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Personal Injury And Accident Claims

Irrespective of the safety measures you might have taken, an accident could occur at any time and to pretty much anybody, it doesn’t matter who you are, even a personal injury solicitor. We humans neither decide to become an accident victim, nor do we choose why, when and where the accident will take place.

It might seem obvious but almost any accident is likely to be both a distressing and potentially costly experience. Any injuries you are unfortunate enough to sustain are likely to cause you various degrees of pain and any medical attention and treatment can incur high costs.

A way to reclaim these losses is through making a successful personal injury claim and the importance of such a claim really shouldn’t be taken lightly. Certainly you won’t be able to make any personal injuries sustained any less traumatic or painful but you will get some comfort from knowing that you will be fine financially.

How A Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help

The trouble with making a personal injury claim is for most people it seems a difficult process to grasp, and that’s because generally most people have no previous experience with these kind of procedures. A trouble-free alternative to trying to do it all yourself is to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor.

Personal injury solicitors are professional people and these kind of personal injury claims are how they make their living. Their role is to put together a strong injury claims case in your name to win you accident compensation.

The injury solicitor’s service is based upon a “No Win No Fee” process. This will mean If your accident claim is successful, the solicitor recovers all of their bills, or fees from the losing party or the losers insurance company and you could get 100% of the compensation depending on the agreement with your solicitor.

If you don’t win your accident claims case the solicitor is accountable for the loss, in other words you won’t have to pay them anything. However, you may be liable for the winning sides costs, but you can take out insurance cover for this scenario.

Choosing Your Solicitor

It is entirely up to you which personal injury claims company, or solicitor you choose to take up your case. Always try your best to research a company before deciding for certain they are right for you. Also make sure you understand the “agreement” you might be signing so you know exactly what fees you may or may not end up having to pay.

Is It Necessary To Opt For A Personal Injury solicitor?

Naturally you could very well attempt to manage your accident claim on your own, or with the help of friends and family if you prefer, but have you actually thought hard about what the process entails?

Personal Injury Claims

Remember solicitors train for a reason and that’s to know the ins and outs of the British law so they have the best chance possible of being successful. This isn’t to say you won’t but do you really need the hassle?

Ask yourself these few questions and it might help you to decide which route is best if you haven’t already.

Are you aware of what preparations you need to make before going to court? Have you got all of your facts and details correct so you don’t inadvertently lose your road accident claim for example, on some small technicality?

Will you be able to stay calm and focused if things start to become personal? If you can’t answer these few questions with a resounding “yes” then maybe you ought to consider the services of a “No Win No Fee” solicitor, but the choice is always yours.

Please do bear in mind that a personal injury solicitor will undoubtedly make life easier. This is after all what they do for a living. They’ve already all the essential expertise and experience to take care of your accident compensation claim.

Medical Negligence Claims

Medical negligence claims are filed when a procedure does not go the way that the patient had thought it should. These claims cover the physical, emotional, and financial distress that can occur when a surgery does not go as planned.

Unfortunately the suffering that is caused by a surgical procedure that did not go as planned cannot always be made to completely go away no matter how much financial compensation you receive, but compensation can go a long way in helping your recovery.

Medical negligence claims can be caused by an incompetent surgeon, a reaction to a medication that you are given, poor quality care in the hospital, among other things.

Common Medical Negligence Claims

There are actually thousands of medical negligence claims filed each year in the United Kingdom alone. They can be due to:

  • NHS or private hospital negligence.
  • Birth injuries.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Spinal injuries.
  • Brain injuries.
  • Negligence in surgical procedures.
  • Incorrect medical diagnosis.
  • Cosmetic procedure negligence.

Medical negligence claims can be filed if you were disfigured during a surgical procedure, or if your surgical procedure did not go like you planned it to go, and if you did not heal properly, or your surgery ended up costing you more than you thought it would because of complications.

Common Reasons For Medical Negligence Claims

Of course people who are injured from a medical procedure can be compensated for their pain and suffering but there are other types of compensation that can be sought as well. Such as:

  • The psychological impact that a surgery that caused physical injuries could have on you.
  • The amount of wages you lost while recovering from the procedure.
  • The additional cost of other procedures designed to correct any physical damages caused by the original procedure.
  • The cost of your hospitalisation or recovery care.
  • Any money that you had to spend out of your pocket to buy medications, medical devices such as bandage materials, and the expense of travelling to and from the appointments.

Proving Losses In Medical Negligence Claims

In order to claim some of the losses that you could be entitled to when you file a claim you will need to have receipts, documentation, and invoices showing the amounts of money that you paid for your care.

You are even entitled to some compensation if the care that you received was performed mainly by family and friends of the family.

What if you signed a Waiver saying you understood the risks associated with the Surgical Procedure?

You may still be entitled to file a claim even if you signed a waiver saying you understood the risks associated with the surgery, or the medications used during the surgery.

A physician is supposed to inform you of any risks associated with any surgical procedure you agree to. They should detail every possible risk, and after they give you these details they are supposed to give you some time to consider them before you sign the form agreeing that you understand the risks.

If your surgeon did not give you the time it takes to consider the risk as they have explained them then they were negligent and you are entitled to compensation for medical negligence.

If the surgeon or nurse explained the procedure, told you about the risk, and handed you the form to sign while they stood there watching you, then they did not provide you with the time to consider the consequences and make the decision to have the surgery without feeling pressured by them to do so.

How Hard Is It To Win A Claim?

It can sometimes be very difficult to prove the extent of the damages you have suffered. A personal injury solicitor that specialises in medical negligence claims will instruct you that some incidences of malpractices are very easy to prove, while other times an expert medical opinion is required to prove that your dissatisfaction is due to negligence not just you not being happy with the surgery you had done.

An experienced solicitor will hear the details of your case and look at the evidence you have for them, and then they will be able to tell you what types of compensation you qualify for.