Important Advice about Car Accident Injuries
According to the Road Safety Authority, 92% of car accident injuries are caused by driver negligence, with the remainder due to the actions of pedestrians, the state of the roads in Ireland and vehicle mechanical failure. Not all of these accidents will result in claims for car accident injuries compensation, as some will involve single-vehicle accidents where the injuries have been sustained by the driver´s own negligence — although passengers in the vehicle who sustain injuries will be entitled to make a car accident injuries compensation claim against the driver.
Irrespective of the nature of your car accident injuries, your first consideration has to be that of your health — not only for the obvious priority of your physical wellbeing, but also because claims for car accident injuries compensation can be affected if you delay in seeking medical attention. When accidents occur which result in severe injuries, an ambulance will treat you at the scene of your accident and take you to hospital — it is in the less serious accidents that a car accident victim could possibly harm their entitlement to car accident injuries compensation.
How Delayed Treatment can affect Car Accident Injuries Compensation
There are two ways in which delayed treatment can affect car accident injuries compensation. First, you will only be entitled to make a car accident injuries claim for the injuries directly associated with the accident. If you have made the injuries worse by your own lack of care, how much compensation you receive will relate directly to your injuries at the time of the accident — irrespective of how much medical treatment you require at a later date. This is a common issue with whiplash injuries, the symptoms of which may not manifest for several days or weeks after the car accident has occurred.
Secondly, if you delay in seeking a medical examination as soon as possible after a car accident, the defendant could claim that your car accident injuries were made worse by your inaction — even if they were not. Although this may not affect how much car accident injuries compensation you ultimately receive, the defendant´s claims could severely extend the length of time that your car accident injuries claim takes to resolve. There is no amount of car accident injuries compensation which can make up for a lifelong health condition which could have been prevented by timely medical treatment so, in all scenarios, make sure that you always have a medical examination after being involved in a car accident.
Making a Car Accident Injuries Compensation Claim
Claims for car accident injuries compensation in Ireland are initially processed by the Injuries Board once you have submitted an application to them. The application for an assessment of car accident injuries compensation has to be accompanied by a doctor´s report of your health, and you may be required to undergo an independent medical examination at a later date to establish the rate at which your injuries are healing. If you have failed to seek an immediate medical examination at the time of your car accident, there may not be a natural correlation between the doctor´s report submitted with your application form and that of the independent medical examiner. This may result in the Injuries Board reducing how much compensation they assess for your car accident injuries claim.
Similarly, if your solicitor is in negotiation with the negligent driver´s car insurance company to attempt a quick settlement, any idiosyncrasies in your state of health at the time of your delayed post-accident medical examination and those which would reasonably be expected to occur in a car accident could also fall under the spotlight. Even though this discrepancy would not disqualify you from receiving car accident injuries compensation, the amount of your final settlement may be substantially reduced. The same scenario would occur if your claim for car accident injuries compensation was to be litigated in court.
Free Advice on Car Accident Injuries Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident for which you were not wholly at fault, and would like to know more about making a car accident injuries compensation claim, you are invited to call our free injury claims advice service on 1800 989 995. Our experienced personal injury solicitors will be able to provide you with helpful and practical advice about car accident injuries compensation and whether any late diagnosis of your injuries might have affected your entitlement to make a car accident injuries claim.
Even if there are no issues about how long it took for you to seek medical attention, speaking with our solicitors will provide you with accurate information about how to maximise the value of your car accident injuries claim and to reduce the length of time it takes for your claim to be settled. There is no obligation on you to proceed with a car accident injuries compensation claim once you have spoken with us and all calls to our free injury claims advice service are, naturally, completely confidential.
What to Expect When You Call
All of our solicitors have many years experience in helping clients make claims for car accident injuries compensation and understand that you or somebody close to you has recently been through a traumatic experienced from which you are possibly still recovering. Consequently we will listen carefully as you explain the circumstances surrounding the car accident, what injuries you sustained and how they have affected your quality of life.
We will provide advice in plain English on what your options are, establish whether or not you have a claim for car accident injuries compensation which is worth your while to pursue and, wherever possible, calculate how much compensation for your car accident injuries you should expect to receive. Whether you decide to act on our advice is entirely up to you, and many of our clients have found it helpful to speak with family and friends before choosing to make a car accident injuries compensation claim; at which point you are welcome to call us on 1800 989 995 once again.