Making A Compensation Claim
Thousands of people are injured or contract a serious illness thanks to avoidable accidents, at work, in the home, or just going about their business. You are entitled to make a compensation claim in these circumstances and can also make compensation claims if you have suffered injuries as a result of a violent crime. All personal injury compensation claims should be started within three years of the date of the accident (often referred to as the limitation period) although different compensation rules apply for children or patients being treated under the Mental Health Act 1983. There are compensation claim cases where the court may waive the three year limit, if the claimant is suffering from a mental disability, is under 18 years old or the case involves diseases which take a long time to develop after initial exposure.
Accidental Injury, Personal injury Or Illness Compensation Claims
If you suffered an injury resulting from an accident at home, at work, in the car or can demonstrate that the accident was not your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. In these circumstances, the compensation claim may cover the pain and suffering you experienced. You can also make compensation claims for any losses, expenses, medical costs or loss of earnings you incurred as a consequence of the injury or illness. With all personal injury compensation claims, you need to prove that your injury was a result of the negligence of another party such as your employer, another driver, a local council or a doctor or surgeon in the case of medical negligence compensation claims.
Compensation Claims For Injuries At Work
Injuries at work that qualify for a compensation claim can include those resulting from inadequate training for a job or a lack of safety equipment provided by the employer. Compensation claims are also appropriate if your injuries were caused by faulty, badly maintained or dangerous machinery. You may have developed an illness or disease after coming into contact with harmful substances at work. If that’s the case, you can also make a personal injury compensation claim. Other injuries relevant to a compensation claim can include accidents in the home, car accidents, sports injuries, travel or holiday accidents. You may also seek compensation for health related matters such as e-coli poisoning or accidents that occur when using public transport.
Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
In the case of criminal injuries, your compensation claim will be considered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Sums paid against any compensation claim are based on a tariff that assigns different compensation amounts to different types of injury. Compensation is also available when the injured person has died and family members can show they were financial dependent. You must report an incident to the Police within 48 hours. You cannot make a criminal injury compensation claim if the event occurred before 1979 or if the perpetrator was a family member living in the same household. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will also take your own behaviour any criminal record into consideration and ultimately may refuse or reduce any compensation claim payout.