Every year the number of people making personal injury claims in Bexley goes up which is seen by some people as a sign that we’re following America blindly down the track of compensation culture, but to look at the USA and draw comparisons with the UK is a deeply unhelpful and inaccurate way to look at things.
Horror stories from abroad
The internet is full of plenty of stories of strange claims which have been accepted, many of which seem to happen in fast food restaurants. Take the example of a woman who burned her lip on a cup of coffee.
She was shocked to hear that coffee came in a hot condition and sought to claim compensation from MacDonalds for not warning her. Not only did she win the case, but the judge awarded punitive damages against the restaurant for daring to contest the case.
Other claims include a man who hurt his thumb while trying to open the door. He made a claim against the restaurant and again was awarded compensation.
In the UK it is unlikely that either event would have been entitled to make a claim. First of all you have to show that the accident was your fault – if you don’t know that coffee might be hot when you drink it, you’ve somehow lived in isolation all your life. And it’s unlikely to claim that a scalded lip is going to have an impact on your life. It’s not going to force you off work and it’s not going to stop you going out.
Okay, maybe you have to fork out for some ointment – which is not much of a hardship, but even so you’ll probably live.
What the law says
Unfortunately for people such as in the example above, the law in the UK is a little more sensible. If you’re hurt in an accident you will have to demonstrate that you were hurt badly enough to have suffered a significant impact on your quality of life. This could include anything such as being forced off work, having reduced mobility or having to fix a broken bone.
You will also have to prove that the accident was caused by the defendant. If you’re unable to demonstrate this conclusively then the courts will have no option but to find against you.
Expert help with personal injury claims in Bexley
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years it’s that it’s never possible to be certain about what’s going to happen. Life tends to be full of surprises which is why, if you’re making personal injury claims in Bexley you could do with a back up plan in case things go wrong. You won’t want to find yourself having to pay for compensation if you can avoid it, so it’s a good idea to work on the basis of no-win, no-fee. This means that you proceed with a claim without risk of incurring further losses.
So, if you’re looking to make personal injury claims in Bexley, give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from mobile.
Date Published: 15th August 2014
Author: David Brown