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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    RTA Injury Claim – what is the definition?


    Road traffic accident injury claim: what is the definition?

    “RTA” stands for road traffic accident. What does the law say about claims related to road traffic accidents? That anyone is entitled to compensation, as long as the accident was someone else’s fault. If the accident happened out of the victim’s own fault, there is no-one against whom they can claim compensation.

    What happens if the fault is divided?

    It often happens that the fault is divided between the people involved in a road traffic accident . If this is the case, your compensation will be reduced in direct proportion to your percentage of fault. For example, if the judge decides that the accident was 30% your fault, the compensation you receive will be reduced by 30%.

    How does an RTA injury claim work?

    Actually an RTA claim is not so different from most injury claims. If the accident happened in the past three years and was someone else’s fault, you qualify to make a claim. What could be tricky in this particular case is how to prove that it was not your fault.

    Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors are available 24/7 to help answer your questions about personal injury claims in general and RTA injury claims in particular.

    They can:

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    • Advise you on what proof you need in order to show that it was not your fault
    • Assist you in preparing your case: filing and filing out documentation, obtaining supporting information and any medical assessment that might be required
    • Help you to identify every aspect of the impact the accident has had on your life, so that you can claim all the money you deserve.

    Did you know?

    In RTA claims, it is very important to see the correct medical specialist. For example, if you have broken a bone, it’s crucial that you see an orthopedic doctor, or if you have suffered psychological damage, you should see a psychiatrist who can properly asses your condition. Reports from the specialised doctors have an important role in RTA injury claim lawsuits.

    What does RTA compensation cover?

    Everything that happened as a result of the RTA. Besides all the expenses related to the injuries you’ve had as a result of the accident, you can also claim for other financial losses. Some examples are any wages you might have lost because of having to take time off work, items that were destroyed in the accident, travelling expenses etc.

    Be sure you keep every bill, receipt, letter confirming a doctor’s appointment, in fact, any proof of expenses you have had with the accident. The best thing is to put them all together in a file and give them to your solicitor. Your solicitor will deal with all the paperwork on your behalf, so you will not be asked to fill out legal forms. It is unlikely you’ll be asked to appear in court, as most cases are settled over the telephone.

    Date Published: 30th May 2013

    Author: laura.balut

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