You won’t need to have been the driver of a car that was involved in an accident that was not your fault to make a claim for Islington no win no fee* work accident compensation of you suffered an injury. In fact, you might even be able to make a claim if the driver of the vehicle you were in caused the accident.
The whole principle of personal injury law is pretty straightforward; if you are hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the negligent party that caused it may be liable to pay you compensation for your suffering. When it comes to road traffic accidents, the insurance company providing cover to the party that caused the accident would most likely pay you any money you were due.
However, there are certain circumstances that could complicate matters. Your ability to make a claim and the final amount that you might be awarded could be influenced by your behaviour, even if you were not responsible for the accident occurring.
Contributory negligence and Islington ‘no win, no fee*’ work accident claims
Contributory negligence refers to a set of circumstances whereby the behaviour of a claimant in an accident compensation case might have had some impact on the severity of their injuries.
In short, if something you did contributed to you being hurt, any pay-out you might have been entitled to could be reduced. In short, if something you did contributed to you being hurt, any pay-out you might have been entitled to might be reduced, or you might lose grounds to claim altogether.
An example would be if you knowingly got into a car with somebody who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were to do this, you would be putting yourself in harm’s way.
Most right-minded people would not be foolish enough to get in a car with somebody who was way over the drink drive limit. If you did this, a court would take this into consideration when making an assessment of your claim. You might also find that any pay-out you might have been entitled to could be cut if you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time that you were involved in the accident that you were injured in, as you are legally required to.
Take advice from Accident Advice Helpline
Even if any potential Islington based ‘no win, no fee*’ work accident claim could be jeopardised by contributory negligence, it might not mean that your chances of claiming compensation will be completely dashed. If you would like to get free personal injury advice, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 4th November 2014
Author: David Brown