The common law of England and Wales provides ordinary people with the opportunity to claim compensation should they be unfortunate enough to suffer an injury or illness caused by someone else’s negligence. Most people are fully aware of this legal right – in large part thanks to the rise of no-win, no-fee personal-injury solicitors – but few realise just how easy it is to make a claim.
Life and risk are inextricably entwined. Without risk, life would assume an entirely different form. While serving to remind people of the fragility of life, risk continues to play an integral role in everyday accidents. However, most risks are manageable and many accidents could be prevented. The extent to which the actions or inaction of a person, company or organisation contributed to the occurrence of an avoidable accident goes a long way towards establishing negligence in law.
Accident claims often deal with familiar scenarios: a driver was not paying enough attention to the road because he was late for work; a manager did not carry out a health-and-safety assessment in the workplace because he was too busy; or a GP prescribed the wrong medication to his patient because he failed to make an accurate diagnosis. Accidents occur all the time, but many only cause harm due to the negligence of others.
When an accident has occurred, it is perfectly normal for the injured party to experience mixed emotions, which can promote uncertainty and indecision. The thought of claiming for compensation may be entertained at this point or some time afterwards, but the prospect of becoming mired in a protracted and fiercely fought legal battle is enough to convince many to dismiss the notion out of hand.
Quick and Easy Compensation
Avoiding accident claim for the sake of an easy life can cause problems for many accident victims, some of whom will require time off work to recover. It is true that some claims are complex, lengthy and expensive, but the majority of personal-injury claims settled in UK courts are dealt with quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively by solicitors.
Personal-injury law firms in the UK often work on a no-win, no-fee basis, which simply means that claimants need not pay a penny in legal fees if their cases fail in court – only when a case succeeds is the conditional fee paid to lawyers. No-win, no-fee legal services give people in England and Wales the opportunity to claim for compensation with minimal financial risk, thereby increasing their access to justice.
Why Choose a Solicitor?
The rationale for hiring a solicitor to manage a personal-injury claim is clear: the solicitor will fight tooth and nail to secure the maximum amount of compensation for a client and will achieve this more often than not without charging a penny upfront.
Claim-management firms and insurance companies are well equipped to deal with the most basic claims, but personal-injury solicitors can help their clients secure the most generous settlements without too much difficulty. Indeed, many claims dealt with by specialist personal-injury law firms are settled out of court because insurers wish to avoid the expense of paying legal fees on top of substantial damages. After all, personal-injury solicitors know when a case has merit, so why would insurers choose to waste money by contesting the incontestable?