If you have been injured or have suffered form an illness as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Compensation amounts vary greatly depending on a number of factors. This is because each accident is unique and so are the effects of each accident. Each persons circumstances are taken into account when calculating compensation amounts.
The majority of compensation claims come about as a result of negligence. Employers, councils, drivers and shop owners all have certain standards to uphold to ensure that people they come into contact with or those who use their premises are protected from accidents. When they fail to meet these standards and accidents happen, the injured party can make a claim for compensation.
The common belief is that everybody is looking for a way to claim and that the UK has turned into a nation of compensation claimants. This isn’t true however as the amount of compensation paid out each year has actually decreased since the year 2000. In fact, after Denmark, the UK has the lowest level of compensation payouts of any developed country.
Before making a compensation claim, you will need to be able to prove that you have suffered an injury. A copy of any doctors notes or examinations of your injuries will need to be obtained. There will also need to be a clear case of negligence. You have 3 years from the time of the injury or accident to start your claim.