Motorbike accident claims can help bikers get their life back on track
Motorcyclists are very exposed to the dangers of the road. Unfortunately, because of their vulnerability while riding a motorcycle, bikers often suffer terrible injuries; sometimes their injuries can be life-changing and result in substantial financial loss.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle due to the carelessness of another party, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
We see our role as more than just obtaining a sum of money for you, as we can also assist with all aspects following a motorcycle accident, such as organising rehabilitation and care, assisting with arrangements for the replacement or repair of your motorcycle and equipment, or obtaining interim payments as your claim progresses which will cover any loss of earnings if you are unable to work.
The most common types of accidents involving motorcyclists we see are:
- road traffic accident involving other motorists
- filtering accidents
- accidents at junctions and roundabout
- hit and run accidents
- accidents caused by defective motorcycle equipment
- accidents caused by defective road surfaces such as potholes.
We have experience dealing with all types of motorcycle accidents and consequential injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident (from soft tissue injuries to traumatic brain injuries).
Are you eligible to make a claim for compensation?
To be successful in making a claim for compensation for a motorcycle accident, we must show that the other party is at fault for the accident and the accident has caused your injuries.
One of the most common questions we are often asked is ‘Will I be successful with a claim?’
At Royds Withy King, we will be happy to make a provisional assessment of the merits of your motorcycle accident claim on a free of charge basis to help you to decide whether to proceed with your claim.
How do you make a claim for compensation?
If you are thinking about making a claim, then you should contact a specialist solicitor. You have three years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of your injury to bring a claim. Insurance companies may tell you otherwise, but you are free to choose your own solicitor.
It is also important that you are confident your chosen solicitor not only has experience in the field of personal injury but also understands the special circumstances that apply to motorcycle accident claims. We have specialists who deal specifically with motorcycle accidents and often take on cases non-specialists firms can’t (or won’t) deal with. This means you can be confident your claim is in good hands.
How can you pay for a motorcycle compensation claim?
At Royds Withy King, we offer a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. This means if you lose your case; you do not have to pay our costs. More information on funding a compensation claim can be found here.
What is the claims process and how long might a claim for compensation take?
The claims process and duration differs in each individual motorcycle claim.
Some solicitors feel they can give a date by which they believe they can settle your claim by but at Royds Withy King we believe it is important that all issues relevant to your individual claim are fully investigated to ensure you are you fully compensated and not out of pocket in the future.
We will of course progress your matter in a timely manner and ensure every issue is covered in full.
Some of the steps taken to progress a motorcycle accident claim include: liability investigations, instructing a medical expert to prepare a medical report on your injuries, or gathering evidence of your past and future losses and arranging recommended rehabilitation. Your solicitor will guide you though each step.
What kind of compensation might you receive if successful in your motorbike accident claim?
Personal injury compensation usually made up of two parts: general damages and special damages.
General damages are awarded for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity i.e. your injuries. Special damages reflect any financial loss you have incurred as a result of the accident. This is likely to include rehabilitation, medication, loss of earnings, cost of replacing or repairing motorcycle equipment etc. You can also recovery any future financial losses you may incur after your personal injury claim has settled. This might be for future treatment costs for example.
What are some frequently asked questions when making a claim?
Can you change solicitor if you already have representation?
Yes. If you are unhappy with your current solicitor and the representation you are receiving, we happy to discuss with you taking over the conduct of a motorcycle accident claim from other firms of solicitors.
“What the team is known for:
Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.
“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.
Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”
Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.
Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset
“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.
Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”
Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”
Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”
Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West
“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 South East