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    • Harris1980
    • By Harris1980 17th Apr 18, 11:37 AM
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    Can I claim compensation after hit and run accident?
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    • 17th Apr 18, 11:37 AM
    Can I claim compensation after hit and run accident? 17th Apr 18 at 11:37 AM
    A few days ago my younger sister was severely injured in a hit and run. Her whole body, head, ribs, pelvis etc. suffered fractures after being run over by someone. Luckily she is well and recovering in hospital.

    The police have caught the individual and there is no denying he is guilty, since it was such a big case and covered everywhere on the local news.

    Since this is the first time something like this has happened in my family, and I am not financially literate, my question is:
    Can we claim companesation?
    How much can we claim?
    How much will it cost to claim?
    Is there anything else I need to know?

    Would really appreciate any advice here.
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    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 17th Apr 18, 11:49 AM
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    You just need to claim off his insurance, I'd recommend getting a solicitor (no win no fee type) who are experienced in this manner .

    Yes you can claim

    The amount you get is based on banding for types of injury and how severe it is. Again a legal person can tell you approximately.

    Costs you nothing

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    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 17th Apr 18, 11:51 AM
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    If the suspect is charged and then subsequently convinced at court they can be ordered to pay compensation however this is unlikely to be a significant amount unless they are financially well off.
    Another avenue is via their insurance (if they have any) or via any other policy that is in place for the car involved. If there is no relevant insurance policy then there may be a claim with the Motor insurers bureau.
    I would suggest speaking to a specialist solicitor regarding the other questions you have asked.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 17th Apr 18, 1:27 PM
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    A few days ago my younger sister was severely injured in a hit and run. Her whole body, head, ribs, pelvis etc. suffered fractures after being run over by someone. Luckily she is well and recovering in hospital.
    Originally posted by Harris1980
    She's lucky to have survived. GWS.


    The police have caught the individual and there is no denying he is guilty
    Then an insurance claim should be straightforward, assuming the car was insured. Even if it was not insured for him to drive, even if there was some irregularity with the policy - if the car was covered by a policy, then there is no way that the insurer can avoid paying your sister for her injuries.


    She does not need a NWNF solicitor, or any kind of ambulance chaser - all they will do is take part of her pay-out. She simply needs to deal with the insurer directly.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 17th Apr 18, 2:22 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 2:22 PM
    A few days ago my younger sister was severely injured in a hit and run. Her whole body, head, ribs, pelvis etc. suffered fractures after being run over by someone. Luckily she is well and recovering in hospital.

    The police have caught the individual and there is no denying he is guilty, since it was such a big case and covered everywhere on the local news.

    Since this is the first time something like this has happened in my family, and I am not financially literate, my question is:
    Can we claim companesation?
    How much can we claim?
    How much will it cost to claim?
    Is there anything else I need to know?

    Would really appreciate any advice here.
    Originally posted by Harris1980

    Itís too soon to claim.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 17th Apr 18, 2:39 PM
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    She's lucky to have survived. GWS.


    Then an insurance claim should be straightforward, assuming the car was insured. Even if it was not insured for him to drive, even if there was some irregularity with the policy - if the car was covered by a policy, then there is no way that the insurer can avoid paying your sister for her injuries.


    She does not need a NWNF solicitor, or any kind of ambulance chaser - all they will do is take part of her pay-out. She simply needs to deal with the insurer directly.
    Originally posted by AdrianC
    Without expert advice, how will she know what to claim, or whether any offer is reasonable?
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 17th Apr 18, 3:11 PM
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    It!!!8217;s too soon to claim.
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    It's WAY too soon (years, probably) to agree to any kind of full and final settlement.

    It is not too soon to get the ball rolling, get the insurer's agreement to liability in writing, and get any initial and interim costs settled.

    Without expert advice, how will she know what to claim, or whether any offer is reasonable?
    Originally posted by Car 54
    There are, AIUI, industry standard amounts for varying injuries and severities. So once liability is settled, it's down to the medical reports to decide where they lie.


    These injuries are severe enough that there are going to be awards made for many years to come. No full-and-final offer is reasonable.
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 17th Apr 18, 3:38 PM
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    She's lucky to have survived........

    She does not need a NWNF solicitor, or any kind of ambulance chaser - all they will do is take part of her pay-out. She simply needs to deal with the insurer directly.
    Originally posted by AdrianC
    Unless you are experienced in injury claims everyone should get their own legal representation especially when multiple injuries are involved like this

    Surely you can see the massive conflict of interest the responsible insurer has in being able to deal directly with an inexperienced victim!
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th Apr 18, 3:42 PM
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    Avoid NWNF. All I'm saying.
    • MEM62
    • By MEM62 17th Apr 18, 3:45 PM
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    I'd recommend getting a solicitor (no win no fee type) who are experienced in this manner.
    Originally posted by Nasqueron
    I am sorry to hear the news of your sister's situation.

    Please ignore the above advice. No-win-no-fee law firm are the bottom feeders of the legal world who are generally only interested in simple slam-dunk cases in return for a sizeable percentage of your compensation.

    This claim will be complex and therefore you need a proper legal firm with the relevant experience in this field. The compensation award will depend on the long-term prognosis. This will, of course, need detailed medical reports to show what the long term impact on her life will be. In some cases this cannot be known at an early stage and an interim settlement is made pending longer term assessment.

    I hope that in time your sister makes a full recovery.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 17th Apr 18, 4:13 PM
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    It's WAY too soon (years, probably) to agree to any kind of full and final settlement.

    It is not too soon to get the ball rolling, get the insurer's agreement to liability in writing, and get any initial and interim costs settled.


    There are, AIUI, industry standard amounts for varying injuries and severities. So once liability is settled, it's down to the medical reports to decide where they lie.


    These injuries are severe enough that there are going to be awards made for many years to come. No full-and-final offer is reasonable.
    Originally posted by AdrianC
    Agreed. But without an experienced specialist lawyer to advise her, where will she go for medical reports? Should she just trust the insurer's expert? (Clue -no!).
    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 17th Apr 18, 5:23 PM
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    I am sorry to hear the news of your sister's situation.

    Please ignore the above advice. No-win-no-fee law firm are the bottom feeders of the legal world who are generally only interested in simple slam-dunk cases in return for a sizeable percentage of your compensation.

    This claim will be complex and therefore you need a proper legal firm with the relevant experience in this field. The compensation award will depend on the long-term prognosis. This will, of course, need detailed medical reports to show what the long term impact on her life will be. In some cases this cannot be known at an early stage and an interim settlement is made pending longer term assessment.

    I hope that in time your sister makes a full recovery.
    Originally posted by MEM62
    Mea culpa on not noticing how badly she was injured, didn't see the bit about her being run over
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