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How to make a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident.

If you have suffered an accident that isn’t your fault either as a driver, as a passenger in a vehicle, or as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to recover compensation from those responsible.

Being injured in a road traffic accident can have a life changing effect on you and those around you, and we believe it is important to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve, holding those responsible accountable and hopefully preventing the same thing from happening again.

How do I make a claim following a road traffic accident?

If you think you do have a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident, it is important to seek the advice of a solicitor as soon as possible. At Morgan Jones Pett we have over 35-years experience dealing with road traffic accident claims and will support you through each and every stage.

How long do I have to make a claim?

You can make a claim up to three years after the date of an accident, or three years after you discovered your injury was caused by the accident – whichever date was later.

If a child was injured in a road traffic accident, their parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf as a ‘Litigation Friend’.

If a parent or guardian didn’t make a claim on behalf of their child, the child has three years following their 18th birthday to do so.

What do I need to make a claim?

An injury sustained as a result of a road traffic accident which required medical treatment, isn’t always enough to make a claim. For a claim to succeed, you will need to provide evidence and proof that the accident happened as you say it did.

How do I record and report a road traffic accident to help my personal injury claim?

If involved in a road traffic accident the matter may have been reported to the police. This will often help in having details properly recorded including the parties and witnesses.

What documents will I need to make a claim?

Your solicitor will explain which documents are required for you to make a successful claim following an accident. To prove your claim, you will need evidence showing who should be held liable and showing your out of pocket expenses.

Documents to help assess the chances of success, with a road traffic accident, will normally be a sketch of the position of any vehicle(s) and possibly photographs of road markings and of the accident scene. Any reports of the accident made, including statements from any witnesses and details of whether or not the police attended.

Additional information, such as the weather conditions on the day of the accident and events immediately leading up to and after the accident will also support your claim.

Any letters received following the accident, such as letters from your insurance companies should also be shown to your solicitor.

In addition to these, any documents relating to out of pocket expenses, such as prescription charges or the cost of any medication relating to the accident, loss of earnings or any immediate treatment such as physiotherapy will also help to support your claim and can also be recovered.

You will be required to produce documents relating to identification and funding issues. In accordance with money laundering regulations you will be required to provide identification from the outset of your claim, enabling your solicitor to comply with certain regulations and be able to open up a file.

You will also be asked to provide documents relating to any insurance policies, such as household or motor. If you have any pre-existing legal expense insurance, this may assist with funding your case.

How much compensation can I claim following a road traffic accident?

The amount of compensation you may recover will depend on the accident and the amount of pain and suffering experienced as a result of your injuries.

The amounts that can be claimed for specific injuries are set by the Judicial Standards Board and can range from £1,000 for mild whiplash to £100,000 for a very severe neck injury.

For serious injuries, compensation can also include additional costs such as loss of future earnings, ongoing care and treatment and adapted accommodation.

In one particular road traffic accident case, we were able to recover a multi-million pound award on behalf of a client with suffered a brain injury following a road traffic accident. This included care costs for the rest of her life, adapted accommodation needs and financial security for the future.

For more information, contact our team on 01603 877000.

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