At some point or other, we’ve all taken a spill in public, banged our heads on stairwells, or tripped over an errant wire. Sometimes we are solely responsible – we’re not paying attention, miss the signs, or are staring at our phones. But other times we are categorically innocent and the unwitting victims of an accident.
It can be difficult to determine whether or not an injury caused by an accident is eligible for a claim for compensation. To do so, it’s important to ensure we have as much information as possible to show a professional to garner their opinion on the situation. So, what evidence do we need if pursuing a personal injury claim?
Public accidents can be tricky to litigate due to the need for proof that a) those responsible for the public place knew of any risks and b) they had time to rectify any risks. The injured party must also fulfil some requirements to register the injury. As personal injury solicitors in Ireland McGinley Solicitors state, it is a requirement in Ireland to report an injury to the Injuries Board, for instance.
Claims are made to the Injuries Board, so they must be contacted before a solicitor is even considered otherwise there is a low chance of gaining any compensation. Injuries in public can often be overlooked, but, if possible, it’s useful to collect photographic evidence of the site of the injury – for instance, if loose paving stones have caused you to trip.
Road Traffic Accidents
The extensive network of cameras on roadways means that road traffic accidents are easier to gain compensation for than they once were. But there are a huge number of uninsured drivers on the road, which could impact any claims you have.
The key with road traffic accident compensation is to immediately visit a doctor to report any consequences of the accident that you are facing, such as whiplash.
Evidence of injury from a road traffic accident can help the process and gain compensation that isn’t just the insurance payout. Collect the name, address, and key information from the other party involved in the accident, and swap insurance information.
Make sure that in the instance of such an accident, you contact the police. Reporting the road traffic accident as a potential crime and then seeking medical advice can help prove that you were the victim of the accident.
In terms of proof, medical negligence cases can be easier to collect evidence for. There is an immutable record of your status before and after any surgery or procedure. The hard aspect is proving where negligence has occurred over an unfortunate bodily response to a procedure.
For instance, having a tooth removed could lead to trigeminal neuralgia, a condition affecting the facial nerves that results in constant pain.
As this condition can occur when the dentist follows procedures by the book, it can be difficult to determine if their negligence (i.e., they didn’t check the proximity of the trigeminal nerve to the tooth) led to the condition.
Collecting evidence after an accident can be difficult to remember to do, especially as more pressing concerns such as injuries or damaged vehicles may be at the forefront of our minds. But it’s important to ensure that you have everything you need to give your claim the best chance of success.