If you have been injured in an accident then you might be considering making a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea, in which case you might have a few questions that you’d like answered first. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to claim.
What can I make a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea for?
You can make a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea if you have been injured in an accident which was not your fault. It is the job of your solicitor to establish who is liable for your injuries, then a claim for financial compensation will be made.
What injuries are serious enough to make a claim for?
It is not about how serious an injury is that determines whether or not you can make a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea, but whether you have been injured in a significant way which was someone else’s fault.
For example, whiplash is for the most part not a terribly serious injury – it can be painful and debilitating, but it does usually rectify itself over a short period of time. You could still make a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea for short-term whiplash, as it will have had an effect on your life and possibly your ability to work, causing loss of earnings and perhaps out-of-pocket expenses such as medical prescription charges.
I was involved in a car crash but I was just a passenger, can I still make a claim?
You can make a compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea for any accident that has caused you injury and for which you are not responsible. Except for very exceptional cases, the passenger of a vehicle is always regarded as being totally non-responsible for a road traffic accident. The accident might have been caused by the driver of the vehicle you were a passenger in, or by another road user, and it would be against them and their insurance provider that a claim for financial compensation would be made.
How much is my claim worth?
It is impossible to tell you accurately how much your compensation claim in Westcliff-on-Sea will be worth at this early stage of the process. Financial compensation is dependent on a variety of things, including the severity of the injury, the estimated time of recovery, liability (this might be joint if it is deemed that you are partly responsible for the accident, which will reduce the amount awarded), out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred, potential loss of earnings and any longer term financial impact that needs to be taken into account.
To get a rough idea of how much you are likely to be able to expect in terms of financial compensation, you can take the Accident Advice Helpline 30-second test. This is based on the standard amount of compensation that has been awarded in other cases.
How long will my claim take?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer this question either. Claims can take a while if the other side try to prolong matters, but we will do all we can to speed things up for you.
Date Published: 14th September 2013
Author: David Brown