It is common to hear stories about ‘the compensation culture’ and ‘Health & Safety gone mad’ but in fact research and statistics will show that this is a problem of perception not reality.
Although the government and the media constantly insist that British people will now claim for anything and everything, there has actually been no evidence to support this.
In our experience the only people who make a personal injury claim are those who are genuinely injured and need help. In fact many are reluctant Claimants as a result of these misconceptions.
Until you suffer injury which is not your fault and which causes needless pain and financial loss it is easy to believe the hype and dismiss such claims. But in a modern, caring society, those who are injured because of someone else’s failure to take proper care should not have to suffer any further and should not lose out financially as a consequence.
There is often a view that compensation is easy to acquire and people who make personal injury claims just want the cash. In our experience that’s not the case. What injured people really want is for the accident never to have happened in the first place. Sadly we cannot turn back the clock but we can help an injured person access the right treatment and help them to return to their normal lives as quickly as possible. In addition we will ensure they are financially compensated for their pain and suffering, loss of amenity and financial losses.
Many people think that it is possible to claim for any old accident but this is not the case. For a claim to succeed the injured party must prove that the other party has been negligent. For negligence to be established the incident must have been foreseeable and the actions or inactions of the Defendant must have led to injury. Negligence is not easy to prove.
Accidents do happen and they are part and parcel of life. Not all accidents lead to a claim, in fact very few do.
If however you have been hurt, or become unwell because of someone else’s mistakes, then you could be entitled to make a claim. We understand that getting your life back on track following an accident can be tough, but we are here to help you throughout the rehabilitation process, as well as the legal case.
Here are some examples of Clients we have helped:
Airline Pilot – suffered a soft tissue injury to his neck commonly referred to as “whiplash” in a road traffic accident. Unfortunately he had previous problems with the neck made significantly worse as a result of the accident. He struggled on at work but could not manage the long haul duties. Further surgery was unsuccessful and he was eventually ill-health retired. This was a man who loved his work and therefore the accident had devastating consequences for him. We secured a seven figure settlement to reflect his future losses and to compensate him for his loss of congenial employment.
Hospital Ward Clerk – sitting at her desk when the back of her chair collapsed causing her to fall backwards suffering a jarring injury to her back. The chair was found to be defective and should not have been in use. She never recovered and developed a chronic pain syndrome triggered by the accident. She was left in constant pain with limited mobility and never returned to work. The Defendants disputed that the chronic pain was accident related but we instructed a well respected Pain Consultant with extensive experience in this field and the Defendants were forced to concede and the client was fully compensated.
Holidaymaker – on safari when the bus, on which she was travelling as part of her pre-booked package tour, overturned as a result of the drivers negligent driving. She suffered significant trauma to her dominant right arm including fracture, dislocation and loss of tissue as well as facial injuries. Following numerous surgeries her arm was saved albeit with very limited function and she was left with significant scarring. We arranged counselling on a private basis to address the psychological effects and engaged an occupational therapist who was able to recommend adaptations and aids and equipment to ensure her function was the best it could be. As a result of good rehabilitation she was eventually able to return to her hobbies of cycling and skiing.
Home-owner – elderly man entered into a contract for purchase and fitting of a new front door with a locking mechanism suitable for persons with disabilities The door was defective and ill-fitting and did not have the required lock. Despite numerous complaints the company failed to rectify the issues. The door was located at the top of a flight of concrete steps and on a wet day the Claimant was trying to close the door with difficulty when he fell backwards causing injury to himself and his wife who was also knocked over in the incident. The man suffered a fracture to his lower back and his wife a significant head injury. Prior to the accident the couple were living independently but following the accident required care and support. We arranged rehabilitation in the form of physiotherapy and counselling. Liability was denied throughout and court proceedings had to be issued resulting in substantial awards for both clients.
For further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.