If you have been watching claim injury adverts on TV, you’d be forgiven for thinking that most claims are won. They’re not and it’s quite rare to get a massive payout from a PI claim. This isn’t because employees don’t have a case against their employers. It’s typically because they make a mistake during the first stages of a claim. There are several things that you must do if you want your PI claim to succeed.
Get An Accurate Report
After you have an accident, you must make sure that you complete an accurate report of what happened. If possible, you should speak to any witnesses who saw the incident take place. They may be able to provide additional details that could help your case. You should then think about taking pictures of the scene of the accident. You should do this as soon as possible before the property owner has time to change it. This accurate report can be presented to your lawyer and help you win the case.
Speak To A Doctor
You must make sure that you speak to a doctor after the incident. Even if you feel fine, you should get checked out. You need to show evidence that you were concerned enough to seek medical attention. If a doctor claims there is no issue, you can still win a claim. You can base it around emotional distress rather than a long lasting injury.
Contact The Defendant
The defendant is the owner of the property where you were injured. This might be your boss or the owner of a shopping small, depending on where you were injured. Make sure that you tell them you were injured on their property. The ball is then in their court to do something about it. If they do nothing, your case is further strengthened.
Investigate The Defendant
There is no point proceeding with a PI claim if the defendant doesn’t have any financial assets. Asking them outright about this won’t work so you do need to hire a private investigator. Be aware that many people store their assets overseas. Therefore, a Spanish speaking private eye or multilingual investigator is an advantage. They will be able to tell you how much money the defendant has and whether they should be expected to pay.
Talk To A Lawyer
If you find out the defendant does have financial assets and can afford to pay, contact a lawyer. They will use the evidence you have gathered so far to decide the strengths of your case. If you have a strong case, they will proceed with the claim. They may discuss a number that they believe they can win in the claim. Don’t forget that most PI lawyers are not pro bono. You will need to pay them for their services. You should consider this when they discuss how much money you are likely to receive.
A final point to consider is that you must make sure you do not at any time, accept blame. If the defendant has you on record admitting blame or fault at any point, your case will be lost.