What exactly does a personal injury lawyer in Church Stretton do? Most people know that a family lawyer in Church Stretton would deal with family law matters such as divorce, marital disputes and child custody arrangements. We all know that a housing lawyer in Church Stretton would deal with conveyancing (buying and selling houses) and landlord and tenant disputes. However, the term ‘personal injury’ is not so well understood. Law firms like Accident Advice Helpline understand it very well!
Most of us don’t know what a personal injury lawyer in Church Stretton does until we actually need one ourselves and then we understand all too well.
The work of a personal injury lawyer in Church Stretton
A personal injury lawyer in Church Stretton can help you if you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your own fault. They will help you to claim a sum of money (called compensation) from the person who was at fault for the accident – this is the person that was to blame. In many road traffic accidents this is the driver of a motor vehicle although it is possible for cyclists and pedestrians to cause accidents as well.
You can also make a personal injury claim for accidents at work – these are sometimes called occupational accidents. Here, the person to blame is often the employer because they have not provided a safe working environment for their employees. They may have failed to carry out a risk assessment or may not have provided the correct equipment. The personal injury lawyer will gather evidence that will prove that the employer was to blame.
Some people claim for slips, trips and falls in public places. This could be a street or a car park or in a shop. The people who operate these areas have a duty to make sure that the floor surface is safe to walk on and that there are no unexpected hazards or slippery patches. This is often a simple case of regular maintenance and inspection.
A personal injury lawyer establishes who was to blame for their client’s accident and then negotiates a sum of money in compensation. In general it is the more serious injuries that get the higher levels of compensation so you would expect to get more compensation for a brain injury than for a twisted ankle. The compensation also covers ‘out of pocket’ expenses which are things like lost wages and additional child care costs. It is important that the clients keep some sort of proof of these expenses that can be presented as part of the claim. At some point, most claimants also have to attend a medical assessment appointment where their injuries will be assessed by a medical expert.
If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer to make a claim to compensation then call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone line; 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone. For all the free advice you need, our friendly and professional advisers are waiting to receive your call and help in any way they can to validate and progress your claim.
Date Published: 25th January 2014
Author: David Brown