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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

    Finding out who is at fault when making a claim


    There are various potential causes when an accident happens. Sometimes it can be quite obvious such as when someone drives their car into you.

    However sometimes it can be a bit more debatable and this is why you need the right representation when making a claim.

    Who is at fault

    If you are running in the office and you trip over then this is your fault. Equally if someone in the office says to you that you have to wear protective clothing and you don’t listen to them then you are at fault if you are exposed to chemical burns and so forth.

    However if a manager fails to put on a sign warning people about a spill and you fall over while walking then this is something you could claim for. Some people may argue about this but if you get injured and are unable to walk because of this then you are likely to take it a lot more seriously!

    Accidents in public

    One contentious issue is what happens if you are injured in public. For example if you are walking and you trip over a crack in the pavement then this is something that ought to be repaired. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the council to ensure that repairs are made as promptly as possible, especially if this issue has been raised before.

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    This is also relevant if you are on a sports team. Any playing field ought to be cleared of potential hazards such as broken glass. It does not matter if this is accidental or as a result of vandalism. This needs to be checked before.

    Car accident claim

    A lot of the time it can be clear who is at fault. However sometimes it is not always easy to prove who is responsible. This is why it is vital to get witness statements and to get as much physical evidence as possible to support any claim after a car accident.

    Medical negligence

    This can be one of the most difficult cases to prove. The reason it can be difficult is that you not only have to prove that someone was at fault but also that their mistakes lead to someone’s condition getting worse.

    Product liability

    If a product is defective and injures you then you should get compensation. If a company refuses to accept responsibility then you may need a legal representative to push a claim further. As well as getting compensation this will also mean companies need to be more aware of their policies and make them recall products quicker in future.

    Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

    It is not always easy to know who is at fault. Sometimes you may need compensation after an accident has occurred. If you want to know more details about your personal circumstances then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline. The helpline is available 24 hours a day so get in touch today to see how we can help you!

    Date Published: November 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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