personal injury claim

Documents Required To Make A Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury claims are quite simple to make if you have a basic idea of the process. Once you have encountered a road accident, work accident, medical negligence, or an unexpected dog bite, the first thing you should do is reach out to a legal professional. There are many personal injury solicitors in Aberdeen that will help you obtain compensation for your claim.

The lawyer will guide you about everything, but it is better to know a few things beforehand. Like what kind of evidence you should collect and what documents you should carry while making a claim. These details will help make your case stronger and will prove to be an aid in winning maximum compensation. So, before paying a visit to the lawyer, scan through the basic details involved in the process of claiming.

Some important documents you may need for this purpose include your personal identification, the medical evidence of your injury, evidence that confirms the occurrence of the accident, as well as financial records of out-of-pocket expenses you have suffered. We have mentioned details of each type of documentation down below for your knowledge.

Personal Identification:

Several regulations have been set for personal injury claims. These include obtaining appropriate identification of the victim in a personal injury claim to avoid fraudulent claims and money laundering. If you live in Edinburgh, your personal injury solicitor might ask you to show your personal identification in order to comply with the regulations set by the government.

You may also need to provide adequate proof that shows how you will pay for your legal representation. If you have legal cover with your home or motor vehicle insurance, you may use it. However, not all clients have that, as they don’t usually consider the possibility of such unexpected accidents happening to them. In such cases, clients typically opt for an “after the event” policy. This insurance is compulsory even if you choose a “No Win No Fee” contract.

Medical Evidence:

The next few documents are related to the injury you have incurred. Even if you were the victim in an accident that occurred entirely due to the other person’s fault, you can not be eligible for compensation unless you have sustained some kind of injury. You need to have a valid representation of your physical loss to validate your claim for compensation. Some medical paperwork can help to prove the authenticity of the injuries you have suffered.  These include:

Medical Records:

This includes any and all previous and recent medical reports, tests, and diagnostic details. Get an appointment with your GP and keep all his notes and prescriptions. The statement of your GP will highlight all the referred specialists such as physiotherapists, orthopedics as well as the general prognosis given by them.

An Independent Medical Report:

This is not a compulsory requirement, but your lawyer may suggest you get an independent assessment. This report will provide an overview of your injuries in detail, along with supporting prognosis and expected long-term impact from the injuries you have sustained.

Photographs:

This may include actual photographs to visualize the extent of your injuries or radiological films in case of internal injuries. These should be taken right after the incident or shortly after it to ensure that the picture efficiently catches the true extent of your injuries along with subsequent scarring.

Physical Evidence:

For the successful outcome of a claim, one must provide appropriate evidence to show that their injury was due to the negligent or reckless attitude of the other person. Your case becomes more and more strong as you aid it with physical evidence. Some types of physical evidence you can provide as the victim of a personal injury include:

RIDDOR Report:

If your injury was sustained in or around your workplace, you can extract details of it from your employer’s accident book. A RIDDOR report contains particulars of any injuries, diseases, or dangerous events that occurred within the work environment.

Police Report:

If the police reached the scene of the incident immediately, they will develop a report. You can obtain it as one of your physical evidence, or you can get the report from the emergency services, if any, you obtained.

Statements Of Witnesses:

Get a written or video recording of the statements of people who witnessed the accident. In case of multiple accidental occurrences within the location of your accident, you can obtain statements from the people who have sustained similar injuries due to the hazardous environment of that particular area. This report will prove that your accident was predictable, and it could have been prevented by the managing authorities or other responsible individuals.

In a nutshell, the more evidence and documentation you present, the more likely it is to get appropriate compensation. You can measure your case-specific amount of compensation through a personal injury claim calculator for Scotland’s cases. This is available on multiple websites, including Wallace Legal. You can also submit a claim through one of our extremely talented and adept lawyers.