At some point in our lives, we are going to have an accident of some kind. Often, the fault is not our own. With so many advertisements for solicitors specialising in accident compensation, one might wonder whether they are in a position to make a case. To give yourself the best chance of making a successful claim, the more information and evidence you can provide the better. You should also use a professional claim company such as Claim Today Solicitors this will give you the best chance of a great payment.
Road Traffic Accidents. The number of RTA’s continue to rise and is one of the most commonly claimed-for accidents. If you are the driver of or passenger in a vehicle, or a pedestrian involved in an accident, try to gather as much information as you can. Make sure to note the date and time as precisely as you can, where the accident took place and the registration of any other vehicle involved. Ideally you will get the name, address, phone number and insurance details of the other party, as well as those of any witnesses. All accidents should be reported to the police, who will issue you with a crime reference number, and a clear account of how the accident occurred should be provided. Any damage to the vehicle should be photographed, along with any other visible evidence, i.e. damaged bollard. If you suffer any injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In the case of an accident involving an Uninsured Driver, you may have difficulty pursuing a claim. To drive without insurance is a criminal offence and the offender will most likely face a fine and having points added to their licence. You may be able to make a claim against them in a civil court for costs to yourself. In the instance of a Hit-and-Run incident, the ability to claim compensation will depend on whether the offender is traced by the police. Without a perpetrator to claim against, your costs will have to be covered by your own insurance.
If you are involved in an accident on Public Transport, try to follow the same steps as you would in any other RTA and record as much information as possible. The procedure for claiming for train, plane and boat accidents will be more complicated than an accident on a road, for example on a bus, but an experienced solicitor will be able to provide you information and advice.
Accidents at Work are extremely common. Whether you work in an industrial or construction environment or in an office, any incident should be recorded by the employer. In any work place, staff must undergo health and safety training, If the employer has been in anyway negligent in terms of employee safety, there could be a case to be made against them. Every business is legally obliged to have Employers Liability Insurance which should cover them against your claim if you are injured in the workplace or during the course of your employment.
Slips and Trips in Public have happened too many of us, however if this is due to shoddy surface conditions, i.e. uneven pavements, you may be able to claim against the property owner responsible for maintenance.
In any accident situation, remember to record the time and date, the location and details of witnesses. Where possible, try to take photographs and provide an accurate description of how the accident occurred.