Accident or injury? Why do I need legal advice?
Accidents can happen at any time, and the consequences of your injuries can be life changing and difficult to cope with.
Although it is natural after an accident to focus on your medical treatment and recovery, if someone else was to blame for your accident, it is also crucial that you seek legal guidance as quickly as possible.
If you have an accident, there are a few practical steps we would recommend:
- Take legal advice about your claim as soon as possible from a specialist personal injury solicitor. There are strict time scales for pursuing a personal injury claim. A claimant has 3 years to issue formal legal proceedings from the date of the accident.
- If you haven’t done so already, seek medical attention for your injuries. It is important that there is an independent record of your injuries and the treatment you require/receive.
- Take photographs of the accident scene or any other item associated with your accident. This is important evidence.
- Ensure that your accident is reported to whoever is responsible. Complete an accident report.
- Make a note of any witness details. Any evidence to corroborate your account of the accident will be helpful.
- Keep a pain diary, noting the extent of your injuries and the effect on your ability to work, or effects on your day to day life. Take photos showing the remedial work.
- Keep any receipts or invoices of expenses you incur due to your accident and a record of any trips to your GP or the hospital.
We recommend that you arrange an initial meeting to discuss a potential claim with a trusted local solicitor. At FM&C, this would be done at no charge. We offer a free risk assessment to establish whether a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) often referred to as a “No Win No fee” agreement is the right funding option for you.
Kerry Wigg is a Partner at FM&C and specialises in personal injury law. She may be contacted on +44 (0)7454 866 133 or +44 (0)1440 761 200.