What to do if you’ve had an accident
From car accidents to those that occur in the workplace, millions of accidents happen every single year. However, when you are involved in an accident a lot of things can run through your mind, and this makes it quite common for those involved to make a mistake and do something that could prevent them from receiving full compensation. Here, we will explore what you should do if you are involved in an accident.
Stop and ring the emergency services
If you are involved in an accident the worst thing you can do is leave. If you think the accident has caused injury or any damage to a person or property, then you need to stay around until details have been exchanged or the emergency services say it is okay for you to leave. The first thing you need to ensure is that nobody requires medical treatment, and if they do call for it. If you are involved in a car accident and the person at fault flees, then ring the police as quickly as possible. Depending on the type of accident, it may not be necessary to call the emergency services but make sure you report the accident where you can. For example if the accident occurred at work, report it to your line manager or first aider or if it happened in a supermarket, report it to the manager.
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Do not admit liability
If you are not sure if you were at fault for the accident, do not admit it. There have been cases (especially in car accidents) where somebody has admitted liability, but later realised that in fact the accident may not have been their fault.
Make sure you exchange all the relevant details with anybody involved in the accident. Offer your address, telephone number and anything else you feel may be needed. You also need to make sure you take down all their details. If there are any witnesses at the scene, then make sure you take their details. Many cases are decided with witness evidence as they are independent to the accident. .
Take a photograph
If you have slipped and fallen or have been involved in a vehicle accident, take as many pictures as you feel could help you with any future case. You should take a picture of the area, the injuries and any damage that has been caused because of the accident.
Seek medical attention
Whether or not you require emergency medical help at the scene, if you have suffered an injury you will need to seek medical assistance either from your GP or hospital at some point. The earlier you do this the better to ensure that you receive all the necessary treatment you require.
Report your personal injury to a professional
With the majority of accidents, there is somebody to blame. If you think you have suffered from an accident that wasn’t your fault, then First Personal Injury solicitors are available to help you get the compensation you deserve.