There are so many different types of injury solicitors
available these days it's hard to know which
is the right firm to talk to about your injury,
and in some cases whether your injury is enough
to bring about an injury compensation claim.
There are many types of injury that the law
seeks injury compensation for; these range from
accidents at home or at work to those that occur
outside where someone has been negligent or has
acted in a criminal manner. All of these types
of injury can bring about successful injury compensation
cases though there are many more not listed here.
If you think your injury has come about in any
of the given circumstances your first point of
call is to find an injury specialist in the area
most appropriate to your injury. For example,
there are also many medical negligence solicitors
around if you feel your care has not been sufficient
or you have been badly treated while in medical
Once you have found a specialist in the right
area, talk your case through with them and see
whether they think you have a strong case. Remember
that most injury solicitors operate on a no win,
no fee basis so are unlikely to take on any injury
compensation case that is not going to be successful.
No win, no fee agreements mean the third party
is responsible for all your legal fees as well
as for your injury compensation, so no solicitor
will take on a case under this agreement if it
is not likely to win, as they will not be able
to recover their expenses.
The main consideration in any injury compensation
case is the strength of the evidence that backs
up the claim against the third party and demonstrates
liability. If you are seeking injury compensation
as a result of a criminal activity, for example,
it is essential you report this instance to the
police and have a crime number pertaining to
the incident. You can report a criminal act of
this type to the police up to two years after
the event. Once you have a crime number you can
bring about an injury compensation claim through
the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
This body was created to make sure the government
accepts liability for persons behaving in a criminal
manner so that victims do not lose out on earnings
or medical bills as a result of criminal activity
and that appropriate recompense for their loss
is given in the form of injury compensation.
No matter what your circumstances for making
an injury compensation claim, your representative
will be able to advise you of how much you can
expect to be awarded as a result of your injury
once your evidence (including medical evidence)
is assessed. If you are making an injury compensation
claim long after the event and do not possess
any medical evidence for your claim (perhaps
your injury has worsened over time) you will
be required by your solicitor to undergo a medical
check in order to assess the effect your injury
has had in terms of suffering and loss of mobility
whether substantive or slight.
If you sustain an injury in the work place, you may need to claim injury compensation if it was not your fault. Injury compensation is not confined to the work place, however. If you have an accident in a public place, such as a park owned by a local council, for example, and it was caused by someone else's negligence, then you may also be eligible for injury compensation.
Injury compensation claims are usually handled in court by an accident solicitor, who is someone who specialises in such cases. You may make your injury compensation claim through a company who specialises in helping individuals put together an injury compensation claim. They will usually arrange the solicitor for your case and handle any difficult parts.
Companies that specialise in handling injury compensation claims often offer a no win no fee arrangement. This is an extremely attractive proposition for many people as legal fees can be high. This idea works by guaranteeing the claimant 100% of the compensation sought if the case is successful. If the injury compensation claim is not successful, the third party's insurance company will pay the solicitor fees and any other court fees.
The so-called no win no fee arrangement is also sometimes known as a conditional fee arrangement. This kind of injury compensation arrangement has been controversial at times. Popular tabloid newspapers have reported negatively on occasion, suggesting that it is a loophole allowing solicitors to line their pockets at the expense of the third party. This narrow view, however, ignores the fact that solicitors sometimes lose cases.
Apart from being able to claim for injuries sustained in the work place and in public places, you might also be able to make an injury compensation claim for injuries sustained at home. This might be a defective product that failed to work properly, resulting in you being injured in some way. An example might be a chair that collapses unexpectedly under your weight, causing you an injury.
If you travel on public transport and sustain an injury and it is not your fault, you may also be eligible to make an injury compensation claim. The same might be true if you get food poisoning from a meal ordered in good faith from a restaurant, or if you are injured in a car accident where the other party is at fault.
You may also be eligible for injury compensation if you exercise at your local gymnasium and sustain an injury because of faulty equipment. While sporting activities do carry an element of risk, you should feel safe using the equipment provided at a gym, and if it proves not to be the case, then you may be able to make an injury compensation claim.
Before making an injury compensation claim of any kind, it is important that you gather all the relevant information together. If anyone is a witness to the injury, then try to get their names and addresses too. Make a note of the time and place, take photographs if possible, and measurements as well if relevant. The more evidence you can gather for your injury compensation claim the better.