately contact the police and your insurance company, both of whom will conduct independent investigations in to the accident which may add weight to your claim. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional then you need to inform the hospital authorities as soon as you are able. Look After Yourself Whether your injury is physical or psychological you should make one of your first calls post injury to your GP. Of course the most important thing is that you make sure you get any medical attention you need as soon as possible, but also your GP will be able to provide and in depth report of your injury and the causes of your injury that you would be unable to provide independently. They will be able to confirm the severity of your injury as well as inform your solicitor and the courts of how your injury will affect your life, in terms of recovery period, treatment necessary and any restrictions you may face as a result. All of this information will not only go towards building you a strong case but it will also form the basis for calculating the amount of compensation you should receive. Gather Evidence It is often not enough to put your complete trust in insurance companies or the police to gather the evident you need to build a strong case. If the situation permits, it is a good idea to collect your own evidence. As soon as possible after the injury, you should record in your own words exactly what you believe to have occurred and who you hold responsible. If possible it is also a good idea to take photographs of the scene and also to record witness statements. In the days immediately following your injury, keep a diary that details how your injury is progressing, including any previously un-encountered problems and also the difficulties you are now facing in your everyday life.