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We live in a compensation culture. If there has been an incident or injury, then blame must be ascribed. We might bemoan the annoying adverts and false claims that do sully the industry. However, for those who have truly suffered in an accident, compensation is the best way to recompense. For those who have run up thousands in hospital bills and had their life altered in a second, compensation is the least they deserve.
We spoke to leading personal injury lawyers to find out what the most common claims are in this country. There were one or two expected answers, but a couple you may be surprised to see! According to lawyers, the industry is growing rapidly every day, with more and more claims made. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most common areas of compensation.
At the top of the list are road accident claims. Statistics show that all of us can expect to be involved in a car crash at some point in our lives. Many of you reading this will already have your personal harrowing story or know of friends who were involved. When it comes to car accidents, it is quite easy to place blame, and the injuries are easy to diagnose. Everything from whiplash to a sprained arm can be claimed against.
Following road accidents, it’s the injuries incurred at work that come next. According to the law, employers are legally responsible for the safety of their workers. With that in mind, any accident that takes place in the workplace can result in a lawsuit. The range of claims here is astonishing. From a simple trip in the office to chemical injuries at industrial plants, the employer can be held responsible. Visit this website for more information on the process of chemical injury claims.
Medical negligence is a less common claim. However, the money involved is much more substantial. Medical negligence is notoriously difficult to prove and expensive to take to court. It involves malpractice or misdiagnosis in the hospital that can ruin lives. The long-term effects of medical negligence are enormous and tricky to calculate. Lawyers will build a strong and powerful case to get the compensation you deserve here. Although far fewer go to court, the settlements can reach into the millions.
We have recently seen a big rise in ‘slips and trips’ compensation claims. The process involves claiming on public liability for accidents while on the property of others. For example, if you slip and fall in a shop, in the hairdressers or at someone else’s workplace, you could claim against them. While in the care of others, your safety is their responsibility. Public liability claims are escalating fast.
The last injury claim is a surprising addition to the list, but it is rising in popularity. More and more claims are being made against dog owners as a result of dog bites. If you’re bitten by a dog and had to receive medical treatment, it is possible to claim compensation.
As you can see, most accidents and injuries can file a claim; it’s no wonder the industry is expanding at such a rate.