Unfortunately, accidents happen. Often, they are well out of our control and yet, people tend to blame themselves for them, even if they were not at fault. If you have been injured in an accident, and you are not sure who was to blame, then you should discuss your accident with a personal injury lawyer, so that this can be properly established.

A lawyer will establish the facts surrounding your case for you, so that your eligibility for compensation can be established once and for all. Only once you know your level of liability, will you know if you have the right to make a claim, since you must have a level of diminished liability for the other side to be under any obligation to pay you. Below, we have provided more information about car accident compensation, to help you with your claim.

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How long do car accident claims take to reach a conclusion?

Many car accident claims can take as little as 8-12 weeks to reach a conclusion, although some do take several months, depending on the complexity of the case and the efficiency of the other side. Insurers, for instance, are often slow at processing claims.

Time-based limitations for car accident compensation

Under the Limitation Act 1980, a personal injury claim must be brought forward within three years of the Date of Limitation, which is the date the accident happened, or the date the victim’s injuries were first diagnosed. After three years, it will not be possible to bring a claim forward, because it will have been statute-barred under the Act.

Minors injured in car accidents

If you have a child (somebody under the age of 18) who has been injured in a car accident, then you make a claim on their behalf any time before the date of their 18th birthday, after which the victim will have three years to make their claim under the Limitation Act 1980. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a minor injured in a car accident, then you can make a claim for them, and you will be known as their ‘litigation friend’.

How compensation is calculated for car accidents

When calculating a fair and proportionate level of compensation for you, your solicitor will consider the nature of your injuries, the extent of your injuries and how your injuries have and will affect your life. Your recovery period will also be considered, as will any monetary losses you have sustained, such as lost income and travel expenses. You may be owed a few thousand pounds or tens of thousands of pounds. To get a proper estimate, you should discuss your case with a claims advisor, or a personal injury lawyer.