Cycling Accident Claim Information for Family Members

Cycle Accidents

Thompsons Solicitors can help injured cyclists and their families claim compensation for cycling accident injuries caused by the negligence of other road users or, in the case of defective road surface or cycling infrastructure, mismanagement or poor maintenance on the part of local authorities or other responsible parties.

We have experience of both claims for less serious injuries as well as those that are high value because they are for a severe or a catastrophic, life-changing injury. These claims can be complex but injured parties should not be dissuaded from seeking justice. At Thompsons our personal injury solicitors can provide free initial legal advice as well as a No Win No Fee service that ensures protection from all possible costs. There is no reason why claimants or their families should not receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

Unless the injured party lacks capacity to claim, families cannot act on their behalf. However, even in these circumstances it is possible to offer support, encouragement and practical assistance. Sometimes it might even be necessary to help your family member understand why it is in their best interests to claim.

Why claim?

Securing compensation is about so much more than mere recognition of accident injuries. It is also about giving injured parties access to the most appropriate care for their injuries (and perhaps to treatments not available on the NHS) and the chance to recover and rehabilitate as quickly as possible, improving long-term outcomes for both claimants and their families.

Cyclists are some the most vulnerable road users because of the nature of their lack of protection and having to use the roads for travel. When collisions between vehicles and cyclists occur, it is almost certainly the cyclist who will come off worse.

Even relatively minor concussions can cause cognitive difficulties which need addressing, while more serious head, spinal or amputation injuries require intensive rehabilitation and ongoing care.

Fatal accident claims

According to transport.gov.uk there were eight fatal cycling accidents in Scotland in 2016. If you are the spouse or dependent of someone who has died in a cycling accident, you may be able to pursue a successful claim against the party whose negligence caused the accident.
 
As one of the leading and most experienced personal injury firms in Scotland, Thompsons is ideally placed to help you deal with the case as sensitively and quickly as possible. Talk to our fatal accident solicitors today for more information.

Claiming before the expiry of statutory time limits

It is important to begin any cycling accident claim within the appropriate statutory time limits. For the most part this will mean beginning your claim within three years of the date of injury or, for fatal injury claims, three years from the date of death.
 
However, in certain exceptional cases, and in respect of minors, it may be possible to make a claim outside of the regular time limits. Speak with us today for more information.

What's in a claim?

Claims for cycling accident injuries can help protect both claimants and their families from the potential for financial hardship. Compensation for cycling injuries is broken down into two main areas:

  • General Damages : These are for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Amounts are determined by evidence presented by independent medical experts and relevant factors include the severity of an injury and the amount of recovery time needed and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.  
  • Special Damages : These include medical, rehabilitation and specialist equipment costs. These also include lost earnings and all relevant expenses.

At Thompsons we offer a No Win No Fee service to eligible claimants so they do not incur any financial risk when making a claim.

Claim compensation with Thompsons Solicitors

No person should be afraid about pursuing their legal rights. At Thompsons we only ever represent claimants in personal injury cases and are committed to fighting for their interests.

We have an outstanding track record – winning around 90% of the cases we take on – and each week secure around £1 million in compensation for our clients. We believe that any case we decide to represent on a No Win No Fee basis has a strong possibility of success.

For more information click through to our cycling accidents FAQs page or talk to Thompsons today on 0800 0891 331.

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