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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’ve had a road traffic accident, what now?


    Being caught up in a road traffic accident, even if it’s a minor one, can leave you feeling quite shaken. It’s often difficult to get your confidence back and ordinary things can feel overwhelming. This can make a compensation claim feel like too much to take on. Fortunately, our expert team is here to help and we can guide you through the process so you get what you’re entitled to.

    After a road traffic accident has happened you have three years in which to claim compensation. We can help at any point in that period, so if you didn’t feel up to calling immediately, it’s probably still worth doing so now. We’ll start by working out if your claim is likely to be successful and discussing what it’s likely to involve. If you decide to go ahead with a claim, we’ll put you in touch with a solicitor who can take it forward from there.

    Keeping it simple

    Even if some time has passed, thinking about your road traffic accident can be upsetting. Our process is designed to make things as simple as possible for you, to minimise stress. You can call us at any time of the day or night. We won’t ask for any money up front and won’t charge you at all unless you win your case, in which case your legal fees will usually by paid by the other party. If at any point you change your mind and decide you want to stop the claims process, you’re free to do so.

    Because we understand how difficult things can be at a time like this, we’ll do our best to deal with your whole case over the phone. Most people we help never have to go to court. If you do, we’ll talk you through the process first so there are no surprises. You may need to undergo a medical assessment but this will be straightforward and you will be able to recover your travel costs if you win your case.

    While making your road traffic accident claim

    While you wait to hear about the progress of your claim, you’ll need to focus on looking after yourself. Nobody can guarantee that your claim will be successful so it’s unwise to build up large debts that you hope to pay off if you win; however, when you have unavoidable expenses related to your accident, you should keep receipts. This will enable you to make a claim for things such as counselling, childcare or lost earnings.

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    Your solicitor will keep you updated on how your claim is going, so you won’t need to worry about it from day to day.

    In the long term

    A successful claim for compensation after a road traffic accident can also help you with ongoing costs. If you suffer a lasting injury, it can provide for practical support and any adaptations you may need to make to your home in order to help you live more independently. It can take the pressure off and leave you free to get on with your 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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