The function of a personal injury lawyer in the UK
To most ordinary people the workings of the legal system and the machinations of courts of law are as mysterious as they are intimidating. For this reason, the thought of launching a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured can be more than somewhat daunting, and when this is allied to the bad reputation which the so called ‘compensation culture’ has developed at the hands of the media, it’s easy to see why some people might end up deciding it’s simply not worth the effort.
This would be a mistake, however; if you’ve been hurt and it wasn’t your fault then you’ve already been punished and it seems unfair that you should go on being punished through the financial privations and on-going trauma that such an injury brings with it. The good news is that there are people who hold this conviction and have the knowledge and experience required to put it into action through a claim for compensation. These people are personal injury lawyers and, if you feel you may have been injured through an accident which wasn’t your fault, then a personal injury lawyer is the person you need to talk to.
The fact that the vast majority of personal injury lawyers in the UK work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis means that justice of this kind is open to absolutely anyone no matter what their financial situation. There’s no upfront charge and, if you should lose your case, the costs of the other side will be met through insurance. If you win, on the other hand, you get to keep every penny of the amount awarded to you. What this often misunderstood system ensures is that the only thing you need to consider when launching a claim is the rights and wrongs of your case and not whether you can afford to seek justice.
Although the law may seem highly complex and difficult to follow, and the minutia of any given case can indeed be just those things, the basic principles behind claiming compensation are in fact fairly simple. The first fact which has to be established is that you have indeed suffered an injury of some kind. The injury in question could be either physical or psychological, ranging from fairly mild cases all the way up to severe disfigurement, paralysis, amputation or even death. Some compensation claims, rather than being based around a specific traumatic accident, are built around problems which develop over many years of working in unsafe conditions, where the ‘injury’ in question takes the form of an illness such as tinnitus or asbestosis.
The other condition required for a successful compensation claim is that it needs to be demonstrated that the circumstances which led to the injury or illness were the direct consequence of another party’s negligence. The party in question might be an individual, like the driver of a car which hit you, or it may be a business such as a supermarket which failed to put up signs warning the floor was wet, thus causing you to slip and fall. No matter what the circumstances, a personal injury lawyer will first advise as to whether you have the basis for making a claim and then, if you do, they will set about building the strongest possible case. The more information you can present a lawyer with, the easier their job will be, so it’s vital that you note down such details as when and where the incident took place, the names of any witnesses, written documentation such as medical notes or police reports and receipts for any expenses.
According to Claims4Negligence.co.uk, many people hesitate when making a claim following an accident at work, as they fear they may lose their job or suffer some form of harassment. However, an expert personal injury will be able to inform you that it is against the law for your boss or employer to fire you for making a claim for compensation for an injury caused by a work accident. It is also illegal to be harassed or discriminated against at your place of employment; should either of these situations arise, you could make a further claim.
A personal injury lawyer will take away the stress and worry of fighting your case, allowing you to concentrate on getting well again, as well as answering any questions you might have and offering advice on matters such as whether to accept an out of court offer from the other party.