I wish to make a claim for a scooter accident after I was hit by a car, what is the procedure for doing so?
Making a claim for a scooter accident will be possible if you have fallen victim to the negligence of a third party who owed you a duty of care. Each road user must fulfil a duty of care to other road users, who should not expect to sustain an injury from a scooter accident. If it can be determined that your accident on a scooter was the result of the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To establish whether or not you are entitled to claim compensation — and whether this compensation is worth pursuing — you are advised to contact a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity to assess your claim for scooter accident compensation.
Your immediate priority before you make a claim for a scooter accident should be to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. This serves a number of purposes — first and foremost to prevent any further complications to your injury from a scooter accident which may arise, as regardless of the compensation you may be able to claim it will never be worthy of any lifelong and preventable condition you may develop. If it is determined that your accident on a scooter was made worse as a result of your own failure to seek immediate medical attention, you may be determined to be partially liable for the extent of your injuries. This could result in a reduction of the scooter accident compensation you may be entitled to claim.
When medical attention has been sought, a claim for a scooter accident can be initiated by applying for an assessment from the Injuries Board. This can begin by submitting Injuries Board Form A either by post or online (except in cases involving children, which must be submitted via post), and which is accompanied by Injuries Board Form B, which includes your doctor’s analysis of your injury from a scooter accident. Upon receiving these forms, the Injuries Board will seek the consent of the negligent party as stated on the form, seeking their permission to assess your accident on a scooter. If consent is granted, the assessment will be carried out by the Board, and once this is completed the value of your scooter accident compensation will be provided to both you and the negligent party to accept or reject accordingly.
If accepted, you will soon receive compensation for your injury from a scooter accident and your claim will be resolved. However if you or the negligent party rejects the assessment — or the negligent party never provides their consent to assess your accident on a scooter — you may be provided with an authorisation to pursue your claim in court. However even if this comes to pass you may receive an offer of scooter accident compensation before a court appearance, as neither party wishes to shoulder the substantial costs of litigation. While pursuing compensation is possible, the procedure can be complex and for this reason you are advised to first consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity regarding your claim for a scooter accident.