Accidents happen – but if they are as a direct result of another person’s negligence, then you may be eligible to make a claim of compensation. Claims are valid for any instance of physical or psychological illness or injury.
Below are examples of accidents and illnesses valid for a claim.
What are the Criteria for Eligibility?
Your accident or injury needs to have happened in the last three years. Exceptions can be made regarding illnesses which have taken a long time to surface – for example, industrial disease – or if a childhood injury has resulted in problems as an adult. Every accident is unique, so it’s important to speak to a professional advisor to discuss the full details.
The three main categories of injury are as follows:
- Personal injuries. These mainly relate to illness or injury caused by an individual, council or public organisation, and could have been caused directly or indirectly. Personal injuries don’t always have to be physical, as psychological issues are also relevant, such as a result of poor work conditions. The obvious kind of personal injuries are slips, trips, and falls, in any place, including abroad, in the street or at work. Products which are unsafe and have caused a physical injury also count towards a personal injury claim. It’s important to note that a third party can make a personal injury claim on behalf of someone who has passed away due to an illness or injury.
- Work accidents. As an employee stationed in a workplace environment, your employer has an obligation to adhere to health and safety rules and maintain your safety at all times. If you suffer through an accident at work which unequivocally was not your fault, you can be eligible to make a claim. Examples include hearing loss due to long-term noise exposure, slipping on a wet floor which did not have a warning sign in place or electric shocks. Again, psychological damage is also worthy of a claim, such as mental illness due to bullying or unfair pressure at work.
- Road accidents. Driving on a public road always comes with risks and, despite your best efforts for your own safety, another person could cause an injury, which isn’t your fault. Relevant road accidents for a claim include any car accidents caused by another individual, accidents caused to you as a cyclist or bystander, whiplash injuries caused by a traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, or further, more serious injury and damage such as a claim for brain injury.
If any of the above applies to you, then you are more than likely eligible for a claim.
If you are still unsure regarding your eligibility for a claim, please contact the professional advisors at The Compensation Experts, who can best advise you on your current situation. They are available via either telephone, written contact form or live chat, and can give you an answer within minutes. They are present to give you all relevant information for an informed decision, 24/7, with absolutely no obligation.