This is a guest post by Sarita Ramakrishnan, an avid cyclist who works for a British firm that specializes in compensation claims for cycling accidents.
Cycling accidents happen and although there is a good network of bicycle lanes around where I live, that allows cyclists to cycle in a safer environment, I still find that many motorists are either unaware of them or perhaps even blissfully ignorant towards cyclists and their existence in everyday traffic. To this date I have not been involved in a cycling accident, but I know many people who have not been so lucky.
The law is designed to help people who feel they have been wronged, but what many people don’t realise is that you too are eligible to make a claim! Bicycle compensation claims can seem daunting, expensive and sometimes just too much to handle, but with a range of No Win, No Fee options now available, many people can successfully make a claim without having to part with a penny.
I’ve seen some terrible cycling accidents and in many cases they have led to a long road to rehabilitation with a considerable time in hospital – a costly exercise – if you’ve been in this situation then you can find the pain and cost is quite substantial – especially if you can’t work and you are losing income – but there are options available to you.
How do I get started with a compensation claim?
Compensation – an overwhelming thought – but making a claim really isn’t that difficult anymore and in modern society there are so many people out there to help you that it is often worth taking on the advice of someone who knows what they are doing. However, compensation claims aren’t always easy! To get started with your compensation claim follow some simple steps:
- Step 1 – Report your accident
It’s crucial that you report any cycling accident to the relevant authorities. No matter how small you think your case is. This way you will be able to assign blame, gather evidence and formulate exactly what you will need for your compensation claim.
- Step 2 – Seek the help of an expert
Personal injury lawyers know what they are doing and often have years of experience in handling this type of claim. They will be able to advise you on exactly what you are entitled to and how much you can expect to receive throughout the process. They will also advise you on what you need and how you can get it.
- Step 3 – Keep your records
Keep any information you have in regards to your injury, this can include medical reports, hospital bills and accident reports – you may need it in court.
- Step 4 – Be honest about your compensation
Don’t estimate and don’t be light with your figures, give an accurate and honest figure of how you have been left out of pocket. Remember to include your medical bills and any loss of income that you have sustained throughout the process. If the accident wasn’t your fault then you shouldn’t be the one footing the blame!
But with most businesses now offering a “No Win, No Fee” service, it’s never been easier to claim back what is rightfully yours.