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 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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