Friday, 23 March 2012

Compensation Solicitor: Negligence

If you think you may have been the victim of medical, industrial or any other form of negligence, you should contact a compensation solicitor. To find out more visit

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines negligence as “a lack of proper care an attention”, and “breach of a duty of care which results in damage.”

There are far more complex legal definitions of negligence, but these two explain in general terms the reasons why you could be a victim of negligence in the workplace, in a public area or from a professional service.

One of the most common forms of negligence, and the one which often sparks compensation cases, is medical negligence. The failure of a trained professional, such as a doctor, nurse or dentist, to perform a procedure safely and correctly can result in significant problems for the patient. Similarly, if hospital or clinic maintenance and cleaning programmes are not properly planned or implemented, the managers can be regarded as being negligent in failing to protect members of the public and their own staff against accident or infection.

The results of medical negligence can be devastating, and include:

-          Loss of earnings, due to inability to carry on with past profession
-          Loss of quality of life
-          Medical and legal expenses
-          Cost of equipment needed to improve mobility or to adapt the home
-          Psychological damage
-          Costs of future care

If you can show that your accident or medical problems have been caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation which will help to cover the costs you are incurring because of your condition, or difficulties. Choosing an experienced compensation solicitor means that you will have expert assistance in preparing and arguing your case. There are many firms advertising locally and nationally where your claim will not be handled by a fully-qualified solicitor with experience in preparing the documentation and talking to witnesses that is necessary for a case to be successful. These companies may also take a large percentage of your award if they are successful, leaving you with less than you need to meet your requirements.

A compensation solicitor, who is regulated by the Law Society and is dedicated to pursuing compensation where a genuine case is concerned, is your best chance of getting the compensation amounts you need without having to pay huge legal fees or surrender part of your award.

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