When an individual has suffered a personal injury and is not at fault for that injury, he or she can pursue filing an accident claim. In the UK, there are several types of injuries that fall under the jurisdiction of accident claims. The most common injuries filed include:
- Accidents at work
- Road traffic accidents
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Accidents in public places
- Criminal injury
- Medical negligence
The aid of a skilled solicitor is essential to filing an accident claim. A solicitor can lead one through the finer points of the law, translate legalese, and advise one on how to make the best decisions regarding the case. This assistance can only help one’s claim.
Work Accident Claims
As an employee, you have the right to earn a paycheck in exchange for your labor, but you also have the right to carry out that labor in a safe environment. This is sanctioned by UK law. If an employer does not provide a safe workplace and an accident occurs, the accident victim has the right to pursue legal action against his or her employer. Work-related claims are one of the most frequently filed types of accident claims.
Road Traffic Accident Claims
Roadway accidents also make up a huge percentage of the total number of accident claims filed each year in the UK. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists can all file traffic accident claims if they feel they are not at fault for the mishap. In general, a passenger in a vehicle that is involved in an accident has the best chance of a successful claim, since the law recognizes that a passenger is usually an innocent bystander.
Road Accident Claims
When one slips on the icy walkway outside the supermarket, more than the ego can be bruised. Businesses are required to ensure their property is safe for the public. If this requirement is not met and an injured party can prove the business is at fault, the injured person has every legal right to file an accident claim.
Car Accident Claims
Criminal injury claims can be filed against a criminal if an innocent bystander is injured–physically or psychologically–by the criminal’s action. If the injured person can identify his or her assailant, an accident claim can be filed. The criminal party does not have to be in police custody or charged with a crime in order for an injured individual to seek damages.
No one likes to even consider the possibility that a medical professional may behave in a negligent manner. Unfortunately, it does happen, and the public needs to have safeguards in place. One such safeguard is an accident claim, which an individual who has been the victim of medical negligence can file with the full support of the law.
Accidents can come out of the blue and tip our lives upside down. Thankfully, we have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible for the accident. We can rest well knowing that our suffering, physical and emotional, can be compensated under the law.