The car crash claims process is designed to minimise your involvement, so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. However, your lawyer will need some things from you in order to process your personal injury claim.
Here’s the information you should provide to your lawyers:
Where your accident happened
Your crash injury lawyers need to know where your accident happened so that they can investigate your claim. If you do not know the street name of where you were injured, then you can use Google Maps or another tool to find this out. If you were involved in a car crash somewhere unfamiliar and you have no idea where your accident happened, then you should at least tell your lawyer the town or city you were injured in.
How your accident happened
In order to process your claim, your crash injury lawyers need to know how your accident happened. The best way to provide this information to your solicitor is in writing, because this way you will have the opportunity to revise your version of events as your memory of the accident gets better. Remember not to incriminate yourself when you write your version of events, and remember to stick to the facts so your statement is concise.
Details about your injuries
Prior to attending your medical examination, your lawyer will need to know the details of your injuries so that they can assess the potential claim value, and so that they can organise any medical care that you might need. You should tell your car crash injury lawyers about any worsening of your symptoms too. Two to three weeks into the claims process, you will attend a medical examination to ascertain the true extent of your injuries.
Evidence that you have for your accident
You must provide any evidence to your solicitor that is relevant to your claim, even if it puts your claim in a negative light. Neither you nor the other side has the right to withhold evidence and doing so could damage your claim considerably. Evidence can include photographs of the scene of the accident, witness statements or the contact details for witnesses, CCTV footage, dash-cam footage or any other recorded evidence.
Is there anything else my crash injury lawyers need from me?
Your lawyer will ask you to sign a consent form giving them access to any relevant medical records. This will usually be signed during the interview process. To find out more about what will be required of you to make a car crash claim, speak with one of our experienced claims advisors today for free and with no obligation on 0800 157 1437.