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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."

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    Accident claim in Britain

    How very British!

    When it comes to making an accident claim in Britain, UK citizens often ask questions such as, “should I really make a claim?”, “shouldn’t I feel guilty?” and “what if the other party didn’t intend to cause my accident?”

    Well, let us help answer some of those questions!

    Should you make a claim?

    When it comes to making a personal or industrial accident claim in Britain the law is very clear.  If you have been the victim of an accident that was caused by someone’ s negligent actions or their lack of appropriate action, then you have a clear entitlement to claim compensation from them for the impact their actions have had on your life.

    An example of a common accident claim UK solicitors would deal with might include:

    • A road traffic accident
    • An accident or injury at work
    • A slip, trip or fall
    • A defective product that causes an injury
    • An accident on holiday
    • Medical negligence

    There are many other types of accident and injury that are covered by personal injury law. So should you make a claim?  If you are genuinely entitled to, then yes.

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    Reasons to make a claim

    When you make an accident claim, you are asking the other party to help make amends for their own negligence. Consider the effect your accident has had on you, in terms of:

    • Finance – have you had to lose wages, pay for extra childcare, travel to medical appointments or pay for treatment?
    • Suffering – have your injuries caused you pain and discomfort
    • Quality of life – have you been unable to take part in activities you enjoyed before your accident?  Has your quality of life been impaired?

    If the answer to any of these is yes, then you should consider asking for compensation that will go some way towards putting things right.

    Money isn’t the only reason for making a claim.  You have a right to feel that justice has been done and that the person who caused your injury has acknowledged their responsibility.  Feeling that you have had a fair deal can help bring you closure and ease the recovery process.

    What if the other party didn’t intend to cause your accident?

    We keep using the word ‘negligence’. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it. Not all accidents have a cause, and not all deserve blame.  Accidents that happen purely by chance do not result in an accident claim UK companies will offer to proceed with.

    But when someone has failed to act in the way they should have – either as a responsible driver, a conscientious employee or as a company fulfilling their duties – they have to take responsibility for the consequences, even if those consequences were unforeseen and unintentional.

    We are saying that the choices they have made and their behaviour has impacted on your life and caused you hardship that you wouldn’t have otherwise faced.  They have a duty to face up to that.  Many companies and individuals acknowledge the inherent risks of their actions by taking out insurance. For example, drivers are insured, so are high street retailers, manufacturers and public bodies. They are acknowledging that sometimes things go wrong.  If you have been on the receiving end of their unfortunate event, you are entitled to claim.

    Accident claim in Britain specialists

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that your accident will have caused you mixed feelings and we promise to listen to what you need and support you through any claim you choose to make. After more than ten years in this business, we consider ourselves to be experts in supporting clients through their accident claims.

    If you think you might be entitled to compensation, ring us for free, no-obligation advice now. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 about making an accident claim in Britain.

    Date Published: 19th September 2012

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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