Precedent in English law
Of all areas of the complex legal structure of the common law system of England and Wales, some areas are more familiar to the general public than others. Television dramas, set in the courtroom or otherwise, frequently depict the ongoing sagas of criminal and family law proceedings. However, personal injury law can often lead to the question – how does one make a personal injury claim with a specialist solicitor following an accident?
How to make a personal injury claim with a specialist solicitor
Most people will have a general feel for the concepts of contract law and an awareness of the existence of intricate statutory regulation systems which govern banking, finance and local government activities. On the other hand, areas of law which are more shrouded and mysterious in their operation such as maritime law, EU law and the international legal order amongst nations are rarely, if at all, discussed outside of professional legal circles.
In the former category – the category most familiar to the public – can be found the field of personal injury claim law. A general sense of the possibilities in this area can be found from simply watching television advertisements for Accident Advice Helpline, or by looking around this very website! Injury claim examples are very varied; some are listed below.
- Slips, trips and falls. These result from a failure of someone responsible for the maintenance of a set of premises to make them safe for users who are invited into those premises. The legal definitions can be broad here — for instance, the council has a duty to maintain pavements and pathways safely for the public, but an employer or business has a very similar responsibility. Even private property owners can be responsible for invited guests or working contractors under what is known as occupiers’ liability.
- Road traffic accidents. Controlling up to a tonne of metal on a public road is a heavy responsibility, and one which is not carefully executed by an unfortunate number of road users. Finding this out can be a painful experience, but fortunately the prospects of recovering compensation for an accident which wasn’t your fault are very good.
- Accidents at work. The British economy is extremely diverse and the average person will hold many positions in the course of their careers. Even in the seemingly safest profession, accidents can and do happen, and employers are under an active duty to protect their employees from harm in any way what they can.
If you have experienced any of these kinds of accidents and suffered injury through the fault of another, then you might well be asking about how to make an personal injury claim with a specialist solicitor. Just call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for a no-obligation chat today.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in supporting people through the intricacies of personal injury claims and answering their questions on how to make an injury claim. We are trusted every year by thousands of people.
Date Published: 12th September 2013
Author: David Brown