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Should I Claim Compensation?

Jun 18, 2008
Are you thinking of claiming compensation but are not 100% sure? If that's the case then you are not alone. Many people have accidents or personal injuries everyday but don't bother to make a claim for compensation. What people don't realise is that personal injury is an area of law which is designed to protect people and compensate them for the injuries they have sustained through the negligence or recklessness of others.

If you are the victim of a personal injury accident that was caused due to the negligence of another person this can leave you with a multitude of problems as well as an array of injuries that could restrict your daily life. This could include you have to leave your job temporarily or even permanently. Maybe you now have a life long disability due to the injuries you sustained, if so you really should claim for damages. It is your legal and civil right to claim for compensation. Why should you struggle and suffer because of someone else?

So why don't people claim? Well some people don't claim because they think the process is complicated and expensive. If they are already out of pocket due to the accident the last thing they need is more expenses. This is where people often loose out because they believe they can't afford a solicitor. But making a claim for compensation should cost nothing if you use a company that work on a no win no fee basis. Thanks to the conditional fee agreement your solicitor will be pursuing your case without any fee. If he looses the case you will not have to pay a penny, if he wins it you still won't have to pay a penny. If the accident claim is successful, the solicitor will claim the majority of their legal fees from the opposite party, along with the cheque for your compensation which you will get in full without any deductions. So in reality there is nothing to lose, but everything to gain. A solicitor will not work for nothing so they will only take the case on if they are confident of winning.

If you have had a road traffic accident, work place accidents, slip trip or fall accident, public place accidents or an accident relating to a faulty product you are within your right to claim for compensation. As long as you suffered as a result of the accident you can claim. Suffering doesn't just mean physical pain, it can also mean mental pain, ie, you had an accident, was off work for a week, didn't get sick pay so your pay packet at the end of the month wont cover all your out goings. This is mental anguish and a worry for anyone. This is not fair as you didn't ask for the accident, it was not your fault, so why should you suffer and have to borrow money or whatever you need to do. Maybe you suffered depression as a result of the accident. This is very common and should be classed no different than from someone who broke their leg. Either way you are entitled to claim compensation. The amount might vary but regardless if the accident was not your fault you should claim.

It is important that you do all you can to prove that the accident happened through no fault of your own. You need to provide evidence of how the accident occurred due to the negligence of another person along with any professional evidence such as medical records of the damage caused to you as well as the medical treatment that you received as a result of the accident. This is crucial to ensure the success of your claim. But if you can prove it then the claim should be quite straight forward. A personal injury solicitor will be able to tell you over the phone if they think you have a good chance, and like I said before, they wont take the case on unless they are confident of winning.

So you should seriously consider speaking to an solicitor regarding your accident claim, they will be able to reassure you that your doing the right thing. At the end of the day if good could come out of your accident, surely you would want that. Your accident could be just what is need to stop another one happening again. Turn your misery into something positive and speak to an accident claim specialist today.
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Carolyn is the web master of Accident Consult, your experts in Compensation Claims UK
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