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Cycling accident compensation claims | CFG Law

If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident that was not your fault, our experienced serious injury solicitors can help make a cycling accident claim.

We understand that cycling accidents can have devastating effects, sometimes leaving long-term injuries that can prevent you from working or going about your day-to-day life. It can also cause irreparable damage to cycling equipment that can be expensive to replace.

As cyclists are more vulnerable than other road users, injuries can often require extensive treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing support. Making a claim for compensation can help to speed up the treatment process and can also lessen the financial burden and the strain on you and your family for any long term care needs.

We don’t just fight for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, but also ensure that you get early access to treatment and both physical and emotional support.

Injuries sustained by cyclists

As specialists in claiming compensation, we have seen and dealt with many injuries as a result of cycling accidents, and we understand the impact this may have on the injured and their family. With over 30 years’ experience, we have dealt with injuries including:

Head and brain injuries

From concussion to severe brain injuries, these types of injuries can be life-changing, and symptoms can be serious and long lasting.

Spinal cord injuries

Injuries to your spinal cord can cause paralysis and require life-long care and support.

Road rash and soft tissue injuries

Minor falls and skids on roads can cause road rash, whilst more serious accidents can cause soft tissue injuries and bruising. Both types of injuries should heal within a few weeks or months.

Broken bones and fractures

Common fractures sustained by cyclists include wrists, ankles, arms, legs, pelvis, ribs and your skull. These can cause longer term issues depending on the severity of the break and how it heals. They can also require surgery to put right.

The importance of rehabilitation, treatment and support during a cycling accident claim

Injuries after cycling accidents can be particularly serious, and often require more input than simply resting and waiting for them to heal. During a cycling accident claim, it is important to get the early input you need to help you to make the best recovery and achieve your best outcomes.

Whether it’s accessing specialist treatment and rehabilitation or helping with other support such as adaptations to your home to help with independence, claiming compensation can help. At CFG Law, we believe a lack of funding should not get in the way of you receiving treatment and support when you need it. This is why we also have an emergency fund to help plug any gaps n your support straight away.

What does the claim process help fund?

Claiming compensation for your pain and suffering after a cycling accident may be your priority, but there are many other things claiming compensation can help to fund, including:

  • Payment for any aids and equipment you may need to improve mobility and independence
  • Modifications needed to your home to ensure safe discharge from the hospital
  • Funding for support, such as the cost of care now and in the future
  • Additional treatment and rehabilitation to help you to achieve your best outcomes
  • Any previous and future loss of earnings as a result of being unable to work
  • Repairs to your bike and specialist rehabilitation and equipment to get you back to cycling

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No win no fee FAQ

Can I make a claim if I am partially responsible? plus symbol minus symbol

Even if you were partly responsible for the accident, you may still be able to claim some compensation, but the amount you are able to claim may be reduced. This is usually calculated using percentages and the amount deducted can be described as contributory negligence.

What can I claim for if I have been knocked off my bike? plus symbol minus symbol

There are various aspects that you can claim compensation for, such as:

  • Injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
  • Bicycle repairs/replacements.
  • Damage to other cycling property e.g. helmets.
  • Loss of wages due to injury leaving you unable to work.
  • Additional travel costs such as taxi fares if you have had to use alternative transport as a result of your accident.
  • Care costs or time spent caring for you by relatives, friends or professionals.
  • Private medical treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Adaptations to your home or the cost of alternative accommodation.

It is important that you speak to our expert solicitors as soon as you can after your accident. This helps us to not only build the best possible case but also look to help with early treatment (both emotionally and physically) so you will have a better chance of recovering more quickly.

Claiming compensation after a hit and run plus symbol minus symbol

If you have been knocked off your bike in a hit and run accident, you may think that you cannot claim compensation, but this isn’t right. Although the process of making a claim is slightly different from other collisions, you can still claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Follow this link to learn more about claiming compensation after a hit and run.

How much compensation will I get for being knocked off a bike? plus symbol minus symbol

There are lots of different elements that make up the total amount of compensation someone will receive after a cycling accident. These elements can include the severity of the injuries, how they’ve impacted your life, any past and future loss of earnings you have experienced as a result of your injuries, as well as support with care, adaptations and treatment. A specialist cycling solicitor will carefully calculate the amount of compensation you should receive and will negotiate on your behalf.

Do I need insurance to claim after a cycling accident? plus symbol minus symbol

No, if you have been knocked off your bike and it was someone else’s fault, you do not need your own insurance to be able to make a successful claim. This is because the claim will be against the person who knocked you off your bike, so any compensation will be paid by their insurance company.

How do I know if I have a cycling accident claim? plus symbol minus symbol

For a cycling accident claim to be successful, someone else must be found liable and at fault for your injuries. For this to be established, they must firstly owe you a duty of care. A road user has a duty of care for all other users, so for the driver to be found liable, it must be shown that they caused the collision to occur and that this is what caused your injuries.

Why choose CFG Law?

From the very first call, we will provide you with confidential, no-obligation advice, to find out your circumstances and establish how we can help you and your family. Often, this initial call is followed by a meeting, where we will come out to visit you if it's safe and appropriate to do so. These initial meetings can also take place on the phone, over FaceTime or other digital platforms such as Zoom.

At any meetings, we encourage our potential clients and their families to speak openly and freely and ask lots of questions. We will explain the entire process of making a claim to you, as well as explain how we can help, including the benefits of pursuing a claim. We also fully advise on the legal aspect of pursuing a claim, including the prospects of success and how we are paid.

Good communication is essential when claiming compensation. We will always keep you up to date with any progress in your case, fully advising you upon the risks and benefits of any decisions to be made. We will establish what type of communication is best for you; whether that's during the week, at the weekend or in the evenings, we are available to help and support you.

Building the team

We build whole teams around you and your family, choosing solicitors with expertise in your specific injuries and circumstances to ensure you have the specialist support you need. This team is usually led by a senior solicitor and will likely include another solicitor, trainee solicitor or paralegal.

We have Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start. They provide well-informed guidance on available support and treatment options, helping you and your family to make the right decisions. Your Client Support Manager can also liaise with your treating team to help with discharge to suitable accommodation, including arranging and facilitating care packages and sourcing aids and equipment to improve your function and independence.

We work in collaboration with health and social care, as well as charities to ensure we all pull together to enable you to achieve your best possible outcome and lead a fulfilled life.

How is this different?

Unlike other firms, this team approach and lower caseloads per solicitors means more people are working proactively on your case, ensuring there are no unnecessary delays. It also means more people are assisting in understanding the complexities of your case and ensure there is continued support for you and your family. This way of working means several people are there to listen to you at any time, allowing for holidays and other circumstances, which won't have a detrimental impact on the support you receive.

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and physical support for the whole family.

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To get the best out of working with you and your family and providing the best possible support, our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector. As well as full support for you, this also means that we can work proactively and intensively on your claim, meaning you receive full compensation without any unnecessary delays.

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We have an emergency fund that can be used to help to plug any gaps there may be in the support you're receiving immediately. We can also assist you with benefits applications and support you with appeal processes. We also have links to charities and other organisations who may be able to help with emergency funding.

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We have Client Support Managers who will be part of your team, who have expert clinical and social work experience. They can help you to understand the different treatment and support options, as well as assist with discharge planning, care packages and any aids and equipment you may need.

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As part of your claim, we will also look at any emotional needs you and your family may have as a result of your accident, to ensure these are addressed to provide all-round support.

Accidents we cover

Accidents can happen at any time, and we understand how suddenly you and your family's needs can change after a serious injury. Some common types of accidents that lead to serious and catastrophic injuries include:

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Injuries we cover

The nature of serious and catastrophic injuries is such that in order to help, specialist expertise is essential. With over 30 years’ experience, we have dealt with transfer cases that include:

Client stories

Carl sustained a head injury when he was involved in a road traffic collision when a car knocked him off his bike when he was cycling to work. Routine brain scanning at the hospital did not show any damage and Carl was diagnosed with a concussion and discharged home. After his accident, Carl continued to struggle with the extent of his brain injury, as it had not been fully recognised or properly diagnosed.

After seeing an advert on TV, Carl instructed a solicitor to deal with a cycling accident claim on his behalf. However, this solicitor did not have the necessary experience to handle a cycling brain injury claim and did not understand the reality of what Carl was going through. Carl was left feeling frustrated and at this point still had no idea that he had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and that his symptoms were going to be long-term.

Upon transfer, we immediately issued the case in the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ), indicating what we believed was the true value and complexity of the case. This involved putting together the right team around the client to investigate and build Carl’s case to ensure the best possible outcome could be achieved.

To support Carl’s rehabilitation, we helped put together a care package, which included introducing personal assistants to his home to help with every day living and arranging input and rehabilitation from an occupational therapist, neuro physiotherapy, vestibular rehabilitation and neuropsychology.

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