By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 14th November 2023. In this guide, we will look at potential bicycle accident claim payouts. In order to make a claim, you need to show that the negligence of another road user led to the accident in which you were injured. This guide will explain what that means, provide examples of potential payouts and illustrate the benefits of using a cycle accident solicitor from our panel.
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- Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts – What Could You Receive?
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You may want more information about the typical payouts for personal injury in the UK. What you receive can be broken up into two potential heads of compensation. General damages is for the physical and psychological damage that has been caused by your injuries, as well as the general negative impact they have had on your life.
Additionally, you could receive special damages compensation, which relates to the losses suffered financially because of the injury.
The Judicial College Guidelines are used by solicitors and lawyers to provide clients with a better idea of what they could receive regarding general damages compensation. They include brackets such as the ones below that are calculated using successful court cases from Wales and England. These figures should only be used as guidelines to give you an idea of what you could receive.
As such, please remember that these figures are not guaranteed as every claim is distinct from the one that came before. An independent medical assessment will be performed as part of the claims process to assess your injuries. A medical professional will then create a report from this meeting which can be used as evidence to value your claim.
|Multiple Serious Injuries And Financial Losses
|It’s possible to suffer mutltiple serious injuries in a bicycle accident, such as head, neck and back injuries. Combined with financial losses like lost earnings, compensation payouts can reach this level.
|Up to £200,000+
|This bracket includes injuries such as serious fractures and cervical spine disc damage that causes symptoms like permanent damage to the brachial plexus.
|£65,740 to £130,930
|Cases in this bracket include disc fractures or soft tissue injuries that lead to chronic conditions despite treatment.
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Injuries in this bracket involve extensive periods of treatment and/or the ankle being in plaster for a lengthy period of time.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Injuries to Pelvis and Hip
|This bracket is for a significant injury to either the hip or pelvis but permanent damage is not major and there is not a great risk of any future complications.
|£26,590 to £39,170
|Less Serious (i)
|This bracket covers soft tissue injuries which are deemed serious or leg fractures that lead to an incomplete recovery.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Injuries in this bracket involve torn cartilage or dislocation causing symptoms such as wasting, weakness or minor instability.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Cases in this bracket will lead to psychological issues after the incident. However, the injured person will largely recover. Therefore, there will be no continuing effects that are grossly disabling.
|£8,180 to £23,150
|This bracket is for injuries including a frozen shoulder that leads to serious movement limitation and discomfort that lasts for around two years.
|£7,890 to £12,770
|Cases in this bracket are for soft tissue shoulder injuries that cause considerable pain but where an almost complete recovery is made within three months.
|Up to £2,450
|This bracket covers simple fractures of the forearm.
|£6,610 to £19,200
Financial losses you could claim for as part of special damages include:
- Travel expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Home adjustments
- Care costs
- Private healthcare costs
You would need to prove the value of the losses you want to claim. This would involve providing evidence, such as invoices, bank statements and receipts.
You would only receive compensation through either of these heads of claim if you can show that your injury was caused by third-party negligence.
To discover more about potential bicycle accident claim payouts or for more on personal injury claims generally, please use the details provided to contact us for free legal advice.
To make a successful compensation claim following a bicycle accident, it’s necessary to meet certain qualifying criteria. These are:
- That the party who caused your injuries, often known as the defendant, owed you a duty of care. On the roads, this duty extends to all users, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If you’re using the road in one of those capacities, you have a duty to avoid creating the risk of harm to others.
- You must show that the defendant breached their duty of care. For example, if a driver knocked you off your bicycle because they didn’t give you enough room when overtaking, this would be classed as them breaching their duty of care to you.
- As a result of the breach, you suffered harm. When it comes to making a bicycle injury claim, it’s not enough to have an accident; you must have suffered an injury too.
- And lastly, you must begin proceedings within the personal injury claim time limit. This time limit is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, if you were under the age of 18 when the accident happened, the time limit is paused until you reach 18 (an adult in the eyes of the law). It then runs until your 21st birthday. We explain this in greater detail below.
If you’d like to check if you’re eligible to make a claim, get in touch today for a free case check. We can advise you on potential bicycle accident claim payouts in your case and how the process of claiming compensation works.
Personal injury solicitors can help claimants receive bicycle accident claim payouts. However, you don’t need to use a solicitor to work on your claim; you can do this yourself.
However, we do always recommend working with a solicitor, as this can make the claims process run more smoothly. Therefore, this section will outline the general procedure to claim if you were to hire legal counsel.
- The solicitor will request more information from you regarding how the accident occurred and the injuries you sustained.
- They will then help you acquire evidence to build your case. This can include witness statements, medical scans, photographic evidence of the injury and CCTV footage.
For more information on how your compensation claim could progress, speak to an advisor today. They can offer you free legal advice about the process of claiming compensation.
The Time Limit For Claiming For A Bicycle Accident
As well as meeting the relevant eligibility criteria for cycling claims, compensation may also only be awarded if your claim is filed within the correct limitation period. Usually, you have three years from the date you were injured to bring forward your claim, as per the Limitation Act 1980.
However, if a child is injured in a bike accident, the three-year time limit is suspended until their 18th birthday. They will then have until their 21st birthday to start a claim from this date. Alternatively, a litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf prior to their 18th birthday.
Furthermore, the time limit is suspended indefinitely for those who lack the mental capacity to make their own claim. A litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. If a claim has not been made for them and they regain this mental capacity, they will have three years from the date of recovery to start their own claim.
If you have additional questions you’d like to ask our advisors about the time limits involved for bicycle accident claim payouts, you can reach out to us at any time using our free live chat widget on your screen.
You may want to know more about what No Win No Fee means. The advantages of claiming on this basis include:
- Not paying your solicitor’s legal fees in order to secure their services or while the claim is being worked on.
- Only paying them once a settlement has been reached. They will take a small, legally capped compensation portion to cover these fees.
- Not having to pay your solicitor anything in the event that you aren’t awarded compensation.
If you would like to know more about how bicycle accident claim payouts can be claimed, please contact our team at a time that works for you. Our advisors are available 24/7, can be contacted for free and can tell you quickly and easily if you can claim.
They can also put you through to a personal injury solicitor who could work your case on a No Win No Fee basis. If you would like to find out more, you can:
- Call us using 0800 408 7825
- You can contact us on our website.
- Use the Chat window on the right of your screen.
Motorcycle And Bicycle Accident Claim Guides
You can use the below links if you’d like to know more about bicycle accident claim payouts.
- Would you like to know more about cycle safety? If so, read this article on the Government website.
- Cycling UK details some safe road guidance.
- You can find out when to visit an urgent treatment centre on the NHS website.
- Do you want to see if you can claim for a broken leg? If so, read this article on our website.
- This article contains everything you need to know about road traffic accident compensation claims.
- You can find out more about trauma compensation claims by reading this article.
If you would like to speak to an advisor about bicycle accident claims or potential compensation for a bicycle accident, then you’re welcome to contact Public Interest Lawyers for help. You can reach us using the contact details featured in this guide.
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