The amount of compensation awarded in auto injury claims settlements depends on the extent of the injury and the long-term effects of the injury. For example, if you suffered damage to your spinal cord and are confined to a wheelchair with limited mobility, then you would receive more compensation than someone who suffered a whiplash injury.
You would receive compensation for the pain and distress suffered, both physical and psychological, as well as loss of earnings. You could also reasonably expect to have your long-term needs factored into the amount of compensation you receive. For example, you may need to refurbish your home so that you can move around it easily, you may need nursing care and so on. A claims settlement should take into account your long-term medical condition, as well as the immediate injuries and medical costs.
Who can claim auto injury compensation?
Basically, passengers as well as drivers and pedestrians, can choose to pursue auto injury claims settlements. The accident in which you sustained an injury should not have been your fault. If you were a passenger in a car, then there are some circumstances in which contributory negligence on your part lessens your claim for compensation. For example, if you knew that the driver of the vehicle in which you were a passenger was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this will weaken your claim. If you were not wearing a seatbelt, this also constitutes contributory negligence, even if you weren’t driving.
If you were a pedestrian walking across the road on a zebra crossing and were knocked down by a vehicle, then clearly the accident would not be your fault. However, if you suddenly stepped into the road from between parked cars, this could be construed as contributory negligence.
What will a solicitor do for you?
Your solicitor will, in the first instance, seek an offer of settlement for your personal injury. If you are not prepared to accept the initial offer, they will negotiate a further offer for you. Your solicitor should also negotiate interim payments so that you have money before the final settlement, which may come after a court action.
If you have are seeking auto injury claims settlements, why not visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website? You can take our 30-second test, which will give you an idea of the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
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