Injury Claim Culture

What do you think of when you hear the words “Personal Injury Claim”? Do you think of those endless day-time TV adverts promising No Win, No Fee? Maybe those ambulance chasing lawyers with their cheap suits and lies. Or those people who will announce that they’ll sue when their coffee is too hot. This is because as a rule British people don’t talk about personal injury claims, as we don’t like to complain (moan, yes, we love that) Many people would just rather suffer in silence than put in a personal injury claim.

YouGov, the world’s largest database of surveys, reported recently that nearly one in four people will make a personal injury claim in their life time. Along with this YouGov said there has actually been a decline in the number of personal injury claims being made.

This is as many more feel intimidated, not wanting to make waves, or having very little knowledge of how personal injury works.

If you have suffered a personal injury and need to make a claim, it’s important to get legal representation to help you through this minefield. Manchester is stepping its game up when it comes to law, Shoosmiths in Spinningfields were recently placed number 2 amongst a list of national firms in the Legal Week Client Satisfaction.

The YouGov researched showed that approximately fifty percent of all claims were road related, this means anything from having your shoe run over by a cyclist to a full blown crash. And with the way that some people drive, we’re surprised that it’s not more. If you have an accident on the road, that wasn’t your fault, that can be anything from whiplash to a broken bone, then you are entitled to compensation. The first thing you need to do is get the other motorist or drivers details and don’t forget to contact both yours and their insurance companies, they should help you.

Ranked second for personal injury is work related claims. In fact the research showed that more people are putting in claims for employee sickness, which some are saying means more employees are pulling sickies. But if you are in trouble at work, then your employer has a duty to protect both your health and safety when you are working or on the premise. This means that they should report certain accidents on site, pay your sick pay and give you time off when it’s required. You shouldn’t ever feel intimidated to put in for a personal injury claim.

Third on the list are the claims for injury caused in a public place. This is where the notorious ‘slip and fall’ claims are commonly associated, which are the ones that most people feel reluctant to report. But if you are in a building, then the owner of it has an obligation to make sure you are safe when you are in their building, which means that they must make sure all surfaces can be walked on. Though if you are dealing with a big company then they may pass the book over to their cleaning services in the state of their floors.

Claims can actually be made for up to three years after the incident, but you will need legal representation to help you in these matters. Personal injury is a lucrative business with Express Solicitors, a Manchester firm, taking home £10 million last year, thanks to handling over six thousand personal injury claims. But it’s not just big business, as the folks over at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau will supply you with advice. Also, if you are part of a union, then they should apply you with legal services to help with your claim.

Getting injured is a fact of life, it’s going to happen to all of us at some point or another, hopefully it’s minor, but when it takes you out of work then you will need reparation. Know your rights and know that the people in charge need to be held accountable getting financially compensated might not solve all of your problems be it sure will help.

By Katie Beech   -   28-09-2015

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