Key terms explained!
In the realm of personal injury compensation law, there can be a lot of jargon which some potential customers may find off-putting! Our solicitor firm in Stoke Canon understands this and so, along with the advisers at Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) we have created the following jargon-bustin’ guide!
- Compensation – this is the name given to an amount of money payable to you by someone, either an individual or a company as a result of you being hurt (in the case of personal injury). Also known as a settlement, your solicitor firm in Stoke Canon will try their upmost to gain on your behalf the maximum level of compensation possible.
- Liability – this is another word for ‘blame’. In order for you to claim compensation with our solicitor firm in Stoke Canon, someone else needs to have been to blame or responsible for your accident It is possible, in some cases, to settle for compensation without the other side accepting liability but this is rare.
- Claimant – in personal injury cases, the claimant is a term used to refer to you! In other words, the person who is claiming compensation is known as the claimant. AAH and their solicitors work with claimants.
- Defendant – the other side in a compensation claim is known as the defendant. These are the people from whom you are seeking damages or compensation. The defendant can be an individual, such as another car driver or a company, business, agency, local council etc.
- Legal team – this is the group of people here at AAH that will take your compensation case to its logical and successful conclusion. It consists of the advisers on the phone, right through to the legal team, led by our experienced solicitors in Stoke Canon.
- Deadline – All compensation cases have a deadline of three years from the date of the accident in which you must make a claim; in cases of industrial diseases and illness, this three year deadline is applied differently (need to know more, contact us on 0800 689 0500)
- Symptoms and injuries – to claim compensation, you are claiming for financial justice for the injury/injuries you received. These need to be severe enough to have ‘symptoms’, meaning you needed to seek medical advice and/or treatment. This can be pain, for example, for which you received medication or you may have needed further treatment. For some of our clients, they may have been admitted to hospital.
Get in touch with our solicitor firm in Stoke Canon
Accident Advice Helpline makes the process of claiming compensation as clear as possible, as do our solicitor firm in Stoke Canon! To get friendly, professional and knowledgeable advice, call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 4th May 2014
Author: David Brown