1. What type of accident can I claim for?
Public or private liability claims usually arise from an accident which occurred on somebody else’s premises. A few examples are shops, public houses, offices, public buildings, private houses and property, fairgrounds including rides but there are many more. If you have had an accident on someone else’s premises, then you may well have a claim.
2. What do I need to do following an accident?
- You should report the accident to the owner of the premises or to the person in charge.
- You should request that the accident is recorded on an Accident Report Form or in an Accident Book and you should request that a copy is given to you.
- If there were witnesses to your accident, you should obtain their name and contact details.
- If you are unable to report the accident or ensure that it is recorded for any reason, you should make your own record of the accident.
3. How do I know if my claim will succeed?
For a claim to succeed, it needs to be proved that somebody else was at fault. This is often known as negligence. The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 also provides that occupiers of premises owe a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of visitors. In many cases it is obvious if the occupier of premises was at fault but we will always take full details from you and advise what grounds you have to bring a claim.
4. What injury can I claim for?
You can claim for any injury however small. You should always consider seeking medical attention for your injuries. Claims are regularly brought for a range of injuries covering strains and sprains up to fractures and much more serious injuries. If you have a minor injury that you are concerned about, then you should seek medical attention.
5. How much compensation will I receive?
The compensation for your injury depends upon the severity of the injury itself. There are published guidelines which give a range of compensation for different injuries. When your claim is ready for settlement, we will carry out detailed research and advise you on the appropriate compensation you should receive.
We remain most grateful for all your help and support in bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. No one could have done more, and we think the outcome is not only a credit to your skills in this area of law, but also to the care and attention that you have taken on our behalf
Thank you so much again for all your hard work through this, it’s been great to work with you! If ever somebody’s in that situation I know where to send them.
“Thank you very much for everything you’ve done for me. That is a great news for me, I don’t know how to thank you Mr Wilson
I just wanted to send you a message of thanks for your work over these past 4 and a half years. It has certainly been a tough time period in my life, but your support has made things so much easier. Knowing that there were people who understand me, my needs and most importantly believed in me means everything to me, i really can’t thank you enough. The case was certainly not a straight forward one, but you fought my corner at every step. Thank you.
I would also like to thank Alison as well for making me feel relaxed on the day should i have had to go into court. I would have gone in with 100% confidence and that could have made all the difference on the day. In the end it wasn’t necessary and we got the result. For me it was never about the money, it was about the effect it was going to have on my future life and career, so the result is a good one.
I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Sills & Betteridge
Thank you for all your help with this matter and the efficient manner in which my case has been handled. As I am sure you will appreciate, it was quite distressing and stressful to have had a second accident in such a short time frame but the way in which you handled the case and provided me with advice and kept me updated throughout has been very reassuring and I have nothing but praise and recommendation for both you and your company.
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