Answer 2 – gathering evidence of any vehicles involved
If you have sustained a personal injury in a cycling accident involving a vehicle it’s very important to gather it’s registration number. In fast moving situations, especially if you’ve just been hit by a vehicle then accurately recording this information can be very difficult.
Answer 1 – gathering witness details
If you have sustained a personal injury in a cycling accident and there are witnesses, it is extremely important that you collect their contact details. A witness could be another cyclist, motorist, a passenger in a car or a passing pedestrian.
I am often contacted by a potential client who has been injured in an accident which wasn’t their fault. The client explains to me that the other insurers have been in contact and offered a hire car, physiotherapy treatment as well as £1,000 compensation for injuries.
One of Goodge Law’s recent successes was a £40,000 compensation award for a client who had suffered injuries due to medical negligence.
My client was admitted to West Middlesex Hospital for elective total right knee replacement surgery. In the process of this surgery, my client’s larynx was punctured by a trainee anaesthetist during intubation.
I acted for a client on a no win, no fee basis after they were injured working as a security guard for a large company. The accident occurred when my client was signing in a visitor near to some security barriers.
Mike Greenstein, from Goodge Law, is regularly asked to give expert analysis on LBC Radio. He was recently interviewed by Clive Bull from LBC where they discussed the impact of the Government’s new changes to the ‘No Win-No Fee’ regulations and how this will impact personal injury claimants.
Why do claims take such a long time? This is a question that clients, contacts and friends ask me all the time. It’s not an easy question to answer. In short, there are two reasons: complexity and dispute.
Let’s take the first one: complexity.
If you’re involved in a car accident, make sure you collect the contact details of any witnesses. A witness could be your passenger, the passenger of the person you had the accident with or another motorist or passing pedestrian. This information can become crucial if you need to make a personal injury claim.
Mike Greenstein, partner in Goodge Law and a specialist in personal injury gives some insights into his job
At the beginning of my career I spent some time doing personal injury work and really enjoyed it. It’s very hands on and people-orientated.
[blockquote type="blockquote_line" align="left"]Interview with Mike Greenstein, solicitor from Goodge Law[/blockquote]
The Government is concerned about the perceived increase in the compensation culture and doesn’t want us to become like the States. However, statistics show that we don’t have a compensation culture – just the perception that we do.