If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of a crash, either as a driver, passenger, biker, cyclist or pedestrian, our solicitors in Bristol and London can help you to claim for compensation.
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Injuries sustained from crashes can vary drastically, from whiplash, back and neck pain and life changing physical injuries, through to the most serious imaginable, the loss of human life. Whatever the circumstances, our solicitors can work with you to help you to move on positively with your life and to get the compensation you need for rehabilitation and recovery.
Road traffic incident specialists
Our experienced personal injury team has a huge amount of experience in road traffic incident claims, no matter how complex they are. We will use all of that experience to make sure that we achieve the best outcome possible for you.
If you have serious injuries and you are unable to work we can apply for interim payments to make sure that you can continue to pay your bills whilst you are recovering. We will also be able to arrange rehabilitation treatment for you, should you need it.
If your injuries aren’t as serious, it is still important for you to have an appointment with a medical expert and to have access to rehabilitation too if you need it. We will talk to you in detail about all of the items you will be able to seek reimbursement for, such as prescriptions, medication and any physiotherapy or treatments you have paid for.
You will not be charged for your first discussion with us and we will explore your options together, giving you the information you need to decide whether or not you wish to proceed.
If you want a law firm which puts clients first and will work hard to get the outcome you want and need, email us or call us on 0117 929 0451 today.
Frequently asked questions
I've been injured in a crash. What should I do?
Obtain the responsible person’s name, address and contact details and ask for their insurance details. Bear in mind that the police will want to be informed if someone has been injured in a crash. As soon as you are able to, write down a detailed version of what happened, and sign and date your statement. Memories fade quickly and you might soon forget some important details of what happened.
Depending on the type of incident you were injured in, there might be a number of other steps you should take to protect your position. Contact us as soon as you can to talk through your situation and the options you may have.
Keep proof of any losses and/or expenses you incur and do not accept any offers from the person responsible for the crash. They may seem tempting, but accepting such an offer could prevent you claiming more compensation later on.
The crash wasn't my fault but how do I prove that?
Were there any witnesses to your accident? Even if you know them, that doesn’t matter. Write down the contact details of as many witnesses as possible.
Dashcam, Go-Pro and smartphone footage can be extremely helpful. If you do not have your own, see whether any vehicles or pedestrians behind you may have captured what happened. Look around for other cameras. Many businesses have CCTV cameras in front of their premises; many houses have doorbell cameras. Ask for any footage to be preserved and see if the owner will give you a copy. (If not, we can request a copy on your behalf).
If you are clearly injured, call the police. They should carry out their own investigations. Take the details of the investigating officer so we can contact them later to obtain a copy of the Police Report.
Even if the incident was not captured on film, take a video and photographs (if you are able and it is safe to do so) of the scene immediately afterwards. The location of vehicles immediately after a crash can say a lot about what happened. Often the cause of a crash is one person’s word against another, so the more ‘additional evidence’ you can obtain to support your account of what happened, the better. Contact us if you have been injured in a crash and would like to talk to us about how we can help. The sooner we are involved, the more we can do.
When should I get legal advice?
As soon as possible! The legal process does take time, so it is best to begin a claim sooner rather than later. We may be able to help you get some private rehabilitation (physiotherapy for instance) sooner than might be available to you on the NHS. We may also be able to help you claim an interim payment if, for example, you have lost earnings as a result of your injury.
Our specialist lawyers will talk you through the claims process, and help you claim back your past losses, and any future losses that you are likely to incur, along with a sum to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
How much will it cost me to claim compensation?
We act for most clients on a 'no-win no-fee' basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, so there are no upfront charges. Any contribution you need to make towards your legal costs is simply deducted from your compensation at the end of your case. Your contribution to legal costs will be capped at the start of your claim, so you will know what your maximum contribution is likely to be. We will also discuss other ways of funding a claim, and help you investigate which would be the best option for you to take.
How much compensation am I likely to get?
This is very hard to predict at the start of a claim and the total amount you could claim will depend on your own specific situation. Every case is different and a lot depends on your recovery period, the amount of time you have off work, and whether you make a full recovery or are left with any permanent restrictions, for example. So it's best to contact us early on to discuss your situation with you.
A successful personal injury claim should put you back in the same financial situation you would have been in had the crash not happened, so you are not left out-of-pocket through no fault of your own. If you will need help in the future, for example, adaptations to your home or there are future care needs, these can all be factored in.
We have many years' experience helping clients injured, or the families of those deceased, in crashes:
- Brain injured teenager, with significant injuries after being struck by a speeding motorcyclist, awarded £17.5 million in a deal giving him lifetime accommodation, care and support.
- Brain injured child awarded £13.7 million for injuries suffered in a crash.
- £1.27M awarded to a 56-year-old client who suffered a brain injury when hit by the wing mirror of a car.
- £820,000 awarded for a car driver in a rear-end collision which caused jaw, shoulder and back injuries. The driver was a trainee GP and the accident delayed her qualification. The client’s previous solicitors had failed to recognise the huge potential for the claim.
- Claim concerning a young woman fatally injured in a road incident, leaving her widower husband and small child who were awarded £650,000.
Passionate about road safety
We are members of Roadpeace, a national charity for road crash victims in the UK. We host their victim support group meetings in Bristol and support them in campaigning work to fight for justice for victims and reduce road danger.
Leigh Woodham, one of our specialist lawyers, is also an ‘Advanced Driver’ through IAM Roadsmart (previously The Institute of Advanced Motorists) and passionate about campaigning for road safety. Leigh sits on Roadpeace's South West legal panel, helping families of deceased victims or those seriously injured in crashes, access high quality legal help to seek justice and get the compensation they deserve. Read more.
Please contact us to discuss your claim by calling 0117 929 0451, emailing or completing our enquiry form. Our friendly lawyers are here to help.
Hambi Charalambou / Senior Associate / Bristol
Emma Barnes / Senior Injury Claims Litigator / Bristol
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