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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

    Home renovation for a disability – compensation claim


    Anyone seeking to have their home renovated because they, or one of their family, have suffered disability faces a potentially huge bill to carry out the work. If the home renovation for a disability is the result of personal injury, then the costs may be covered by the compensation claim.

    Compensation claims

    If you have suffered personal injury, you may be able to claim compensation, providing you were not responsible for the incident. The actual claim is made against the person or body responsible for your injury. The specialist personal injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to assist you with your claim.

    The claim consists of general damages and special damages. General damages relate to your injuries, and the award is likely to be based on their severity. If the injuries are severe, which if the victim has been left disabled then they will be, the compensation award could be very high. However, this award will not be geared towards helping you carry out any necessary renovations for your home. Instead, these will come out of your special damages.

    The courts do not have the same discretion with special damages as they do with general damages. Basically, every penny awarded in special damages must be demonstrated to have been lost by you because of your injuries, or incurred as an expense. For your renovation, which involves your home being adapted to allow you to continue living there, the costs are likely to run into several thousand pounds. The cost of the work and materials will all need to be itemised and the invoice passed onto our solicitors who will present it as part of your claim.

    The advantages of using personal injury solicitors when making your claim

    Claiming compensation is complicated, and using the expertise of the legal profession can help smooth the process while taking the strain off the shoulders of the claimant.  The help and advice from our specialist legal team will also be beneficial should you seek to cover the expense of your home renovation, following your disability, out of the compensation payments.

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    We will assist you with the process which involves completing the Schedule of Special Damages. If need be, this document will be updated as the claim process progresses.

    The party being claimed against – the defendant – may well respond with what is known as a Counter Schedule of Special Damages in which some of your figures may be challenged. When that happens we will remain determined to secure you the best compensation award possible, as your needs and requirements remain paramount.

    What will we charge you for representation?

    By using our services you will be represented by our solicitors, all well experienced in dealing with cases such as yours. If we believe you do have grounds for compensation we will open your case at no cost to you. We will also provide representation on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333  500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

    Date Published: October 14, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.