The truth is that injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. You may have been in a car accident, either as a driver or a passenger. You might have had an injury at work or simply slipped over on the street because of a loose paving stone.
Injuries can vary from slight bumps and bruises or burns where it takes just a few days to recover to more serious ones where you may need ongoing support and medical help to get better. You might not be able to work, you could have trouble simply getting around the home, and you may need specialist treatment to improve your life.
If the accident was the result of negligence by someone else or an organisation, you may be able to claim compensation to help with your recovery. This might not be the first thing on your mind as you try to get better, but with any serious injury it will help with your costs and the future management of any impairment you may have suffered.
Here are just some of the areas where a serious injury can occur:
- The most obvious one that comes to mind is a car accident. It can effect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If the accident was not your fault, you could make a claim even if the offending driver was not insured themselves.
- You may be surprised to learn of the number of accidents and injuries that have occurred because of faulty products. The Consumer Protection Act means that you can sue for compensation if you have been injured in this way.
- Unfortunately, accidents at work are more common than we like to think. It could be a wet floor that wasn’t properly signposted and which you slipped on. You may have been working in a warehouse and got hit by a forklift truck. Employers have a responsibility to make sure the work environment is safe for employees and visitors and failure to do so can make them liable for compensation if someone ends up with a serious injury.
- If you’ve suffered an injury during a crime that has been committed, you can also claim compensation. This falls under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which is able to authorise payments whether you are suffering from a physical or psychological injury.
Of course, the world of personal injury is wide and pretty complex. That’s why it’s always very important to get the right legal advice as soon as you can. Being awarded the appropriate compensation will help you with adjusting to your injury and, hopefully, getting better in the long run.
At Forster Dean, we have experienced and qualified solicitors on board who can help you move forward with your claim. If you are seeking legal advice after a serious injury, we will sit down with you, listen to your story and go through all the options available. W
e provide a no win no fee service which means that you don’t have to find the money to employ a solicitor up front – you get billed only when and only when the claim is successful.
It can be daunting talking to a legal team for the first time but don’t let that put you off. At Forster Dean we’re a friendly and approachable team. You’ll get a sympathetic ear and impartial advice at all times. You won’t be pressured into making a claim, even if you finally decide this isn’t right for you.
Contact us today to find out more.