Have you been injured in a road accident in the last three years caused by another driver’s negligence or careless driving?
If so, you are not alone. Road traffic accidents are still a major cause of avoidable serious injuries and deaths. Last year, an estimated 27,450 people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads.
While making a personal injury compensation claim cannot change what has happened to you, there are many reasons why getting in touch with a specialist solicitor makes sense.
Claire Sagala is an expert road traffic accident solicitor from specialist law firm Novum Law which has offices in Swindon and Salisbury and helps accident victims throughout England and Wales.
Here she outlines 10 good reasons why you should make a compensation claim if you are seriously injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault.
Cover the cost of your ‘out of pocket’ expenses – the money you receive can help to make sure you’re not left out of pocket because of your accident. If you’ve had to take time off work to recover and this impacts your finances, compensation can cover any lost wages and also any future loss of earnings, so you are under less financial pressure and can pay the bills.
Access to medical treatment and rehabilitation – compensation can help pay for private medical treatment and specialist rehabilitation to help with your recovery and get your life back on track as quickly as possible. If the other driver accepts responsibility for the accident, we can even secure payments before a final settlement is reached.
Pay for care and support – after your accident, you may need care and support to help you with daily activities like washing, dressing, preparing meals, doing household chores and balancing childcare. Your compensation can pay for the care and assistance you need, whether that is from a care professional or help from family and friends. It also covers your future care and support needs.
Compensate for your injuries – the idea behind compensation is to put you back into the position you were before the accident. Compensation for your injuries makes up for your pain and suffering and the affect your injuries have had on your life. In other words, the things you enjoy (e.g. leisure activities and hobbies) that you can no longer do because of your injuries.
Get your travel expenses paid for hospital appointments – if you or your loved ones have to attend hospital appointments, medical check-ups, physiotherapy sessions and other appointments, your compensation will cover the costs of all your travel and accommodation.
Pay for house or vehicle alterations – after a serious injury, you may need alterations made to your home or car to help with your mobility and independence and to keep you safe and secure. Your compensation can pay for things like installing an accessible bathroom, fitting a stairlift, and installing handrails and ramps.
Get access to justice and your legal rights – making a claim holds people to account for their careless or negligent actions. You have a legal right to claim compensation if you have been unfairly injured. It can help to change people’s actions and ensure lessons are learned.
Get answers about why the accident happened – while it won’t turn back the clock, making a compensation claim can help you get answers. Your specialist personal injury solicitor will thoroughly investigate what happened, talking to witnesses, the police, crash investigators and medical experts to build your case, get you the support you need and help you accept things and move on.
It can help you get an apology – making a claim can help you get some closure and if the person responsible for your injuries acknowledges what happened to you was unfair, getting an apology can be a first step to coming to terms with the accident and moving on with your life.
An expert legal team on your side – your specialist personal injury solicitor has your back, and will do everything they can to ensure you secure maximum compensation for your injuries. Having an expert legal team fighting for the justice you deserve can give you peace of mind allowing you to focus on your daily life and the things that matter.
If you have been injured in a crash that wasn’t entirely your fault, don’t leave it too late – you only have 3 years from the date of your accident to claim compensation.
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