Featured post

Personal Injury And Accident Claims

Irrespective of the safety measures you might have taken, an accident could occur at any time and to pretty much anybody, it doesn’t matter who you are, even a personal injury solicitor. We humans neither decide to become an accident victim, nor do we choose why, when and where the accident will take place.

It might seem obvious but almost any accident is likely to be both a distressing and potentially costly experience. Any injuries you are unfortunate enough to sustain are likely to cause you various degrees of pain and any medical attention and treatment can incur high costs.

A way to reclaim these losses is through making a successful personal injury claim and the importance of such a claim really shouldn’t be taken lightly. Certainly you won’t be able to make any personal injuries sustained any less traumatic or painful but you will get some comfort from knowing that you will be fine financially.

How A Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help

The trouble with making a personal injury claim is for most people it seems a difficult process to grasp, and that’s because generally most people have no previous experience with these kind of procedures. A trouble-free alternative to trying to do it all yourself is to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor.

Personal injury solicitors are professional people and these kind of personal injury claims are how they make their living. Their role is to put together a strong injury claims case in your name to win you accident compensation.

The injury solicitor’s service is based upon a “No Win No Fee” process. This will mean If your accident claim is successful, the solicitor recovers all of their bills, or fees from the losing party or the losers insurance company and you could get 100% of the compensation depending on the agreement with your solicitor.

If you don’t win your accident claims case the solicitor is accountable for the loss, in other words you won’t have to pay them anything. However, you may be liable for the winning sides costs, but you can take out insurance cover for this scenario.

Choosing Your Solicitor

It is entirely up to you which personal injury claims company, or solicitor you choose to take up your case. Always try your best to research a company before deciding for certain they are right for you. Also make sure you understand the “agreement” you might be signing so you know exactly what fees you may or may not end up having to pay.

Is It Necessary To Opt For A Personal Injury solicitor?

Naturally you could very well attempt to manage your accident claim on your own, or with the help of friends and family if you prefer, but have you actually thought hard about what the process entails?

Personal Injury Claims

Remember solicitors train for a reason and that’s to know the ins and outs of the British law so they have the best chance possible of being successful. This isn’t to say you won’t but do you really need the hassle?

Ask yourself these few questions and it might help you to decide which route is best if you haven’t already.

Are you aware of what preparations you need to make before going to court? Have you got all of your facts and details correct so you don’t inadvertently lose your road accident claim for example, on some small technicality?

Will you be able to stay calm and focused if things start to become personal? If you can’t answer these few questions with a resounding “yes” then maybe you ought to consider the services of a “No Win No Fee” solicitor, but the choice is always yours.

Please do bear in mind that a personal injury solicitor will undoubtedly make life easier. This is after all what they do for a living. They’ve already all the essential expertise and experience to take care of your accident compensation claim.

Accidents Involving Bicycles

Using a bicycle is a healthy and environmental choice, however there are always going to be risks associated with using your bike on the road. Many road users are not as aware of bike users as they should be, and therefore accidents can happen. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Establishing Fault

In order to make a claim, it is important that you are able to establish that the accident was fully or partially caused by someone else. If you were cycling dangerously, or not obeying the rules of the road, it is much less likely that your claim will be successful.

As a road user, you are still expected to obey the rules of the road, so if you are injured whilst running a red light, the chances are that you will be found to be the one at fault. However, if you have been injured in an accident where it is possible to establish that the fault lies with another party, then your claim stands a high chance of being successful.

Examples of cases where another road user has been found to be at fault include drivers pulling into cycle lanes unexpectedly and drivers opening car doors into the paths of cyclists. Many incidents also occur when vehicle drivers turn in on cyclists without checking their mirrors properly. There may also be opportunities to make a claim against those who are responsible for road maintenance or foreign objects which have been left in cycle lanes. Potholes and similar obstructions can be very dangerous for cyclists, and being thrown from your bike because of these obstacles can leave you in the path of even greater danger.

Make the Road Safer

Not only will making a claim give you the opportunity to receive the compensation that you deserve, but it also gives you the opportunity to help to make the roads safer for all bicycle users. These types of claims help to alert vehicle drivers to the need to be more cautious about cyclists. They also encourage local authorities to take steps to help to protect cyclists from injury.

How to Make a Claim

If you have suffered a bicycle accident injury, you should consult with a claims assessor or solicitor who ideally specialises in bicycle accident claims. The Law Society can help you find a solicitor here. At your initial consultation session, they will be able to assess whether your claim is valid and viable. If the claim is considered to be viable, you will then be given the option to proceed.

In some cases, the guilty party will admit liability straight away and you will be offered compensation immediately. In other cases, your solicitor will help you to gather additional evidence to support your claim and to help to prove the value of your claim. Claims only go to court in very rare circumstances, when it has not been possible for both parties to come to a suitable settlement. You should only continue to court on the advice of your solicitor.