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Whiplash injury: can I claim compensation for my daughter's whiplash injury and my chest injury when we were passengers in a taxi hit by a drunk driver?
Whiplash injury: my two children and I were passengers in a taxi when it pulled up outside my home. My son was sitting in the front seat and my daughter and I were in the back seat. My son got out of the taxi whilst my daughter paid the taxi driver and was waiting for change - as we were stationary my daughter and I removed our seatbelt. Suddenly there was an almighty crash and the taxi was thrown forward some distance.
My son saw what happened - we were hit by a van that had mounted the pavement - which was being driven by a drunk driver.
My daughter and I were taken to hospital - my daughter was diagnosed with a whiplash injury and I was diagnosed with internal bruising to my chest.
A: From the facts you have described I believe you have a strong claim for compensation for internal bruising and your daughter has a strong claim for her whiplash injury.
To make a claim you need to consider the following:
1. Is the van driver who collided with the taxi legally responsible in the UK for your daughter's whiplash injury and your chest injuries
"Yes," it seems quite straightforward that the van driver was at fault for your accident.
Click car accident claim to read my page describing how to show a driver is at fault for your UK road traffic accident.
2. Who makes a UK whiplash injury claim on behalf of your daughter?
It depends on the age of your daughter. If your daughter is over the age of 18 years, she is entitled to make a claim on her own behalf.
If your daughter is under the age of 18 years of age she is considered a minor and you must make the UK whiplash injury claim on her behalf.
Click child accident to see how to make a whiplash injury compensation claim in the United Kingdom on behalf of a child under the age of 18 years of age
3. Funding the legal costs of making a UK road accident compensation claim
Your daughter's claim for whiplash injury and your claim for chest injuries are considered two separate claims.
There are a number of ways to meet your legal costs in making a whiplash compensation claim, but always remember if your injuries claim is worth over £1000 - you are entitled to claim your legal costs in addition to your compensation.
Click no win no fee to learn the different types of funding available to make a road accident compensation claim in the United Kingdom.
4. How do you know how much a UK whiplash injury or UK chest injury is worth?
So far as UK whiplash injury compensation is concerned click on the links at the bottom of this page to find answers I have previously provided to related questions - describing how much compensation you can expect to receive for various different types of UK whiplash injury.
The chest injury is a little more difficult to assess and you will need further help from a specialist solicitor.
5. Have the amount of UK compensation you can claim assessed free of charge
I offer a free of charge legal assistance in a number of ways, including having your claim assessed or speaking to me direct.