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Bicycle accidents can be incredibly traumatic experiences, both physically and emotionally. After a road traffic accident or cycling injury, it is crucial to understand your legal rights to receive appropriate compensation and recover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.
Once you’ve received a settlement offer, it will be your decision whether you accept the compensation or potentially take the claim to court. It may be overwhelming trying to decide which route is best for your claim, but understanding the differences between the court system and a settlement will help you make an informed decision that works in your favour. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of settling vs. going to court.
Understanding the Difference Between Court and Settlement
Settling a bicycle accident claim can avoid the time and expense of going through court proceedings. When settling for bicycle accident compensation, both parties agree on a specific amount for damages and sign off on it without having to go through the hassle of litigation. If you agree to a settlement offer, you’ll likely receive compensation quicker than if you chose to litigate the case in court. Additionally, settlements tend to involve less paperwork and require fewer resources from both sides than going to court would entail.
However, there are also some potential drawbacks that should be considered before entering into settlement negotiations. Before agreeing to a settlement offer, ensure you have supplied all relevant medical evidence and accident witness reports, as this will ensure an appropriate compensation amount for your cycling injury.
Going to court comes with its own set of pros and cons that must be weighed carefully before making any decision. If it’s a complicated claim, going through the court process may be necessary to ensure all evidence is presented and an informed decision regarding liability and damages owed is made.
A disadvantage of the court process is that it can take much longer than settling out of court, depending on its complexity. It can also cost significantly more in legal fees.
Evaluating the Severity of a Cycling Injury
In evaluating the severity of an injury sustained in a bicycle accident, medical experts must first assess the extent of physical damage. At Cycle SOS, we carry out our own investigation and provide access to medical assistance and physiotherapy in addition to recovering your losses. Once we’ve determined the full scope of your cycling injuries, our medical professionals can estimate how long your recovery may take.
The next step when making a cycling injury claim is calculating the amount of personal injury compensation you may be entitled to, depending on the severity of your injury and its impact on your day-to-day life. The compensation amount will include any direct costs associated with the cycling injury, such as medical costs, loss of earnings, and equipment damage.
For an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to after being involved in a bicycle accident, use our cycling injury claims calculator. All you need to do is select the type of cycling injury you have and its severity to reveal a settlement estimate. Please be aware that the compensation amount may vary due to medical examination, court tariffs, and other factors.
Claiming for a bicycle accident
When claiming for a bicycle accident, you must gather all of the evidence, including medical records, photos and videos of the accident scene, witness statements, and police reports. At Cycle SOS, we offer support throughout the process, gathering the necessary information to calculate an appropriate amount for your claim that accurately reflects the extent of your injuries and losses.
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, contact Cycle SOS today for a free, no-obligation consultation on 0808 100 9995. Our specialist cycling solicitors work on a no-win-no-fee arrangement and ensure all fees are clearly outlined, even if your claim takes longer than expected or goes to court. You can email us or schedule a callback.