Today, more and more people are aware that they can claim personal injury compensation should they suffer a mishap through no fault of their own. However, pensioners making a claim may need considerably more help when it comes knowing their rights, so that they do not miss out on any compensation payments they are entitled to. It is right that they are able to claim, because the injury could cause severe disruption to their personal lives. Compensation provides a financial redress that will help tide them over a very difficult period.
While retired individuals may not suffer any loss of earnings following an injury caused by an accident, some may have part-time jobs or might still need extra care while they recuperate. A personal injury compensation claim may well help pay the costs of such care.
Why pensioners may need assistance when making a claim
Though many pensioners are perfectly healthy and have no mobility issues, they may not have experience of dealing with the complexities of an accident compensation claim. Obviously, some pensioners do suffer with health problems and may have failing eyesight, which can make it difficult to understand and complete the forms involved when making a claim.
A lack of knowledge about their rights means many pensioners miss out on compensation they are actually entitled to it. For instance, they might trip on an uneven footpath or slip on a wet floor in a supermarket and suffer an injury. The individual concerned was obviously not responsible for the accident, but may be unsure about how to go about claiming compensation for the personal injury sustained.
Fortunately, our professional team of solicitors is on hand to offer assistance to any pensioner seeking to make a claim. We are always sympathetic and understanding in our dealings and will offer help and advice about how to make a claim and can also provide representation. As with any client, our highly skilled specialists will explain the process in an easy to understand manner.
First steps for pensioners making a claim for compensation
The first thing to do is determine what actually led to the accident. This will help us verify that the pensioner was not personally liable for the incident that led to the injury. Next, we will assist the claimant in identifying who was actually liable for the accident. For example, if he or she slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, it is the store that is liable and any compensation would be paid through its public liability insurance.
Gathering evidence is always important when making a compensation claim, as liability can always be denied. Evidence can come in the form of statements from witnesses or footage from CCTV or security cameras. We will try and help the claimant secure that evidence.
We will also suggest the pensioner see a doctor, as his or her medical report may contribute towards securing adequate compensation.
How much will our assistance cost?
All our clients are represented on a no win, no fee* basis. That means that if the claim is unsuccessful our client will not have to pay us anything.