Do I need witnesses to make a Personal Injury Claim?


Many people wonder if they need witnesses to bring a personal injury claim. This is a guide that will help you answer that question and provide you with information to help you claim personal injury compensation.

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What do I need to make a Personal Injury Claim?

To make a personal injury claim your solicitor will need the following:
  • The date of the accident
  • Where the accident happened and how it happened
  • Details of your injury
  • A medical diagnosis and any treatment you've had

Will not having a Witness affect my Chances of Success?

Not having a witness for your personal injury claim is not the end of your claim. You can still claim personal injury compensation however, a lack of witnesses is a lack of evidence. A witness however is not necessarily just a person who saw the accident. It might be for example, someone who can say how long a defect had been present or who had a similar accident. It can also be someone who can say what the usual practice of an employer was at the time of the accident.

There are other ways you can evidence your claim such as taking photographs of your injuries and the place where it happened or keeping a diary of events following the accident.

These could all go a long way to making your application a success.

What Can My Solicitor Do for Me?

If you choose the right solicitor it may not matter whether you have witnesses to your accident or not. They will build a claim based on the evidence you provide them.

Simpson Millar LLP has extensive experience in personal injury claims and is a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Accreditation scheme.

Top Tips

  • You do not need witnesses to start a compensation claim
  • A good solicitor will be able to build your case based on the evidence you give them
  • Things like photographs of your injury and where it happened all count as evidence to support your claim

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