….Is a question I will hear at least once a day. In less serious accidents, many people wish quick and easy recompense with very little in the way of explanation or debate – this is fine. It is, at the end of the day, their rights that have been wronged and it is they who should decide in which manner they wish to be compensated.
As a Star Wars fanatic the idea of real life ‘bounty hunters’ fascinates me, so my attention was grasped by the Government’s announcement today that they would pay compensation to professional private persons to find and capture benefit fraudsters.In a scheme similar to crimestoppers - where if you call up and report someone who has committed a crime and if they are convicted you are given monetary compensation/reward – here, if you can catch a benefit thief for the Government then you are given compensation. In a way it is similar to a ‘no win, no fee’ payment for professional bounty hunters!
Anyone who has suffered a personal injury as a result of a violent crime is entitled to apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for compensation, however it has recently been reported that a large number of victims are failing to claim the compensation they deserve because they are unaware of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Victims that are claiming compensation are complaining that the CICA application is complex and they are having to wait years for their compensation!
Being made from plasticine ‘leg-room’ isnt something that bothers me when on a flight, therefore when I travel around Europe taking names and making claims, I always fly on a budget airline.It made me laugh last week when Ryanair owner, Michael O’ Leary was forced to pay compensation to Easyjet’s Stelios for portraying him as Pinocchio in a Ryanair advertising campaign.
My working life is spent obtaining the absolute maximum compensation for victims of accidents in the most stress-free way. There is never a more stressful time in someone’s life than when they have just lost a loved one.Dealing with matters arising out of a loved ones death is heart-breaking enough without having to give instructions to Solicitors on complex areas of compensation law.
The UK and most other countries are signatories to The Montreal Convention which sets international standards and limits for what compensation can be claimed from airlines. The convention relates to personal injury, breach of contract, loss of luggage and most other forms of compensation relating to mistakes and accidents that can and do happen to air travellers.
Maclaren the company famous for Formula 1 cars and ……….child’s buggies – have announced that they are to offer compensation to the parents of 40 UK children whose fingers were injured (in some cases severely) in the hinges of its folding pushchairs.Maclaren have refused to admit liability but have begun to make compensation settlement payments, ranging between £2500 to £10,000. The money is to be held in trust until the child is 18.
David Watson, a driver for Perth council, is suing his employer for compensation over a run in with a wheelie bin.The compensation is sought in regard to a broken wrist he sustained while trying to deliver the wheelie bin from the back of his van. The problem seemed to have occurred when he was unable to stop the weight falling on him due to problems with the bins wheels.