Injury Claims – Handling Your Case
Injury claims can be a result of an accident, and accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Whether it’s at work, at home, outdoors, or in a vehicle, millions of people are involved in accidents each and every year, and most of the time they’re not at fault.
Here at Aston Knight Solicitors, we are specialists when it comes to handling your personal injury case with the utmost care and attention. We’re on your side from the offset.
We are perfectly equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise to provide advice and support for everything from traffic accidents, work-related injuries, and defective premises, through to slips and trips, and defective products.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury can be a physical injury, disease, or illness, or a psychological injury or illness. However, in each case, the principle is the same: if someone is injured as a result of negligence, they are entitled to recover compensation for their injuries.
For example, when on the road, drivers owe each other a duty of care to drive safely; supermarkets and other retail premises owe shoppers a duty of care to ensure that their premises are safe and free of trip and slip hazards; employers owe employees a duty of care to ensure they are safe at work, and so on.
For injury claims to succeed, three basic things must be established:
There was negligence or a health and safety law was broken (e.g. someone drove into the back of your car)
You were injured as a result, and your injuries are sufficiently serious (anything above very minor injuries is usually enough)
If any of the above can be proven, you stand a greater chance of winning your case and therefore, receiving compensation.
Our experienced and highly trained personal injury solicitors have worked on a diverse range of cases, across a wide variety of different sectors. In each case, they always go that extra mile to optimise the amount of compensation you receive for your physical or psychological injuries.
For example, you will not only be compensated for your injuries, but you will also receive compensation for your financial losses such as lost earnings, travel expenses, private medical treatment costs, and more.
Injury claims – evidence is the key to success…
Evidence comes in a variety of different forms including photographs, video footage, witness evidence, cleaning records, and more. All of this can help to support a case and prove that the law has been broken.
And the earlier the evidence is collected, the better. This is because the more evidence you have in your favour, the more likely you are to succeed in getting the compensation your deserve.
Evidence in support of your injuries is most often in the form of medical records. If you attend your GP or a hospital regarding your injuries, make sure that you explain the facts clearly. More often than not, mistakes are made by doctors and nurses when noting the circumstances of the accident. Medical records could prove to be key evidence later on, so it’s vital that they are accurate and precise.
If you suffer cuts and bruising, you should always take clear photographs. If your accident leaves you with scars, your solicitor will ensure clear photographs are obtained.
Although medical records may document your injuries, the law also requires an independent medical report to be prepared. This should detail your injuries and confirm that they were the result of the accident you were involved in. Rather than a doctor you’ve already seen, the report must be prepared by a separate doctor with no connection to you or your previous medical treatment. He or she will examine you and then produce a detailed report outlining the injuries you suffered and the outlook for the future.
You will be examined by a doctor deemed to be appropriate for your injuries. For example, in psychological injury claims you will normally be seen by a psychologist who will explore how the accident has affected you from a psychological perspective.
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Whenever you need legal advice, finding the right person for the job can be time consuming and stressful. But it’s incredibly important that you find someone who is skilled and qualified to deal with your personal injury claim.
If you require further information about any of our personal injury claims services, please get in touch. Our friendly, professional, and helpful team is always on hand to answer any of your questions.