Traffic Accident Claims
Traffic accidents happen everyday, however not all people have experienced being in such a situation. This is why most people are normally inexperienced when it comes to traffic accident claims. If you are involved in a traffic accident, you can make a traffic accident claim all on your own. Adequate research and patience should allow you to successfully accomplish this. However, with the help of a solicitor, filing a traffic accident claim would be much easier and faster. An attorney has the experience in so he/she would know exactly how to begin the process. He can guide you on what appropriate steps to take. A solicitor will be better able to tell the claimant exactly how much they are entitled to. A traffic accident can have a major and dramatic impact upon your life, a fact which is even harder to handle if the accident in question wasn’t even your fault. Injuries can range from the trivial – cuts and bruises, mild whiplash – to fractured limbs and, at the very worst end of the variety, paralysis and perhaps even death. All injuries, even those which seem at first to be minor, can lead to long term medical care resulting in:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical bills
- Miscellaneous expenses
Compensation for Whiplash
Compensation for whiplash injury is one of the most sought after personal injury claims. After all, a whiplash injury is painful so you should be compensated accordingly. Unfortunately, however, the level of reparation you get for your injury following the accident will depend on a number of factors. The first of the variable factors will depend on how you make your whiplash injury claim. If you make a claim directly against the insurance company, then you will likely be rewarded in accordance with the settlement agreement you make with the insurance company. However, if you decide to seek the assistance of a solicitor to handle your whiplash injury compensation, then you could be entitled to compensation categorized as:
- General Damages and
- Special Damages
The amount that you may be eligible for under General Damages is at times hard to decide as the physical pain and suffering (i.e. the actual damage such as a whiplash neck injury or something more serious) that you encounter as a direct result of the accident you had is usually what you get compensated for. Emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life can also be claimed for as part of the General Damages. Finally, if the pain and suffering you encounter as a result of your injury causes you to suffer mental disorders, such as depression, then this may also be included in your compensation claim. Although the General Damages amounts awarded by the courts will largely depend on the amounts the court have previously given for a related injury claim, the details of your medical report detailing the extent of the whiplash, the actual injuries caused, and the possible harm it has had on your emotional state will, all play a pivotal part in the whiplash injury claim. Special Damages claims defer slightly in nature from general damages as they can be fixed to some extent and are payable to you as a result of you having encountered certain special losses because of the accident. Special Damages are payable on any loss of earnings (including any potential loss of future earnings as a result of the accident) you may have to endure while you recover from the accident; car hire expenses you have to pay as a result of your car being in the repair shop; if you have to pay someone to look to take care of you while you recover can from your whiplash and if you have paid for medical attention to treat the injury you can also included in your claim. In some cases victims are willing to settle their whiplash injury compensation claim outside the courts. In this case it is gravely important that victims read the terms of the settlement agreement very carefully as insurance settlement claims usually contain provisions.
Work Accident Claims
Accidents at work are very common and can occur in any job, in any situation. Every employer has a set of responsibilities to their employees to ensure that the working environment is safe and the risk of an accident at work is marginal. This not only protects their workers, but prevents work accident claims being filed against the company which could scar the company’s reputation. Work accident claims are only made for injuries that the employee suffered at work, which wouldn’t have occurred had the employer taken action to prevent the work accident. While compensation can never fully make up for the distress of a work accident, it can help repay you for any wages lost and provide a sense of justice being done on your behalf. If you have been involved in an incident while you were at work, you will need expert advice in order to pursue an injury compensation claim.
No Win No Fee Compensation
A no win no fee compensation claim is exactly as its name implies. If the claimant does not win the cause, then the attorney does not collect a fee for his/her services. This type of agreement is common in most personal injury cases. In the event that your accident injury claim is un-successful most injury solicitors will have already agreed to a no win no fee arrangement with the personal accident victim they are representing but it all depends on the back injury lawyer‘s own standards of practice. Not all accident claims can have this arrangement, but these are likely to include only personal injuries that have occurred from medical carelessness as the compensation claims process in these types of injury accidents is extensive and sometimes speculative. The same applies to criminal injury claims and work accident claims. Attorneys can almost guarantee a win with these claims hence the no win no fee compensation policy.