Most compensation claims, whether due to accidents at work or holiday-related illness or injury, are the basis of legal negligence cases.
But beyond feeling as though someone is to blame for the harm and distress you have endured, how is it possible to tell if a company is negligent and was the cause behind the accident that caused your injury or illness?
Regardless of whether you sustained a travel or occupational injury, for example, when an individual or a company acts carelessly and in doing so causes injury to another person, they are considered liable for the harm suffered, under the negligence legal principle.
While this is a particularly simplified elucidation of the negligence tort law, carelessness, not intentional harm, is the basis for the majority of UK personal injury claims.
For negligence to be established, your case must be able to meet the following criteria:
- Duty of care – the defendant legally owed a duty of care to the plaintiff (personal injury victim) during the situation in question
- Duty of care breached – the defendant’s legal duty was breached due to careless or insufficient behaviours or actions
- Causation – the defendant’s breach of legal duty was the cause behind the plaintiff’s injuries, illness or distress
- Damages – the plaintiff has sustained injuries, illness or suffered distress as a result of the defendant’s actions
If your claim is meets the points specified, it is likely that you have a case eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Due to the complex nature of negligence claims in tort, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, that has years of experience helping victims of personal injury retrieve the compensation they are entitled to for the harm they have suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline
Whether you have experienced an accident at work, abroad, playing sport or even while wandering out and about, Accident Advice Helpline specialises in assisting personal injury victims on a one-to-one basis, providing a tailored service to meet the needs of each individual.
Working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whenever you want to make the most of your free initial consultation, our specialists are on hand around the clock, for your convenience. Call today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice