No matter how carefully a person lives their life, no one is free from the risk of injury due to a number of causes. A person could go to work one day and leave the workplace with a serious injury. Or, a person could get into an automobile to run a simple errand only to end up in the hospital due to another driver’s carelessness.
Everyone knows that there are countless scenarios where they can get injured however they don’t think about it happening to them. However, if you are injured because of the negligence of someone else, you want to know about getting just compensation in the U.K. for the pain and suffering that results and this is where a “No Win No Fee” solicitor can help you tremendously.
Solicitors to Your Aid
The U.K. is fortunate to have what is known as “No Win No Fee” to be part of the legal system for making claims and awards due to personal injuries. What does “No Win No Fee” mean to you? It simply means that if you, as the injured person, do not win the case for your claim then the solicitor will not charge you a fee. Without this, a person without financial means could never pursue a claim for injury compensation in the court system. “No Win No Fee” also gives a solicitor a high level of motivation to do everything possible to win your case.
Solicitors who specialize in the area of injury claims have several categories where they would pursue getting compensation for your claim. Probably the most commonly recognized categories are personal injury, traffic accidents, and accidents in the workplace. There are other categories as well. The sections that follow discuss these common areas where your claim might apply.
Personal injury is the term used for mishaps that can occur in a number of situations and where a solicitor could pursue compensation. It deals with injury to you as a person. These could be injuries that occur as the result of traffic accidents, workplace mishaps, medical malpractice, diseases, illnesses, and even psychological damages. In psychological area, injuries could be the result of a crime, harassment at work, or any other situation that causes mental anguish on the part of victim. Person injury is intertwined with all of the other accident areas.
Road Traffic Accidents
Even though travel by automobile is probably the safest it has ever been due to passive restraint systems, seat belts, and vehicular design, drivers and passengers are still at risk when it comes to being struck by the other vehicle. Not only is there property damage involved with road traffic accidents but serious personal injury as well. These injuries include whiplash (a serious spinal injury), broken or lost limbs, and even death.
Getting compensation for the damages you have incurred due to a road traffic accident can be complex if you attempt to pursue them on your own. The situation gets even more complex when the other driver leaves the scene of the accident or is uninsured.
Nonetheless, a “No Win No Fee” solicitor is of valuable help when it comes to making your injury claim in any of these scenarios. Your solicitor will work with the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) to recover compensation for damages. Plus, working with the MIB, damages can be recovered even if the driver of the other vehicle has no insurance or fled the scene of the accident. Damages recovered can apply to such areas as personal injury, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and property damage.
Accidents at Work
Employers have both a legal and moral responsibility to maintain a safe and non-threatening workplace. In spite of the employer’s best efforts to ensure the safety of its workers, accidents still happen. Some jobs, by their very nature, are risky even when employers meticulously take measures to minimize the risk.
As an employee, you also have the duty to ensure a safe workplace which means that you must follow the employer’s safety requirements and bring to the company’s attention any unsafe conditions that you observe. If an unsafe condition has been reported to an employer and remained uncorrected, there is a clear-cut case for liability on the company’s part should an accident occur.
A solicitor specialized in handling injury cases can help you with all of the requirements for filing a claim should you suffer injury due to an employer’s negligence. It can be intimidating and uncertain going up against a large employer but your solicitor knows what is required to win your case.
If you are injured at work, make certain that the accident is recorded in your employer’s accident book. Your employer should have this book readily accessible however if there is not one make sure that you write down the details and send a copy to your company’s safety representative or your supervisor. If you are physically unable to, have someone else handle the matter for you. Documentation is of crucial importance immediately following an accident.
Oftentimes, the result of an injury in the workplace is that the victim cannot work for several weeks or longer. If this is your case, you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay however this may not be enough for you to meet your financial obligations. Your solicitor can help you get additional compensation due to your loss of income because of lost work time.
In the event of any accident within the workplace, it should be recorded with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and you should always see a doctor. Even if you don’t think your accident is very serious, you should see a doctor. Taking these two measures protects you should an injury or illness arise in the future that can be traced back to your accident at work. A skilled solicitor in personal injury and workplace accidents can advise you on any other facts pertinent to these measures.
The injuries discussed here are by no means exhaustive when it comes to the cases that an injury solicitor can help you with. For example, illnesses and diseases can arise because of an employer’s negligence. Such is the case if the business has failed to protect its employees from asbestos contamination. Hearing loss is another example where years of exposure to industrial machinery is the cause. If you believe that you have suffered physical, financial, or property damage because of someone else’s negligence, consult Croftons Injury Claims today.