Accidents can happen anywhere. It's an unfortunate fact of life.
Perhaps you hurt your back lifting something too heavy at work? Burnt your hands when your brand new toaster exploded in the kitchen? Or maybe you had a car accident while travelling abroad?
No matter the nature of the incident, it's important that, when seeking recompense for your injury, you inform your compensation lawyer of where it occurred. It is just one of the key questions your injury solicitor is likely to ask when you first make a claim.
Why location is important
Establishing where an accident happened is vital because the location could potentially affect how much compensation you receive and whether or not you'll be able to make a claim at all.
Different places and locations have different rules and regulations which will govern a claim. For instance, the rules that apply to a personal injury sustained at work are different to those that apply to an accident that happened at home - and different again to the regulations that apply to road traffic accidents abroad.
Let's take a workplace accident as an example. In the UK, the main piece of health and safety legislation for the workplace is the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974. The Act is designed to minimise the risk of injury at work by ensuring employers adequately train their staff and that the working environment is well maintained. If the employer is found to have neglected any of the stipulations set out by the Act, then the claimant's case will be stronger.
But there are many other rules and regulations that may be relevant in a claim for personal injury or illness, depending on where the accident or exposure took place. In order to make an effective claim, therefore, it's necessary to have guidance from someone who knows about all these regulations in detail. Our personal injury solicitors have all the essential knowledge to advise you on which rules apply to your particular compensation claim.
The question of 'where' is also important in working out 'who' was responsible: for example, if you slip on a wet supermarket floor and break your wrist, then the supermarket will be a likely target for any claim.
Usually establishing where the accident happened is easy - but sometimes it is not. Take the case of an industrial disease, such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, but it may take decades for the actual symptoms to appear. It can be hard, looking back 40 years, for a mesothelioma sufferer to pinpoint exactly where and when he was exposed to the asbestos.
Experienced personal injury solicitors on your side
With decades of experience helping victims of personal injury, we have no doubt that Thompsons Solicitors is fully equipped to help you with your claim. We are a compassionate and dedicated team of compensation lawyers who possess all the necessary expertise to help you with your case. Our personal injury compensation lawyers will listen to the circumstances surrounding your claim and advise you on the best way to proceed.
We understand that sustaining an injury and having to make a claim is a very stressful time for you and your loved ones. That's why we will always strive to make the claims process as straightforward and as inexpensive for you as possible. With our solicitors, you will get nothing but honest advice every step of the way that is always given with your best interests at heart.
Start your compensation claim now. Call us today on 0800 0891331 to find out how we can help you. We're even able to offer many of our clients a No Win No Fee Solicitors package, meaning that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won't have to pay a penny