What To Do If You Suffer An Injury In A Car Accident?
What Should You Do If You Are Injured In A Car Accident?
It’s important that you know what to do if you suffer an injury in a car accident so you can prove liability on the part of another driver. Without the necessary evidence, you may not be able to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Our guide to claiming compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident provides advice and information on the claims process, the sort of injuries you could suffer, and the evidence needed to support your case against another party. We explain the importance of seeking medical attention no matter how minor your injuries may appear, and how an official medical report would strengthen your case.
We offer advice on how following a doctor’s recommendations is all-important when it comes to the medication they prescribe, and treatment plans they set in place to aid your recovery.
Our guide also offers essential reading on the time limit to filing a car accident claim. We provide an idea on how much a car accident injury claim could be worth, and how a No Win No Fee lawyer could assist you in getting a fair and acceptable amount in the way of personal injury compensation.
To find out more, please continue reading our guide. If you have any queries or questions, please get in touch with a Legal Expert adviser on 0800 073 8804.
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- A Guide On What To Do If You Suffer An Injury In A Car Accident
- What Injuries May Be Caused By A Car Accident?
- Start By Seeking Medical Care
- Inform The Medical Professional About Your Car Accident Injury In Full
- Follow Your Doctor’s Medical Advice
- Keep An Injury Diary
- Time Limits To Contact A Car Accident Solicitor
- Compensation Calculator For An Injury In A Car Accident
- What Special Damages Could Be Awarded If You Are Injured In A Car Accident?
- No Win No Fee Claims For An Injury In A Car Accident
- Start A Car Accident Injury Claim
- Quick Car Accident Resources
Our guide on what to do after suffering an injury in a road traffic accident provides valuable advice on the sort of evidence required if you want to seek compensation. We explain the various types of injuries you could sustain in a car accident and the importance of seeking medical attention even if you believe your injuries are only slight.
We provide advice on the importance of informing a medical professional of all the details of the car accident and injuries you suffered as a consequence. We explain why you should follow their advice regarding treatment and medication. We also provide information on how keeping an injury diary could help to strengthen a personal injury claim for compensation if you sustained injuries in a car accident that was not your fault.
Our guide also offers essential reading on the time limits associated with this type of personal injury claim, and how these must be respected to avoid a case being time-barred. We explain how general damages and special damages are calculated, and provide an idea on how much you could be awarded in general damages for the injuries you suffered in a car accident.
We offer information on how you could benefit from working with a No Win No Fee lawyer, and how this type of legal agreement works. To find out more about how Legal Expert could be of assistance in securing the level of car accident compensation you deserve, please get in touch with a member of our team today.
There are some more common injuries that you could suffer if you are involved in a road traffic accident. These include:
- Bruising and contusions
- Injuries to the neck
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Mental, psychological, and emotional injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Some symptoms may not be present straight away but only become evident later on, which could be hours or days after the car accident happened. It is essential that you seek medical attention as soon as you are able to so that any injuries can be identified and properly treated.
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If you were injured in a car accident, no matter how slight the injury may initially appear to be, you should seek medical attention as soon as it is feasibly possible to do so.
The medical professional who treats you would identify any injuries you may be experiencing. This examination is essential if you are thinking about seeking compensation for the injuries you suffered. Even if at first you have no intention of making a car accident claim, you may change your mind a little later on, especially if the injury turns out to be something a lot more serious than you first thought.
To find out more on the importance of seeking medical attention straight away if you are injured in a car accident, please speak to Legal Expert today.
It is crucial that you provide the medical professional who treats you—whether this is in the A&E of a local hospital, a paramedic, or your own GP—with every detail of the injuries sustained, and the symptoms you are experiencing.
This allows the practitioner to record this information in your medical notes, which can serve as useful evidence in proving your car accident claim.
As previously mentioned, minor symptoms may appear insignificant at first but could turn out to be something a lot more serious later on. As such, you must mention any minor symptoms you are experiencing so the doctor who treats you makes sure more serious damage hasn’t been sustained.
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It is also essential that you follow a doctor’s medical advice and to always take the medication they prescribe as recommended. You should also make sure you have any necessary tests that may be required to arrive at a definitive diagnosis. You should also attend all follow-up medical appointments which are scheduled.
If you fail to follow a doctor’s advice or you do not take the medication they prescribed as it should be taken, or you fail to go to appointments, you could find that claiming compensation for injuries suffered in a car accident could prove a lot more challenging.
To find out more on the importance of following a medical practitioner’s advice if you are injured in a car accident, please call Legal Expert today.
If you suffer injuries in a road traffic accident, it is always a good plan to keep a diary detailing how the accident occurred, which includes the events leading up to the incident. This helps when it comes to remembering the events further down the line when your memory may not be as clear.
You should also keep a note in the diary of the symptoms you are experiencing as a consequence of having been injured in the car accident. It is a good idea to keep a note of the treatment you are receiving too, the time you were off work, and any losses and expenses you had to cope with during your recovery.
Having all this information to hand helps increase the chance of making a successful personal injury claim, allowing you to provide a detailed statement of evidence. This could prove crucial to your case and your solicitor’s ability to argue and present it to the defendant.
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There are time limits associated with personal injury claims, which includes claims made for injuries suffered in a car accident. These statutory time limits must be respected to avoid a claim being ‘time-barred’. The time limits are as follows:
- 3 years from the date you were injured in a car accident
- If under the age of 18, you have 3 years from your 18th birthday to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Alternatively, a family, friend or another representative can make a claim on your behalf. They would act as your ‘litigation friend’
- If the injured party does not have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, there is no time limit to seeking compensation, at least until that person begins to make a recovery. From that point, the 3 year period would begin to run. As such, there would be no time limit to making a personal injury claim for anyone who sustains a serious brain injury until they began to recover from that injury
It is worth noting that should the car accident in which you sustained injuries occurred outside of the UK, the time limits to seeking compensation vary. As such, it is always important to seek legal advice from a solicitor at your earliest convenience.
To find out about the time limit associated with your claim, please call a member of our team today.
We have included a compensation table in our guide which provides an idea of the general damages you may be awarded in a successful car accident claim. General damages are awarded to claimants to compensate them for the physical pain and psychological suffering they endured through no fault of their own. It also accounts for any impact on quality of life.
The amounts indicated in our table are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. They do not include any special damages you may be entitled to claim back when seeking compensation for injuries suffered in a car accident. We’ll consider this in the next section.
|Injury Type||Compensation awarded based on Judicial College Guidelines for general damages|
|Leg injury - minor||Up to £11,110|
|Leg injury - moderate||£26,050 - £36,790|
|Leg injury - serious||£36,790 - £51,460|
|Wrist injury - minor to severe||£3,310 - £4,450|
|Arm injury - less severe||£18,020 - £36,770|
|Arm injury - disabling||£36,770 - £56,180|
|Arm injury - severe||£90,250 - £122,860|
|Neck injury - minor||Up to £2,300|
|Neck injury - moderate||£7,410 - £36,120|
|Neck injury - severe||£42,680 - £139,210|
|Back injury - minor||Up to £11,730|
|Back injury - moderate||£11,730 - £36,390|
|Back injury - severe||£36,390 - £151,070|
|Brain damage - less severe||£14,380 - £40,410|
|Brain damage - moderately severe||£205,580 - £264,650|
|brain damage - very severe||£264,650 - £379,100|
To discuss your claim with an adviser and for a more accurate idea on how much your car accident claim may be worth, please get in touch today.
Together with the general damages that you may be awarded in a successful personal injury claim, you could also claim back financial losses and expenses you incurred. In short, to include these in a claim, you must provide evidence of your losses and expenditure in the form of receipts and other documentation.
The losses and expenses you could typically include in a personal injury claim would include the following:
- Loss of earnings during the time you took to recover
- Loss of future income if you cannot continue working
- Care costs if you need help with daily tasks at home whilst you recover
- Medical expenses, such as prescription costs, private treatment and other therapies not covered by the NHS
- Travel costs like parking fees at a hospital or another medical facility, the cost of getting there and back for treatments whether this is by train, car, bus, or taxi
- Home and vehicle adaptations
- Other expenditure and losses connected to the injuries you suffered
To find out more about special damages and what you may be able to claim back, please get in contact with Legal Expert today.
You have various options when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident. You could represent yourself, but you need to be aware of the legal processes, such as the pre-action protocol associated with road traffic accident claims, and the time limit which could affect your case.
Another option is to have a solicitor represent you, but if they do not offer No Win No Fee terms, you would have to pay a retainer (upfront fee) and there would be ongoing fees to pay as your case progresses. In short, choosing this path could prove expensive if your car accident claim is unsuccessful.
Instead, you could opt to work with a No Win No Fee lawyer, which, in short, means you can seek car accident compensation without any financial risk. When you sign a No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, with a lawyer, they can begin working on your car accident claim without the need to pay an upfront fee. There would be no ongoing fees to pay either.
If your case is unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay your lawyer for the legal services they provided because the agreement is based purely on a successful outcome.
In the event your case does succeed, your solicitor will deduct a small and legally capped percentage of your compensation award. This is to cover their costs. The precise percentage will be set out in clear terms in your No Win No Fee agreement.
To find out how Legal Expert can be of assistance, please get in touch today. You would be offered an initial, no-obligation consultation which is free of charge so one of our experts can assess your claim. If it is found that you have a strong case, you would be offered No Win No Fee terms.
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