Brutal street attacks can leave victims with personal injuries ranging from bruises and lacerations to broken bones or, in particularly violent attacks, serious head or internal injuries. In some cases, mindless street attacks have left victims in comas, disabled them for life or even killed them.
Psychological effects of attacks in the street
Even if injuries by violent attacks are comparatively minor and heal fairly quickly, victims are often traumatised and left with bouts of anxiety, depression, fear and / or anger. For some, the trauma of such an attack may result in such a fear of leaving their home that leading a normal life becomes impossible.
The first thing to do after such an attack is to get medical help and report the incident to the police. Securing witnesses’ contact details and statements is also of great importance, as street attacks are a criminal offence and witness statements may assist in catching / prosecuting offenders. In addition, these statements, as well as your medical records, will serve as evidence in potential personal injury claims against your attackers. If you are not capable of getting witness statements yourself due to the extent of your injuries, attending police officers will deal with this.
In order to successfully claim for compensation, your claim must be initiated within a maximum of three years following the attack. If you were a minor at the time of the attack, or your injury prevents you from claiming within this three year period, the time limit may be extended either up to your 18th birthday or until you have recovered sufficiently to make the claim. Alternatively, a relative may be able to claim compensation on your behalf.
Accident Advice Helpline
Having been a law firm for almost 14 years, Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with specialist guidance and legal professionals experienced in handling claims of this kind. Helpful and compassionate, these professionals will guide you through the claim process from start to finish. Frequently, it is possible to conduct almost all aspects of this process over the telephone, and in many cases, compensation can be settled without the need to go through court hearings.
All services provided by Accident Advice Helpline are charged for under a conditional fee agreement. In other words, you pay nothing until your claim has been settled, at which point a percentage of the compensation awarded to you is deducted to cover all legal and other costs incurred. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.