Keep records to maximise your compensation claims

Posted by Christine Carpenter on

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If you have been involved in an accident or have been injured and wish to claim compensation, the onus is on you to prove the financial losses that you have sustained as a result.

In my role at BL Claims Solicitors, which specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel accidents and illness claims, I deal primarily with evidence and trial preparation.

I am involved in the collation of detailed documentary evidence following any accident that our clients have been involved in, together with the preparation of witness statements.

I find that many clients have not realised the importance of keeping receipts or of making a record of any out-of-pocket expenses that have incurred.

This is understandable, particularly when someone is recovering from injury, but careful record-keeping can make all the difference to the success of a claim.

It is not just the big one-off expenses that you can look to recover. Regular smaller payments for painkillers, prescriptions, parking tickets at the hospital or taxi fares for example, can also mount up over time, and can be difficult to accurately recall several months down the line.

Some expenses are not obviously linked to your injury, but can still be recovered. These can include childcare costs, additional heating requirements, swimming costs etc. Your solicitor will be able to advise you further if you have any queries.

In order to maximise the prospects of recovering full compensation, I recommend to clients that they keep a record of expenses together with all receipts and a log of any additional trips they may have had to make including visits to a doctor, clinic or hospital.

Cases can take a considerable amount of time to investigate and some months or even years may have elapsed before your solicitor formally requests this information. If a careful record has been kept, it is far easier to prove that the loss has been incurred (and makes my job much easier too!)

Article originally published in the Isle of Wight County Press.

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About the Authors

Christine is a litigation support assistant in the Dispute Resolution and Regulatory division.

Christine Carpenter
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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

Gemma Osgood
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