If you have been injured in a bike accident through no fault of your own, then you may be eligible for compensation. To be eligible for compensation, you cannot be wholly responsible for the accident in which you were injured, and your accident needs to have happened within the least three years. If you meet these criteria, then it is likely that you can make a claim for financial compensation with a bike accidents lawyer.
The amount of compensation you are awarded for your bike accident depends on a few different things. You can actually claim two types of compensation – special damages, which is the compensation awarded for any financial losses related to your accident, and general damages, which is the compensation awarded for your injuries.
General damages is calculated taking into account the extent of your injuries and how your injuries have and will affect your life. Your recovery period from your injuries, and the acceleration of any pre-existing medical conditions will also be taken into account.
The more severe your injuries are, and the more they will affect your life, then the more compensation you can realistically expect. For example, you would expect more financial compensation if you broke both your legs rather than just one of your legs.
Special damages is calculated by totting up all the out of pocket expenses related to your accident (for this, you must produce proof such as receipts and bills), and by reviewing your payslips. Your bike accidents lawyer will tell you what they need from you.
If you have had to have three months off work and you have only been paid statutory sick pay, for example, you can claim a full three months’ worth of wages from the other side. You can also claim back any lost overtime or other income, such as benefits, if your benefits were stopped because of tour accident (such as if you missed a meeting).
Your final settlement demand
Your general damages and special damages will be added together to create a final settlement demand, which will be put forward to the other side.
As previously mentioned, your final settlement demand must be fair and proportionate to your injuries. If it is not then the other side may contest the claim value, which will only set your claim back. As such, it is absolutely to have a bike accidents lawyer on your side who knowns what they are doing.
Discus your case with a bike accidents lawyer today
To find out how much financial compensation you could claim for your biking accident, or to find out more about your legal rights when making a claim, give our experienced claims advisors a call for free and with no obligation today on 0800 157 1437.