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What To Do When You’ve Suffered A Road Traffic Injury And Want To Make A Claim

The UK government has brought into effect reforms that could potentially mean lower compensation for victims of road traffic accidents. The introduction of the Civil Liability Act 2018 will impose a fixed tariff for ‘whiplash’ claims, which will mean that the amount of compensation possible to claim will be significantly lower. This means that having the right support from a no win no fee solicitor is more important than ever, to ensure that you get the compensation that you need.

What is personal injury compensation?

Personal injury compensation is an amount of money that you can claim when you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and was instead the fault of another person or institution. Whether you were in a vehiclethat was involved in an accident, or you were hit by a vehicle yourself, you can likely claim personal injury compensation.

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How is personal injury compensation calculated?

Personal injury claims UK are calculated based on a number of different things. Some of these are:

  • The cost of the medical treatment that you will have to receive as a result of your injury. This may include physiotherapy or rehabilitation programmes.
  • The loss of earnings that you may have suffered from not being able to work.
  • The travel cost of getting to the medical appointments that you need to attend.

The severity of your personal injury will also have an impact on how the amount is calculated. If you don’t have a full medical prognosis, then your solicitor may suggest that you wait until you do, because you will not be able to claim any more compensation if your condition develops further at a later date.

How long will my claim take?

It is difficult to be able to put an exact time estimation on how long your claim might take. However, there are two stages to the process. These two stages are:

  1. It will be determined who is held liable for your injury. In personal injury claims, this could either be an individual or an institution.
  2. The medical evidence from your injury must also be assessed in order to determine how it has affected you and therefore how much compensation you can claim.

If you require multiple medical assessments, then your overall claim time could potentially take longer.

What Should I Do After I Have Been Involved In a Car Accident?

Although it is understandable that you will likely be traumatised after you have been involved in a car accident, there are some things that can be done so that your personal injury claim can potentially be more successful.

Even if the damage to your car looks minor, and you don’t initially feel that you have been seriously injured, it is still advisable to record all of the details carefully and report the accident appropriately. In some cases, this can mean that you have to file a police report, as this will be able to help you prove your case at a later date.

With the assistance of Solicitors Manchester, you can ensure that the legal process will be as efficient as possible.