Workplace Compensation is Not Just About Accidents

Posted by admin on February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

When people think of civil claims, they think about the disputes that arise after an injury in the workplace, or maybe after a car or bike accident that caused serious harm above and beyond that which would be covered by an ordinary insurance policy.

However, some of the biggest and most significant compensation claims in history have been about illnesses rather than injuries, and while it may be tempting to think that working conditions in the UK are now good enough that long-term illnesses are no longer a result of employment in a particular place or in a particular position, this is sadly not always the case.

Over the last few years the courts have shown that a small number of workers have been exposed directly to asbestos, which can cause the most terrible fatal cancers, through the unsafe practices of certain contractors. A few have been exposed to legionella infection due to poor maintenance and cleaning of machinery, and there are plenty of other examples. Unfortunately, there have been dozens of cases where employees have contracted dangerous or debilitating illnesses in the course of their working day, or were exposed to an unacceptable level of risk of the same.

Contracting an illness can be just as serious as an injury at work, and depending on the circumstances, sufferers may be just as eligible to make a claim against their employer (or former employer). If you think you might fall into that category, don’t hesitate to make an enquiry and find out if you could be due for compensation.


Personal Injury Solicitors and Social Change

Posted by admin on February 22, 2012 at 11:09 am. Filed under: Compensation Claims

There is little doubt that personal injury solicitors have a poor reputation, as a whole. In fact, you could say the same for lawyers, dentists, accountants, politicians, and many other professions, but what many people don’t realise is that compensation law (and the lawyers that work in the field as specialists) has been a significant driver of social change.

Over the last century or so, the power of the personal injury compensation claim has helped bring about reforms in the healthcare sector, in advertising, and last but not least, in workplace health and safety. It could be argued that most of the positive changes would have occurred over time anyway but there is little doubt that compensation lawyers were well ahead of legislators at many points in recent history.

If those who were exposed to asbestos at work and then went on to develop serious illnesses didn’t stand up and seek compensation, backed by expert lawyers, then perhaps the laws governing the safe treatment of this lethal material wouldn’t be so stringent and more people would fall ill in the future. If people who suffered lung diseases after tobacco companies ignored research into the potentially harmful effects of smoking hadn’t chosen to take their story to the courts, perhaps the UK wouldn’t be doing so much work on tobacco-related health.

Such court cases can go a long way towards improving public understanding of an issue and even prompt politicians into action. While car accident claims may be a compensation solicitor’s bread and butter, there is a lot more to this branch of the law. Sometimes we also get to help to change the world on a broader scale.


Road Accident Claims When You’re at Fault

Posted by admin on February 15, 2012 at 11:05 am. Filed under: Road Accident Claims

Almost all the publicity around car and motorcycle accident claims is geared towards the one who makes the complaint. There are fewer immediate resources for those against whom the claim has been made, whether they admit fault or not. However, we believe that everyone deserves expert legal representation no matter which side they’re on. Not all claims are just, and not all those who are accused of – for example, negligent driving – should have to pay compensation.

There may not be no win no fee solicitors lining up to take your case if you are facing legal proceedings after a traffic accident, you’ll need a specialist solicitor whether you’re at fault or blameless. If a claim is being made against you, having an expert on your side increases your chances of a positive outcome. Sometimes there is even a possibility of making a counter-claim. If you have been unjustly accused and put through considerable stress for no good reason, that ought to be taken into account and amends made.

At Fosters we have a team of experienced and professional lawyers who specialise in road accident claims of all kinds. We are always interested in hearing from those who have suffered as a result of a traffic incident that was not their fault, but may also be able to help those who are facing a claim or admit that the fault was theirs. No matter which party you are, feel free to get in touch and talk to an advisor. We’ll do everything we can to help.


Slips, Trips, and Falls in Public Places

Posted by admin on February 8, 2012 at 11:00 am. Filed under: Compensation Claims

Slips, trips, and falls account for a huge fraction of overall accidents in the home, in the workplace, at school, and elsewhere. They are amongst the most popular type of accident at work  claim and unfortunately, will probably remain that way for the foreseeable future. Although most falls and trips are preventable – sometimes very easily – those who hold the reins don’t always take the risks seriously.

It’s true that most slips and trips result in nothing more than a bruise or a skinned knee but they can also be far more severe. The elderly are particularly at risk, and any safety factor that could result in a broken hip or a nasty head injury should be taken very seriously indeed. At Fosters Solicitors we deal with all kinds of accidents from complex car crashes to simple trips.

Employers have a responsibility make sure that their workforce is protected from trip hazards. Clear walkways must be provided, especially where heavy loads are being carried or the possibility of a serious fall exists on a stairway or a rooftop, for instance. That possibility is well understood. What many people don’t know is that those who suffer slips, trips, and falls outside the workplace may also be eligible for injury compensation.

Naturally we all have a responsibility to keep our own house in order and make it a safe place to live, but there are many other places where we spend our time, and these may not be under our control. Supermarket forecourts are one example. Train platforms are another. If members of the public are invited into a particular space, the operator has an obligation to make it safe. If you’ve slipped or fallen in a public place, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Taking All Consequences into Account After a Traffic Accident

Posted by admin on February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am. Filed under: Road Accident Claims

When initiating road traffic accident claims, many people aren’t aware of the full reach of compensation law. They may be seeking to claim medical expenses (which can be considerable) or get some compensation for lost income over a period during which they were not able to work due to their injuries, but sometimes it’s worth looking even further.

A serious traffic accident is always a traumatic experience. Even if nobody is badly hurt, anyone involved may feel frightened, confused, or sickened by what they saw or went through themselves. Children are particularly vulnerable but adults may also be deeply affected. The emotional and psychological consequences of an accident can be just as severe as the physical ones. They might be harder to observe, demonstrate, and quantify, but they can also be more difficult to treat and harder to get over than a broken bone or a case of painful whiplash. Unfortunately, some people continue to suffer the emotional effects of an accident years after their other injuries have healed.

Accident compensation should extend to cover psychological harm as well as physical harm. Such damage can lead to real distress, reduced capacity to earn, and lasting inconvenience, so it’s only fair.

As personal injury lawyers we can help you get the best assessment of all injuries that occurred as the result of a traffic accident, not just those that are easy to see. You deserve to be compensated for the full gamut of harm done to you, and we can help make sure all factors are taken into account.