Many claims are relatively straight forward, but they can be quite challenging and complicated at times, as this hypothetical example illustrates.
For the purposes of this case study we’re going to take the example of a family who are involved in a car accident, while on the way back from a day out. We’ll look at the question of blame and their particular challenges in finding solicitors in Thurrock who can take the case.
About the accident
The accident was caused when the father, who was driving, passed out at the wheel. The car veered off the road and collided with a tree. Nobody was seriously hurt, but there were injuries which required some prolonged rehabilitation and treatment.
Later, when everything was straightened out the insurance company raised the issue of compensation. It mooted the point that the kids who had been injured in the accident had a claim against their own father.
Making the case
This would be an awkward case. Blame for the accident can only rest with the father because he was driving, but the family would naturally not want to push the case. Even so, the compensation received for the accident would be useful in helping to treat the injuries.
As well as this there is another issue. Because the claimants are children there are special features which apply to this type of case that would not apply to any others.
In the UK there is a three year time limit on any claim, but for children this does not apply. They can wait until they turn 18 before the clock starts ticking. This means that they needn’t do anything until that time.
Finding solicitors in Thurrock
When it comes to finding solicitors in Thurrock, therefore, the family will need to find someone who has specific experience in this type of claim. This will normally be an individual who has specific experience of road traffic accidents and can use that experience to deliver the best possible service to their clients.
While making a claim against a family member might appear to be strange, the claim is, in fact, being made against the insurance company and not the individual. It will be they who have to decide whether or not to contest the case and if not, what settlement they will make.
Paying for the claim
While finding the right solicitors in Thurrock can help build a legal team with the best possible chance of success, it cannot guarantee a positive outcome, which is why it’s useful that any claim should be made no win no fee*.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we always work on the basis of no win no fee* and, whatever happens, we guarantee that the only time anyone needs to pay anything will be if they win their case.
So, to find the best solicitors in Thurrock for your case, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.
Date Published: 9th May 2014
Author: David Brown