There has been some cynicism in the press about compensation. There is the idea that people are making frivolous claims in order to get money from businesses. However, the vast majority of claims are made by genuine victims who were not in any way at fault for the injuries they suffered. It should be remembered what compensation money can be used for and how it can help people rebuild their lives.
Even with NHS treatment there are still medical costs involved. For example if you suffer from an illness due to an industrial accident then you will often have to pay for prescription medicines. You may also have to pay for physiotherapy after a physical injury. These are costs that would not exist if the accident had not occurred.
Repairs and replacements
If someone crashes into your car you should not have to pay for repairs (or for a new vehicle if it gets written off). People who have to get to work every day or drive their children to school often need a vehicle in order to do their daily routine uninterrupted. Replacements can also include protective gear when riding a bicycle or motorcycle (for example if your leathers are damaged during a crash or your helmet gets broken in a collision.)
Compensating for lost wages
Legally an employer needs to have insurance to provide for employees in the result of being injured in the workplace. This is often a contentious issue as employers may feel that some people may exaggerate conditions in order to get more compensation, in particular mental conditions that could be caused by stress. However, the onus is on the claimant to prove that this can be attributed to the workplace.
This can also apply to accidents if it can be shown that someone’s ability to get to work is affected by the accident. For example if someone is a cycle courier and they break their leg in an accident caused by a driver then it is fair to say that they cannot do their work because they need to be able to operate that bicycle in order to do their work.
This can also apply to someone who usually cycles to work but is unable to if they get injured and therefore they could potentially receive compensation for any additional costs incurred, such as public transport.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
For over 13 years we have helped people get the compensation they deserve. We pride ourselves on our record with many online reviews praising our customer service and the advice we offer regardless of whether or not the client chooses to pursue compensation.
Our helpline is available 24 hours a day so there is always someone to talk to and help you discuss your claim, giving you a realistic idea of whether you should pursue your claim and the amount of compensation you could receive. Contact us today and see what our “no win no fee” representatives could do for you!
Date Published: October 21, 2013
Author: David Brown