Accidents can cause serious injuries, which often have dreadful consequences for the injured person’s ability to work.
This is not only distressing psychologically for the accident victim but will undoubtedly cause financial strain through less or no income, reduced future employment prospects and loss of promotional opportunities.
The onus of proving these losses is always on the person making the claim. The civil standard of proof is ‘on the balance of probabilities’.
However it is foolhardy to simply accept what an injured person may say about his or her pre-accident work performance and prospects. If at all possible supporting statements should be obtained from those with whom the injured person worked.
Obviously the sooner this is done the better, whilst employers and work colleagues are still upset by what’s happened. There is likely to be far greater sympathy and willingness to co-operate if approached early.
Also memories of past employees and work colleagues can fade quickly ,which is another good reason to get statements early.
Such supporting statements will also assist judges and CARS Assessors determine what the injured person’s most likely future circumstances would have been, but for the accident.
Stacks Goudkamp’s lawyers are extremely mindful of the importance of reacting quickly to obtain the evidence needed to prove income losses and pre- accident work performances and future prospects whilst memories are fresh.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident, it is imperative that you act quickly. At Stacks Goudkamp, we understand the importance of gathering information and evidence as soon as possible, to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. To speak to one of our helpful lawyers please call us on 1800 25 1800 or make an online enquiry.
Written by Tom Goudkamp.