All drivers and passengers are required to wear a seatbelt by law in the UK. The primary purpose of a seatbelt is to help protect people during an accident, but sometimes they do not function correctly and this can lead to significant chest muscle injuries.
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If you have suffered a chest muscle injury due to a seatbelt we may be able to help you claim compensation.
Our team of experts are waiting to hear from you. Call us today on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch via our website to discuss your potential seatbelt injury claim.
Types of chest muscle injuries
A 2017 study by the Department for Transport found that 96.5% of drivers were observed using a seatbelt compared to 95.3% in 2014. These findings exhibit the willingness of British drivers to embrace road safety and reduce the number of fatalities on the roads. Sadly though, many people still suffer from injuries despite wearing a seatbelt during a road traffic accident. Many of these incidents occur to seatbelts malfunctioning or failing due to:
There are a variety of symptoms that can occur as a result of a chest muscle injury, but some of the most common symptoms include:
Painful or laboured breathing
Tenderness, swelling and/or bruising
Heart, lung or vascular pain
Discolouration of the skin
The amount of compensation you receive will depend upon the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing. It may be possible for your solicitor to account for any loss of earnings as part of your claim. This is particularly relevant if you are unable to work or have a reduced capacity following the incident that led to your injury.
Work-related seatbelt injuries
Seatbelt injuries that are sustained by employees during working hours in a work vehicle may provide grounds for a claim. Every case is unique, but it could involve claiming against:
The driver of the vehicle
The seatbelt manufacturer
Your solicitor can help you to determine who is at fault for your accident.
What evidence is required to make a claim?
Your first priority should be to seek medical attention following an accident. Your doctor, or another medical professional, will be able to draft a report citing the severity of your injury and offer the treatment or care that you require to make a recovery. This list is a rough outline of the type of evidence you might need to support a successful claim:
A medical report issued by a medical professional
Photographs of injuries
Record of your expenses – make sure you keep hold of any receipts
Third-party information (the parties involved in the accident)
A detailed written account of the incident
Your solicitor will be able to answer any further questions or offer advice on how to go about obtaining this evidence. As part of your claim, it may be possible to recover additional expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injury. This includes medical bills, loss of earnings, travel expenses and the cost of any care/therapy you may have required to aid your recovery.
Make your seatbelt injury claim with us today
We recommend contacting a solicitor who specialises in personal injury if you believe that you have a claim.
At First Personal Injury our expert team of solicitors will walk you through the entire legal process step-by-step. We understand that it can be difficult to make a claim whilst dealing with the physical and emotional trauma associated with a car accident. However, we are confident that we can help and usually operate on a no win, no fee basis to alleviate our clients of taking any financial risk.
If you would like to discuss a potential claim please call us on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online via our website.
*Please note – With regards to No Win No Fee - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your accident claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances will be explained to you by your Solicitor.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau says it's our "civil and legal right" to make an accident claim. But 69% of us don't make an accident claim. Don't miss out on what's rightfully yours.
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