Road traffic accidents

Road traffic accidents are sadly a common occurrence and the injuries suffered can range from minor whiplash, through to more severe injuries and even death. You are entitled to claim compensation if you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last 3 years as a driver, cyclist, passenger or pedestrian, which was not your fault.

After a road accident your GP may recommend that you undertake a course of physiotherapy to aid your recovery. Here at GC Solicitors, we can in most cases, request the provision of private physiotherapy through the Defendant’s insurers at no cost to you.

We can also assist you in obtaining compensation even if the driver that caused the accident is uninsured or untraced.

Motor Bike Accidents

Being on two wheels makes it harder to descend and this often leads to serious injury. If you are involved in a motorbike accident you will need prompt and efficient help and attention. You will possibly need to replace your motorcycle if it has been badly damaged. Often medical treatment and even assistance with your insurance claim can be a nightmare to understand. We are here to help.

Everyone knows that when one is hit by a car, damage can be serious and when you are involved in an accident most people can tell when somebody is at fault. However, motorcycles are also vulnerable to the roads themselves. Defective roads, potholes, ineffective repairs of road, objects left on the highway, diesel spillages, shedding tyres, objects literally that have fallen off the back of a lorry, all can cause serious damage to the two wheeled motorist. One that most motorcyclists are aware of is the age old problem of over banding and how your tyres can slip and slither on that nightmare piece of tar. Remember, if it’s in the road and the defect is up or lower than an inch you should have a good claim. Photos are very important before someone comes along and mends it and says it didn’t exist!

Bicycle Accidents

Many types of collisions occur on the road involving cyclists, with often devastating consequences. Sometimes through no fault of your own cyclists can be hard to see and being knocked off your bicycle can lead to a serious injury. Also maintenance of the highway with local authorities under pressure to cut their budgets is a problem and there are now more potholes, unsatisfactory repairs and differing surfaces that all can impede you as a cyclist rather more than if you were travelling in a car.

Whiplash

Whiplash is the most common form of injury in motoring and road traffic accidents. The whiplash injury is what one would describe as a modern injury and can be a minor irritant or very serious with debilitating consequences.

The symptoms that can be associated with this kind of injury are neck pain, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, pain, pins and needles, numbness to the shoulder, legs and knees and also lower back pain.

Are you Shell Shocked?

People involved in traumatic incidents will experience a certain amount of shock but you may not be affected permanently. However, it is possible that you may suffer a severe emotional reaction to such an event and this used to be called shell-shock. These days the condition is better known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, avoidance techniques and avoidance of the source of the trauma. There can also be feelings of grief, anger, depression and extreme anxiety. These symptoms can be invasive and cause problems with all walks of a person’s life including work, family and friendships. Symptoms can appear at any time and appear weeks or months after the event.

If you have been involved in an accident, then you may have a claim for compensation which will assist you in getting the help you need.

To find out how we can help you, please contact our Personal Injury Department on 01462 483800 or alternatively, you can email us on admin@gcsols.co.uk and we will be able to discuss your potential claim.