How do you know whether you can claim compensation following a public transport accident in Copeland, or indeed anywhere else in the UK? There are three main requirements when claiming for personal injury in this country:
Time limit to claim
The time limit in which to claim compensation is three years. This can only be extended in certain circumstances, and is the first consideration when deciding whether a claim would be eligible.
This timescale sometimes runs from the date on which your injuries were formally linked to the public transport accident in Copeland, rather than the specific date of the accident. This is because in some instances, injuries are not felt until several days have passed.
Who is at fault?
In order to claim for personal injury, the claim must be made against a negligent third party. This means that you must not be at fault yourself, and if you need any further advice on this you can speak to one of our helpline staff who can clarify the situation.
In cases of accidents on public transport, the negligent third party might be the driver or the transport company – or sometimes another road user who has caused your driver to swerve, for example.
Medical treatment must be administered
This is the third of the main eligibility criteria for claiming personal injury compensation. It requires you to have received medical attention either at the scene of the incident, or soon after – maybe in hospital or from your own GP.
If the accident was serious, paramedics may have been called to treat the victims, but this aspect in general forms part of your case evidence. In some cases it is necessary to undergo a further medical assessment when you make a claim, in order to gain an up-to-date perspective on your injuries and their affect on your day-to-day life.
Start your public transport accident in Copeland claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with cases on a no win, no fee* basis, which makes it easier to start a claim for personal injury. Furthermore, you may not need to attend court as part of your claim due to the fact that we process as many cases as possible over the phone.
All legal work is carried out by our in-house solicitors, who undertake professional negotiations with the negligent party’s legal representative on your behalf. Estimates of the compensation amount are available either from our helpline advisors, or by taking the 30 second test which can be found on every page of our website.
To find out if you can make a claim for injuries sustained in a public transport accident, call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 24th June 2015
Author: David Brown