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    Injury claim jargon buster: What does civil action mean?


    Legal jargon can make the compensation claims process stressful and this is why Accident Advice Helpline provides jargon busters and clear explanations throughout the claims process. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and you would like to claim compensation without any hassle, let the outstanding personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline do all the hard work for you.

    Injury claim jargon buster: What does ‘civil action’ mean?

    If you’re claiming work accident compensation or you’ve suffered a workplace injury and you’ve done a bit of research and reading, you may have come across the term ‘civil action’. Civil action is used to describe a legal action, which is not related to criminal activity in any way. In the case of civil action, the case is usually between an individual and another individual, private company or organisation; a criminal action is between the crown prosecution service (the state) and an individual or a group of individuals.

    Compensation claims for work injuries, damage resulting from road traffic accidents, debt collection, divorce and the handling of an estate following a death are all examples of civil actions. Examples of criminal actions include robbery and murder.

    How do you claim compensation?

    There are various methods of claiming compensation, but often, the best way is to seek advice from a legal firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline. This well-established, reputable organisation was launched in 2000 and the expert team of lawyers and solicitors has a wealth of experience in handling a broad spectrum of claims, from car crash compensation and work injury claims, to public liability compensation and travel accident compensation.

    If you think you may have a valid work injury compensation case, it’s important to try and collect and collate as much information as possible. Record dates and times related to the incident, seek medical advice and ask colleagues who witnessed the accident to provide an eyewitness statement. This information will be used to support your case and prove that you were not to blame for the injuries you sustained. With Accident Advice Helpline most of the information required by the lawyers working on the case can be gathered via the telephone and clients rarely have to go to court.

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    It is possible to pursue compensation without the help of a legal firm; however, the process can be time-consuming, complex and stressful and it’s usually highly beneficial to have the advice of a trained personal injury lawyer available. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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