If you are thinking of making a claim for compensation then you may have already been told by an accident solicitor in Craven you can only seek compensation if you were not responsible for your accident.
Generally speaking this is indeed the case.
However, as your claim progresses you may receive a letter from the other side’s legal representatives suggesting that you accept partial responsibility for the accident. This is regarded as contributory negligence and can be a handy way for the other party to reduce the amount of compensation that you are going to be awarded.
If you do accept contributory negligence you are suggesting that the accident was not entirely the other side’s fault. With this comes a serious reduction in the amount of compensation that you could be entitled to.
What does your accident solicitor in Craven say?
If you receive such a request then it is important to discuss this with your accident solicitor in Craven in detail. They will be able to look at the facts of your case and ascertain whether or not there is genuine grounds for you to be held partially responsible.
For example, it may be that you have been involved in a car accident. Perhaps there is no dispute that the other side caused the accident. However, as you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time the other side asserts that the injuries you sustained were made far worse than they would have been had you been abiding by the law. In this case an agreement of contributory negligence may be appropriate.
These are things that you can discuss with your accident solicitor in Craven who will do all they can to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
Quick pay out
Many people feel tempted to accept contributory negligence, even when the accident was in no way their fault because they think it will speed the process up. While it can mean that the case is resolved quickly, time should not be a factor when it comes to seeking compensation.
Remember, if you are not to blame then you are entitled to compensation. Let your Accident Solicitor in Craven advise you on the best way for your claim to be handled.
Speak to us today
To find out whether or not you can make a claim, and how much that claim could be worth, take our 30 second test today.
Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 069 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and we will put you in touch with someone to help you get the outcome that you are entitled to, and deserve.
Date Published: 13th October 2014
Author: David Brown