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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

    First steps to an injury compensation claim


    If you have been injured in any way through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. The amount you will receive is based on the pain and suffering you have experienced as well as the financial impact of your injury.

    First things first: establishing negligence

    In order for a claim for personal injury compensation to be successful, you must prove that someone else had a duty of care for you at the time of the accident, this duty of care was neglected, and your injury was a direct result of this negligence. A good example is if you have been injured at work. If you have slipped and fallen due to a spillage, you would only be entitled to personal injury compensation if this spillage had not been properly signposted. If someone had placed a ‘danger’ sign beside it, the onus for not falling would then be on you. This is because your employer has done all they can do to protect you by placing a sign beside the spillage (no matter who actually put the sign there).

    If you have been injured in the course of medical treatment, your doctor may or may not have been negligent. Mistakes can always be made in medicine, no matter how careful and competent your doctor is. In order to find out whether or not your doctor has been negligent, an expert would need to look at your medical records.

    Making a claim for personal injury compensation

    If you have been injured and think you may have a case for negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not it is likely that someone else is to blame for your accident, who this would be, and what evidence would be required to establish their negligence. There’s no obligation to go ahead with a claim simply by making a call, but if you choose to do so it can usually be done entirely over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee basis.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard. We are specialists in the area of personal injury compensation, and have been helping accident victims receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years.

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    Date Published: December 16, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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