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A car accident injury claim arises from a road traffic accident in which one individual is injured through the negligence of another and wishes to claim compensation for their injury from that party, whether they be a person or company.
Car Injury Claim
Incidents giving rise to a car accident injury claim are numerous, given the numbers of vehicles on UK roads today. In fact injury claims arising from car accidents are the most common variety of claim in Britain today.
In recent times this has seen an adverse affect on the price of insurance premiums for UK drivers, as it is the insurance of the negligent party that pays the compensation to the injury victim.
The majority of traffic accident compensation claims, and claims in general, are made by someone suffering from the effects of whiplash.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden, sharp and unexpected impact that jolts the head backwards in a very short period of time, less than a second. The impact can cause the soft tissue and tendons in the head and neck area to become excessively stretched, leading to a host of painful symptoms which can last weeks and affect the sufferer’s ability to live their-day-to-day life and may necessitate time off work.
Symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash can vary from person to person, but in general the most prominent symptoms include:
- Severe neck pain and inflexibility
- Muscle stiffness
- Pins and needles in the fingers and arms
Symptoms may not become apparent until a few days after the accident has occurred, and it is essential that sufferers seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor can administer muscle relaxants and advise patients as to the best course of action. He or she will also check for any more serious underlying injuries resulting from the impact.
Given the speed at which cars are capable of travelling, sadly the injuries that can arise from a road traffic accident go beyond just whiplash and bruises and are greatly varied. These can include
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Broken limbs
- Facial lacerations
Action to take for Car Accident Injury Claim
If you have been hurt in a road accident you may be entitled to make a car accident injury claim. If you wish to pursue legal action you will need to find a personal injury solicitor to pursue the action on your behalf. Whether you choose your lawyer independently or use the services of a claims management specialist, here are some of the features you should look for when choosing who will handle the claim on your behalf.
- The longer the company has been established, the more trustworthy it is likely to be
- Regulation by the relevant authorities. Bodies such as the Claims Standards Council exist to ensure fair operation across the board.
- Cases fought on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis
- Free, impartial advice
- Free 24-hour UK-based helpline