If the victim has been taken to the hospital, a doctor will draw up an Initial Medical Report. It is important, if you are in a position to do so, to inform the doctor of all your injuries so that the document can include them, even those that may seem minor. Indeed, some complications may appear later, thus it will be necessary to demonstrate the link between these injuries and the accident.
Criminal records are not accessible to the victims. However, victims may contact a lawyer who can obtain a copy of the file from the Court of Justice.
Victims should keep copies of all invoices and receipts, e.g. taxi fares for a person who cannot walk, and proof of medical expenses that were paid by the victim so that they can claim reimbursement later.
We referred earlier to the role of the medical expert in the compensation procedure.
Once the insurer has the report from the doctor they appointed, they can propose the payment of a provision. The insurer must make a final proposal for compensation within five months of receiving the definitive medical report, which is drawn up once the victim’s condition has stabilised. If the victim accepts the offer made to them, they cannot subsequently contest the amount, except in the event of aggravation of the initial injuries.