Car Accident Injury Claims
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve
Car Accident Injury Claims
One of the most common reasons clients contact The Compensation Experts is to enquire about car accident injury claims. We help drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who have injuries because of someone else. If you have had 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 just for those injured in car accidents. It is also available to injuries from accidents while travelling in a bus, taxi, coach, or train. Cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians can also claim compensation.
It may not immediately be obvious if it is someone’s fault. However, even if you are unsure, it is worthwhile obtaining legal advice. This is so you have the information you need to make an informed decision when the time comes to decide whether to 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. So 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 in an RTA claim. It happens when a person’s head flings back and forth extremely vigorously. This can happen when a vehicle hits you at speed from behind. Whiplash can be an incredibly painful and debilitating condition of the neck and shoulders. It causes 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. They can assist if you believe your whiplash was not your fault.
In addition to claiming for whiplash injuries The Compensation Experts can help you claim compensation for
Strains, bruising, and soft tissue damage
Whiplash is not the only type of soft tissue injury car crash victims can suffer. Acute bruises (contusions) and sprains that overextend a limb can also affect victims.
Head injuries from a car accident can range from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage. The Compensation Experts can help if you, or your loved one, have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) from a motor vehicle accident.
Neck and spinal damage
One of the highest compensation payouts in the UK was £23 million. This 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
Other types of injury that car accidents cause include broken bones or dislocated joints. 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, the health implications can be ongoing.
Loss of limbs
Limbs can be severed in a car accident, or the damage may be so severe that a surgeon has to amputate them after it. When part of the body is crushed, the pressure can prevent blood from reaching it. If left long enough, the tissue will die. This means that the amputation is necessary to prevent infection.
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, future loss of your income and pension. In some instances, you may also be able to claim for psychological damages. For example, if you need counselling to overcome your fear of travelling by bus if you were had an accident on a bus.
The other party’s insurance company usually pays compensation. They naturally want to avoid paying any more than they have to. Therefore, they will take advantage of your lack of knowledge of this specialist area of law. Having an experienced personal injury solicitor on your side will ensure you receive the help you need.
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 an uninsured driver hits you through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB has funds available to compensate innocent victims of an accident caused by an uninsured or untraceable driver. If this happens 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 a claim is to contact The Compensation Experts. We will talk to you about your circumstances, find out more about your injuries and about the accident. We will answer any questions you have about how the process works. Then we will match you with a personal injury lawyer who is best to help with your claim.
Your medical notes may be enough to demonstrate the nature and extent of your injuries adequately. If not, your lawyer will arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical expert. This will help add 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 evidence including
- Photographs of the scene and verification of influencing factors at the time of your accident. This includes weather conditions.
- Photographs of damage to your vehicle, if you were in one. Also photographs of the damage to the other vehicle.
- Reports from emergency services who responded to the call after the accident.
- Statements from witnesses who saw or heard your accident.
- Receipts and evidence of any financial expenses you have incurred. These include private medical treatment and prescriptions.
- Evidence of travel costs if you have been unable to drive to work.
- 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. This includes your physical and mental condition that day, any expenses, and details of changes or struggles you have had due 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. They will request they admit liability and pay you damages. The defendant has 21 days to acknowledge receipt of your request in writing, and three months from the date of this acknowledgement to respond to you in full. If they do not reply, your lawyer may recommend you submit the request to a court.
The 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. These are 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 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 a percentage of your compensation to be paid 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 time limits for making a claim 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 this 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 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. We work with lawyers who have the knowledge you need to make a successful claim. They also understand that behind every claim is a victim who has had their life adversely affected. 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
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. In these cases you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
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. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.Find out more