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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

    I was injured as a passenger – can I claim?


    The key to making a successful personal injury claim is proving that you were not responsible for the accident. The same applies if you are injured as a passenger; you can claim as long as your actions immediately before the incident did not distract the person in control of the vehicle.

    Today, we travel more than ever before, so there is little wonder that passengers are involved in so many accidents. People travel by car, train, ship and plane and anyone who is a passenger may make a claim if they are injured.

    Compensation is not only awarded as a recompense for any physical injury you sustain, it also provides funds at a time when they are likely to be badly needed. A personal injury may well result in you having to take off work, leading to loss of earnings. You may also incur additional expenses to cover the cost of prescription medication and for travelling to and from medical appointments.

    In more extreme cases, your injuries may result in some form of permanent disability, which prevents you from working. If this were to happen there will be the cost of care and perhaps having your home adapted. This is why, if you are injured as a passenger and were not to blame, you can and should claim compensation.

    In cases such as these the claim process can be long and protracted, which is why you are advised to seek legal help, such as that provided by Accident Advice Helpline. If we feel you have a case for compensation we will represent you on a no win no fee* basis, which means that if the claim is lost we will not seek payment from you.

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    If, with our assistance, your claim is strong enough, you may receive an offer without the case going to court. This is the preferred option, as it means the whole matter is settled much more quickly. However, if the offer is inadequate or the claim is challenged we will provide representation for you in the courtroom.

    Remember, if you have the misfortune to be injured as a passenger there are certain things you should do in order to ensure you receive the maximum possible amount of compensation. Firstly, you should see your doctor as soon as possible after the accident, even if you believe you have escaped injury. Aches and pains may occur several days after the incident and your doctor’s report may well prove invaluable if your claim is to be successful. If possible note the names of any witnesses to the accident; their statements may be vital when it comes to making a successful claim.

    Date Published: October 15, 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.