One of the more difficult types of claims for compensation in Merthyr Tydfil comes when people are claiming against the local council. This is because backing up your case can be difficult and it’s also not without its controversies.
A compensation culture
There are many people in this country who are quite rightly worried about a compensation culture within this country. They’ve seen examples in the US of people making frivolous claims and being awarded millions and they don’t want to follow down the same track.
Claims against the local authority are often seen as being controversial because they naturally place a greater strain on the already tight resources of the council which should in theory be used for helping people, but this is not something that should stop you from claiming the compensation you should be entitled to.
For a start the chances are that the council will be covered through public liability insurance which covers them for any damage or injury people sustain while on their property. It will be this that you’ll be claiming against.
Secondly, if you are injured while on council property because they have failed to take their safety responsibilities seriously then it is only right and fair that you should be awarded compensation as a result.
Claiming compensation in Merthyr Tydfil
The trouble is that proving your case can often be fraught with difficulties. Let’s say for example that you break your ankle tripping over a loose paving slab while out running. If the council hasn’t repaired it or placed warning signs around the area, they should be liable to the compensation payment, but how do you prove your case?
Ideally you would have a photograph of the scene at the time of the accident but how may of us are really going to have the presence of mind to do that at the time? Having witness statements from people who saw the accident or can attest that the area was like that at the time of the accident can also be extremely helpful in supporting your case.
Finding the right lawyer
To give you the best chance of winning it’s important that you find someone who can claim compensation in Merthyr Tydfil and has experience working on cases against local authorities. They will be more familiar with the law surrounding these situations and will make a better overall job of arguing your case if it goes to court.
Paying for compensation in Merthyr Tydfil
Even with the best legal team in the world there is no guarantee of success in this instance which is why it’s so important to find someone who offers no win no fee as standard. This ensures that if you don’t win you don’t pay so it’s a measure of financial protection.
To find out more about claiming compensation in Merthyr Tydfil, call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th July 2014
Author: David Brown