If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to apply for financial compensation, but before doing so it is important to consider what you might be entitled to in the event of a successful case. Our online check tool only takes 30 seconds and is perfect for letting potential claimants know if they have a good claim and how much they could receive. Knowing your entitlement will give you a clearer idea of the benefits of taking a case.
Compensation: If you have suffered a personal injury in an accident, you may be entitled to claim two types of compensation. These are what are known as general damages and special damages. General damages refer to a category of compensation for pain and suffering or the loss of earnings in the future owing to an inability to work. The level of compensation awarded will be determined by the court. Special damages are a category of compensation covering actual financial loss suffered as a result of the accident up to the date the compensation hearing commences on. Special damages can refer to:
- Damage to personal belongings, such as clothes or glasses;
- Costs of travel to and from hospital appointments;
- Care costs;
- Medical costs; and
- The cost of hiring a car or getting one fixed if the accident involved vehicles.
It is important to note that medical costs can include the costs of private treatment in certain circumstances.
Conditional fee agreements: All solicitors who work with Accident Advice Helpline do so 100% of the time on a no win no fee* basis, also known as a conditional fee arrangement. If the client is unsuccessful in their claim, they will not have to pay their solicitor’s fees. A conditional fee arrangement also means that there are generally no upfront costs. This is very beneficial to those suffering financial hardship as the result of an accident that has forced them off work.
Financial problems: If a member of your family has received injuries or been killed in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for the loss of their financial support. Anyone with financial problems arising from a personal injury they or a family member have suffered can contact organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau for free advice.
Your solicitor will be able to discuss with you your full set of entitlements and what level of compensation you might expect in the event of a successful case. Anyone considering a compensation claim has to realise that should a court determine that you were to blame in part for the accident, the amount of compensation awarded may be reduced. An instance of where this might happen would be a situation where someone in a car accident was not wearing their seat belt at the time of the accident.
Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you every step of the way, from providing initial advice and guidance to finding you the best legal advice available from our pool of experienced and knowledge solicitors. If you are considering a case for personal injury compensation, contact us via our 24-hour helpline without delay on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 10, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims