Unfortunately, road traffic accidents are more common than most of us would like to believe. While modern cars are fitted with the latest in features and the most effective safety features, bad accidents can still happen, and this is further exacerbated by the sheer number of cars that are on the road. Cyclists and pedestrians are also at risk of being injured in accidents. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a road traffic accident, this injury can be blamed on another person’s negligence, and you have suffered or will suffer some form of loss as a result of the accident, then you have the right to claim compensation from the negligent party.
An experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to gather the evidence needed, determine the likely amount of compensation that you should receive, and represent you during the compensation claim case. Whether you have suffered from whiplash, psychological personal injury, or are being forced to come to terms with a life changing and debilitating injury, such as an amputation, the compensation that you claim can help ensure that you are able to support yourself financially and that you are able to lead as full and normal a life as possible. Your solicitor should also take into account any potential future costs and losses.
You may have already been forced to miss substantial time off work, for example, but if you are unable to return to work because of the injuries that you have suffered, then this means that you could still be set to lose even more salary. Your compensation should be calculated so that it includes future losses, and while it can prove difficult to calculate these losses, this is what a personal injury solicitor should be able to do for you.
Costs directly associated with your accident are included in your compensation payment. Repairs to your vehicle may be covered by insurance policies, but personal belongings, along with additional costs such as medical costs, can also be included in your final payment.
Loss of earnings are likely to make up a large portion of your compensation package. The courts should consider any earnings you have already missed out on, but they will take into account any future loss of earnings too. This is where expert medical witnesses and medical records will prove useful. These can be used to calculate the time you will need off work, whether your injuries will prevent you from continuing with your existing work, and can help calculate the amount of earnings that you will lose as a direct result of the accident.
Serious injuries and long-term injuries may require certain changes to your life. It may be necessary to modify your home, buy a modified vehicle, and you may need to enlist the help of professional carers and other professionals to assist with everyday life. These costs can also be incorporated in your compensation package, ensuring that you do not have to cover the cost yourself following an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Girlings Solicitors are experienced and professional personal injury solicitors. They can help determine the amount of compensation you should be entitled to and help present your compensation claim in court.