Claim For Accident
If you have been injured in an accident which was not your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for accident compensation. If your accident was the result of someone’s negligence, then they can and should be held responsible and liable for any damage or injury caused.
Just like everyone else in the world, the people of the UK is prone to accidents, and claims for accidents. However, many minor accidents cause little more than embarrassment and wounded pride which can usually be shrugged off without a moment’s hesitation.
In the UK there are over 3 million accidents a year. Most minor accidents that occur every day are just small trips and falls or someone dropping something. In these situations there is no need for any type of legal action to be taken if there are no actual injuries.
Claiming for your Accident
In some cases however, there are accidents which can have more damaging and serious effects on people. A person can lose mobility and not be able to work because of an accident.
Accidents can cause a number of injuries which can come in many forms, whether its back injuries, head injuries or industrial diseases.
The accident which caused the injury can then have the result of the victim losing earnings and a breakdown in a person’s daily routine. In the most serious cases accidents can ruin lives.
An injury as a result of an accident can also have a knock on effect on people who are dependent on the injured person. This could mean a family will be worse off from the accident as well as the victim.
Any type of accident can be especially hard to take if you have been injured as the result of the negligent or dangerous actions of someone else. It is in these situations that you may decide you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and may consider claiming for an accident on personal injury grounds.
Accident claims for accidents that have caused personal injury have the intention to recover damages in the form of compensation. The compensation would be for loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, medical expenses and for any pain and suffering caused.
The idea of compensation is to put the person in a position where the accident had not happened.
Types of Accidents
The most common forms of personal injury accident claims in the UK are:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work
- Accidents involving medical negligence
- Trips, slips and falls
Claiming for an accident can also come in other forms, such as in sport injuries or accidents in the street.
To make a successful personal injury accident claim you will ideally need a professional personal injury solicitor who will be able to use their experience to guide you through the process. Finding the right solicitor can be crucial. The right solicitor will be able to help you calculate how much compensation you will be claiming for in your accident claim, whilst also assisting in collecting evidence and representing you in court.
Elements of an Accident Claim
Making a successful accident claim will involve you being able to prove four things:
- That you were not responsible for the accident
- That the person you are accusing was responsible
- That they were acting in a negligent or dangerous way when they caused the accident
- That you have suffered pain, damage or a decreased quality of life as a result of the accident.
If you can prove these four things with sufficient evidence and you have a good quality, experienced solicitor, you are likely to have a very solid foundation for a personal injury accident claim. The solicitors are “no win no fee” meaning there’s no fees to be paid if the case does not win.
Claims for an accident can vary widely, depending on a number of circumstances. This can include the seriousness of the accident and injuries, the harm suffered and expenses. For a guide lawyers and judges will look at past cases as reference to what can be claimed for personal injuries.
Compensation can not only be claimed for physical injuries but also for any subsequent psychological injuries that may have been suffered. This includes pain and suffering that has been felt since the accident.
You can also claim for accidental damages for the loss of the ability to take part in any sports or hobbies that may have been taken part in previous to any injuries.
It is your right to make an accident claim if you have been injured and it is the result of someone else’s actions.