When you’re considering taking legal action, it is important to be aware of your statutory rights. These are among the most basic rights you have in law and they are very difficult to lose. They developed from traditional British customs and are basically there to ensure that people treat each other fairly.
Statutory rights underlie many compensation cases. If you’re not sure how they apply in your situation, but you feel that something that has happened to you is unfair, call our advisors here at Accident Advice Helpline. They will talk through your situation with you and help you to work out where you stand.
Warranties and guarantees
Some warranties and guarantees can give the impression that they override your statutory rights. For instance, they may claim that a new product is guaranteed to work for six months, giving the impression that you have no recourse in law if it falls apart after that. In fact, if the product is something you would usually expect to have a two-year lifespan, you can likely insist on a refund or replacement if it breaks within that longer period.
The same principle applies when it comes to safety. Under most circumstances, it’s reasonable for you to assume that anything you buy will be safe if used correctly. A limited safety guarantee that applies only to a set period of time may not in fact affect your statutory rights. If you have been injured by a faulty product within the past three years, it’s worth giving us a call to find out if you could make a claim for compensation.
Statutory rights and services
As well as affecting products, statutory rights can apply to services. This means, for instance, that if you employ somebody who is advertising their services as a builder, you have a reasonable expectation that they will be able to do their job properly and to a safe standard. If you are injured because they have done something poorly, the breach of your statutory rights could form part of your compensation claim.
Statutory rights and employment
Your statutory rights also protect you when you are at work. They include the right to a safe and healthy working environment. If you are injured at work because your employer has failed to take account of this, an industrial accident solicitor can use your statutory rights as the basis for a claim. If you have a contract that says they don’t apply, it’s always worth getting legal advice, as contracts like this are sometimes misleading.
If you believe that your statutory rights may have been breached and you have suffered an injury as a result, give us a call. If we think that you have a case, we will offer to put you in touch with a solicitor who has the appropriate area of expertise. You won’t need any money to do this, as we won’t take a fee unless you win. We’ll help you to uphold your rights by ensuring that you are properly compensated if they have been ignored.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown