If you have recently sustained an injury which has impacted your quality of life, there are initial steps you must take whether you want to make a compensation claim or even if you don’t want to at present. Examples of ways your life could be affected could include but are not restricted to if your physical capabilities have been limited, your family’s life has been impacted and your ability to earn a living now and in the future has been restricted.
Even if you don’t want to make a claim now, you won’t know how you will feel in the near or distant future. For example you might be feeling okay at present, but what if the injuries you have sustained start causing discomfort or pain later and you need some type of medical assistance to function? This is one reason why it’s important that you take the time to have evidence documented because you might need to change your mind. Another reason could be that your injury has somehow affected your mental health and well-being and you need treatment to help you cope with this affliction. Of course this information also applies if a loved one has sustained an injury.
First of all, as soon as possible, you will need to seek medical treatment, whether it is from a general practitioner or hospital doctor. The documentation they record of your injuries needs to be highly accurate. In addition to a record of the injuries, it’s important to make sure information regarding how, when and where the accident occurred is documented. Please note that your initial contact for medical assistance needs to be with a general practitioner or hospital doctor rather than with a complimentary or allied health care professional. Examples of such professionals are physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, naturopaths, bowen therapists etc. If you do need the services these professions offer, your doctor will refer you, allowing proof of the referrals to be recorded. Remember to take photos for yourself of the sustained injuries and if possible the situation and location of where the incident occurred. All of the recorded information provides proof of the accident and the seriousness of your injuries, which is of great benefit when you make a compensation claim.
Consider if there were any eyewitnesses to the accident and understand the importance of obtaining their contact information. This includes their name, address, phone numbers and email address. The majority of us carry smart phones with us 24/7 so this information can be easily recorded on such a device if pen and paper isn’t handy.
Please keep in mind that if you want to make a compensation claim that there are strict time limits outlined in Queensland law for personal injury claims. Contact us now at Personal Injury Lawyers Brisbane so we can explain this to you in further detail and assist you in considering the best options that are available to you and your personal situation. One of our professional and experienced lawyers specialising in personal injury law is waiting to take your call.