When you approach a solicitor with a potential case there are a few pieces of information that they will need before they will take on your case and before they can give you any idea of whether or not the case is likely to be successful.
To start with, your solicitor will need to know all of your personal contact details; you will also need to provide them with in depth details about your case, which will include:
- The date of the accident
- Where it happened
- How it happened
- Information – including contact details – about any witnesses
- Information about any injuries, medical treatment and medical diagnosis that has happened as a result of the accident
- Trade union membership information
The solicitor will ask you about your trade union membership as well as details of household and car insurance because, if covered, these things could pay for your legal fees.
Other things they’re likely to ask for include information about loss of earnings since your accident as well as any financial expenses that have come as a direct result of your injuries. The evidence that they will require will include, payslips for several months before your accident – this is to prove the income that you would have had if you were fully fit and able to work. It’s also a good idea to keep hospital car parking tickets and prescription receipts in order to prove the unnecessary journeys you’ve had to make and charges you’ve incurred because of the accident.
Finally, if there are any other documents that could be used to support your claim then your solicitor will want to see them. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, for example, and have pictures of the damage to your car after the incident or if you have documents to prove your fitness before the accident or even evidence of a previous but similar accident, it’s all useful and your solicitor will be able to pick out the details that could be used to help your case.