Thinking About Making Personal Injury Claims?
Personal injury is a term you hear bandied about fairly regularly, but, in law, its meaning is quite specific.
Personal injury is essentially a legal term for any injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. If the negligence of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party.
The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, work-based accidents, tripping accidents, assaults, accidents at home, defective product accidents and holiday accidents. (Although different rules apply for personal injuries sustained overseas).
But you may not be aware that personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical and dental personal injury claims every year). Also included under the general personal injury banner are industrial disease cases, including asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases.
In England and Wales, under limitation rules, where people are making personal injury claims for compensation, court proceedings must be started within three years of the date of the accident. If that doesn't happen, the claimant loses their right to bring a claim. However, injured parties who were under the age of 18 at the time of their accidents have until the day before their 21st birthdays to begin proceedings.
And a court has the discretion to extend or waive the limitation period in cases where it feels it is justified in doing so. Legal Aid for personal injury claims was largely abolished in the late 1990s, to be replaced with arrangements where clients do not get charged if their case is unsuccessful - this system is known as no win, no fee.
Experiencing a personal injury can be a very stressful, even life changing, event in someone's life. The unpredictable nature of personal injury claims means that victims were often unprepared for the consequences of such an injury, mentally and financially. This is where personal injury claims companies can help, as they work on your behalf to gain compensation for the inconvenience and trouble the injury causes.
The impact of a personal injury can span across both your working and personal life. An injury which stops a labourer, for example a bricklayer, from going to work means they will not be paid during the time they are off. If the injured person is trying to support a family, this can cause them a great amount of emotional and financial strain.
So personal injury claims should not be seen as yet another example of British 'compensation culture', but as legitimate recompense for financial loss.
Personal Injury Claims With The Accident Advice Bureau
At The Accident Advice Bureau, a trading name of Spirit Promotions Limited, we have a decade's experience of personal injury claims. It's no wonder we're the first port of call for many people who think they may have a case.
The great thing about making personal injury claims pursued through us is that we operate on a genuinely no win no fee basis. This means that, unlike other claims companies, we don't charge you the customer a penny, whether you win or lose. And, also unlike some of our competitors, in successful personal injury claims cases, you get to keep all your compensation. So, for example, if you win �10,000, that's exactly what you'll have, not a penny less.
We understand that anyone seeking personal injury claim will have been through a pretty unpleasant experience. The last thing we want to do is to creating more stress by making our customers' personal injury claims more complicated than they need to be. So you'll find making a claim through us straightforward. And we're sure you'll be pleased with our direct, honest and friendly approach. So we make everything as easy as possible from first contact - from having a freephone number to being a able to make claims online.
We'll put you in touch with a solicitor very quickly, probably one near to where you live, but as you never need to see your solicitor in person, it should make little difference anyway.
Of course, all personal injury claims are different, and the amount of compensation won varies considerably depending on the severity and extent of the individual injury. But, at The Accident Advice Bureau, we treat all personal injury claims with the sensitivity and attention they deserve. And we'll cut through the jargon and communicate with you in Plain English.
As part of our personal injury claims package, we'll come and meet you somewhere that's handy for you, and go through all the relevant paperwork with you. At the same time, this gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have.
When it comes to personal injury claims, we really know what we're doing. So don't keep putting it off. Log on or give us a call today. We'll be with you every step of the way.