In the second of this series of blogs, we answer your questions about bringing a personal injury claim following an accident where you are a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.
What should I do if I have had a road traffic accident?
- Always exchange details (including the other parties name and contact details and vehicle registration number).
- Speak to anyone who may have witnessed the accident to see if they are able to support your version of events and obtain their name and contact details.
- Take photographs of the accident location and any visible injuries.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Keep any receipts in respect of any expenses you may have incurred as a result of the accident including prescriptions, parking charges, damaged clothing and any treatment costs.
- Keep a diary of events including how your injuries are progressing, what care and assistance you require and what impact your injuries are having on your home and working life.
How long do I have to start a personal injury claim?
You normally have 3 years from the date of accident although in some cases it can be from when you became aware that your injury was due to someone else`s negligence. There are exceptions to this rule and it can be less than 3 years so you should contact us immediately for advice.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that you will receive will depend upon the seriousness of your injury and the financial losses that you have suffered. We will consider the Guidelines issued to Judges and Case law to value your pain and suffering as well as assessing all past and future losses and expenses.
How long will my claim take?
The length of a claim depends upon the type of accident and type of injury involved and whether the other party admits they were to blame or denies liability.
Will I have to go to Court?
It is unlikely that you will have to go to court as most personal injury claims settle by agreement. We estimate that approximately 1-2% of our personal injury claims go to trial.
In the next instalment of our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence blog, we answer your questions about bringing a claim following an accident at work.
If you need any help or advice then please contact our experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers Domini David and Julian Monk.