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Can I Claim Compensation Even If There Was No Witnesses To The Accident

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 12th April 2022. One of the most important parts of making any type of personal injury claim is being able to prove that your injuries occurred, and how they were caused. You need to show the defendant is liable for your injuries. One question we are asked at times is can you claim compensation with no witness?

Being able to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care is usually a clear legal matter. If your injury was caused by employer negligence, or by an error on the part of a doctor, it should be easy to show they were liable for what happened to you.

Part of proving that they were responsible is having supporting evidence such as an independent witness to do so. Having such a statement to corroborate your version of events can provide a strong base for your claim. So, can you claim compensation with no witness?

Whilst a witness is important, it is still possible to make personal injury claims without eyewitnesses.

To start your personal injury claim, contact us today by calling 0800 073 8804. Find out how you can claim compensation with no witness. You can also contact us and talk to us about your claim online.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation With No Witnesses?

Claim Compensation With No WitnessOne of the challenges if you want to claim compensation with no witness is that you may have less evidence that someone else caused your accident. Claims which have an independent witness providing supporting evidence will carry more weight than those without them. A good example of this could be he said, she said car accident. If the other party does not accept their liability it can be difficult to prove your claim. However, with a witness providing other evidence, your claim now carries more weight.

As such, whilst you can claim compensation with no witness, it is more difficult to do so.

What Are Witnesses In A Compensation Claim?

What is a witness? In the most basic sense, they are someone who saw your accident or injury happen and could see the cause of it. In the case of an accident at work, this could be a colleague who saw you have a slip, trip, or a fall. An independent witness car accident can be extremely helpful in grounding the case and establishing liability. Witnesses may also have expert knowledge about what led to the accident and your injury happening.

What Is An Independent Witness?

An independent witness car accident can be a valuable part of your case. Someone involved in a road traffic accident could ask a passenger to be a witness. They may have seen what happened and what led to the accident. In the case of a car accident with no police report, or no witness, it can be difficult to prove what happened and to claim without a witness.

Independent witnesses are people who have a good degree of knowledge of how the accident happened but is not biased towards or against one party’s point of view. If you ask a passenger to be a witness, they will probably not be considered an independent witness.

How Important Is The Role Of An Eyewitness To A Compensation Claim?

Having no witness to an accident can lead to disputes over the facts and circumstances of the event. Whilst other evidence can be very important Having an eye witness to your injury can provide that crucial boost to your claim. The witness, even a reluctant witness, will help to show that you are not exaggerating your claim and that it is on solid ground.

However, please remember that a witness is important but not essential and numerous claims are still won without a witness.

What Will Happen If There Are No Witnesses To Your Accident?

Your witness does not have to be someone who saw your accident happen. In the case of an accident at work, they could be someone who saw a similar set of circumstances happen at another time. A witness could also be someone who has seen the effect the injury has had on you, such as a friend, or a family member.

What Does ‘Balance Of Probabilities’ Mean?

You should still make a claim without a witness, such as a car accident no witness. In the case of criminal prosecutions, the prosecution must show that the defendant is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. This sets a very high standard of proof that must be met.

Personal injury claims operate within a different system which helps you claim compensation with no witness. Your case will be decided on the balance of probabilities. This means that your personal injury solicitor will have to show that on the balance of probabilities there is a greater than 51% chance that your version of events is correct.

When making a claim with no witness, you could be able to prove your claim with supporting medical evidence. This could show that your version of how your injury happened is the more likely explanation.

What Happens If I Have A Reluctant Witness?

It is possible that your witness is reluctant to act as such in your claim, or in the courts. It is possible to try and encourage them to be a witness if your case. This may be through a police investigation of your accident. If so, they could be asked to provide a statement. If your witness is reluctant to appear in person in court, they could still provide a statement.

What Other Evidence Can Be Used In Compensation Claims?

If you need to claim compensation with no witness, there are different ways to supply evidence. You can claim compensation with no witness by doing things such as photographic the scene of your accident,as well as your injuries directly after and over a period of time. Things such as CCTV could provide video evidence of your accident happening.

If you were involved in an accident at work, in a shop, or a public place, you should have recorded your accident in the business’s accident book. If you are too injured to do so at the time, ensure someone else does this on your behalf.

Examples Of Personal Injury Claim Amounts

If you have suffered an injury and need to make a claim using a personal injury solicitor, there are several types of compensation you can claim. The two main types are general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for your physical or psychological injuries, examples of which are set out in the table below.

InjuryLevel of severityAmountFurther injury notes
Fractured armSimple£6,190 to £18,020Forearm fractures
Fractured armSevere£90,250 to £122,860These injuries will not require amputation, but will fall just short
Amputated armSingle arm£102,890 to £122,860Above the elbow
Amputated armBoth arms£225,960 to £281,520Complete loss
Injured footSevere£39,390 to £65,710Both heels fractured
Injured footVery severe£78,800 to £102,890Permanent and lasting disability
Injured backModerate£26,050 to £36,390Compression/crush fractures
Injured backSevere£85,470 to £151,070Spinal cord and nerve root damage
Injured neckSevereIn the region of £139,210Associated with paraplegia
Injured handSerious£27,220 to £58,100Capacity of around 50% lost
Injured handLess seriousSevere crush injury that leads to significantly impaired function£13,570 to £27,220

Special damages are paid out for things such as expenses you have had to pay for. This might include the cost of travelling to medical appointments, and of that medical treatment. You can also claim for the cost of care and of adaptations that have had to be made to your home. You can even claim for any loss of earnings you have lost whilst unable to work.

Head to our compensation calculator for another valuation.

No Win No Fee Claims Without A Witness

No Win No Fee contracts, also called CTA’s or Conditional Fee Agreements are a way for you to claim the compensation you deserve, without having to take on any financial risks or burdens. There are no upfront fees, and your solicitor will assume all the risks in taking on your case. If at the end of your case, you are not awarded compensation, you will not have to make any payments.

As long as you meet the criteria to make a personal injury claim, our team will be able to help you do so, without you having to worry about claiming damages.

How Our Team Can Help You Make A Claim

Having the right personal injury lawyer working on your claim can make your claims process go smoother. The right team can help you claim compensation with no witness. They will be able to put together a solid claim and case using the evidence available. We have an excellent team of personal injury lawyers who can help you make a claim.

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Contact us today using the number above, via our contact form, or by sending us information about your claim by email to info@legalexpert.co.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How important is a witness in an accident?

Whilst having someone there who witnessed your accident can be a useful piece of evidence, it is not necessarily essential. There are other forms of proof that you can acquire to help support your claim.

For instance, CCTV footage, photographs, and medical reports can all be useful. If there was a witness present, however, then their statement can support your version of events.

Can a friend be a witness to a car accident?

Yes, anybody who was there to see how you were injured can act as a witness. This includes friends and family members.

What is an independent witness in a car accident?

An independent witness is someone that saw the accident with their own eyes but is not directly affiliated with any of the parties involved. In other words, they need to have seen what happened, but they cannot know anyone involved.

An independent witness can sometimes be a more valuable resource, as it can be less likely that bias can enter the equation. To put it another way, someone with no relationship with any involved parties can be less likely to “take sides”. However, this is not a guarantee.

What do I do if the third party is lying about a car accident?

You would need to prove that you were not responsible for the accident. As mentioned in the guide above, this reinforces the importance of gathering evidence to support your claim.

This includes witness statements. Hiring a solicitor can be helpful during this process as they can assist you and offer guidance.

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