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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation after a car accident


    Car accidents can be extremely traumatic experiences for all involved. Whether a driver or pedestrian at the time of the incident – and whether you suffered major or comparatively minor injuries – if the accident wasn’t your fault, there is a chance that you could claim compensation.

    If you are one of the thousands of people who has suffered a car accident through no fault of their own and you haven’t looked into claiming compensation yet, you may find that not only are you eligible, but that the process is not as complicated as you might have thought – provided you have the necessary help.

    While claiming compensation after a traffic accident may not be your first priority, especially if you have been badly injured, it is worth your while to make sure that if you want to go ahead with a claim, you do so at your earliest possible convenience. To claim compensation, an accident will normally have to have taken place within the three years preceding the date of the claim – so it pays not to put off claiming for too long.

    As everyone driving on the road in the UK is lawfully required to hold a valid insurance policy, people claiming compensation after an accident will be claiming against this policy rather than the individual. If you’ve been injured by a car at no fault of your own, you could claim for personal insurance, compensation and damages and this money can be used to help you get over the trauma of the accident and aid your recovery.

    Sometimes car accidents are caused by uninsured drivers, but if you suffered at the hands of a driver without insurance it doesn’t mean that you can’t claim compensation – a specialist or expert will be able to help you construct a case nonetheless.

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    To claim for compensation you will need the services of a lawyer, preferably one that specialises in accidents or car accidents, to help you prepare your case for compensation. Your lawyer will be able to answer all of your questions and determine the best kind of car accident claims for you to make. They will also offer support and advice throughout your claim, as a good compensation lawyer will understand how stressful the time will be for you.

    Receiving compensation for injuries sustained following a road traffic accident allows the victim to concentrate on getting better by relieving or alleviating financial concerns. This means that it is a route that can be beneficial to the healing process and one worth pursuing even if money is not your immediate concern following the trauma of a car accident.

    Date Published: September 7, 2009

    Author: David Brown

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