What evidence do I need to make a Compensation Claim?
Making any type of legal claim requires an adequate amount of evidence. Without evidence to support your claim, you will not receive compensation. In fact, it would be difficult to find a solicitor willing to represent you without solid evidence. So, what type of evidence do you need to make a compensation claim?
There are two main types of evidence required to make a compensation claim: medical evidence and liability evidence. Read more about these two types of evidence and how you should go about obtaining them below. Before you consider a compensation claim, understand the evidence you will need to present.
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1. Medical Evidence
What is your injury exactly? What parts of your body does it affect? Is your injury physical, mental or emotional? How much pain and suffering is involved? How long will you experience the pain and suffering? How common is the injury? Have you ever experienced the injury before?
These are the type of questions your medical evidence should answer. One of the best types of medical evidence is a written statement from your doctor, your surgeon or another medical professional. The statement should fully describe your injury, pain and suffering. Ask the doctor to describe as many details as possible about how the injury may have occurred, how the injury is now and how it will heal in the future.
2. Liability Evidence
Where were you when you were injured? Who owns the property where your injury occurred? Were you being paid by your employer at the time of the injury? Was there intent or motive for harming you? Who do you believe is responsible for your injury? Could your injury have been prevented? Has anyone else been injured in that environment before?
These are the type of questions your liability evidence should answer. Liability evidence establishes that the injury was not your fault. Instead, it was the result of someone else's negligence or intentional harm. In some cases, like in the event of a car accident, this evidence is provided to you by an officer of the law. In other cases, it is up to you to provide your own evidence. If you are having trouble with this, your injury solicitor may be willing to help solidify your liability evidence.
Remember, evidence is an important part of any compensation claim. If you want to be compensated for your injury, you're going to have to at least provide some medical and liability evidence.
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