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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

    How to make a road traffic accident claim

    If you’ve had a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Making a claim is a lot easier than you might expect and can even be done while you’re in hospital.  If you don’t feel up to it straight away, you have three years in which to act. Whenever you’re ready, we’ll be here to help.

    At Accident Advice Helpline we deal with numerous cases involving road traffic accidents. Our specially trained advisors will listen to your account and understand the stress you may be feeling.  In just a few minutes they can help you to work out if a successful claim is likely to be possible. They can also advise you on how much money your claim is likely to be worth. With lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are always ready to take your call.

    Why make a claim after a road traffic accident?

    Almost every road traffic accident involves costs. Even if your injuries are minor, you’ll have travel costs to go and see a doctor. Your insurance scheme may not cover such things as time off work and help with childcare that you may need in a traumatic situation.  You may need counselling, or you may have ongoing medical costs. Compensation claims are about covering expenses like these, as well as other things such as home adaptations that you might need to make if left with a disability.

    When you make a compensation claim, you draw further attention to the causes of the accident. This can have beneficial effects for other road users. It may, for example, prompt your local council to repair a poor road surface sooner rather than later, making everybody who drives along it safer.

    Who can claim?

    Anybody who has been injured in a road accident that wasn’t their fault can potentially make a compensation claim. This includes drivers, passengers and other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. If you are not sure, call us for clarification. It won’t cost you a penny.

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    Finding a solicitor

    In order to pursue your compensation claim, you’ll need a solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline has a network of lawyers across the UK and can quickly arrange for a local expert to take on your case. As this is done on a no win, no fee** basis, you won’t have any upfront costs. If you win your case, your legal costs will usually be paid by the other side.

    Once you have a solicitor, you won’t need to worry about dealing with lots of paperwork.  Your solicitor will deal with all the complicated aspects of your claim and the chances are that you won’t even need to appear in court.  You may need to undergo a medical assessment, but if that is the case your solicitor will sort out the details for you.

    When you make a successful claim for compensation, the money will usually come from the insurance of the person or organisation found to be at fault. You won’t be making anybody poorer, but you will be taking an important step towards improving your own quality of life.

    Date Published: August 17, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.