The first step is to take advantage of our Free Initial Assessment service to find out how whether we can help you and the likely level of compensation you’ll receive if you decide to use us to bring your case. One of our personal injury lawyers will ask you about the injury you suffered, including treatment already received and that you may still need. They will also run through what happened to cause the injuries, in particular who was to blame (whether it was completely their fault or only partly) and how the incident could have been avoided.
If you decide to bring a case, we will work with you to gather all the evidence needed to prove your claim to help you gain full compensation. There are three main areas of information gathering outlined below.
We will ask you about:
- The pain and suffering you have been through
- Any treatment already received and any that is still needed
- Any relevant past medical problems (that have perhaps been made worse)
- The impact of your injury on your family, including any extra support needed as a result
- Anything else relevant to your claim
2. Losses and expenses
We will find out about all areas of loss and expense caused by your injury. Our aim is to recover compensation to put you back in the financial position you would have been in if the incident had not occurred.
We will cover everything, including:
- Lost income (including base salary, any lost overtime or bonuses, and predicted future losses)
- Future expenses (including how your future expenses may increase with inflation over the coming years)
- Damaged property and possessions
- Travel costs
- Treatment and medical expenses
We will collect the evidence needed to prove who was to blame for causing the incident, even if they were only partly to blame. This is called proving liability.
Each case is different, but examples of evidence include:
- Photos and plans
- Details of witnesses (including witness’ statements)
- Internal investigations and records (where a company may be to blame)
- Official reports (such as a police investigation report or health and safety executive report)
Usually blame can be shown in a common-sense way, that someone did something foolish (such as bad driving) or failed to do something sensible (like provide safety equipment for employees) – had they thought about it, they would have realised that someone might get hurt.
Sometimes we will also need to instruct an independent expert to report on what has happened to support the claim. .