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Just over three years ago I was at sta­tion­ary, in my van, at a set of pedes­trian cross­ing lights when my world was sud­denly in­vaded by a large ex­plo­sion of noise. I was thrown vi­o­lently for­ward and the seat­belt did its job as I had been hit from be­hind by a car. At first I did not re­alise I had been in­jured un­til a few hours af­ter the ac­ci­dent; did I know what to do, who to con­tact? No! I then re­ceived a bar­rage of phone calls from the in­sur­ance in­dus­try, it was a mine­field. For­tu­nately, it all had a very pos­i­tive out­come. In this ar­ti­cle gen­er­ated with Trial Magazine we have used Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors to give you a bet­ter in­sight into the in­dus­try with re­gard to re­cov­ery, which should al­ways be your first pri­or­ity, through to le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion to pur­sue a com­pen­sa­tion claim.

If you’ve been in­volved in a car or mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent it can be ex­tremely trau­matic but, while fo­cus­ing on your re­cov­ery is your first pri­or­ity, en­sur­ing the best le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion to pur­sue a com­pen­sa­tion claim is also im­por­tant. If you’re look­ing for le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the wake of your mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent or need ad­vice about whether you have le­git­i­mate grounds to make a claim, the Se­ri­ous In­jury team at Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors are on your side.

Who are Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors?

Ini­tially formed in 1991, Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors have grown to be one of the lead­ing law firms in the UK. Over the years the firm has de­vel­oped an out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing their clients with the high­est level of client care, and they al­ways en­sure that ev­ery le­gal need is met. As one of the big­gest teams of solic­i­tors in the North West, Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors prac­tice in var­i­ous ar­eas of law; how­ever, their Cat­a­strophic In­jury team has de­vel­oped a par­tic­u­lar spe­cial­ism in rep­re­sent­ing clients who have been se­ri­ously in­jured in mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents, and they have re­cov­ered set­tle­ments from £1,000 to £10,000,000 in com­pen­sa­tion for their clients fol­low­ing ac­ci­dents on the road.

The team

The Se­ri­ous In­jury team takes a unique ap­proach, plac­ing equal im­por­tance on both se­cur­ing the med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion their clients need to make the best pos­si­ble re­cov­ery as well as help­ing them se­cure the max­i­mum amount of com­pen­sa­tion pos­si­ble.

Thor­n­ey­croft’s Cat­a­strophic In­jury team is led by Mark Belfield, a Di­rec­tor at the firm who has more than 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with cat­a­strophic in­jury claims. He has a highly suc­cess­ful rep­u­ta­tion in this field, which en­sures he has ac­cess to the best re­sources to max­imise

claims for dam­ages and en­sure the op­ti­mum re­cov­ery for all of Thor­n­ey­croft’s se­ri­ous in­jury clients. The team is made up of ex­pe­ri­enced and pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als who are qual­i­fied solic­i­tors and le­gal ex­ec­u­tives. Some mem­bers of the team have been with the firm for many years while newer mem­bers have brought with them the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise they gained in their roles work­ing for some of the coun­try’s big­gest law firms. Mark prides him­self on en­sur­ing both he and his team al­ways go the ex­tra mile for their clients, which of­ten re­quires staff mem­bers to travel na­tion­wide to meet with their clients en­sur­ing they are get­ting the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive treat­ment they need and if nec­es­sary meet­ing with their case­work­ers.

Thanks to the ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence that the Se­ri­ous In­jury Team has ac­crued over many com­bined years of le­gal prac­tice the firm has recog­nised that it is not only the per­son in­volved in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent that is af­fected but their fam­i­lies and loved ones too. They en­sure that your fam­ily and loved ones are also given the in­for­ma­tion and sup­port that they need.

From day onem, you will have a ded­i­cated le­gal pro­fes­sional who will act on your be­half and will be im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble by phone, to give your fam­ily the in­for­ma­tion and sup­port that you need so that you will feel con­fi­dent in the claims process. Their all-en­com­pass­ing ap­proach means that ev­ery as­pect of your claim is care­fully con­sid­ered, from li­a­bil­ity to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Li­a­bil­ity for mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents

When it comes to es­tab­lish­ing who is to blame for the mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent, Thor­n­ey­croft’s spe­cial­ist team will dis­cuss li­a­bil­ity in de­tail with you, help­ing you to ob­tain po­lice re­ports, in­de­pen­dent wit­ness state­ments, and even in­struct ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion ex­perts to de­ter­mine who was at fault for the ac­ci­dent.

The Se­ri­ous In­jury team is renowned for their tena­cious ap­proach to es­tab­lish­ing li­a­bil­ity. Of­ten where other firms have re­jected claims Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors have pur­sued them to a suc­cess­ful out­come even when clients may have be­lieved that they were at fault for the ac­ci­dent.

In­juries

Hav­ing rep­re­sented clients who have sus­tained a va­ri­ety of mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent re­lated in­juries, Thor­n­ey­croft’s Se­ri­ous In­jury team un­der­stands that mo­tor­cy­clists are vul­ner­a­ble mo­torists and un­for­tu­nately can sus­tain sig­nif­i­cant in­juries should an ac­ci­dent oc­cur. They are spe­cial­ists in all se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to the fol­low­ing: Head In­juries in­clud­ing com­plex, life-chang­ing brain in­juries; Spinal cord in­juries in­clud­ing para­ple­gia and quadriple­gia; Am­pu­ta­tion; Se­ri­ous Or­thopaedic in­juries in­clud­ing com­pli­cated frac­tures; De-glov­ing in­juries; In­ter­nal In­juries; Psy­cho­log­i­cal In­juries; Chronic Pain; and Scar­ring.

In or­der to as­sess the level of the dam­ages that you should re­ceive you would be ex­am­ined by a spe­cial­ist in the field of your in­juries. Fol­low­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion, they will pro­vide a de­tailed re­port on your in­juries and the fu­ture im­pli­ca­tions and ef­fect of the same on your life in the fu­ture.

Fa­tal ac­ci­dents

Should the worst hap­pen and you are fa­tally in­jured in an ac­ci­dent, your de­pen­dent fam­ily can claim against the at-fault party for fi­nan­cial losses and de­pen­dency. For ex­am­ple, they can claim for the costs of the fu­neral, dam­aged equip­ment and, de­pen­dant on qual­i­fi­ca­tion, fi­nan­cial awards for be­reave­ment and de­pen­dency.

In cases in­volv­ing fa­tal ac­ci­dents, Thor­n­ey­croft has de­vel­oped an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for han­dling sen­si­tive mat­ters with un­ri­valled com­pas­sion, un­der­stand­ing and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Hav­ing worked along­side rid­ers and mo­tor­cy­cle clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions for many years the Thor­n­ey­croft Se­ri­ous In­jury Team knows that when you suf­fer a se­ri­ous in­jury, it can of­ten be a trau­matic and lonely ex­pe­ri­ence, even with the sup­port of your fam­ily. That is why the team al­ways aims to max­imise your re­cov­ery by as­sist­ing in your re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process from the out­set.

Where ap­pro­pri­ate, they’ll em­ploy a case man­ager who will as­sess your treat­ment re­quire­ments and li­aise with your treat­ing physi­cians, as well as ar­range pri­vate treat­ment which can sig­nif­i­cantly speed up your re­cov­ery. When you re­turn home, they will as­sess your home en­vi­ron­ment and con­sider whether you re­quire aids and equip­ment to as­sist in your daily life. Ex­am­ples of the type of as­sis­tance we can of­fer are as fol­lows: In-house brain trauma re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at a spe­cialised pri­vate brain in­jury unit; Spinal in­jury in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sup­port; Pros­thetic spe­cial­ists fol­low­ing am­pu­ta­tion; Spe­cialised phys­io­ther­apy; Coun­selling; Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy; Adapted ve­hi­cles; Aids and Equip­ment; and Work­place as­sess­ments.

At Th or ney­croft’ s, the solic­i­tors un­der­stand that for many rid­ers rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle is not just a form of trans­port but a pas­sion and away of life. That is why, wher­ever pos­si­ble, they will work closely with spe­cial­ist adap­ta­tion ex­perts who can po­ten­tially make rid­ing af­ter an ac­ci­dent a re­al­ity.

Fi­nan­cial losses

The pur­pose of your claim is to put you back in the po­si­tion you were be­fore the ac­ci­dent; this in­cludes en­sur­ing you re­cover your loss of earn­ings, travel ex­penses, money for dam­aged equip­ment, med­i­cal ex­penses and also more per­son­alised losses such as gym mem­ber­ship fees. Thor­n­ey­croft’s can even help you claim for the cost of the care and as­sis­tance pro­vided to you by friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Fu­ture losses

Even when the claim is con­cluded you still have the rest of your life to live, and for this rea­son Thor­n­ey­croft’s Se­ri­ous In­jury Team will en­sure that the ev­i­dence they ob­tain will take in to ac­count any fu­ture im­pli­ca­tions of your in­juries, to en­sure you have the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life af­ter your ac­ci­dent.

The Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors’ com­mit­ment to you

Who­ever you are, and wher­ever you live, you can be as­sured that a le­gal ad­vi­sor will visit you in per­son to dis­cuss your case. The more se­ri­ous cases can take sev­eral years to set­tle, and Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors pride them­selves and are hon­oured that, by the con­clu­sion of the case they are of­ten con­sid­ered as friends by their clients. They are com­mit­ted to each of their clients and pro­vide a friendly, ap­proach­able and down to earth ser­vice while be­ing one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced teams of mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent spe­cial­ists in the coun­try. At Thor­n­ey­croft’s, the solic­i­tors un­der­stand that for many rid­ers rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle is not just a form of trans­port but a pas­sion and a way of life. That is why, wher­ever pos­si­ble, they will work closely with spe­cial­ist adap­ta­tion ex­perts who can po­ten­tially make rid­ing af­ter an ac­ci­dent a re­al­ity. They will do their ut­most to en­sure that you are put back into the po­si­tion you were in fi­nan­cially, prac­ti­cally and emo­tion­ally had the ac­ci­dent not oc­curred. Should you wish to dis­cuss an ac­ci­dent you can con­tact a mem­ber of the Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors’ Se­ri­ous In­jury Team by call­ing: 0800 1979 345 or visit www.thor­n­ey­croft­so­lic­i­tors.co.uk

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