What you need to know
When you are the driver of a vehicle and you are involved in a Road Traffic Accident it can cause a shock to your system and can be quite stressful. Here at Broad Yorkshire Law our solicitors specialise in road traffic accidents and understand it can be traumatic. Some people hesitate from making a personal injury claim after a road traffic accident because they believe it is a lot of hassle and costs money. At Broad Yorkshire Law we work with our clients on a no win no fee basis which means if your claim is not successful you do not pay a penny.
If you have sustained personal injury in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault you are eligible to make a claim today.
What can I claim for?
As well as being able to claim compensation for personal injury, you may be permitted to make a claim for loss of earnings, damaged possessions, care and assistance, car damage and any other expenses incurred due to the road traffic accident.
You may also be entitled to a hire car while your vehicle is in the garage being repaired. If you are obliged to pay an excess fee to your insurance company, we are able to recover this for you.
What is the process involved
First of all, we need to establish that you were not at fault in relation to the accident. This can be swift or can take some time if the opponent blames you for the accident or refuse to accept it for some other reason.
If liability is admitted by the opponent or if we are happy that your prospects of success in terms of liability are good, then we could also arrange some treatment for you in the form of physiotherapy.
At some point, you would need to meet with a medical expert who will assess your injuries and provide a prognosis and diagnosis. Your claim will then be valued on the basis of the findings.
Once you have confirmed that you are happy with your medical evidence,. This gets disclosed to the opponent with a request for an offer of compensation. If we are able to agree upon an amicable sum then the case will settle at that stage. If not, we may need to issue legal proceedings and the case could then take up to 32 weeks to get to trial thereafter.
If liability is not accepted by the opponent and we are happy with your version of events, then it is likely that the case would proceed to trial and the Judge will decide who was to blame on the basis of the evidence and witness testimony. Again, it is likely to take 32 weeks form the issue of Court proceedings for the matter to be heard in Court.
How quickly will the case settle?
Your solicitor will endeavour to settle your claim as quickly as possible and will work towards obtaining the maximum compensation for you.
The longevity of the case will always depend upon the extent of your injuries. If your injuries are severe/moderate then the case will take longer to settle because you may want to be sure that you recover in line with the prognosis (recovery period) estimated by the medical expert. It may be that you do not wish to wait to see if you are better in line with that estimate and in that case your claim can be settled earlier.
It may be that you require a medical report from more than one expert. If you are suffering with psychological issues relating to driving after the accident then you would need to meet with a psychologist for a report and that psychologist could recommend treatment and further review post treatment.
If, on the other hand your injuries have lasted for a short period and are minor in nature, the case should be settled much quicker.