Although governments around the world are currently moaning about their citizens “compensation culture”, the truth is, most people are waking up to the realisation they’re entitled to a payment when they receive any injury at the fault of someone else. This is why it’s essential that you ignore the rhetoric and propaganda and pursue any injury claim until the company concerned coughs up. I’m not saying you should lie or exaggerate the facts, but if you slipped over in a supermarket because the staff were too incompetent to clean the floor properly you are entitled to compensation, and not seeking this money is a real faux pas on your part.
With all this fresh in our minds, I’ve decided to write and release this article today in an attempt to give you a basic step-by-step guide to getting the cash you’re owed. There’s nothing shameful about dealing with a compensation claim, and you really shouldn’t feel bad about it, no matter what the media and your leaders say – they’re just trying to discourage you. So, if you’re interested in learning how to go about such an endeavour, have a quick read through the info below and take a few notes. I’ll do my best to help you out.
Inquire About Official Complaint Procedures
Presuming you sustained an injury on the premises of a large business, they’ll almost certainly have an accident book and an official complaints procedure in place. Firstly, you need to make sure they’ve noted the event in their records (something they’re legally obliged to do), and then you’ll want to make a complaint through the proper channels. In some cases, this will be enough and a compensation offer will be made. Whether you accept this offer or hold out for more money is up to you. Just be careful not to get greedy, as you might well find yourself having to take the issue before a court.
Contact A Personal Injury Specialist
If you’re getting no joy from making complaints, the next step is to get in touch with a reputable personal injury specialist like Mellor Hargreaves. A company like this can act on your behalf and generally gets taken far more seriously by the guilty party. This means the chances of you obtaining a good out of court settlement are significantly increased, and so getting in touch with them as soon as you realise you’re banging your head against a brick wall is definitely advisable. Some businesses are more inclined to deal with this sort of thing when the specialists get involved.
If All Else Fails, Go To Court
Presuming you’ve already contacted a personal injury specialist, and they’ve been unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the party concerned, the next step is to have your day in court. Luckily, your compensation solicitor is likely to represent you and so you probably won’t have to attend yourself, but this should still be considered a last resort, and settling out of court is always preferable.
Well, that’s about it from me this morning. Unfortunately, I have a friend who sustained a broken leg a few weeks ago whilst delivering items for a courier firm. I don’t know the details yet, but I’m confident I can help him to get the compensation he deserves.
Wish me luck!