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Car Crash Accident Claims

Our free claims guide is for victims who have suffered because of a car crash and who would like to claim compensation for their injuries.

Car crashes can be extremely frightening experiences and can lead to serious or even life-altering injuries. If you have been injured in a car crash, it is important that you get the help you need to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. If you are thinking of making a car crash compensation claim, or if you have any questions, call us on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online car accident claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.

Common Injuries Following A Car Crash

A car crash can lead to a wide variety of different injuries. Some of the most common car crash injuries that lead to clients making a personal injury claim include:

  • Head injuries. There are a wide range of head injuries that can happen following a car crash. If you have had a head injury following your car accident, it can be important to make a claim to allow you to be compensated for time you have had to take off work, as well as the pain you have experienced. A concussion happens when the head moves so fast that the brain ‘bounces’ against the inside of the skull. These can be mild, with just a slight headache, or very serious. Concussions can require time off work and, in rare cases, lead to lasting issues. Contusions are bruises on the brain. These sound serious and do always require that you seek medical attention but are usually treatable and, if they are dealt with promptly, will hopefully result in a full recovery. Haematoma is bleeding in the brain. This can be very painful and debilitating but is also usually treatable. 

  • Spinal injuries. Now that we all wear seatbelts when driving cars, spinal injuries are much less common following car crashes. Different parts of your body can still be restrained by different amounts, meaning that there is pressure on the spine. In some cases, this can lead to a spinal fracture or disk herniation. Back injuries can be debilitating, leading not just to pain and difficulty moving but also numbness and even bladder issues. These may also require intensive physiotherapy of even surgery to heal properly.

  • Abrasions (cuts). A car crash is a chaotic event, with broken glass, bits of metal and other dangerous items. These objects can cause cuts and bruises, some of which may be quite serious.

  • Whiplash. This is an injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments of your shoulders and neck, caused by your head moving faster than your body in different directions. Whiplash is not usually a dangerous injury, but it can be very painful and can restrict your movement and leave you in pain for several months. It is often associated with headaches, difficulty moving the head and neck and even pain in the arms and shoulders. It is recommended that you get physiotherapy to help you heal quickly from whiplash injuries, but waiting lists on the NHS can be very long. Obtaining a compensation payment for your car crash can help you to get the help you need to make a full and speedy recovery.

  • Crush injuries to limbs. In very serious car crashes, you may be trapped within the vehicle or suffer a crush injury as the structure of the car which is designed to protect you can sometimes fold in upon you. Crush injuries are extremely serious and can be life threatening if not treated properly by expert medical staff.

  • Amputation. While exceptionally rare, car crashes are one of the most common causes of amputation in the UK. Amputation is where all or part of a limb is either removed during the course of an accident (this is known as traumatic amputation) or where it must be removed by doctors in an operating theatre during your recovery as it cannot be repaired and may pose a risk to your health. Amputation of part or all of a limb is extremely serious and a deeply distressing situation that requires a lot of work to adapt to. The compensation payments you receive for being in a car crash and making a personal injury claim can go some way towards making it easier to get your life back on track following your accident or injury.

Can I Make A Car Crash Accident Claim?

In order to make your no win no fee accident in a car crash claim, we will:

  • Write to the person responsible for your car crash. We will inform them that you are making a personal injury compensation claim and ask them to accept liability (this is a legal term for accepting that they were at fault). For many car crashes, the other party will accept liability straight away.

  • If the other party refuses to accept liability, we will gather evidence on your behalf. This is made significantly easier if you have pictures of the area around your accident taken at the time or witness statements. If you do not have this evidence, don’t worry. We are able to seek out additional evidence, including police reports and an account from your mechanic.

  • Once sufficient evidence has been gathered that the other party accepts liability, we will conduct negotiations for compensation amounts on your behalf. Although we will deal with all of the correspondence and communication involved in the actual negotiation, you remain in control the whole way through the process. We will inform you of every offer that is put forward and give you our expert opinion as to whether this is a fair offer or not. It is common for the other party to offer one or more very low initial offers to see whether you might be willing to accept a far smaller payment than you are entitled to. Our expertise and support claims team allows you to be sure that the offer you accept is reasonable and in line with what you might expect given the specifics of your injuries and the impact that your car crash and injuries have had on your life.

  • If the other party does not accept liability or if we are unable to agree a fair amount of compensation given the extent of your injuries, we may need to go to court to resolve your claim. This is actually very rare, as it is in the best interests of both parties to resolve the matter before a court appearance. If we do have to go to court to find a resolution to your car crash claim, we will be with you throughout the process, ensuring that you understand exactly what is going on and why. Our supportive team of expert personal injury solicitors are able to give you the confidence you need to cope with your court appearance and explain your personal, unique situation to the court.

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What Are Compensation Amounts For Car Crash Accident Claims

All compensation payments are comprised of two parts. The first part deals with the injury itself. The Judicial College sets out national guidelines to enable claimants (such as yourself) and those responsible for the accidents to know how much compensation is reasonable for a particular injury. These ranges can be very wide, however, to ensure that the compensation you receive reflects the individual nature of your accident.

The second part of any personal injury claim is that you must be compensated for any expenses or financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your accident and injury. The principle behind compensation is that you should be left in the same position as you would have been in had the accident and injury not occurred, or at least as close as possible to that. If you have been injured in a car crash that was not your fault, you are able to claim the costs associated with your accident, your healing and any adaptations you may have had to make to your home and lifestyle as part of your compensation payment. This can include loss of earnings if you are unable to work for a period following your car crash, or even loss of potential future earnings if you find that your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous career.

What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Car Crash Claim?

With our no win no fee arrangements, you will not need to pay anything upfront to make a compensation claim for your car crash injury. We will take over all of the arrangements and you will only have to pay if we are able to win your claim. This allows us to take all of the risk out of making a claim to get you the compensation you are entitled to. There are a very limited set of circumstances under which we are not able to offer no win no fee arrangements, for example clinical negligence or if your accident was as a result of someone else carrying out a criminal act but almost all car crash claims would be eligible. If we are not able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis, we would discuss the available options with you to make sure that you have the best possible chance of getting the justice you deserve.

If you have been injured in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our accident claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.

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