Unfortunately, the poor pedestrian is the person who will suffer the most every time in a road traffic accident, often quite seriously. If you have been run down in a car accident, it is important that you have an experienced solicitor to represent you to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. If your pedestrian accident claim is not straightforward, it is all the more important that you receive advice from an experienced solicitor.
If you are injured in a road traffic accident which was not your fault you will be entitled to compensation for the following:
Pain and suffering.
Loss of wages, not just past loss of wages but also the future loss of wages. It is very important to appreciate the impact of an injury on your future loss of earnings. I have taken over cases from earlier firms of solicitors where this aspect of the claim has been seriously undervalued.
The cost of physiotherapy or any other treatment required.
Costs of any professional care required, both past and future.
Costs of care provided by family or friends even though you may not actually have paid them.
Loss of DIY skills where you can no longer carry out home decorating, gardening, servicing of your car or other activities which you must now pay someone else to carry out.
Loss of “congenial employment” where you have been obliged to give up your preferred employment.
Travel costs to hospitals, GPs, treatment centres.
The above headings of compensation are not the only headings of a claim. Basically, any financial loss which you have suffered as a direct consequence of the accident can be included in the claim.
You should keep all your receipts where possible. It is also helpful to open a diary specifically for the purpose of recording the number of visits you have paid to hospitals, your GP surgery and any other treatment centre with details of the approximate return mileage and any parking fees you have had to pay.