Do You have a Viable Slip/Trip Claim?

If you’ve decided to bring a Personal injury claim in the UK for a fall that you have suffered, then you a should be strongly considering if your claim will be successful. You do not want to go to the time and possible expense of perusing a claim that has low prospects of success.

Prospects of success can be a difficult thing to predict, even for experienced professionals and sometimes prospects can change whilst a claim is ongoing. You should never assume that just because you’ve had a fall you automatically have a claim. There are several elements that must be in place for a claim to be successful at Court.

One of the most common myths about bringing a claim is that you can claim for an accident. No, you cannot, and while this may just be semantics, I feel that it needs saying. A genuine accident is not something that you can claim for, you can only bring a claim when you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence. Negligence being an act or omission that falls short of the standard expected of a reasonable man. Having a genuine accident is not enough and anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaken or misleading you.

There are various ways you can get an estimate on your prospects of success at no financial cost to you. Many towns and cities have free advice clinics set up, though these are diminishing due to funding cuts. A lot of legal firms offer free initial consultations, these consultations are not always there to provide you with Free Advice but rather they exist as a way to assess the prospects of potential claims. Citizens Advice is a national operation which offers fee consultations with the general public on a variety of issues, check online to see if your local branch offer such a service or know a firm locally that will assess your claim at no cost.

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How to Bring Your Claim Your Way.

There have been many changes to the law in the last five years, budgets have been cut, costs have been restricted and legal aid is all but gone.

While these changes have all been directed at legal professionals, limiting and restricting how they work and get paid for their work, the ones who suffer are the general public.

As they lose their Access to Justice, by losing affordable legal representation.

People who have low value, but valid claims are finding themselves without any kind of legal representation, going up against large insurance companies and their extensive legal teams all alone, with no legal advice.

This is because legal professionals cannot financially afford to take on these cases anymore. As claims for injuries which are valued at less than £25,000.00, have had their costs fixed. Meaning that regardless of how much work is involved the pay will always be the same and this is usually a lower amount than the work involved, more work for less pay effectively, meaning large write-offs for firms.

Also, previously the losing party was responsible for the winning parties’ costs (so if you won the claim the Defendant insurance team would pay your legal costs) now they are only responsible for a part of those costs and the remainder will come out of your compensation. This is limited to 25% of your compensation, but if your legal professional has done ten hours’ worth of work and your compensation is a few thousand, then 25% of that won’t cover the work involved.

This means less compensation for you and the risk of going out of business for firms that take on these cases.

So more and more of the UK public are finding themselves with perfectly valid claims but no legal advice or help and with the budgets of free legal advice clinics being cut free legal advice is thin on the ground.

Car AccidentThat’s where LawCat steps in.

My name is Katie, and I started LawCat when I noticed the deplorable way our legal system treats individual claimants. I have spent over eight years working in Personal injury and have created the LawCat guides to help you bring your claim your way!

The first of these guides How to Win Your Car Accident Claim comes out on 1st November 2018.

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In this guide you will learn how to:

  • Successfully bring a Personal Injury Claim Yourself
  • Achieve the Amount of Compensation Your Claim is Worth
  • Keep Complete Control of Your Claim
  • Value your Injury Accurately
  • Easily Draft Letters and Forms

This completely updated edition of How to Win Your Car Accident Claim provides you with the tools to bring your claim your way.

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Car AccidentWhat Will Be Covered By This Guide:-

  • What to Do Before Starting Your Claim
  • How to Fund your Claim
  • How to Start your Claim
  • What Happens if the Defendant Denies or Admits Liability
  • How to Value Your Claim
  • Everything You Need to Know about Medical Experts
  • How to Draft Witness Statements
  • Everything You Need To Know about Court Proceedings
  • Preparing Yourself for Your Trial
  • Enforcing Your Judgement
  • Appealing your Judgement

The Guide will also contain FREE downloadable Bonus Template Letters And Forms

If you’re ready to take control of your claim, you need this book!

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How Does Compensation Work?

In my day-to-day life as a Legal Executive I help clients get a fair amount of compensation for physical injuries caused by another’s negligence, injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals, and unfair or discriminating treatment by employers against their employees. I generally enjoy my work, as while money will never be able to ‘fix’ a negligent situation aka it will never be able to take you back in time and stop the negligence from occurring, it can make life more manageable in the aftermath.

A good example is the clients whose lives have been undeniably changed due to negligence to the point where living in their old homes without any modifications is a genuine trial, compensation can help make your home liveable again. Compensation, when properly managed, can be a force for good and in the UK, there are strict rules governing how compensation is calculated and assessed.

I am aware that unless you work in the legal profession it can be difficult to even be aware of these rules’ existence, let alone be familiar with them. So, I am never surprised when client’s have unrealistic expectations regarding compensation. This article is designed to combat these expectations, by explaining the ways in which compensation is calculated, thus providing a basic understanding that will help put unrealistic expectations in perspective.

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