If you have been involved in an accident in a public place and want to claim compensation, it is important to act quickly to get as much evidence as possible about the accident.
The basic information you should get is:
- Time and date of the accident
- Location of the accident including road names, building names, landmarks
- Names and telephone numbers of any witnesses
The most important bit of evidence is photographs of the accident location. Photographs of the general area should be taken, including any road names, building names or landmarks.
Some photographs should also be taken at ground level or as close to ground level as possible, if the cause of your accident was a pothole, uneven ground or any other defect in the floor. The photographs should also include a tape measure/ruler if there is a height difference that caused your accident. A coin can be used if no tape measure/ruler is available.
If the problem was a pothole, the measuring item should be placed at the bottom of the pothole and a photograph taken to show where the measuring item comes out of the pothole.
If the problem was uneven paving or ground, the measuring item should be placed to measure the height difference between the uneven area and the surrounding paving or ground.
You should also report your accident to the building manager or owner, local council or land owner.
Claire Bond, our personal injury specialist can review the evidence you have, free of charge, to advise whether your claim is likely to succeed. Do not hesitate to contact Claire on 023 9282 0747 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.