Most accidents often turn out to be due to some action or inaction by someone else and in these cases the finger of blame can be fairly pointed in their direction, although sometimes though the guilty party will not admit liability and that is where things can get a lot more complicated.
It isn't just accidents that can form the basis for a compensation claim as anything that results in someone receiving and injury or illness through the actions of another can often lay the basis for a successful claim.
Here are five common reasons why people may seek the advice of a lawyer to pursue a claim.
We have the right to expect to be protected from dangerous or perilous situations as we go about our daily business and there is a duty of care when it comes to simple things such as walking down the street.
Badly maintained pavements can be a problem for older people, especially in the winter months where there are icy conditions, and anyone of any age can suffer injury from a fall, so local councils are obliged to make sure footpaths are safe and fit for purpose.
If you have an accident that otherwise have been avoided then financial compensation could be forthcoming.
People who have suffered an injury or contracted an illness in the course of doing their jobs make up a sizeable proportion of successful compensation claims. It is an area in which people should expect to receive funds if they suffer an accident or are caused illness by a set of circumstances that could have reasonably been expected to be avoided by the implementation of Health and Safety regulations and good practice.
One of the other biggest areas of financial compensation claims for injury come as a result of an accident where motor vehicles are involved. It doesn't matter if you are the driver, passenger or a pedestrian who receives an injury, many road accidents are directly due to someone's negligence or dangerous driving and if this is the case then it clearly provides the basis for a claim.
Medical negligence cases have seen a significant upsurge in recent years because sometimes the professional care and service offered by doctors, surgeons, nurses and other practitioners can fall short of what is expected. When anyone entrusts their care to a medical professional it is taken as read that their best interests are at the heart of any treatment but sadly many clinical negligence claims show that there can be devastating results to malpractice or error that has caused further injury or illness.
More people than ever are taking responsibility for their own general health and well-being but as they do there is also a rise in the number of accidents and injuries that are being suffered whilst taking part in sports and training activities. There are many different grounds for potential compensation claims in this area, ranging from deliberate injuries inflicted in contact sports right through to faulty equipment being provided for use in a gym.