Car Accident Claims

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Car Accident Claims

Would it surprise you that over 180,000 people were injured in road accidents in the UK in 2016? Many of these accidents are fairly minor, but many will result in the injured person being treated in hospital, not being able to work and having to deal with the hassle of having their car repaired or replaced. Personal injury claims after road accidents are among the most common types of compensation claims which solicitors deal with, but before picking up the phone there’s a few things you need to know.

Who Can Claim?

In order to start a claim for compensation after being in some sort of accident involving a car, there are a few things which have to apply in your case:
• The accident has to have happened within the past three years.
• The accident was someone else’s fault – usually another driver, but could also be the body responsible for maintaining the road or fixing your car.
• You haven’t been compensated already.

Personal injury solicitors usually work on a no win, no fee basis and deal with thousands of injury claims after car accidents each year. Many will go through the basics of any potential claim over the phone, allowing you to tell your story and for the claims handler to advise whether you have grounds to make a claim. If you agree to go ahead and make a personal injury claim, you’ll sign a conditional fee agreement which means you won’t pay any legal costs until the case is concluded in your favour and you receive your payout.

The Process

After you’ve signed up with your chosen legal firm, they’ll then start pulling together all the evidence about the accident itself, and how it has affected you. Depending on the type of claim, you might be asked to attend a medical assessment, or the solicitor might want evidence from your employer if you’re unable to return to work. If you’re having physiotherapy or other treatment for injuries, you’ll be advised to keep all receipts as you may be able to claim those costs back.

Once the solicitors have put together their strongest case, they’ll approach the solicitors representing the other driver’s insurer, and state what compensation they are asking for. It’s then a bit of a negotiation with sides making offers and counter-offers until both legal firms reach a level that they are happy with. In most cases, personal injury claims are settled through negotiation rather than going in front of a judge to decide.

How Much Can I Expect To Get?

It’s really difficult to estimate accurately how much compensation you’ll be entitled to as every accident is different, and everyone is affected in different ways. This is where the skills of an experienced solicitor come into play. Solicitors who are managing personal injury claims regularly can usually give clear guidance once they’ve taken the details of your case. Remember that after the case has concluded, you will have to pay the solicitor’s fees out of the compensation which you are awarded.