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.
One of the most common questions raised when you consider bringing a claim for compensation is “will it be worth it?” It is commonly known that bringing a claim is a long, laborious and stressful process. It is not something that should be taken on lightly. Even if your legal team do the majority of the heavy lifting for you, you will still need to be involved and you will need to be able to commit to the case. Therefore, it is not uncommon for many people to want to know if the hard work and the potential stress involved will be worth it.
Suffering an injury at work can be very upsetting. Depending on the severity of your injury you can find yourself negatively affected for a few days, weeks, or months. Some individuals find themselves suffering life-changing injuries, which can leave them permanently disabled.
As well as the upset of suffering a physical injury, regardless of its severity, there is also the worry that comes with suffering an injury at work, both from your work directly and from the potential financial issues that can result.
There are so many questions to answer that it can easily become overwhelming. Will you be investigated for the accident? Could you be disciplined? Will you have to take time off from work to recover? How long will you be off work for? Will you be paid for the time you have to take off? If you are going to be paid for your time off will it be at your usual rate or will it be SSP? Could you lose your job because of this? What if you can’t get another job at the same level because of the injury? How will you pay your bills, and support your family?
When you bring a claim some of your earliest questions are going to be, “How do I pay for this?” “Can I get legal aid?” “What is no win, no fee?”.
Funding a claim is a common concern, especially if you have just lost or left your employment and money is a bit tight until you can secure new employment.
This article attempts to reassure and explain exactly what your funding options are so that you are in a position to further investigate which option you believe will work best for you. The article will also cover in some detail the most common method of funding an employment claim, no win, no fee agreements.