Can passengers claim injury compensation after a car accident?

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Quick Answer: Yes, passengers who have been injured in a car accident have the right to claim compensation. This holds true regardless of whether the driver of the vehicle you were in, or the driver of another vehicle, was at fault. The key is that you, as a passenger, were not responsible for the accident.

Key Takeaways:

  • To be eligible, passengers must have sustained injuries due to the accident and the claim must be made within three years.
  • Compensation can cover pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings and more.
  • Engaging with a personal injury solicitor can significantly improve the chances of a successful claim.

Every year, countless passengers are injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. Whether you’re commuting with a friend, using a taxi, or on public transport, the sudden impact of a car accident can leave you with both physical injuries and psychological trauma. Understanding your rights and the steps to take following such an incident is crucial. Here we shed light on the eligibility of passengers for claiming injury compensation after a car accident, guiding you through the process and helping you understand what compensation you may be entitled to.

Understanding Passenger Rights

Under UK law, passengers are often considered innocent parties in the event of a car accident. This status significantly simplifies the process of claiming compensation for any injuries sustained. Legal protections are in place to ensure that passengers, who have no control over the vehicle’s operation, can seek redress for their injuries and losses.

Fault vs. No-Fault

It’s important to understand that as a passenger, your claim does not depend on proving your innocence. The liability lies with the party or parties whose negligence or reckless behaviour caused the accident. Whether it’s the driver of the vehicle you were in or a third party, your right to compensation remains protected.

Eligibility Criteria for Passengers

To be eligible for injury compensation as a passenger in a car accident, certain criteria must be met:

  • Injury: You must have sustained an injury as a result of the car accident. This includes both physical injuries and psychological impacts such as anxiety or PTSD.
  • Negligence: The accident must have been caused due to the negligence or fault of another party. This could be the driver of the vehicle you were in, another driver, or even a third party such as a pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Time Limit: Claims must generally be made within three years of the accident date. This time limit ensures that evidence remains fresh and that claims are resolved in a timely manner.

Relationship to the Driver

It’s worth noting that your relationship with the driver does not affect your eligibility to claim compensation. Whether the driver is a friend, family member, or a hired professional (such as a taxi driver), if you’ve been injured due to their actions or another party’s negligence, you have the right to claim.

Type of Accident

Passengers can claim compensation regardless of the type of accident. This includes accidents involving multiple vehicles, single-vehicle crashes, and incidents where the vehicle you were in was at fault. The focus is on your experience as an injured passenger, not the specifics of how the accident occurred.

What Personal Injury Compensation Covers

For passengers injured in car accidents, compensation is generally categorised into several key areas:

  • Medical Expenses: Covers the cost of medical treatment, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and any future medical care related to the injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Loss of Earnings: If your injuries have prevented you from working, you can claim compensation for lost wages. This also includes potential future earnings lost due to the accident.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress you’ve experienced as a result of the accident. This is often calculated based on the severity and impact of your injuries.
  • Travel Expenses: Reimbursement for any travel costs incurred due to medical appointments or treatments related to your injuries.
  • Care Claim: If you require assistance with daily activities during your recovery, compensation can cover the cost of care, whether provided by professionals or family members.

The amount of compensation awarded varies significantly depending on the specifics of each case, including the severity of injuries and the impact on the claimant’s life.

The Claims Process: A Guide for Passengers

Navigating the claims process as an injured passenger involves several key steps. Understanding these can significantly enhance your ability to secure the compensation you deserve.

  1. Seeking Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Immediately after the accident, it’s crucial to seek medical treatment for your injuries, even if they seem minor at first. Medical records will serve as vital evidence for your claim, documenting the extent and impact of your injuries.
  2. Gathering Evidence: While your recovery is underway, start gathering any evidence related to the accident. This includes:
    • Photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damage to the vehicle.
    • Medical records and receipts related to your treatment and rehabilitation.
    • Witness statements and contact information, if available.
    • Police report, if the accident was reported to the police.
  3. Consulting a Personal Injury Solicitor: Engaging with a solicitor who specialises in car accident claims, especially those involving passengers, can be invaluable. They can provide expert advice, assess the strength of your claim, and guide you through the legal process. Here at Direct2Compensation, we offer a no win no fee arrangement, removing the financial risk of pursuing your claim.
  4. Filing the Claim: Your solicitor will help you prepare and submit the necessary documentation to initiate your compensation claim. This includes a detailed account of the accident, evidence of your injuries, and an outline of the financial losses you’ve incurred as a result. The claim will be filed against the insurance company of the party at fault.
  5. Negotiations and Settlements: Most compensation claims are settled out of court. Your solicitor will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, aiming to reach a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries, pain and suffering, and any financial losses. The negotiation process can vary in length, depending on the complexity of the claim and the evidence provided.
  6. Court Proceedings: If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, your claim may proceed to court. While this is less common, your solicitor will prepare your case, represent you, and present the evidence to support your claim. Court proceedings can be more lengthy and complex, but they provide an avenue for justice and compensation when negotiations stall.

By following these steps and working closely with a personal injury solicitor, you can navigate the claims process more effectively, ensuring you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and losses.

No Win No Fee Claims for Passenger Injury Compensation

No win no fee” agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), offer a financial safety net for passengers seeking compensation after being injured in a car accident. This arrangement means that you can pursue a claim without the worry of upfront legal fees. Here are the key aspects of no win no fee claims in the context of passenger injury compensation:

  • Risk-Free Legal Representation: Under a no win no fee agreement, you will not be required to pay your solicitor’s fees if your claim is unsuccessful. This removes the financial risk associated with pursuing compensation.
  • Success Fee: If your claim is successful, your solicitor will receive a success fee as a percentage of the compensation awarded. This percentage is agreed upon in advance and is capped by law to ensure you keep the majority of your compensation.
  • Insurance: To protect against potential costs, such as the defendant’s legal fees in the event of an unsuccessful claim, your solicitor may advise taking out an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy. This insurance covers these costs, so you’re not left out of pocket.
  • Transparency: Solicitors offering no win no fee agreements are required to explain the terms and conditions clearly before you agree to proceed. This ensures you are fully informed about any potential costs or fees involved.
  • Access to Justice: No win no fee agreements make legal representation accessible to those who might not otherwise afford it. This means that as an injured passenger, you can seek the compensation you deserve without financial barriers.
  • Incentive for Solicitors: Since solicitors only get paid if they win, there’s a strong incentive for them to only take on cases they believe have a good chance of success. This can provide you with reassurance about the strength of your claim.

Considerations for Passengers

When considering a no win no fee agreement for your passenger injury compensation claim, it’s important to:

  • Choose the Right Solicitor: Look for a solicitor with experience in handling passenger injury claims under no win no fee agreements. Their expertise will be invaluable in navigating the claims process and maximising your compensation.
  • Understand the Agreement: Ensure you fully understand the terms of the no win no fee agreement, including the success fee and any potential costs you might incur.

No win no fee agreements provide a vital pathway for injured passengers to pursue compensation without the worry of upfront legal costs. By understanding how these agreements work and choosing the right legal representation, you can confidently move forward with your claim, focusing on your recovery while your solicitor handles the legal complexities.

Tips for a Successful Claim

To enhance the chances of a successful compensation claim, consider the following tips:

  • Documentation is Key: Keep detailed records of everything related to the accident and your injuries. This includes medical reports, receipts for any expenses incurred, and a diary detailing your recovery and how the injuries have impacted your life.
  • Honesty and Accuracy: Be truthful and precise in all information you provide related to the claim. Misrepresenting facts can jeopardise your claim.
  • Seek Legal Representation: Engaging a solicitor experienced in handling passenger injury claims can significantly improve your chances of success. They can navigate the legal complexities and ensure your claim is presented effectively.
  • Act Promptly: Be aware of the time limits for making a claim. In the UK, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to start legal proceedings.
  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about the progress of your claim and maintain open communication with your solicitor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let Us Help You Start Your Claim

As a passenger injured in a car accident, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries and losses. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Seeking professional legal advice can provide you with the support and guidance needed to navigate the claims process effectively.

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a car accident, don’t hesitate to seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your options for making a successful claim. With expert legal support, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the complexities of your compensation claim.

You’re in safe hands with Direct2Compensation. Our claims process is transparent and effective, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with our no-win, no-fee approach.

To find out more, or to start your claim today, call us on 01225 430285. If you prefer, . After just a few minutes on the phone, we’ll have enough information to allow our solicitors to get your claim started.

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I and baby were passengers to an terrible accident which had our car roll not less than 4times. Driver of our car only holds a provisional license and in his attempt to swerve from a fast-driven overtaking car, he lost control, hit into a side steep ditch and the rest found us all injured. Bless God, baby was miraculously unharmed. And contrary I’ve had multiple fractures: broken ribs, fractured back bones (3 of my T-Bones ), crack sternum, and some cuts on my legs and around brows on top of body muscle pains. Driver’s had whiplash and a swollen knee..

My question is, – considering the driver holds a provisional license with no accompanying full licenced driver in the car at the time of incident, what are chances of having a good case to claim compensation.? Thank you.

Ian Morris

Regardless of the driving status of the driver, we can still assist and help you to recover compensation for your multiple injuries.


I was in a uber taxi going down a slight hill and a car reversed out from a parking bay outside a shop and went straight into us knocked us, i was a passenger only in the back with seatbelt, i went forward and side to side.
The lady got out of her car and said she couldn’t believe she just done that and was so sorry, the uber driver and driver exchanged notes.
The uber driver said his car was not allowed to drive but he did drop me off, it was only another 3 mins drive then he went home and not allowed to drive anymore.
2 days later i started having pain in neck and my lower back is in serious pain. I went doctors twice and spoke to them twice and he diagnosed severe whiplash and possible lower lumbar distruption.
I have had 9 xrays which have shown tissue damage in neck and lower back problems and have to go for phsio and DEXA scan and being refereed to MIR and CAT clinics.
I have a few questions, if i cant earn money now as i have been signed off for 3 weeks how do i survive without working as i enjoy my job and don’t want to be off work and lose money?
Question 2, how long does something like this to be settled?

Ian Morris

If you make a claim, the process would last a minimum of 6 months, more likely 12 months or so, but you would recover compensation for your injuries and also recover any loss of income.

We can help you start your claim for compensation and just need the accident location and vehicle details (if you don’t have those, an Uber reference or the driver ID would suffice). Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285.


On 13/09/19 me and my mum were sat in my dad’s parked CRV at our local supermarket.
Dad was in store, mum was in the front passenger seat, I was in the rear seats and there were three dogs in the boot. Completely to our surprise, a green mini rear ended us, jolting our car, and whilst mum had no after effects, I suffered minor whiplash injuries. The driver of the mini reversed, parked his car, glanced over, assessed the front nearside of his own car, then dashed into the supermarket, giving us no time to approach him.
Details were exchanged and the mini driver’s insurers accepted liability, forking out four figures to have the damage mended.
My claim for whiplash injuries however is still dragging on.
I am told his insurers are contesting the claim, suggesting the impact was at too low a speed to cause injury.
I have done everything asked of me, seen my doctor, visited their doctor, consulted a solicitor etc…
The latest I heard is the matter is being referred to Derby Magistrates Court.
Each time I contact my own solicitor, he seems to simply ‘kick the can down the road’.
Is what’s happening normal and what do you think the outcome may be?

Ian Morris

Although your frustrations are understandable (and shared by many!), the situation you describe is normal. Although the insurers admit to liability for the accident, they are arguing that the collision velocity would be insufficient to cause injury. There is conflicting evidence on this and if your Solicitor remains keen to take this matter to court, you should just allow them to get on with it and not worry too much.


A taxi ran a red light and hit my car as I was turning right at the junction. The driver and his passenger said I hit them and the light was green. They both went on to claim for personal injury.
My insurance said because the taxi driver is a professional and his passenger was an independent witness they would accept liability and not go to court.
Later they were both being investigated for fraudulent personal injury claims.
Did my insurance company act correctly in this case? I have pain in my knees after the accident and was not at fault.

Ian Morris

It would appear that you (& your insurers) were the victims of fraudulent activity – both in terms of the claim against you for vehicle damage and property loss and in terms of personal injury.

Fraudulent activity within road traffic accident claims has been a contentious issue for some time and needs to be confronted whenever it is identified. You should make a formal complaint to your insurers regarding their handling of this matter and make a formal allegation of fraud on the part of the 3rd party and passenger.


I was a passenger in a car accident and had alot of injuries and had my medical report sent to the third party insurers and now they are saying that they are disputing my injuries and the driver has admitted liability. What will happen next.

Ian Morris

Do you have a specialist Solicitor acting for you in your claim? If not, please contact us on 01225430285 so that we can get a specialist acting for you to ensure that your rights are upheld and your injuries appropriately compensated.

If you do have a Solicitor, they should be able to demonstrate – by way of your medical records and the experts report, that your injuries were caused in the car accident and that you are appropriately compensated.


The only thing I dont understand is that I was a passenger and it’s not my fault I had alot of injuries to this crash. Why would the insurance company go against my medical report and please could you tell me what complex mean please. Thanks.

Ian Morris

Without having seen the medical report and your medical records, it is hard to say why the insurers are contesting the contents of the report. It could be that they either do not accept that the force of the collision is consistent with the injuries you have sustained or that your medical records indicate that the conditions were pre-existing prior to the accident? Was the collision at high speed? Were the vehicles badly damaged?

As for the term ‘complex’, if that is within the medical report it could indicate that the injury you have is not straightforward.


Hello I was wondering can you claim if there was no collision? My taxi breaked very aggressively after accelerating at an amber light (as to avoid a red light)and almost hit a cyclist who was already in the junction. The cyclist had a green light and if the driver was going at the legal speed of 20MPH, he should have had enough time to react and break gently. The driver was driving atleast 30MPH, if not more, in a 20MPH Borough. I sustained head injury and my cervical spine was swollen. I have tinnitus, vomiting and very bad ongoing headache and body pain. I have pre-existing condition of Complex PTSD and this has been made worse as the only was I ever got anywhere was by taxi, I’ve not left the house once since the accident. I also have degenerative disk disease but this was a different vertebrae level than what was observed to be swollen following the accident. Police have told me there is nothing that can be done as there was no collision and because I did not take the details of the cyclists and as such there is no witness.

Ian Morris

It is possible to claim for injuries in such a scenario and this is a matter our Solicitors can consider and advise you on.


A few years back, I had an accident when I was a passenger in a car. The driver of car made a claim. I had a neck injury and was in hospital. Since that day I have not heard anything from my friend or his Solicitor. I have tried calling him but he just hangs up on me.

What can I do? I know he got compensation but I haven’t. Is that right?

Ian Morris

Whether or not you can do anything will depend on how long it has been since the accident. UK personal injury law requires that any claimant pursue their claim within 3 years of the date of the accident. Therefore, if more than 3 years has passed, you won’t be able to make a claim or take any action.

If less than 3 years has passed, do you have the vehicle registration details? Did the police attend the scene? If so, we may be able to help you make a claim.


I was a passenger in in a car accident in March. Everything has gone in to lock down since then, so only now am I being offered physiotherapy. The insurance company sent me a pre-proposed claim on what they estimate and asked me to sign it. However, it is full of inaccuracies and false information that I have not said! My medical history cannot have been updated by the GP, yet they have said things like I’ve got no joint problems when I have and never said otherwise!!

I’ve refused to sign it and I’ve not heard a thing since then from the insurance company. I’ve rang and emailed numerous times. What do I do? What are my rights?

Ian Morris

You have done the right thing in refusing to sign a document that is full of inaccuracies. It is vital that only the correct information is submitted when pursuing a claim as any inaccuracies can either lead to a claim being closed due to the discrepancies or a claimant receiving a vastly under valued settlement.

If you are dealing directly with the insurers, we would strongly recommend that you instruct a specialist Solicitor to take over the handling of your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. You would expect us to suggest this course of action, but the reality is that by having a specialist Solicitor acting on your behalf will ensure that your rights are properly upheld and that your claim is handled correctly and in your best interests. With a No Win No Fee Solicitor, you won’t be at risk of paying costs should your claim fail and although you would have to contribute up to 25% of any awarded settlement towards the costs of the claim if you won, the likelihood is that a specialist Solicitor will ensure a higher settlement than you would otherwise achieve if you represented yourself.


I was involved in an accident, third party went into the side of my friends car. I was passenger, I suffered from whiplash, the third party insurance company have admitted liability to damage. But still no response to my personal injury claim, accident was august 2018.

My solicitors issues court proceeding, and due to go to court next month.

Is this common practice for personal injury claims?

Ian Morris

It is not common for a claim of the nature you describe to go to court – unless it is to reach a judgement on appropriate claim valuation. In your case, as your Solicitor is willing to issue the matter indicates that you appear to have a very robust case and hopefully, your Solicitors actions will be sufficient to get this matter moving in your favour.


Many thanks for your prompt response. The third parties insurers / solicitors haven’t even responded to any of my solicitors letters. Have you heard of this before?

I guess that’s why insurance premiums are so high.


Ian Morris

On some occasions, a defendant insurer will not cooperate, but this is unusual. The court action your Solicitor has started has been done to compel the defendant to cooperate.


Hi, I was in a car accident I was a passenger and wasn’t our fault. I’ve seen a independent doctor who states that I have Neck, Shoulder, Lower back, Anxiety Sleep problems. Does this go as multiple injuries or will they put neck back shoulder as 1 claim whiplash?
Doctor also says I should recover in 6 months and I’m (moderate) serverity.
Many thanks

Ian Morris

The way to view this is that you are making 1 claim for personal injury compensation, whether you have 3 separate injuries or 1 injury, the way a claim is valued is essentially the same. The injuries you have will be noted separately with their severity perhaps being listed in varying degrees. Your claim will be valued on the extent of those injuries, the impact that those injuries have on you – both in terms of pain and discomfort, but also their impact on your day-to-day activities and for how long you will suffer the symptoms. The medical expert that has assessed you will provide a report with their findings and prognosis for expected recovery. Based on that report, your Solicitor will be able to pursue the appropriate settlement value for you.


I diagnosed wit fibromyalgia few years ago was a passenger in my son car was hit by another car they admitted full responsibility my son was paid for car and his injuries…but my pain has got worse and I also suffer from P T S D and I have not got sorted yet …and I feel my solicitors are not behind me or understand…what can I do

Ian Morris

It is important that you inform your Solicitors that you feel that they have not properly understood your situation and that you are not confident that they are handling the claim properly. This will afford the Solicitor the opportunity to review the matter and hopefully give you peace of mind that they are acting correctly.

If you remain unhappy with your Solicitor, you should make a formal complaint to them and allow them one final opportunity to remedy the situation. If they are unable to do so, you could then look in to the possibility of switching your claim to a new Solicitor. However, this really should be a last resort, for a number of reasons including a possible further delay in any claim and also, the reality being that many Solicitors are reluctant to take on existing claims from another firm due to cost issues.


I’ve been in a RTA as a passenger we were in waiting traffic when hit at speed from behind the woman driver has been charged with not taking care and attention I have seen a neurosurgeon in Preston where an M I R shown I have a bruised spinal cord in the c4 c5 I am very much in pain all my left side what I need to know is I’m retired I can’t do my housework.

Ian Morris

We have specialist expert Solicitors who can pursue your claim on a No Win No Fee basis and seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained and also recover any out of pocket expenses, which could also include the cost or a paid for cleaner or other assistance you may need.

To make a claim after a road traffic accident, all you’ll need to have are the details of the vehicles involved – which the driver of the car you were in should be able to provide you.


I was a passenger in a taxi which crashed into another vehicle which didn’t stop at the scene of the accident. Can I still claim compensation?

Ian Morris

If the accident in which you were involved was reported to the Police, you have sought medical attention and have the details of the taxi (vehicle registration and driver details etc), you can pursue a claim via the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) ‘untraced’ driver scheme. We can assist with this on a No Win No Fee basis in which our specialist Solicitors would represent you with expertise to ensure that your claim was handled properly and that your rights and best interests were upheld. You can also make a claim directly to the MIB without legal representation if you prefer.


I was a passenger in my mates work van when we were involved in a hit & run and suffered whiplash, we got the numberplate of other driver but my mate said I cannot claim as I was not meant to be in the work van.

Ian Morris

Of course you can claim – whether or not you were supposed to be in that van is not your problem and as the vehicle in which you were travelling does not appear to have been at fault, there would be no issue.


Involved in a rta 23.2.17. I was a passenger in a rental vehicle. The other car hit us and he was uninsured. I went through the mib as was advised. They are now stating after 2 years that the driver of the car I was a passenger in is partly to blame so I should go through his Insurance. Can you advise? The driver of the car that hit us was speeding and hit the car I was in, we were at roundabout at the time. Any advice would be appreciated.

Ian Morris

In their consideration of the circumstances of the accident and your injuries, the MIB have clearly decided that the liability for the collision does not rest with the uninsured party alone. To find out why they have reached this conclusion, you’ll need to ask them for written details of the same.

As such, the MIB are correct in stating that you will need to pursue any claim against the insurance of the driver of the vehicle in which you were travelling.


I was a passenger of a vehicle that was involved in a crash, we was hit on the back door on the driver side by the police, I have been waiting 10 months for this claim to be sorted, all I get from my solicitor is that there has been no reply, I had to urge them to push it forward so they said they sent them court proceedings in which the third party again failed to respond, now I am being told that my solicitor had written to the court requesting a judgement in my favour, but I feel that my solicitors already know the outcome from the start and have just been wasting my time delaying this process so they can make more money, my representative is a trainee solicitor which has got me really confused… please help what can I say or do here to resolve this claim ASAP THANKYOU!!!

Ian Morris

Why do you feel that your Solicitors are not acting in your best interests? Remember, if you are instructing a Solicitor to act for you on a No Win No Fee agreement basis, they will not receive any funds until they succeed with your claim and their fees will not be increased simply because of the time that a claim takes to settle.

If you do feel that your Solicitor has acted poorly, the very first thing you must do is formally complain to them in order that they can investigate your complaint and respond to you. If they are unable to satisfy your complaint, you should then escalate the matter to the Legal Ombudsman Service.


Thanks for the quick reply, it was the fact that the last 10 months all they would say to me is the third party has not replied, and when I said is there not a protocol for situations like this, I would just simply get ignored, and up until I complained over 7 times to my solicitor then they said they were going to go ahead with court proceedings…

Now the third party failed to even acknowledge the court proceedings, I am now being told they will have to contact the court for my compensation…

How long do you think this will take now?
And what is this procedure?

As my solicitor always ignores my questions and when I ring they always seem to be busy


I am a passenger in a Ford F-250 accident. MRI shows a protusion in my neck.
The steering linkage broke while driving, the Collision Center told my attorney the linkage broke when we hit the 1st car. THAT IS WRONG! I saw it all happen, the truck drove into on-coming traffic due to the linkage breaking. How do I prove this? 2010 F-250 rebuilt new engine.

Ian Morris

The question you ask is the key question that any person wishing to pursue a claim for compensation needs to ask themselves – ‘How do I prove my case?’. For any claim to succeed, there must be supporting evidence available to corroborate a claim and prove that a defendant is liable. In your case, you would need an engineers report that demonstrated that the steering linkage was broken BEFORE the collision with the oncoming traffic. However, obtaining such a report is likely to be extremely difficult – if at all possible – and extremely expensive.


I was a passenger in a cab. I have been in hospital with fractured neck spine plus cervical c5c6 disc has exploded and I have been traumatised. Had surgery. Three months on, I’m waiting to hear about my claim progress from my solicitor. The cab man excepted liability. Sent all my documents of the accident & updating my recovery. My question, is What happens now.? What is my injury likely to be worth?

Ian Morris

It is not possible to provide an honest estimate of the value of your claim at this stage as the long term prognosis will not be known and we do not have the contents of a medical experts report to review and consider – which is how the value of the injury element of a claim is equated and worked out. However, your claim is clearly of a high value given the lengthy hospitalisation and surgery you have undergone. This article might give you an idea of what amount you could expect for spinal injuries.


Hi i was a passenger in my friends car (they were the driver) who crashed into another car. The driver (my friend) had failed the breathalyser test which meant he was over the limit due to alcohol. I wasn’t aware he was drink driving. This accident happened a year ago. After the accident I suffered neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain but I did not attend hospital at that time. Although I was sore, my initial thoughts wee that the injuries were minor and that the pain would soon reduce.

A few months after the accident, the stiff neck pain was still ongoing so I decided to seek some massage therapy to relax the muscles from my shoulder, neck and lower back which cost me quite a lot.

On the day of the accident the police attended the scene took my name, and arrested my friend who was the driver due to drink driving. The driver has accepted liability for the other party (the other car crashed into)I have rang the police they have given me crime reference number but they said my name isn’t on the accident scene and they did reassured me the officer who took my name down on his book can still be chased and that can prove I was there. The point is my name isn’t on their database so what if they can’t find the officer who attended the scene because the police have said this incident was booked in by another officer. I do not know the name of the police officer that day of the accident. Also I did not go to hospital straight away at that time but after 9 months I had been to doctor they are aware of the accident and referred me to physiotherapy. My head was all over the place as I felt depressed from the accident and lost my job. Could you advice me if I have a claim?

Ian Morris

Clearly, pursuing this claim could be difficult as there may be problems proving two issues – firstly, your presence in the accident (due to the police log not being definitive in this area) and causation in that you didn’t seek medical attention for some 9 months for your injuries. This will allow any proposed defendant to argue that your injuries may have been sustained in another accident as you cannot prove otherwise.

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