Pearson Solicitors give some advice on claiming for low level personal injuries during the pandemic.
While most Tameside residents are staying at home so have not been exposed to the same risks as usual during the pandemic, accidents can still happen.
Many people have jobs which they cannot do from home so are still travelling to work or visiting construction sites of commercial premises.
If you have sustained an injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault, visiting your GP and getting their advice is important right from the start.
You may consider instructing solicitors to deal with a claim but they will require the following details:
- Date the accident happened
- Date you first asked for medical advice
- Details about how your injury has been treated
- Steps your GP has taken to treat your injury
Many GP surgeries have been carrying out telephone appointments and people have been afraid of visiting hospital A&E departments due to possibly contracting coronavirus.
Even outpatient hospital appointments have either been postponed or health professionals have conducted appointments remotely.
In the case of a serious injury, immediate hospital treatment would be required. However, for less severe injuries such as a minor fracture or sprain, people might be choosing to ignore it or dealing with the injury themselves.
The problem comes when you think you might have a claim.
When you instruct a legal team, you are required to provide as much detail as possible. Your adviser would expect you to describe the extent of your injuries and what steps you took to alleviate your losses by seeking out medical advice at the earliest time possible.
The reason for this is that the opposing party could argue they cannot be responsible for your injuries and may not compensate you fully because you didn’t seek medical advice at the earliest possible opportunity and therefore could have aggravated your injuries.
Michael Talbot, Head of Personal Injury at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers: said: “Make sure you call your GP surgery immediately after your accident explaining what has happened and request an appointment as soon as possible. This could be an in-person appointment or video telephone call.
“Then make sure you keep a diary and log every step you have taken since the accident as this will be really valuable to the legal team to take your case forward.
“When visiting your GP, it is important to ensure the accident circumstances causing the injury are a true reflection of what actually happened because if it isn’t this could cause problems further down the line.”
“Even if you think your injury is bearable, it is best to keep your GP updated. By doing this there will be a full record of your injury from the start to when it is eventually healed.”
For further advice about an accident or how to make a personal injury claim call Pearson’s Personal Injury team on 0161 785 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org