Car Accident Lawyer Claims Guide – How You Could Claim Compensation? No Win No Fee

How Car Accident Lawyers Could Help You Make An Injury Claim

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If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you might be wondering whether or not you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries and how you could go about doing so. Making a compensation claim for a car accident may be something you have no previous experience of, and it could be difficult to know how to start. You may be wondering whether to get a car accident lawyer to help you. 

This guide offers advice on whether you should get a lawyer after a car accident, the benefits of doing so, and what kinds of road traffic accident claims they could help with. We’ll also offer insight into the personal injury claims time limit that might apply to your claim, as well as information concerning compensation payout amounts for some injuries relating to car accidents. If you would like to ask further questions or need a car accident lawyer to begin your claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact details can be found at the end of this guide.

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A Guide On How A Car Accident Lawyer Could Help You

All drivers on UK roads need to comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and they should also follow the Highway Code. If you are injured due to another road user’s dangerous/irresponsible behaviour on the road, you may be wondering should you get a lawyer after a car accident to help you claim compensation for your injuries and the expenses incurred because of those injuries. This guide offers insight into when to hire a car accident lawyer, and why they could be of benefit when it comes to making a claim.

Below, you will find information relating to car accident statistics in the UK. We also include insight into the compensation that could be payable for certain car accident injuries. You’ll find details of how we could help you if you need a car accident lawyer, as well as further resources that could help you when you are considering making a claim.

What Are Car Accident Lawyers?

According to the Government’s Statistics for 2018, 1,784 people died on UK roads in 2018. In addition to this, a further 25,511 were seriously injured, with a further 133,302 suffering minor injuries. Whether you have suffered serious, life-changing injuries, or a minor condition such as whiplash, this may have caused you suffering and pain, and could also have caused you to incur financial expenses, especially if you have lost out on income if your injuries prevented you from working.

A car accident lawyer could help you claim compensation if you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault. The compensation you could receive may not take away your injuries and your suffering, but it could help you cover costs associated with your injuries, allowing you to be able to pay for any medical treatment you may need to help you recover as best you can. It could also cover lost wages, as well as providing compensation for the suffering and pain you have endured due to your injuries.

While it is possible to claim for compensation without the help of a car accident solicitor, there could be drawbacks to not seeking legal advice for your claim. A lawyer could not only help you build a strong case for compensation, even if you are partially at fault for the accident, but they could also offer insight into whether an offer of compensation would be appropriate for your injuries. If it was not, they could have the capability to fight for a higher payout.

How Much Could I Claim With A Car Accident Lawyer – Compensation Calculator

We know only too well that some claimants would like to have an idea of how much compensation could be appropriate for their claim before they look for the best personal injury lawyer to help them. While you may be looking for a car accident claims calculator to give you this information, the figures generated from a personal injury claims calculator would only ever be a rough estimate of how much you could claim.

The reason for this is that all claims are assessed on a case by case basis. The unique facts and circumstances of your accident and your injuries would need to be considered before your compensation claim could be valued. As part of your car accident claim, you would need to see an independent medical expert, who would review your medical notes, examine you, and complete a report that could be used to evidence your injuries and your prognosis. This report could be used by your car accident solicitor to more accurately predict how much your claim could attract.

In order to give you some idea of compensation payouts that could be appropriate for certain injuries, we have consulted the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication that could be used by lawyers and the courts to arrive at a value for personal injury claims. If your injury doesn’t appear in the table, please do call us and we’ll be glad to provide further information over the telephone.

Injury typeNotesGuideline Compensation Bracket
Ankle injuries – Very severeUnusually severe injuries. For example, a transmalleolar fracture that causes extensive soft tissue damage causing deformity. Any further injury could require below knee amputation. Or bilateral fractures that cause joint degeneration, requiring arthrodesis.£46,980 to £65,420
Ankle injuries - severeTreatment for injuries here could be required over a long period, with the claimant requiring extensive time with the leg in plaster. Plates and pins could be required to stabilise the joint, but despite the ankle being treated in this way, disability could still remain.£29,380 to £46,980
Ankle injuries - moderateFractures and tearing of ligaments that could leave the injured party with issues when walking for a long period or walking on uneven surfaces. Stairs may also provide an issue.£12,900 to £24,950
Severe pelvis and hip injuriesExtensive fracturing of the pelvis with complications that could include ruptured bladder, dislocation of the lower back or a hip injury. These injuries could lead to substantial disability.£73,580 to £122,860
Severe pelvis and hip injuriesSlightly less serious than those mentioned above. Distinguishing features could include dislocation or fracture of both the ischial and pubic rami leading to impotence.£58,100 to £73,580
Moderate pelvis and hip injuriesSignificant injuries but with only minor disabilities. These would be no great risk for the future.£24,950 to £36,770
Neck injuries – severeDamage to discs or serious fractures causing severe disability. These could include serious injuries to the brachial plexus leading to loss of use in the arm, for example.£61,710 to £122,860
Neck injuries – moderateInjuries such as severe damage to the soft tissue/wrenching injuries. These could cause cervical spondylosis, movement limitation, a requirement for surgery and residual pain.£12,900 to £23,460
Neck injuries – minorMinor injuries to the soft tissues with recovery between 1 to 2 years.£4,080 to £7,410
Less severe brain damageA good recovery would have taken place but some minor problems with memory or concentration could persist.£14,380 to £40,410

Could A Car Accident Lawyer Help Me Claim Special Damages?

As well as receiving compensation for the loss of amenity, suffering and pain that your injuries have caused you, you could also receive compensation for financial expenses associated with your injuries. These are often referred to as special damages. They could include expenses such as:

  • Care costs – If your injuries were so severe that you needed someone to take care of needs such as helping you wash, dress or prepare meals, for example, these care costs could be included within your claim.
  • Medical expenses – If your treatment involved prescription medicines, physiotherapy or counselling, for example, and you had to pay for medical costs such as these, they could be compensated for as part of a road traffic accident claim.
  • Travel expenses – If you needed to travel to visit the hospital or your car accident lawyer, for example, and there were costs associated with this, your lawyer could include these costs within your claim.
  • Loss of income – If the severity of your injuries prevented you from working as normal, you could lose out on income. Income losses incurred as a direct result of your injuries could be compensated for as special damages. If your injuries were so serious that you weren’t able to return to work in the future, then your lawyer could request compensation for your future loss of income too.

Who Are Our Panel Of Lawyers Handling Car Accident Claims

If you are wondering how to find a lawyer for a car accident claim, we could help. We work with a fantastic panel of expert car accident solicitors, in a network that spans the UK. We carefully select the lawyers that make up our panel for their expertise and capability. We could help you find a car accident lawyer that has the expertise that is relevant to your type of claim, whether you are injured as a pedestrian, passenger, motorcyclist, driver or another road user.

Why Claim With Public Interest Lawyers?

If you have questions about making a compensation claim with a car accident lawyer and would like to benefit from free, no-obligation advice and support, we could help. Not only could our specially trained advisors offer a free case check to see if your claim could result in compensation, but we could also help you connect with a personal injury lawyer working on a No Win No Fee basis, who could fight for compensation on your behalf. We want all car crash injury victims to be able to access the help and support they may need to get the compensation they deserve.

We have years of experience in helping a variety of claimants with a variety of personal injury claims. Our commitment to taking as much stress out of making a claim as possible means you could concentrate on looking after yourself while your lawyer takes on the leg work of fighting for your compensation.

Other Road Traffic Accident Claims We Could Handle

While this guide is mainly focused on car accidents, we could also help you if you have been in any other road traffic accident. The kinds of claims a car accident lawyer from our panel could assist with could include:

  • Passenger accident claims – If your accident was caused by the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in or another road user, you could still claim compensation.
  • Pedestrian accident claims – If you were knocked over at a pedestrian crossing, for example, or a driver mounted the pavement and injured you, you could be eligible to claim.
  • Cyclist accident claims – If another road user injured you while you were cycling, and the accident was their fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
  • Motorcyclist accident claims – If you were injured on a motorbike due to another road user, you could make a motorcycle injury claim.
  • Public transport accident claims – If you were injured on a bus or tram, for example, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
  • Split liability claims – If you were partially at fault for an accident, but another road user was also at fault, a car accident lawyer could still help you, although your compensation may be reduced to reflect your partial responsibility.
  • Uninsured driver claims – if you were hit by an uninsured driver or a driver that was untraceable, you may still be able to claim compensation with the help of a car accident solicitor.

Could I Claim If The Other Driver Did Not Have Insurance?

As mentioned above, you could still claim for compensation if the other driver was not insured. In some cases, you could make a claim against your own insurance policy, but in others, you could launch a claim through the Motor Insurer’s Bureau. This is an organisation that was set up in 1946. It aims to offer compensation to those who have been injured on the road due to the fault of an uninsured/untraceable driver.

People Who Could Claim For Injuries From Car Accidents

The people who could retain the services of a car accident lawyer to help them claim compensation could include:

  • Injured parties – These could include motorcyclists, passengers, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who have suffered an injury in an accident they were not at fault for.
  • Dependents of those who are fatally injured – If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident that was not their fault, you may be able to claim a bereavement award, for example, and you could also be compensated for funeral costs.
  • Litigation friends – If you are responsible for someone who has been injured in a car accident, and they could not make a claim for themselves, whether this is due to age or incapacity, you may be able to act as their litigation friend and make a claim on their behalf.

If you are unsure as to whether you should get a lawyer after a car accident, we could help. Simply call our team and we will gladly assess your case to see if you could claim compensation.

Injuries Caused By Car Accidents

Unfortunately, there could be a range of injuries that could be caused by car accidents. These could span from minor injuries such as scratches, bruising and soft tissue injuries, to severe injuries including broken bones, organ damage and even brain damage. Some car accidents could lead to a person requiring long-term medical care, and others could lead to life-changing consequences that an injured party may never recover from.

One of the most common injuries that could be associated with a car accident is whiplash. While whiplash could be considered a fairly minor injury, it could be painful and could even lead to long-term chronic pain conditions. Whether you have suffered whiplash or other injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, you could be able to claim compensation not only for the physical and mental injuries sustained because of the accident but you could also access compensation to help you get the most appropriate treatment for your injuries too. A good car accident lawyer could fight for compensation to help you achieve the best recovery possible from your injuries.

How Long Do I Have To Claim With A Car Accident Lawyer?

You may wonder when to call a lawyer after a car accident. Our advice would be: as soon as possible. There is a personal injury claims time limit that exists for many personal injury claims of three years from your accident date. There could be some exceptions to these limits, however. If you are injured as a child, and no one makes a claim on your behalf, you could have until your 21st birthday to claim. If you are an adult claiming on behalf of a child as their litigation friend, you could have until their 18th birthday to claim. There are also exceptions that could relate in cases where the injured party does not have the physical or mental capacity to make a claim during the limitation period.

No Win No Fee Car Accident Lawyers Claims

If you are wondering about how to cover the costs that may be involved with using a car accident solicitor to help you fight for the maximum compensation achievable for your claim, you could be interested to learn that there is a way you can obtain this assistance without having to pay for it upfront. With No Win No Fee claims, you would not be required to make an upfront payment to your personal injury solicitor or pay anything throughout the course of your claim either, until such time as your compensation had been paid out.

Claiming in this manner may give claimants financial confidence when it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in a car crash. If you’re intending on claiming in this way, you would be asked to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement which would effectively promise your solicitor a small success fee from your compensation payout. This success fee would be legally capped, so you would not have to worry that you would lose a large chunk of your compensation. In addition to this, if your car accident lawyer was not able to achieve a compensation payout for you, you would not have to pay the aforementioned success fee – and you wouldn’t have to pay their costs in pursuing your car accident claim.

You may have questions about claiming in this way. If you do, we’ll be happy to answer them. If you want to go ahead with a claim, we could also connect you with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor who could help you.

Making A Claim

Getting in touch for advice and support is simple. You can reach our specially trained advisors through our Live Chat feature or contact form.

If you’d like to start a claim, we would recommend you speak to our experts. You can call them on 0800 953 0698 to begin a No Win No Fee claim with the help of a car accident lawyer.

We hope this helps you claim the compensation you deserve.

References

Accidents In A Car ParkAccidents in a public place involving cars could happen in a car park. Take a look at our guide surrounding such accidents for insight into whether you could claim compensation.

Cycling Accident Claims – You can find more information about cycling accident claims here.

Public Transport Accidents – If you’ve been injured on public transport, this guide may offer some useful information.

ProLawyers – You can visit the ProLawyers site to make a claim here.

NHS Whiplash Information – Here, you can find information on whiplash injuries, including details of treatments that could be appropriate.

How Weather Affects Casualty Statistics – A government study has looked at the impact of weather on road traffic accident casualties.

 

 

Guide by JE

Edited by REI