It is never pleasant having to break bad news to someone. If you have been witness to an accident, or involved in a situation and need to inform loved ones that someone is seriously injured or has passed away, then this can be the worst part of the entire situation for you. It is difficult to know what to say or how to handle the situation so that you are sensitive and upfront about the situation. If it is handled wrongly then you may make the situation worse for the victim’s loved ones. Here are some tips on breaking bad news.
- Take a moment to deal with the situation yourself. Often, if you are tasked with breaking the bad news, then the victim will have been close to you as well. Before you start speaking to other loved ones and putting yourself through the stress and upset of having to break bad news, you need to deal with it and have your own reaction first. Take a few minutes, have a cup of tea or a bath and allow yourself to react to what has happened.
- Work out what you are going to say. You can make the situation much easier by knowing exactly what you want to say and having this planned out. Not knowing what to say will make the situation much more difficult, and you may panic and say the wrong thing.
- Get them in private. The people who you are going to break the news to will have their own immediate reactions and will not want to have these in public. Choose somewhere quiet and private to break the news.
- Be upfront. Break the bad news as quickly as you can, and don’t dance around the subject. It is unfair, and even cruel, to make people guess what the news is as you build up to it.
How to make a no win no fee in Atherstone claim
If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, and have sustained injuries, then you may be able to make a compensation claim against the other driver with no win no fee in Atherstone. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience with personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers to help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They will help you to decide whether or not you have a good case for a no win no fee in Atherstone compensation claim. You are under no obligation to proceed after this initial phone call, but if you do then you will be passed over to injury lawyers, who will start working on your no win no fee in Atherstone claim on your behalf.
Date Published: 12th January 2014
Author: David Brown