If you are injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, we can help you seek compensation, not only for your injuries but also for recovery of other losses, such as policy excess, vehicle value depreciation, loss of earnings and medical costs like physiotherapy.
Even simple road traffic accidents can cause neck and back injuries with long term effects, restricting your ability to carry on everyday life normally.
We seek compensation for your losses from the insurance company of the person responsible. We have experience seeking specific engineering evidence, together with reconstruction type evidence, for serious road traffic accidents.
At the scene of any road traffic accident, it is important to take as many details as possible about how the accident happened, together with the location and any other drivers involved, including name, address, registration, type of vehicle and insurance details.
You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and keep receipts for any expenses like medical bills and travel.
If your own vehicle is not roadworthy, we can help you get a replacement, often at short notice.
It is important to remember that, as with all negligence cases, claims involving road traffic accidents should be brought within three years of the accident. It is better to get legal advice as soon as possible, and to seek immediate medical advice for your injuries.
Whiplash covers soft tissue injuries of the neck and back, resulting from road traffic accidents. Medical opinion suggests that whiplash injuries occur when a body is jolted or jerked violently as a result of impact, such as when cars are rear-ended by another vehicle. Often this sudden movement means the passenger is thrown forward and backwards again. This can affect the muscles and nerves in the neck, causing pain and discomfort.
It is generally accepted that whiplash injuries don’t come on straightaway, but may develop in the hours and days after an accident. You should seek medical treatment as soon as you are aware of the symptoms. If necessary, x-rays should ensure there are no fractures.
Common symptoms of whiplash include –
Pain in the neck and upper spine
Pain down the arms, even the fingers
Loss of mobility or restriction in the movements of neck and spinal muscles
Whiplash often clears up within 12 months. Symptoms may settle within weeks or months of the initial impact, and diminish after that.
As in any road traffic accident, there is potential for psychological symptoms such as travel anxiety or adjustment disorders. We can help you seek expert medical opinion to verify these are related to an accident.
Any amount awarded depends on the severity of your injury and how long the symptoms affect your everyday life. Recovery is unique to each individual, therefore medical opinion must substantiate the exact nature of injuries.
As there are uninsured vehicles on our roads, it is not uncommon for drivers to leave the scene of an accident or not to be insured. If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident where the driver responsible has either driven off or is uninsured, this does not have to end the matter. We help with claims against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, for either untraced or uninsured drivers.
We help you complete the relevant forms for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and guide you through the compensation process.
The unexpected death of a loved one following an accident has wide-ranging consequences, not only the emotional impact for family members, but also potential financially. Our expert team can help you through every step of the legal process and ensure that any issues are dealt with professionally and efficiently and, most importantly, with our assistance we ensure all issues are dealt with without any further burden or stress to family members at such a difficult time.
Our Specialist RTA Solicitor – Peter Lynch
Our Specialist RTA Solicitor – Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Where the accident is caused by another party but there is no collision, for example, when you have to take evasive action when someone pulls out of a junction, then you can make a claim for compensation.
The law recognises that there will be occasions when people are injured, and the offending vehicle drives off. In such circumstances you can make a claim against a body called the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Reid Black can advise.
Generally, you have three years from the date of accident within which to make a claim for compensation, though it is always better to consult with a solicitor sooner rather than later. The rules are different for children and persons under a disability. Reid Black can advise on these issues.
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