Interpreting after a Road Traffic Accident


Interpreting after a Road Traffic Accident

Setting the scene

The situation concerned whether or not legal action or an insurance claim could be pursued by a potential claimant against a third party.

It related to a road traffic accident which occurred in the UK and which involved a UK-based non-English speaking driver/rider (the potential claimant).

This person had unfortunately sustained injury/ies in the accident and the extent of this needed to be ascertained during a consultation with an English-only-speaking medical expert.

Languages involved

Turkish and English.

Challenges faced

  • Understanding the spoken language of the driver/rider (first party).
  • Transferring that target language into competent, well-paced, spoken English.
  • Court expertise in interpreting in both languages
  • Analysis and record of physical or psychological injury/ies.
  • Location for the meeting for the three individuals.
  • Sourcing an interpreter close to the meeting location.

The Solution

  • The customer arranged a medical diagnosis to be carried out by a GP/clinician at a suitable medical centre near to where the first party lived.
  • They contracted SEL Business Languages who have a national database of professionally qualified interpreters.
  • SEL Business Languages (SELBL) then provided a Turkish-English interpreter local to the premises who attended the meeting and interpreted consecutively into and out of English.
  • In this way the medical specialist was able to assess/discuss the injuries/symptoms and record them in written English.
  • The subsequent report was then analysed by the customer to decide on whether to recommend or reject a claim.


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