Car Accident Injury Claims
One of the most common reasons clients contacts The Compensation Experts is to enquire about car accident injury claims. We help drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who, through no fault of their own, have been hurt by the careless or negligent actions of another. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, then get in touch today for free, no obligation advice about claiming damages.
What is a Road Traffic Injury Claim?
Compensation is not restricted to those only injured in car accidents. It is also available to victims injured while travelling in a bus, taxi, coach, or train, cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians.
It may not immediately be obvious if someone is to blame but even if you are unsure it is worthwhile obtaining legal advice, so you have the information you need to make an informed decision when the time comes to decide if and how you will pursue a compensation claim. We have a team of knowledgeable advisors who can answer any of your initial questions and give advice in a free, no-obligation consultation. Just give The Compensation Experts a call or fill in our online form and let us know when you would like us to reply.
Whiplash is possibly the most common injury cited in an RTA claim. It happens when a person’s head is flung back and forth extremely vigorously, as can happen when you are in a vehicle that is struck from behind by another at speed. Whiplash can be an incredibly painful and debilitating condition of the neck and shoulders, causing stiffness and restriction of movement for weeks, months or even, in very rare instances, forever. We work with personal injury solicitors who specialise in whiplash claims and who can assist if you believe your whiplash was not your fault.
In addition to claiming for whiplash, car crash injuries The Compensation Experts can help you successfully seek compensation for include:
Strains, bruising, and soft tissue damage
Whiplash is not the only type of soft tissue injury car crash victims can suffer. Acute bruises, also known as contusions, and sprains where a limb is overextended in a crash, can also affect victims.
Head injuries sustained in a car accident can range from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage. The Compensation Experts can help if you, or your loved one, has been affected by an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Neck and spinal damage
One of the highest compensation payouts in the UK was £23 million which was made to a victim who was left paralysed after a car accident that killed her mother and injured her brother in 2009.
Fractures and dislocations
Broken bones or dislocated joints are another types of injury frequently associated with compensation claims for car accidents. A broken bone may not sound like more than a few weeks of inconvenience, but depending on the age of the victim and the nature of the fracture, it can have ongoing health implications.
Loss of limbs
Limbs can be severed in a car accident, or they may be so severely damaged that a surgeon has to amputate them after the event. When part of the body is crushed, the pressure can prevent blood from reaching it. If left long enough, the tissue will die, necessitating amputation to prevent decay and infection from setting into healthy tissue.
Loss of sight, hearing, or other senses
Sensory loss can either be caused by direct damage or as the result of a brain injury. Either way, the results can have a lasting impact on the life of the victim, particularly loss of sight which can affect every aspect of day to day activities.
Lungs punctured by broken ribs, kidney damage, ruptured aorta, and a ruptured spleen are potentially fatal injuries associated with serious car accidents. As well as working directly with victims to claim compensation, The Compensation Experts can also assist families and dependents of those killed in car accidents to obtain payment for damages.
Why Make a Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim
As well as acknowledging your injury, car accident compensation claims can reimburse you for the cost of reasonable medical expenses, prescriptions, travel costs, loss of income while you’re recovering and, if you are unable to work in the future, predicted loss of your income and pension. In some instances, you may also be able to claim for the cost of psychological damages, for example, if you need counselling to overcome your fear of travelling by bus if you were involved in a bus accident.
Compensation is normally paid by the other party’s insurance company. They naturally want to avoid paying any more than they have to and will take advantage of your lack of knowledge of this specialist area of law. Having an experienced personal injury solicitor on your side – one who has a proven track record in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for their clients who have been hurt in a car accident – will ensure you receive the money to which you are entitled.
The most recent figures from the DVLA estimates there are 1.4 million uninsured drivers on British roads who cause around 26,500 car accident injuries and 130 fatalities every year. You can still claim if you were injured by an uninsured driver as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has funds available to compensate innocent victims of an accident caused by an uninsured or untraceable driver. If this has happened to you, talk to one of our expert advisors to find out more about your options.
How to Claim Car Accident Compensation
The first step to making successful road traffic accident claims is to contact The Compensation Experts. We will talk to you about your circumstances, finding out more about the type of injuries you have sustained and about the car crash which caused them. We will answer any questions you have about how the process works before matching you with a personal injury lawyer who is best placed to help with your claim.
Your medical notes may be enough to demonstrate the nature and extent of your injuries adequately, but if not, your lawyer will arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical expert to help give substance to your claim. As the claimant, it is your responsibility to show that another party was responsible for the accident. To do this your solicitor will require a body of evidence including items like:
- Photographs of the scene and verification of influencing factors such as weather conditions at the time of your accident. If you are unable to take photographs at the time, it is very helpful for your case if someone takes these for you as soon as possible.
- Photographs of damage to your vehicle, if you were in one, and the damage to the responsible driver’s vehicle.
- Reports from emergency services who may have responded to the call for help after the accident.
- Statements from witnesses who saw or heard your accident, or who may have suffered a similar accident at the same location on a different occasion.
- Receipts and evidence of any financial expenses you have incurred such as private medical treatment like x-rays or physiotherapy, and prescriptions.
- Evidence of travel costs if you have been unable to drive to work and the cost of getting to and from medical appointments.
- Personal notes. Start keeping a daily journal from as soon after the accident as possible and record any information relating to the aftermath like your physical and mental condition that day, any expenses, and details of changes or struggles you have endured thanks to your injury.
When your lawyer is confident they have amassed a strong claim, they will write to the party (the defendant) you believe to be responsible requesting they admit liability and pay you damages. The defendant has 21 days to acknowledge receipt of your request in writing, and an additional three months from the date of this acknowledgement to respond to you in full. If they do not reply in these time frames, your lawyer may recommend you submit the request to a court to enforce their legal requirement to do so.
The vast majority of personal injury claims settle out of court, but if the other party does not accept responsibility or offer a fair amount of compensation, your lawyer may recommend you lodge your claim to a court. Even when this has been done and a date assigned, they will continue to work on your behalf to resolve your claim without you having to go to court.
Average Car Accident Compensation Payments
While we are unable to advise exactly how much compensation you will receive, especially at the start of your claim investigation, we can give you an indication of approximate amounts based on figures determined by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) and recent RTA compensation claims.
Whiplash injury claims, for example, can vary from £1,800 for pain, stiffness, headaches, and other symptoms lasting up to 12 months, while people with whiplash which last for up to three years can be paid to £6,800. If you want a clearer idea of how much personal injury compensation you may be able to claim then call and speak with one of our expert advisors today.
No Win No Fee Compensation Claims for Car Accident Injuries
The Compensation Experts offers our clients the option of a conditional fee agreement, frequently referred to as No Win No Fee*. This type of claim takes away the financial risk associated claiming compensation without guarantee of success. It works by agreeing on an upfront percentage of your compensation to be paid in legal fees to your lawyer. If you win, you pay them out of your settlement money. If you are unsuccessful, providing you have followed the agreed terms and conditions, you will not have to pay any legal costs at all.
There are statutory time limits for making a request for compensation. In most instances, you have three years from the date of your accident, or three years from the date your condition was diagnosed as being caused by your accident. The exception to this is if you were under the age of 18 at the time of your accident, in which case you have until your 21st birthday to lodge a claim.
It is possible to claim compensation even if you are partially at fault. Split liability claims can apply to either compensation for physical injury or damage to personal property. An example would be if you were involved in an accident in which the driver approached an intersection of a road on which you were already driving. The right of way is yours and, assuming you were adhering to the Highway Code and driving legally, you would not be considered to be at fault. If, however, you were driving without your headlights on and it was more than half an hour after sunset, you could be considered partially liable for the accident. The amount of compensation you received would be the full amount less the proportion of responsibility you hold.
The Compensation Experts can assist with any personal injury matter. Our advisors are your first port of call to find out whether you have grounds to make a valid claim for car accident compensation, and how to do this in the fastest and easiest way. We work with lawyers who not only have the knowledge you need to make a successful claim but who also understand that behind every claim is a victim who has had their life adversely affected – sometimes permanently altered – in seconds. No one wants to be in a position where they have reason to make a claim but, if you are, you should make sure you are supported by the best personal injury solicitor for the case.
Contact The Compensation Experts today and let us show you how we can help.
*conditions may apply
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
Expert car accident injury claims solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.