The importance of evidence in Personal Injury claims

Posted by Deborah Lewis on

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Whether you are involved in a road traffic accident, suffer a tripping accident, an accident at work or purchase a defective item which causes you injury, the importance of securing evidence to support your claim cannot be underestimated.

As an example, a client of mine was involved in a road traffic accident at a traffic light controlled junction. There was a dispute as to who jumped the red light. Fortunately, the client instructed me promptly after the accident and I was able to contact the Local Authority which controlled a CCTV covering the junction and obtain the relevant footage confirming that my client's vehicle entered the junction in accordance with the lights. If the client had not been so prompt then this footage of crucial importance may well have been lost.

Another client of mine suffered a tripping accident on a pavement and suffered severe injuries. Again, the client instructed me promptly and I was able to take photographs immediately which showed the extent of the defect. A few days later, I past the location and noticed that the whole area had undergone a resurfacing and if it had not been for the promptness of my client then this evidence would have vanished forever.

I also had a client who suffered injury working on a machine at work. When instructed, my client was able to provide me with photographs showing the set up of the machine and the defect which caused the injury. By the time the employer permitted a site inspection, the machine had undergone a redesign and the photographs obtained were essential to establish the state of the machine at the time.

If you have an accident, it is sensible to take photographs, and if permitted, video clips as soon as possible as well as instructing a solicitor promptly. It is also sensible to keep a daily diary of the level of pain you experience, how you recover from your injuries, the amount of care you receive from family and friends and a log of all your expenses with receipts as this evidence will be invaluable when a witness statement is drafted in support of your claim.

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Deborah is an Associate with fourteen years' experience in personal injury litigation.

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