While they do offer a greater sense of freedom, and modern motorbike and safety equipment is a lot more advanced than it used to be, the lack of seatbelts, airbags, and a metal cage to cocoon the driver means that being involved in a motorbike accident may lead to more serious injuries. With any luck, following an accident, repairs required to a bike will be minimum, and so too will the time needed away from work to recover and recuperate fully.
However, some accidents can leave lasting damage, while an accident that causes brain, spinal, or neck injuries not only means that the victim is unlikely to be able to return to work at least in the near future, they may also require ongoing care and treatment. It may even be necessary to pay for modifications to the home in order to be able to lead as full a life as possible.
If a loved one has been involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault, and they will be unable to work for some time and unable to submit a compensation claim themselves, then you may be entitled to claim on their behalf. This can provide them with the money to cover repairs and immediate costs, while also providing you with compensation to cover the care that you provide and to meet any future costs. As well as repairs and compensation, you may be able to recover a lifetime of lost earnings, especially if the victim of an accident has a family that they would financially care for.
The amount of compensation that a person is entitled to, following an accident, is determined by a number of factors, including the severity of any injuries that they have suffered. Accidents that require only a relatively short amount of time to recover will not usually attract large payments, because the victim will be able to go back to work and earn. More serious injuries, ranging from broken to amputated limbs can attract higher compensation figures, while the most serious and fatal accidents are those that tend to have the largest financial settlement.
A solicitor will need to carefully calculate loss of earnings. In some cases, this may mean calculating how much a person would have earned over a lifetime, but in instances where the victim is able to return to work but in a reduced capacity, it may mean trying to calculate the difference between actual earnings and the amount they would have earned if the accident had not occurred at all.
Ongoing care may be required following a serious accident. This can include the cost of having somebody to clothe and feed the patient, as well as somebody to perform other jobs around the house and provide personal care. Modifications to the home may also be necessary, including ramps and rails, hoists and lifts. These should all be covered as part of the compensation package, and your solicitor should work with you to determine a realistic and achievable compensation claim figure.
If a loved one has been involved in an accident that means that they won’t be able to provide, or means that they require full time and ongoing care, then Carry On Biking, a team of specialist motorbike accident claims solicitors, can help ensure that you receive the money you are entitled to.