As Christmas approaches, many of us struggle to make ends meet and borrow more than we can comfortably afford to pay back. We push money worries to the back of our mind until the new year has kicked in, and it is only then that reality hits hard. Money advice is always readily available, but the elderly or the vulnerable may ignore this and fall into even darker depths of despair and receive that dreaded knock on the door from the bailiff. Nothing can be more frightening than being confronted by a big, burly debt collector staring back at you who is unprepared to take “no” for an answer.
When a hundred ton of worry will not pay an ounce of debt
Jane from Westhill will always remember January 2012, as this was the time that she first set eyes on her bailiff. She was in the garden tidying up her lawn when she was confronted by a man who entered via the back gate. Feeling vulnerable and totally baffled by who he was, she stood to her feet and proceeded to step inside the house. At that moment, she felt someone push her in the back and she was thrown against her living room wall.
Thinking that she was being burgled she started to become extremely panicky, but the man announced that he was a bailiff. She managed to stop him taking any goods for 48 hours, as she promised to set up a repayment plan for the debt which had accumulated. Shook up and injured ,she rang the police and obtained legal advice from a personal injury lawyer in Westhill. The mother of two almost broke her nose, suffered extreme shock and psychological distress, along with immense back pain.
Fighting against bully boy tactics
Her personal injury lawyer told her that bailiffs do not have the legal right to push or force their way past a person in order to enter a property. However, they have been known to use tricks to enter a house such as walking straight past a person as soon as the front door is opened or asking if they can discuss matters inside rather than on the doorstep.
The law is on your side
Accident Advice Helpline can fully sympathise with people who have suffered an assault or acute harassment from a bailiff. Don’t suffer in silence anymore — give us a call today to assess your situation. We have friendly and supportive staff, and if your case is worth pursuing we will put you in touch with a personal injury lawyer who is specialised in this field and has an unsurpassed success rate.Open Claim Calculator
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