If you have been injured in any way through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. In order to do this, however, you must establish that someone else (i.e. a person or a business) had a duty of care for you at the time of your injury, that this duty of care was neglected, and that your injury was as a direct result of this negligence.
How do you know if someone else was responsible for an accident?
In order to establish whether someone else had a duty of care for you at the time of your accident or injury, firstly consider where you were. If you were at work, your employer had a duty of care for you. If you were driving on a public road, both the council and other drivers had a duty of care for you. If you were on business premises, that business may be responsible for your accident.
Next, question why you had an accident. Was it because a hazard was improperly signposted, or did you simply fail to see a sign warning you of danger? Although you could make the case that the sign was inappropriately placed, it’s likely that the accident would then be considered your own fault. Was it because the equipment you were using at the time was faulty, or you weren’t trained in its use? Your employer has a duty to make sure that all equipment is in good working order and well-maintained, and that all of his staff are properly trained in their duties.
Bear in mind that you can claim for injuries that are mental as well as physical. These mental injuries can either be as a result of an accident or debilitating physical injuries, of someone intentionally causing you distress, or of being a witness to an accident or violent altercation.
How to make a claim for personal injury compensation
Because the law can be complicated when it comes to cases of personal injury compensation, it’s best to take legal advice before approaching anyone directly about your claim. Call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your particular situation in detail. They’ll be able to tell you whether your claim is likely to be valid, what evidence would be required, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient.
Date Published: December 16, 2013
Author: David Brown