If you have been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation, also known as accident compensation. An accident claim can also be pursued for illnesses or conditions caused by a person's job or some type of exposure in the workplace.
Accidents can and do happen, but sometimes they could have been prevented by people being more careful or responsible, or by the appropriate safety measures being in place. Each year, many people are killed or injured in road traffic accidents on Britain's roads which are caused by the carelessness of other road users, by drink driving or even by dangerous roads. The workplace is another dangerous environment where accidents can happen as a result of faulty machinery or inadequate training.
Accidents can also happen in public places as we go about our daily lives. You might be injured by slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket or restaurant, or tripping over a broken paving slab. As long as your accident has been caused by someone else's negligence, you should be able to make an accident claim.
Injuries and conditions sustained in these types if accidents can have a major impact on someone's life, leading to long-term health problems, financial problems due to loss of earnings, depression and an inability to carry on with your job or to start your dream career. Personal injury compensation can help to give you the time to recover (without the financial pressure to return to work before you're really ready), allow you to get private medical treatment or undergo complementary therapies, make up for lost earnings and lost future earnings, help you to pay for long-term care, compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses and really help you to rebuild your life.
You should not feel guilty claiming accident compensation if the accident was not your fault. Employers, doctors, hospitals, public companies etc. all have a duty of care and a responsibility to keep people safe. Not only will your accident claim help you, it will also highlight the problem and perhaps prevent the accident from happening to somebody else.
Your claim for accident compensation should be successful if you can prove that someone else was to blame for your accident and that you suffered an injury or illness as a result of it. Here are some examples of accident claims:-
- Medical negligence - If you can prove that a doctor misdiagnosed you and there was a delay in treatment which led to you suffering needlessly then you may have a claim for medical negligence.
- Slip, trip or fall - If you have slipped on a spillage that hadn't been cleaned up properly in a supermarket then the supermarket is to blame for any injuries you sustained.
- Industrial disease - If you have suffered a chemical burn or asthma because of exposure to hazardous substances you may be able to claim for accident compensation, if the appropriate safety measures were not in place or you were not provided with adequate protective clothing or apparatus.
- Road traffic accident - If you were hit by a car whose driver was using a mobile phone and not concentrating properly then they are negligent and to blame for any injuries you sustained.
Those are just four examples of possible accident claims. A specialist personal injury lawyer or solicitor will be able to advise you on your particular circumstances and help you to build an accident claim case, but you will need to prove that the accident occurred, that it was someone else's fault and that you sustained some type of injury from it.