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Injured Over The Festive Period

Sometimes the worst does happen over the holidays. This year we had a sad Christmas as we found out my nephew’s cat passed and on Christmas day my sister’s dog was taken to an emergency vet and ended up also passing.

Just because it’s the holidays does not mean you will avoid medical issues. In fact, many people end up having a medical emergency during the holiday season.

If you have been injured during the festive period, you may be wondering what steps you should take next. There is a lot to consider when it comes to making a claim or getting the right medical attention, which is why we have put this blog post together to assist you. 

There is no denying that more people seem to get injured over the festive period. This is because more alcohol is enjoyed and people are busier than ever before. However, if you are injured, this does not make it any easier to accept. This is especially the case if the accident was not your fault and you have suffered a severe injury as a consequence. With that being said, below, we answer some common questions people ask when it comes to personal injuries over the festive period and making a claim for compensation. 

Am I entitled to compensation?

In order to determine whether you will be eligible for compensation, you need to assess who is responsible for the incident. You will need to be able to prove that someone else caused the accident in question, either by making an error or acting negligently. You certainly can’t make a claim if you are at fault for the incident. If you are partly to blame, you still may be able to claim, but the amount of compensation you are awarded will be lower to reflect this.

How do I know if someone is to blame?

In order to determine if someone is to blame for what has happened to you, you need to consider whether your injury would have happened if the person in question did not make the mistake they did. For example, if you were provided with the right hearing loss protection in the workplace, would you have suffered from hearing troubles? This is what you need to ask yourself and it will guide you in the right direction as to whether you have the basis for a claim

What can I claim for?

When making a claim for an accident or injury that has occurred over the festive period, there are a number of different things that you will be able to claim for. Firstly, you will be able to claim for the pain and suffering that you have experienced. Secondly, you will be able to claim for any costs that you have encountered because of what has happened to you. This includes everything from medical costs to loss of income. 

Will I have to go to court?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide a definitive answer to this, yet it is highly unlikely. Roughly only two percent of personal injury cases end up in a courtroom. Therefore, you probably won’t have to go to court but it is always best to be prepared that this could happen.

Will my employer fire me if I make a claim against them?

Your employer will have insurance in place to cover the claim. They won’t fire you if you make a claim against them. After all, if they were to do so they would only end up in further trouble, as you would have grounds for unfair dismissal. 

How long do I have to make a claim?

You have three years to make a claim. This starts from the date of the incident unless you have experienced an injury that occurs over time, such as industrial hearing loss. In such instances, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis instead.

I can’t afford the services of a lawyer, is there anything else I can do?

Some lawyers on a no win no fee basis. This means that you don’t need to pay any money upfront to start the claim process. The best thing to do is speak to the lawyer you are considering working with and see if they will agree to come up with a payment plan that is more suitable to your current situation. 

Hopefully, this post will have helped to give you a better understanding of the different options that are available to you when it comes to making a claim for a personal injury that has happened over the festive period. There is no denying that injuries and accidents tend to be more common at this time of year. However, if the incident in question was not your fault, there is a very good chance that you are going to be able to receive compensation, and so it is certainly worth exploring this in further depth.

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