The Truth behind Financial Compensation Claims
Illness or injury can have a real negative affect on people’s lives.
People suffering from injury or illness caused by someone else not only deserve financial compensation, but often need it to live.
After falling ill some people may be put out of work, causing them financial strain. Others may have their leisure activities snatched away, making them feel miserable.
In really awful cases, people may suffer from more permanent afflictions after being ill or injured, such as:
- Full or part-body paralysis
- Brain damage
- Birth defects
These affects are obviously really severe and life-changing not only for the person that sustained the injury but also their loved ones.
In these situations the person’s family may also have to make sacrifices at work or in their own personal lives to look after and care for their injured family member or friend.
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How can financial compensation help, you might ask.
Well, let’s say someone has to have a leg amputated after a bad car crash, they will need compensation in order to:
- Pay for extensive medical treatment and care such as physiotherapy
- Cover their loss of earnings, past and future
- Pay for the installation of specialised home equipment
It is quite clear why financial compensation is a necessity. It helps people get their life back on track after suffering an injury or illness.
Making a Claim for Compensation Can Actually Benefit Society…
Contrary to popular belief, people claiming following accidents or illnesses actually has a benefit to society.
Filing a claim against your employer or doctor, for example, actually helps to drive positive change.
It helps to highlight recurring health and safety or negligence issues.
It is also particularly important in helping to highlight emerging problems with health and safety or negligence in UK businesses.
A great example of this dates back to 1967, when the first successful claim for negligent exposure to asbestos was issued to the courts.
This case got a lot of publicity, which resulted in the Asbestos Regulations 1969 being issued.
These regulations aimed to give the first quantitive control levels of exposure to asbestos in workplaces.
They expanded employer’s duty from previous regulations to ensure that all staff in factories, power stations, warehouses, institutions and other premises were protected from dangers faced when working with asbestos.
Exhaust ventilation, protective equipment and improved handling procedures were all required under the regulations in order to limit exposure to asbestos dust.
Exposure to asbestos in workplaces didn’t grind to a halt, but the regulations certainly signified a step in the right direction where health and safety is concerned.
Since it was the first claim and its success which triggered the regulations to be drawn up, it’s evident that the process of claiming compensation has a positive impact on communities in the long-run.
Claiming compensation can help you cover the costs you incurred as a result of your injury.
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Ok, So What Actually is Financial Compensation?
It’s pretty much what it says on the tin.
Financial compensation – also known as ‘damages’ – is awarded to you at the end of a successful claim.
What’s really important to understand is that it isn’t just a random amount.
People can’t just claim compensation by pretending to be injured or lying about how bad their injuries are.
Medical evidence will always be required as proof of a person’s injury or illness before they are awarded any compensation.
The amount of compensation you’re awarded is calculated by taking into account a range of variables, depending on your illness or injury.
It’s also crucial to understand that compensation is intended to make reparations for the impact the illness or accident has had on your life.
It isn’t intended to award people with high payouts for minor injuries so they can live in luxury on the back of a fake claim.
It isn’t just an easy payout as people have to go through a long, thorough process in order to get the result they deserve.
Compensation Can be Lifesaving
You might be able to claim if you’ve been injured or made ill because of someone else’s negligence.
The injury or illness might:
- Happen at or be caused by work
- Concern negligent medical treatment
- Be a result of a traffic accident
- Be a result of an accident in a public place
- Have been fatal for a loved one
- Involve children
- Be caused by a defective product
- Be a result of a crime
In order for a claim to be successful, there has to be proof that your injury or illness occurred because of someone else and could have been prevented.
Unfortunately, some might still see seeking financial compensation as a way of scamming people or companies out of money.
This of course isn’t true, as compensation is awarded out of necessity to help people rebuild their lives.
Compensation covers the cost of much needed medical support, loss of wages whilst in hospital or off sick, and care and support for the victim and their family.
Compensation really can be lifesaving.
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Compensation Awarded is Not Just a Random Lump Sum
The amount of compensation you get is calculated by evaluating a range of factors.
A judge will assess how your injury or illness has affected you by considering if and how you have been affected by the following:
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Loss of amenity, for example interference with hobbies and loss of a skill
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenditure such as physiotherapy and prescriptions
- Expenses such as care, transport and mobility
They will then use the information they gather to establish how much they think you should receive in financial compensation.
All of these factors require evidence, so no one is able to trick their way into a large sum of damages.
Despite the occasional large compensation amount you might read about in the news, over 75 percent of damages awarded in the UK are for less than £10,000, and the majority of these are for £5,000 or less.
This just goes to show that compensation isn’t awarded in excessive amounts, but rather calculated on a case-by-case basis and tailored specifically to the claimant’s needs, not wants.
Compensation payments are awarded at the amount the court believes will allow the claimant to go back to how their life was before their illness or injury.
Of course, there are people who will try to do scam others out of money, but most solicitors will see right through them and simply won’t take on their case.
If their case is taken on and it’s found out part way through that the claim is a scam then it will be instantly dropped, as claims can be stopped at any time.
People are often put off making a claim after suffering illness or injury because of the stigma around claiming compensation.
It has been suggested that a “compensation culture” exists in the UK, where a significant number of claims are unjustified or fraudulent, and that people who seek compensation should be criticised.
This idea is really damaging, and also untrue.
If you have suffered, you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting or needing to be compensated.
Without compensation you could significantly suffer financially.
Also, in nearly all cases, law firms will only represent clients who are genuinely suffering and deserve and need compensation.
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Claiming with AWH Solicitors
At AWH we will never take on a case if we have reason to believe it might be fraudulent.
There is no doubt that people who claim compensation would much rather have not suffered in the first place.
We understand the problems our clients face and help them claim compensation to help them move on with their lives.
We know that people don’t claim just for the fun of it – they do it out of necessity and to see negligent companies or people brought to justice.
Therefore, compensation does just what it suggests – it compensates people who have suffered physically, mentally and financially.
Remember – all solicitors have a professional duty to act in the best interests of their clients.
Our primary concern is claiming on behalf of our clients in order to help them get their life back on track, which requires compensation to be awarded to them.
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