Contributory Negligence

The articles listed below deal with personal injury claims for compensation. One of the defences which comes up in relation to a potential claim for personal injury is that of contributory negligence. It affects injury claims in the whole range of contexts and it is important to have an understanding of how it might come into play - and be overcome - in your particular case.

4 Reasons To Settle A Personal Injury Claim At Less Than Full Value

Why might it be a good idea to settle your personal injury claim for less than it is worth? Can it ever be a good idea?

The big questions with any personal injury claim are:

Throughout a claim for compensation for personal injuries, it is part of your solicitor’s job to manage your expectations. Looking at the first of those two questions above, it is important to try and make sure that you don’t get unrealistic ideas about the value of your claim.

This is not always easy to do. In cases of serious injury, while you are still recovering, it is not possible to value the claim with any certainty.

But, assuming you have reached the stage where you have fully recovered from your injuries (or recovered as far as you are likely to recover), it should be possible for your solicitor to get all the medical evidence they will require to be able to value your claim on a “100%” basis. From there, you have a benchmark against which you can judge the reasonableness of any settlement offers.

There are many reasons why it might be reasonable to settle for a lower amount than your solicitor’s own valuation of the claim. Here are 4 reasons to settle a personal injury claim at less than full value. [Read more…]

If I Wasn’t Wearing My Seatbelt Can I Still Make A Personal Injury Claim?

You have to keep a lot of things in mind to do, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident.

Among other things, you need to sort out your vehicle, notify your insurance company and get any injuries looked at by your GP or at the hospital.

These are all things you must do as soon as possible after an accident.

Later, you may wish to consider whether to make a claim for your personal injuries and other losses from the accident.

We often get enquiries from people who have been injured but are concerned that they have blown their chances of claiming. How are your prospects affected if you did not have your seatbelt on in the accident? Are you prevented from claiming successfully for personal injury compensation? [Read more…]