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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Injury claim jargon buster: Burden of proof


    At Accident Advice Helpline, we aim to make the claim process as straightforward as possible. We understand that sometimes complex and confusing terms can be used when making a claim for compensation. That’s why we publish these handy jargon buster articles, so that the public and our clients can benefit from the knowledge we can impart.

    Here’s a look at the legal term burden of proof.

    Onus probandi

    Onus probandi is the oft-used Latin term for the burden of proof. It simply means that in order to make an allegation, the complainant must provide evidence of his or her claim in order to seek a legal remedy. It is a cornerstone of the legal system and ties in with the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’

    The burden of proof requires a complainant to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the allegation is true. This can sometimes leave someone who has suffered a wrong in a difficult position as they may believe they might not have enough evidence to proceed with a claim for compensation.

    Fear not, Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to help.

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    Settling outside court

    If you have suffered an accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, don’t feel deterred by the burden of proof when it comes to making a claim for compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline are behind you every step of the way with an expert legal team. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation including, accidents at work, slips, trips and falls and road traffic accidents.

    Our highly-trained advisors will talk you through the claim process over the phone and the majority of claims made with Accident Advice Helpline are in fact settled outside court. This means that many of our clients will not have to go through the stressful and often traumatic experience of reliving the horrific details of their accident in court.

    100 per cent no-win no-fee guarantee

    In addition to settling most of our claims outside court, Accident Advice Helpline operates on a strictly 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis. This means that if your claim for compensations is unfortunately unsuccessful, you won’t be out of pocket, which can sometimes be a deterrent for those rightfully seeking compensation but who may be afraid of what happens if their claim doesn’t succeed.

    Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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