Can I Make a Claim After an Accident?

If you have been in an accident one of the questions you might have is whether or not you are able to make a claim after the accident.

There are many different types of accidents that people can be involved in such as car accidents which is probably the most common but also accidents at work, tripping accidents or accidents in the supermarket just to name a few. The circumstances of these accidents obviously can be very different, so it can be difficult to pinpoint whether or not you are able to make a claim or not and for that reason we would strongly advise you to contact a solicitor who is experienced in dealing with accident claims if you have been involved in an accident.

Can I Make a Claim After an Accident?

There are times where people can be very badly injured and as a result of that they may think that they are entitled to compensation because of how bad their injuries are, however whether or not you are entitled to make a claim or not depends largely on two things:-

  1. The circumstances of the accident and who is at fault; and
  2. Whether you have sustained an injury

Circumstances of the Accident

As mentioned above, there are many different types of accidents and many different types of circumstances that can arise in accidents. Some of them are very straightforward such as a car accident where there has been a rear impact. In those circumstances it is very often clear that the driver who has driven into the rear of the car is clearly at fault.

There are other incidences such as a car accident on a roundabout where it can be much harder to show who is at fault such as if one vehicle has entered into another lane, there can be a dispute as to who has entered which lane, in other words who is in the wrong. It can be hard to see whether or not you can make a claim in some circumstances.

Another example of this is if you are involved in a work accident and you have sustained an injury. Sometimes it can be hard to see whether or not you are able to bring a claim against your employer for example. This can vary due to the different varieties of work accidents such as working with machinery, not being provided with the proper protective equipment, tripping over wires and burns. In those sorts of circumstances, we will be able to tell you very quickly as to whether or not you will be able to make a claim.

We offer a free consultation with one of our team members and we will be able to discuss with you the circumstances of the accident at no cost to you and give you guidance as to whether you are able to make a claim or not.

Compensation Calculator

We have a compensation calculator available to you. This tool allows you to obtain an estimate of the compensation that you may receive after an accident. Many of our client’s find this very helpful to allow them to get information and a better idea of whether they can make a claim and what kind of compensation figure they may be entitled to.

Click here to see how much your claim may be worth:>>

Slipping Or Tripping Accidents

There are other accidents such as someone slipping in a supermarket when there has been a spillage on the floor. People can sustain very serious injuries in those types of accidents.

Recently we assisted a lady who slipped in a supermarket and broke her hip and sustained life changing injuries where her mobility and ability to walk were devastated by this. In those circumstances we were able to show that the supermarket where she fell had been negligent in ensuring that their isles and the floor were free of obstacles. We were able to prove that her falling and slipping were as a result of liquid that was on the floor which the supermarket should have seen, should have cleaned up and which led directly to her slipping and falling. Thankfully in those circumstances we were able to assist our client and she was able to claim a very significant sum of compensation.

Sometimes in accidents people can be very badly injured and sometimes it can be argued that it is their own fault, such as they trip over their own shoe laces. People can then wonder whether or not because they are injured, can they make a claim for compensation?

The fact of the matter is that they can only make a claim if it can be shown that that there is a fault and that the accident had been caused by another party, either by negligence or by their actions.

Speaking To A Solicitor Experienced In Accident Claims

It is very important that if you are in an accident that you speak to a solicitor who has experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Often people will go to their local solicitor and speak to them about their accident, but not all solicitors specialise and have a lot of experience in dealing with accident and injury claims. For example, some solicitors may deal in general practice where they do a lot of conveyancing, Wills or probate, and their knowledge and experience of dealing with personal injury claims is very limited, but they may not tell you that. It is therefore very important that you speak to a solicitor who has experience and specialise in dealing with such claims.

We specialise in accident and injury claims which means that we are able to provide the best advice, the best guidance and we are able to obtain the best medical reports as to your injuries so that we can ensure that you are provided with the best service possible.

If you are in an accident, do your homework and make sure you are speaking to someone who knows what they are talking about.

Injuries Sustained After An Accident

The second part of whether or not you can make a claim for compensation is whether or not you have sustained an injury.

If you have not sustained any injury then it is not possible to make a claim for compensation. The injuries you sustain do not have to be very significant, they can be minor, they can be scratches or some soreness but that still means that you are able to make a claim for compensation.

Furthermore, if you have psychiatric or psychological upset or anxiety arising after an accident that also entitles you to make a claim. Again, it is essential that you speak to a solicitor who has a lot of experience in dealing with these kind of cases and can answer your questions regarding whether you can make a claim.

We have come across cases in which people contact us and they have sustained very mild whiplash type injuries after a car accident and because they have not been to the doctor or been to A&E they do not think that they are able to make a claim after an accident. That is not the case. After speaking to us they realised that they were able to make a claim despite their injuries being relatively minor and we were able to obtain compensation for them after an accident.

Obviously in some cases there are very serious injuries sustained after an accident, sometimes life changing. But every accident is different and we are happy to talk to you free of charge to discuss your accident claim and to look at the injuries that you have received and what your entitlement to compensation would be.

Compensation Calculator

We have a compensation calculator available to you. This tool allows you to obtain an estimate of the compensation that you may receive after an accident. Many of our client’s find this very helpful to allow them to get information and a better idea of whether they can make a claim and what kind of compensation figure they may be entitled to.

Click here to see how much your claim may be worth:>>

Accidents At Work

There are some circumstances in which people are in accidents such as an accident at work where they may be concerned that they may lose their job or they do not want to make a claim against their employer and they are worried about the fall out from that. We have dealt with many cases of people who have been in those exact circumstances and we will be able to give you guidance as to your rights in terms of your employment and your rights as an employee both in terms of your ability to claim and whether or not your employer’s behaviour towards you after an accident is correct or not.

If you are in circumstances where you have been in an accident at work and you have concerns then feel free to get in touch with us and talk to one of our team free of charge. We will not put you under any pressure to claim, the decision will be entirely yours but it would be at least worthwhile talking to us and discussing whether you can make a claim against your employer, to find out what kind of value your claim would be and what the potential outcomes could be in terms of your relationship with your employer. It is also important to remember that if you are making a claim in those circumstances that employers have insurance companies and insurance policies in place to pay for your claim, so if we do proceed with a claim for you that we will be dealing with an insurance company and not your employer directly in the vast majority of cases.

Contact Us

To find out more information on how to claim for a Personal Injury, or if you would like to make a free no obligation enquiry, please call us now on 028 71 229 343, email us on info@mcgeeokanelaw.co.uk or Make An Online Enquiry.

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