If an injury occurs due to the fault of a third party, then a person may be able to file a compensation claim. Injuries incurred at work, for instance, may be the fault of the employer’s lax health and safety rules. Injures that occur at a store, shop or public area may very well be due to negligence, while medical malpractice can also be the cause of injury, pain and suffering. There are various types of compensations claims that one can pursue, but the first step is to decide whether or not to file a claim.
The decision of whether or not to file a compensation claim should be made as soon as possible. Most personal injury solicitors advise that such a claim be made less than two years after the incident has occurred. However, the sooner one files a claim, the better chances he or she has of winning compensation.
The first step in filing a compensation claim is to hire a good solicitor. Many people worry that they will not have the money to pay both the medical bills and the attorney fees; however, compensation lawyers almost always operate on a “no win = no fee” basis. This means that if a person loses his or her case, the lawyer does not get paid.
Is Filing a Compensation Claim Always the Best Course of Action?
A person may choose not to file a compensation claim for any one of a number of reasons. Some people prefer to avoid courts and complex legal matters that they do not understand. Others feel that filing a compensation claim over a trivial matter is not a good use of their time. Whatever the reason, the decision of whether or not to file a claim is in the individual’s court.
However, many solicitors advise a person to file a claim if the incident had or could have had serious repercussions. One should remember that filing a claim does more than simply provide a person with the funds needed to make up for lost salary and pay medical bills. A compensation claim can also force the responsible party to have better health and safety practices. In the case of filing a medical malpractice claim, a claim against a doctor can stop the doctor from practicing and possibly causing injury to other individuals.
What Happens After a Claim Has Been Filed?
A good compensation attorney will help a person to file a legal claim. After this has been filed, a court date will be set and the case will begin. In the meantime, a lawyer will help a person gather needed evidence to boost his or her case. In some instances, the party being sued may offer a settlement, which can save both parties the hassle of going to court.
The decision of whether or not to file a compensation claim should not be made lightly. However, it is a decision that should be made as soon as possible. A person who has been injured due to the actions or inaction of a third party should contact a compensation lawyer as soon as possible, go over the details of the case, and make a well-informed decision regarding the pros and cons of seeking compensation.
This is a guest post from expert law solicitors in Swindon Lemon & Co. We specialise in both business and private law, including personal injury and claims. For more information, please visit the Lemon & Co. website.