Accident central: how to make yours pay
Unless you’re a fan of David Cronenberg’s dystopian classic Crash, the notion of injuring yourself probably isn’t too appealing. You’ll go out of your way to avoid slips, trips and falls, make a concerted effort to avoid trouble and won’t traipse across the world to visit well-known danger zones.
Yet there’s no stopping fate. No matter how wary you are, the risk of injuring yourself is unnervingly high – and could arise at any moment.
You might be in the workplace, on the football pitch, pottering around the house or stranded on a hospital bed – accidents don’t discriminate, and they can find time for anyone.
But once you’ve suffered a nasty accident, you’ve got to know exactly what action to take.
Are you searching for a clinical negligence claim after a hospital visit gone awry? Or a workplace injury claim after an uncaring boss has led you into an injury?
Well, it’s time to put a dodgy facility bang to rights.
The right kind of ad
You’ve probably seen those dodgy claims adverts on the telly, featuring the production values of a 50s’ B-movie.
The ad usually begins with a poorly paid actor feigning injury as they roll around the floor. A suited, booted lawyer-looking type wanders onscreen, points a finger at the camera and bellows “Have YOU had an accident in YOUR workplace!”
The actors are laughable, the camera movement is shaky and the sound is crackling – but the message is bang on the money.
When you’ve suffered an injury in any public environment, someone has to be made to blame. After all, without the claims process in place, those responsible will continue making the same mistakes.
So what do you have to do if you’ve been subject to an injury?
The legal process
For a start, you just need to pick up the phone. From there you’ll be put through to a professional to assess your case. It can be an awkward process, discussing a traumatic event in your life. But speak about the event in a professional manner and you’ll breeze through it.
If your case has legs, then it’s time to don your magnifying glass and gather evidence. CCTV footage, medical reports, safety records of the premises, witness statements – these and anything else could prove invaluable to bolstering a claim.
Once this is out of the way, you should hopefully have a strong case. If you eventually go to court, the strain levels can be high. But the rewards for a successful claim can also prove well worth the hassle.
So if you’re recovering from a near-fatal accident, you know who to call!