Take photographs of the scene of the accident, particularly if you are in a road traffic accident in a car or as a pedestrian. If the accident is a workplace injury, you should take photographs of any machinery or vehicles involved.
If there was machinery involved in the accident, make a note of the manufacturer, the model, any defects that existed and any maintenance that was required to be carried out on the machine. If there was a broken machine involved, record the details.
Make a note of what happened as soon as you can, while the incident is fresh in your mind so as to record details. This ensures that you don’t forget any potentially important information or who was there with you. Be sure to include the date, the time, the place and any witnesses that were present at the time of the incident. If it is a workplace accident, report it to your employer.
If your injury occurred while you were in work, you may wish to find out if there were other people in your place of work that suffered similar injuries in the past and enquire as to whether or not your employer did anything to prevent future occurrences of the same incident.
It is important to get medical attention straight away and tell the hospital or GP about your injuries. If you are injured you should always attend your GP.
If your injury occurred at work, make sure that it was recorded in their accident report book. Your employer is required to have one by law. Note the full name and position of the supervisor that attends with you to assist you.
Keep a diary of how your situation improves/deteriorates over time. Record how your symptoms develop and make note of any medical treatment you receive. Also record how your injuries hinder your enjoyment of life and what it restricts you doing.
If it is a road traffic accident, be sure to inform the Gardaí as soon as possible. Also, it is vital you record the other parties’ details, as well as their insurance information. At the scene, it’s now easy to support your claim with technology and smartphones to take a picture of this information to send to your solicitor.
Most importantly, keep every invoice, receipt and any other evidence of anything that you have had to do because of the injury you sustained. We will claim back your entire out of pocket expenses arising as a result of your accident.