Although you can’t claim compensation if you just get unlucky and pick up a bug the way most people do, there are several sets of circumstances in which it may be possible for you to make a successful pneumonia claim. If you acquire the infection in hospital, for instance, you may be entitled to claim because it’s supposed to be a hygienic environment where you’re safe. If you become ill after being required to work in unreasonably damp and cold conditions, you could also have a case. The same applies in any similar situation where you were made to feel that you did not have the option to leave.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we’re used to dealing with cases like this. We can talk through your particular circumstances with you and we’ll usually be able to let you know right away if it’s possible for you to make a claim. Calling us is free no matter what you decide to do. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can get in touch whenever it’s convenient for you.
You will have to make your pneumonia claim within three years of getting ill and you will need to have been treated for it by a doctor and formally diagnosed.
How to claim
Although it’s legally feasible for you to represent yourself when making a claim, it’s generally a very bad idea if you want to be successful. Your best course of action is to find a lawyer with prior expertise in similar kinds of cases. At Accident Advice Helpline we have a nationwide team of injury solicitors with a range of different specialities, so we can usually find the right one for each of our clients very quickly.
All our solicitors take on cases on a no win, no fee* basis. This means you have the same opportunity to claim regardless of the state of your finances. We know that pneumonia most often affects older people and those with long-term illnesses, so finding money can sometimes be a struggle. With this arrangement, if we don’t win your case, you won’t have to pay us at all.
We also believe in keeping things simple for our clients. With this in mind, we’ve streamlined the claims process as much as possible. Once you have a solicitor, you’ll be able to conduct matters over the phone or through email so that you don’t have to make unnecessary journeys. Your solicitor will handle all the paperwork, but no important decision will be made without consulting you first and you’ll always be able to call us if you have any concerns.
If you are successful in winning compensation, you could get money to make up for any earnings lost because of you illness, money to make up for your suffering, and money to help you cope with any long term problems the illness may have left you with. Compensation won’t just give you satisfaction – it can be a big practical help.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown