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Get Injury Claims For Motor Accident

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If you have been injured in a motor accident, then you probably want to get a better understanding of your legal rights. The first question you probably have, is something along the lines of “am I eligible for compensation?”. The answer to that question is maybe, since we do not know the circumstances surrounding your accident – however, what we can do right here, right now, is detail the eligibility requirements to have a personal injury claim.

Get Injury Claims For Motor Accident

Eligibility Requirements for Making a Claim

Time Limitations

Your accident, or the date your injuries first became clear, must be no more than three years ago to comply with the Limitation Act 1980. The Act sets out very clearly the limitation period for personal injury claims. After a period of three years, personal injury claims become statute barred, or time barred, under the Act.

For minors, the three-year limitation period begins from the date of their 18th birthday. Or, the parent or legal guardian of the minor can make a claim on their half any time before the date of their 18th birthday, with the compensation awarded are going into a trust fund, or being awarded to the parent on the minor’s behalf.

Liability Limitations

You cannot be 100 per cent responsible for the accident in which you sustained your injuries. You can, however, be partly responsible. If you were completely to blame, then the other side will be under no obligation to pay you compensation.

In cases of partial liability, you may have to settle your claim on what is called a ‘split liability agreement’. Under an agreement of this type, you will still be awarded compensation, but the total amount will be a reduced percentage of the original settlement demand.

How Strong is my Motor Accident Claim?

The strength of a claim for accidents on the road depends mainly on how easy it is to prove the other side’s responsibility. If it can be proven beyond any doubt that the other side was responsible for your accident, then you will have strong claim. It must also be shown that the extent and nature of your injuries warrants the settlement demand that is put forward.

The best way to ensure that you have the strongest possible claim built for you, is to hire a motor accident lawyer with case experience that is highly relevant to your own. The lawyer should also work for a reputable law firm. When searching for a good lawyer, also make sure to ask them about their ‘success rate’, which is a percentage of the amount of cases they have won. This will ensure that you get a first-class personal injury lawyer on your side.