Personal injury settlements can arise from all sorts of scenarios, but most commonly as the result of accidents on the road or in the workplace. A personal injury settlement is reached when the two parties in a case – the plaintiff and the defendant – agree to settle. This often means that the defendant, the party deemed responsible for causing the injury, agrees to pay a fixed sum of compensation to the injured party.
This does not always mean that the defendant admits liability – it is possible for them to settle the case to avoid a costly legal battle, whilst maintaining they did not cause the accident. Many personal injury settlements are made to stop the case going to court.
Personal accident settlements
One example of a personal injury settlement is the following case:
A worker who was asked to move a pillar, ironically as part of health and safety exercise, used a saw to cut through an upright pillar which was secured at both the ceiling and floor ends. Unable to remove the pillar entirely using this method, he then used a crowbar which dislodged the 65 kg structure, causing it to drop and land on his head, causing him severe brain damage and spinal injuries.
Personal injury claim cases
The above example describes an accident at work, but personal injury settlements can be reached in any accident that occurred in the last three years and was not the fault of the claimant.
Accident Advice Helpline can refer your case to one of our nationwide legal experts, who can fight your claim on a 100% no win no fee* basis and hopefully reach a settlement in as little time as possible. Most personal injury cases don’t need to go to court, and some can be settled in a matter of weeks.
Call 0800 180 4 123 or try the 30-second test to put yourself one step closer to reaching a settlement for your personal injury today.
Date Published: 8th February 2012
Author: Louise Thacker