Making an accident claim

More often than not, being involved in a car crash is a traumatic event, and making an accident claim can be the last thing on your mind. However, the financial implications of time off work and treatment costs can prove significant, so claiming compensation should definitely be considered, especially if the accident was not your fault.

Know your rights
Its important to be aware that the law allows anyone who has been hurt in an accident that was not their fault to make a claim for accident compensation within three years. This is an acknowledgement that there is pain and suffering as a result of an accident and also financial losses such as prescription costs, treatment, phone calls, loss of earnings etc. In addition to being entitled to compensation for the physical effects of the accident, you are entitled to be compensated for any out of pocket expenses if the accident wasnt your fault.

How much compensation will I get?
Injuries and their severity vary greatly from person to person, so therefore the compensation amounts do too. How much you will get depends very much on the circumstances of your accident, but your solicitor will be able to give you an idea once we know more about your accident, your injury, and how it has affected your life.

What do I have to do to make an accident claim?
Its important that you contact us as soon as possible to make your accident claim. Well ask you to keep receipts and invoices for any money you spend in relation to your injury including travel expenses and costs of medicines. We may also ask you to start keeping a diary charting your recovery from the injury and what sort of treatment you receive. What's certain is that we will ask you to keep us informed of every development in relation to your injury, and your recovery, so that we can develop a clear idea of how much compensation you may be in line to receive.

Will I have to go to Court?
The vast majority of accident claims are settled long before they ever get as far as the court room. However, in certain cases where liability is disputed or where there are potentially large sums of compensation involved, you may have to attend court. However, rest assured that your solicitor will have a very clear idea whether or not this is likely, as your lawyer will keep you up to date at every stage of the proceedings.

Im not sure if I have an accident claim or not
Dont worry if youre not sure whether or not you have a case to make an accident claim. We can offer you expert legal advice, and well tell you from the outset whether we feel you have a case for making an accident compensation claim.

Getting in touch
In the first instance, contact us for expert legal advice on whether you have an accident claim. Were here 24 hours a day on 0800 78 38 846 or click here to contact us online.

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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.