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Accident and Injury Claims

The firm represents corporate and individual clients, and is experienced in bringing cases in the High Court and County Court jurisdictions.

We offer advise in relation to liabilty and quantum of the possible claim we aim to achieve early settlement of the claim where possible and will therefore enter into negotiations on your behalf.  If settlement can not be reached we will issue the necessary  proceedings to bring the matter before the court.

Recently given the the upsurge in Claims Management Companies in realtion to RTA's who offer to arrange for a replacement car, the repair of your vehicle and to nominate a solictor to act on your behalf, the Law Society has introduced a new Claims Advice Service.  This is due to the fact that although in the immedaite aftermath of an road traffic accident the services of a Claims Management Service may seem attractive by availing of such services you may expose yourself to significant and unnecessary costs and liabilites. 

If you wish to have the use of a replacement vehicle, the Claims Management Company will require you to enter into a credit hire agreement with the provider of the vehicle under which you will have potential personal liabilities. If your claim is unsuccessful, these may be significant. Even if you are successful, you may be unable to recover all of the charges for the car hire from the at fault party as some Claims Management Companies charge a hire fee higher than ‘the going rate’ for car hire. In these circumstances you may be personally liable for these charges. Similar problems may also arise with regard to car repair costs.

The Claims Management Company may refer you to a firm of solicitors to handle your claim. They will be particularly forceful in insisting that you instruct a firm from their panel of solicitors rather than your own solicitors. Advice and representation provided by the Claims Management Company’s nominated solicitor may not be completely independent.

You should be aware that:
• You are under no obligation to accept their choice of solicitor.
• You are free at all times to instruct your own solicitors.

We are here to represent you and you alone!

We will ensure that you are provided with:

• A replacement vehicle
• Quick and efficient repair of your vehicle
• Maximum compensation for any injuries you may have sustained.

The practices of certain insurance companies have also made life more difficult for accident victims seeking compensation. Certain insurers for the party responsible for the accident will attempt to settle any claim for compensation directly with the victim in the immediate aftermath of an accident.

You should NEVER under any circumstances settle a claim for personal injuries without the benefit of a medical report and independent legal advice.

Failure to consult your own solicitors will almost certainly result in you receiving less than your full entitlement for any personal injuries you may sustain.

You should NEVER allow an Insurance Company to pressurise you into accepting less than your case is worth.

Should you be unlucky enough to be involved in an accident you should follow the steps below:

1. Call the emergency services if necessary – 999
2. Move away from damaged cars to some where safe.
3. Call the police if anyone is injured.
4. Obtain the registration numbers of any vehicles involved.
5. Exchange information with the other person(s) involved.
(Name, address, telephone numbers, insurance information-name of company and policy number)
6. Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
7. Take pictures of the accident using a camera phone or digital camera.
8. CALL YOUR OWN SOLICITOR IMMEDIATELY.

Your first call after a car accident should always be to your own solicitor.


Contact:

injury@hartandcosolicitors.com