Can I claim minibus accident compensation when all I got was some scratches and bruises? I have been pretty shook up and have been unable to work.
It is possible for you to claim minibus accident compensation as the amount of compensation one receives is not based solely on the physical injuries one sustains. However, in order to pursue your claim it must be proven that the accident was caused by a negligent third party, be it the minibus driver – where the claim would be made against the minibus company – or another road user.
There are some procedures that should have been carried out in order to support your claim for minibus accident compensation. Despite only suffering scratches and bruises, you should have been treated by a medical professional immediately after the accident occurred, as your injuries, however minor, would have been noted in your medical history and can be used as evidence to support your claim.
It is likely that the Gardai were called to the scene of a minibus accident, and they would have made a report, taken images of the scene of the accident and collected the details of all involved in the accident and those of any witnesses. If the Gardai did not attend the scene, you should make a report with them at the first possible opportunity. Additionally, you should have collected the details of any other passengers involved in the accident, who could potentially support your claim.
It is important to realise that many factors are considered in a minibus accident compensation claim. Since you have stated that you have been shaken by the experience and cannot work, you may be able to be recompensed for both emotional injuries and loss of income. You may also claim for the impact your injuries have had on your quality of life. It is recommended that you maintain a diary to record all of the occasions where you have been unable to perform day to day tasks, or leisure or social activities so that your solicitor can calculate the amount of compensation for your loss of amenity you are eligible for.
You would be well advised to discuss all aspects of your accident and the effect it has had on your life with an experienced solicitor at the first moment possible. Your solicitor will be able to advice you on the best way to pursue your compensation claim for a minibus accident and can assist with any relevant documents that need to be complied.