Compensation rules for accidents: what you need to know about the law
Those who are unfortunate enough to have suffered injury or loss as a result of an accident which was not their fault need not become legal experts themselves in order to pursue a claim for compensation: Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has experienced lawyers to handle claims on behalf of its clients, strictly on a no-win, no-fee basis.
A potential claimant needs to know a few compensation rules for accidents before seeking advice, either online or by telephone, although the following guidance may help you to understand why consulting legal experts could be a very good move:
- Legal aid is no longer available for personal injury cases and the most common method of funding claims is through conditional fee agreements (usually referred to as no-win, no-fee agreements).
- Compensation is available in respect of losses suffered as a result of accident, including loss of earnings, payment of insurance excess, the cost of hiring a car where a vehicle is damaged in a road traffic accident, any physical injury, plus pain and suffering.
- Two types of damages may be awarded: special damages are those which are easily quantifiable, for example loss of earnings, the cost of a hired car, medical expenses; general damages are those which must be assessed, for example pain and suffering and future loss of earnings.
Compensation rules for accidents: what you can do to support your claim
Whilst claimants are not expected to take action immediately (claims must normally be brought within three years) it is important to keep careful records and to collect the evidence which will support your claim. This will include:
- Names and addresses of parties involved in the accident plus any witnesses.
- Notes of the dates of medical appointments, diagnoses, medication; a diary of symptoms and pain levels.
- Where possible, use your mobile phone to take photographs of the accident scene, eg the position of the vehicles in a road traffic accident, the condition of the pavement in a tripping accident, etc.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today and discover the compensation rules for accidents
In general, the more evidence that can be presented by the claimant’s solicitor, the more likely that the defendant will admit liability and settle the claim at an early stage. Once the evidence has been collected, the next step is to contact us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and put the case in the hands of the experts.