Pedestrian Accident Claims
What happens if I have been knocked over by a car?
If you have been injured, the Police ought to be involved in this type of case. If they have, we should be able to obtain most of the details that we need from the Police Accident Report. We will need to find out how the accident happened, who the driver was insured with and whether there were any independent witnesses present who can assist. We will need to be able to establish that the driver was at fault for the accident before we can go ahead with your claim for compensation.
What if the driver drove off?
If you, or any of the witnesses have the registration number of the car that caused the accident, we will be able to carry out a search and trace the details of the car driver and their insurers.
What if the driver left the scene of the accident and I haven’t kept the details?
If the Police did not attend at the scene of the accident, you should report it to them as soon as possible. Even if the driver cannot be traced, there are still options that we can pursue on your behalf. The Motor Insurers Bureau is an organisation that will meet claims against untraced drivers as long as they are satisfied that the accident has taken place as you describe.
What happens if I cannot work because I am injured?
We understand how difficult it will be if you are losing income as a result of being injured but you still have bills to pay. If liability is not disputed, we will ask the fault insurers to make an interim payment to cover your lost earnings while you are off work. We will need copies of your wage slips or written confirmation from your employers how much you would normally earn. If you are self-employed, the fault insurers are likely to ask for copies of your accounts or tax returns before they will agree to release payment. We can discuss this with you in more detail if necessary.
What happens if I need medical treatment, but cannot afford to pay for it?
If we are satisfied that the accident was not your fault, we can arrange for you to have physiotherapy carried out and we will recover the physiotherapy costs from the fault insurer. A Physiotherapist will carry out an initial assessment and should be able to tell you how many sessions of treatment you are likely to need.
How will my injuries be assessed?
We will arrange for you to be seen by a doctor who will ask you questions about the injuries that you suffered as a result of the accident. The doctor will also ask whether you have had to take time off work and how your home life has been affected. Before you meet the doctor, it would be a good idea to think about the ways in which your life has been affected by the injuries. For example, have friends or family members had to help you with day to day tasks such as housework that you would normally have done yourself.
Once they have met with you, the doctor will then prepare a report and will predict, as accurately as possible, how long they think it is likely to be until your injuries have healed completely. If you have suffered from a soft tissue injury to your neck or back (more commonly known as a “whiplash” injury), the doctor will say how many months they think it will be before you make a complete recovery from your injuries. The Doctor may also recommend treatment, such as physiotherapy.
How much compensation will I receive for my injuries?
Once we have the medical report through from the doctor that examined you, as long as you are happy with the report, we will let the fault insurers have a copy and ask them to make an offer for compensation. We will be able to advise you in advance how much compensation we think you should receive. The amount of compensation varies depending on how serious your injuries are and how long they are likely to last for. We know from experience what you are likely to receive. To assess an amount for compensation, we look at previous cases that have been decided by the Court and also at the Judicial College Guidelines which sets out how much compensation clients should receive. If the amount of compensation that is offered is too low, we will advise you whether we think Court proceedings should be issued.