Did you ever stop to think that you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation after your accident? When we talk about claiming personal injury compensation, accident composition is extremely important. But what does accident composition actually mean, and why is it so important when it comes to personal injury claims? Keep reading and we’ll explain.
What is accident composition?
Accident composition is the composition of an accident – various factors that determine what happened and how. When you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline after any type of accident, such as a road traffic accident or an industrial accident, we’ll ask you the following:
- Why did your accident happen?
- Where did your accident happen?
- Who was to blame for your accident?
- Were you injured?
- Did you receive medical treatment for your injuries?
- Are your injuries permanent, or are you expected to make a recovery?
- Did you need to take time off work after your accident?
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
- Did you incur any extra expenses after your accident?
At first glance, these accident composition questions may seem a little overwhelming, but our personal injury lawyers need to know the answers to these questions to ensure that we are able to help you. We also need to know all the information in order to handle your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible. We don’t want to confuse you by asking unnecessary questions, so if there’s anything you don’t understand at any stage, you can just ask our friendly advisors.
What happens after my accident?
Although your first priority after any accident should be to receive the medical attention you need, you might want to start thinking about whether or not you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation fairly soon after your accident. You can call Accident Advice Helpline at any time for confidential advice, or to find out whether or not you have a viable claim. We’ll be able to tell you if we think you’re eligible to make a claim, once we have asked you a few accident composition questions.
How do I pay my legal fees?
The aftermath of an accident can be a difficult time physically, emotionally and financially. Often your whole family can be affected, especially if you have taken time off work to recover from your injuries. Depending on your accident composition, you may be struggling financially – for example, you may have needed to take time off work to recover from your injuries and your earnings may have been affected as a result. With Accident Advice Helpline, there is no need to worry about finding cash to pay upfront legal fees.
We do not charge any upfront fees and our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you can make a claim with us regardless of your financial circumstances. If your claim is successful, any legal fees will be deducted from your personal injury settlement.
Who was actually to blame for my accident?
One of the most important accident composition questions you will be asked after your accident is who was to blame. Sometimes, it might be obvious who is at fault for an accident – for example, it could be that your employer is responsible for an accident at work, or somebody driving over the limit is responsible for your car accident. In other instances it may not be so obvious, but we don’t want anybody to miss out on the opportunity to make a personal injury claim just because they are not sure who was to blame for their accident.
However you have been injured, you can get in touch with us and we will be able to assess who is at fault for your accident. For over 16 years, we have been helping members of the public claim personal injury compensation, which means we have plenty of experience in assigning blame correctly after an accident that has left somebody injured.
When you call us, our advisors will ask you some accident composition questions designed to assess who caused your accident and how it happened. There’s no need to worry if you don’t feel that you can give accurate answers to any of these questions as we are simply gathering information to help us process your claim.
Why do I need to act fast after my accident?
Whilst recovering from your injuries is the most important priority after an accident of any kind, you do need to make a decision as to whether or not you might wish to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because there is a three-year time limit in place for all claims, so if you wait around too long, you could find that you miss the deadline. Accident Advice Helpline realises that the aftermath of an accident can be a stressful time, so we don’t expect you to call us straight after your accident has happened. But we encourage anybody considering making a claim to get in touch with us for advice and to explore their options as soon as possible.
Finding out whether or not you have a viable claim and getting more information about the claims process can help you to decide whether or not you wish to go ahead with making a claim.
How much compensation could I receive?
One of the most common questions that we are asked here at Accident Advice Helpline is “How much compensation could I get?” There’s really no straightforward answer to this question, as the accident composition will, to a large extent, affect how much compensation you could get – and even whether or not your claim will be successful. The good news is that because Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, we won’t take on your claim unless we think it has an excellent chance of success.
The amount of compensation you could get depends on a whole range of different factors which we take into account when handling your claim, such as the severity of your injuries and any financial losses you have incurred. For a quick and easy way to get an idea of how much compensation you could claim, take the 30-second test on our website right now. This will give you an idea of how much you could be entitled to if your claim is successful – but remember that it’s not an exact figure. The exact amount you’ll get will depend on your individual circumstances.
Why should you make a claim?
Every year, thousands of people miss out on making a claim for personal injury compensation, for a variety of different reasons. Either they don’t realise they are eligible to make a claim, or they don’t think their injuries are serious enough. Often they just wait too long and miss the three-year time limit in place to make a claim. Or maybe they are worried about losing their job after an accident at work, or causing a problem for somebody else by making a claim against them. You are perfectly entitled to claim compensation if somebody else’s negligence caused your accident.
So if a distracted driver rear-ended your vehicle at a red light, you’re entitled to make a personal injury claim. If you suffered food poisoning after ordering from your favourite Chinese takeaway, you’re entitled to make a claim. What about if you’re injured in an accident at work? Well, your employer is ultimately responsible for your health and safety whilst you’re at work, so if you have been injured whilst doing your job, they could be held liable.
Why should you choose Accident Advice Helpline?
When it comes to finding out more about your accident composition, Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors will ask all the right questions. That’s because we have over 16 years’ industry experience specialising in personal injury law, and we have helped thousands of people across the UK with their personal injury claims. Unlike some legal firms which charge upfront fees for their services, our services are provided on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so it’s affordable to claim even if you are struggling financially.
Our team of lawyers includes experts in a range of different fields, so whether you need a lawyer to handle your industrial accident claim or are looking for a lawyer with experience handling road traffic accident claims, we’ll be able to match you with a professional with the relevant experience, giving your claim the best possible change of success.
What should I do now?
It might be a few days or weeks since your accident – if this is the case then it’s a good idea to gather as much evidence as you can before you get in touch with us. This could include things like notes on your accident composition, any witness statements, photographs of the scene of your accident and your injuries, copies of medical reports and receipts for any expenses that you have incurred. Whilst you don’t need all these things to make a claim with us, they will be helpful when it comes to processing your claim, and they mean we can get things moving a lot faster.
If it has been a few years since your accident, you can still get in touch with us (as long as it hasn’t been longer than three years) to find out if you can make a claim. If you’re eligible, we’ll gather evidence to support your claim and do our best to get you the outcome you are hoping for.
Will I have to go to court?
Good news – most claims never end up in court and can be settled in full over the phone. Unless the other party denies liability for your accident – which happens only rarely – then it’s unlikely you’ll have to go to court, which means one less thing for you to worry about after your accident. We’ll be able to ask you all the accident composition questions we need to over the phone, and tell you whether or not you have a viable claim.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
The easiest way to contact us is to pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim. This is your opportunity to ask us any questions you have about your accident composition and the claims process, as well as anything else you need to know more about before you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim.
All advice we offer is given in confidence and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim, which means you can call us at any time after your accident without worrying. Get in touch with us today and we’ll be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.