If you have a problems with your teeth you visit a dentist, therefore, it stands to reason that if you have an accident that has caused you harm and it wasn’t your fault, you should consult a personal injury professional.
In July 2013, The Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) published a report that stated that in 2012, 1,754 people were killed in road accidents, and a further 23,039 were seriously injured. 193,784 people suffered from minor injuries from this type of accident. These figures climb even higher for accidents at work.
First Personal Injury Solicitors are just one of the many firms of lawyers who can help some of the 111,000 employees who sustained an injury in the workplace, as well as those who had an accident on the roads. A recent report from the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted the fact that 212,000 people had to take over three days off work as a result of ill health following an injury.
Injuries can be expensive
If you were one of those people who suffered as a result of an injury on the roads or at work then the first emotions that you experienced were probably, shock, fear and then anger. The accident will have caused a natural shock; you will have been scared about whether the incident will mean you’ll have to take time off work and put pressure on the family budget and you’ll have been angry because there is often a reason behind every accident. 69% of those who suffer the ill effects of an accident never claim the compensation that is entitled to them. These people probably suffer from undue pressure and financial hardship and physical discomfort as a result of not claiming for an injury.
Taking the first step
After you’ve had an accident you should always consult a solicitor to discover if you can claim compensation. If you don’t do this you may have to shoulder the financial household burden without any assistance. Many companies only offer statutory sick pay, which will pay for some groceries but may not be enough to cover your mortgage repayments or other essential costs. A personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you about whether you have a claim and how to go about getting compensation. If you do not have a case, you will be advised accordingly.
Making a claim
Alternatively if you want to prove that the company that you work for is responsible for your injury, your personal injury lawyer will be the best person to take on the case for you. Many individuals balk at the idea of suing their employer but if the company is in the wrong and has caused your accident through unsafe work practices then you have every right to make a claim against them. Your lawyer will be able to make the arguments on your behalf and also your case will improve the health and safety of all of the other employees. Very often, injuries sustained in a road accident or at work may affect you for the rest of your life, so you need to ensure that you’ll be able to access medical and psychological care as well as help towards your family finances.
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