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Hit and Run Claim | No Win, No Fee

We are catastrophic and serious injury solicitors who provide legal advice together with financial, physical and emotional support.

Many people wrongly think that they cannot make a hit and run claim because the other driver has fled the scene. Although the claims process is slightly different from other road collision cases, a compensation claim is still possible.

If you have been involved in a hit and run collision, or if you are hit by a stolen vehicle or an uninsured driver, we can help you make a compensation claim.

If the Police cannot trace the driver responsible for the collision, then we can help you proceed with a road collision claim through the MIB – The Motor Insurers’ Bureau. The MIB was specifically set up to provide a central fund to help with these types of incidents.

Making a claim

There are various different hit and run compensation claims that can be lodged, including:

  • If you were the driver or passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a driver who then fled the scene.
  • If you were a pedestrian who was knocked down by a hit and run driver.
  • If you were on a bicycle or motorbike.

It is really important to report the collision to the Police as soon as possible (for MIB compensation claims this must be within 14 days or as soon as is reasonable).

Any claim that is dealt with by the MIB will go through the same process. There are several stages with an MIB claim, and we can guide you through the entire process and take away the stress of making a claim.

The first step is to complete the claim form. This will tell the MIB exactly what happened in the collision and the circumstances surrounding it. We will complete this for you from the information you provide to us and submit the form direct to the MIB.

The second step is for the MIB to investigate the claim and gather together all the information they need. This includes accessing the police report for the collision, as well as speaking to any witnesses. They will create a statement for you to read and sign for your agreement.

The third step is the decision by the MIB to either accept or reject your claim.

If the MIB accept your claim, they will then arrange for you to see a medical expert to provide a report about your injuries and your prognosis. This report will be forwarded to us to discuss with you and check you are happy with the content.

If your claim is rejected, the MIB will provide you with details of why they have rejected your application. We can then advise you on how you can appeal this decision and deal with this appeal on your behalf. We will also discuss with you the likelihood of succeeding with your claim.

If you are successful, the fourth and final step is the offer from the MIB. This will be in full settlement of your claim. We will negotiate on your behalf to get the maximum amount of compensation available to you.

How do hit and run accident claims work?

  • The MIB deal with a high volume of claims, therefore the process can sometimes take longer than average.
  • Awards are based on the severity of your injury and the length of time you have or are likely to have the symptoms.
  • An award will only be made if the MIB accept that the collision was the untraced driver’s fault.
  • The MIB is entitled to reduce your compensation if they believe you were partly to blame (e.g. if you were not wearing a seatbelt, or were careless crossing the road).
  • You must have motor insurance for your own vehicle to be able to claim from the MIB (as applicable).
  • You will have to prove the collision was reported to the police.
  • You cannot recover compensation for property damage unless the vehicle that caused the accident (rather than its driver) is traced and you are also claiming compensation for injuries.
  • Once your application has been accepted, your injuries and any losses must be proved. You must attend a medical examination which will be arranged by the MIB.
  • A claim to the MIB must be submitted as soon as possible but within 3 years of the accident.

 

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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.

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 successfully settled many cases that include:

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