Unfortunately, we live in a dangerous world. Even with a seemingly never-ending glut of safety guidelines and regulations dictating behaviour on roads or in the workplace, accidents are still a daily occurrence.
No matter how much well-intended regulation is implemented, there is something that no amount of laws can ever truly govern.
Nothing can prevent human negligence. No matter how careful we are in our daily lives, no matter how carefully we heed warning signs or follow health and safety recommendations, we are still at the mercy of other’s people’s negligence and stupidity.
This negligence can take many forms. It can include dangerous driving, unsafe work practices or a failure by a managerial organisation to provide a safe environment for employees or the general public.
Despite an individual’s best efforts, it is entirely possible they will suffer a personal injury at some stage in their life. But that doesn’t mean they have to incur the entire cost of treatment and lost earnings on their own.
Today we’ve teamed up with James Reilly & Son Solicitors to discuss what an individual should do in the immediate aftermath of an accident. This advice can help an individual gather enough evidence to help mount a successful personal injury* case.
James Reilly & Son
James Reilly is one of the South East’s longest established legal practices. Established in 1922, the firm has been managed and overseen by members of the Reilly family for almost a century.
James Reilly & Son Solicitors offers clients nationwide, professional and straight forward legal advice and legal representation.
If you’ve been injured: seek medical attention as soon as Possible
This may seem obvious but many injured parties don’t immediately seek medical attention. This is especially true in cases involving road traffic accidents.* Shock can have a numbing effect, masking the true extent of even serious injuries.
Those who have suffered seemingly minor injuries* should still seek medical attention. Medical records can form an important piece of evidence if an individual decides to pursue legal action.
Contact the relevant authorities
It is important that the specifics of the accident are recorded by a relevant third party. If you have been injured at work, this relevant third party may be an HR representative or a safety officer.
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident* you should contact the Gardai. The Gardai will draw up an accident report, which may be used as evidence in any court proceedings.
Although an accident may seem minor, it is still important to have it recorded and logged in some official capacity.
Gather as much detail as possible
This is particularly relevant for those who have been injured in a road traffic accident.* It is important to exchange insurance information and contact details with the third party involved in the accident.
As a rule of thumb: addresses, phone numbers and car registration numbers should be exchanged.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list. Instead, it aims to guide individuals on what they should be thinking about immediately following an accident.
One of the best things an injured party can do following an accident is to contact a dedicated personal injury solicitor* like James Reilly & Son.
James Reilly & Son can advise individuals on their legal standing and recommend if it is indeed in the individual’s interest to pursue legal action.*
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
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