Simonsbath is a little village on Exmoor in West Somerset. The first house in Exmoor Forest was built by John Boevey who bought the land in 1652 and set about the building of Simonsbath House, which is now a hotel. In fact it was the only house in the Forest until 1815. The house became an inn in 1789 and stories of smugglers abound. Given that Simonsbath is close to Lynmouth and Porlock, and because of its remote location, these stories may well be true.
Have you had a whiplash injury near Simonsbath?
Had you been a smuggler in the 18th century and been wandering the moors at night, you might have been unfortunate enough to have suffered a whiplash injury near Simonsbath, as all it would have taken to have one was a blow to the head from a member of a rival smuggling gang, or one from an excise man. Of course, at that time you would not have been able to make a personal injury compensation claim as there weren’t any and if you were a smuggler, you could hardly have recourse to the law.
Nowadays of course, you may be able to claim for a whiplash injury near Simonsbath as long as you can prove that you were not responsible for the accident in which you were injured (this is crucial). You would also need the services of a personal injury lawyer to help you build a case to prove that another person (and not you) was to blame for your accident.
Apart from proving the above points, you would need to produce a copy of your medical report which proves that you had medical treatment immediately after the accident.
Have you been a victim of a crime?
If you have been injured while a crime was being committed, as long as the crime was reported to the police and you had medical treatment for your injuries, you may be able to claim compensation for them from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You would need to be able to prove that you had done nothing to provoke your assailant.
You have two years to make a claim through the CICA from the date of the crime. You would be well-advised to have an expert criminal injuries lawyer represent you as the process of making such a claim can be complicated as well as long-drawn out. If you choose, you can fill in the online form yourself, however and dispense with a lawyer. However, if you wish to appeal against any decision made by the CICA you would need legal representation.
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