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When Should You Consider Hiring a Compensation Lawyer?

If you are the victim of another person’s negligent actions that have caused you harm, you should consider making a personal injury claim. Personal injuries involve physical or psychological harm caused by another individual due to their wrongful actions.

Since personal injury claims cover a wide range of damages, it is worthwhile hiring a compensation lawyer so you can discuss any questions you may have regarding compensation.

A compensation lawyer can help walk you through the process of making a personal injury claim and give you the legal advice on how to build a strong claim.

Read on to learn more about how you can hire the best compensation lawyer for your case.

Hiring a compensation lawyer

If you are dealing with a compensation claim, you may ask yourself when you should obtain legal advice. The answer to this is, immediately. If you want your claim handled properly from start to finish, you need a legal professional. Compensation lawyers generally handle a number of claims and it is important to do your research and find someone who is specialised in your particular type of claim.

Motor vehicle accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are quite common and affect a number of drivers each year. Motor vehicle accidents can involve cars, motorcycles, trucks, bicycles and other motor vehicles. Road accidents can result in severe injuries, leaving individuals with physical and financial loss.

Individuals injured in a motor vehicle accident can claim accident compensation under the relevant Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme. Hiring a compensation lawyer will help you handle the compensation claim process (e.g. dealing with the CTP insurer, sending or drafting required documents and reaching a fair settlement).

Medical negligence

A compensation lawyer can also handle medical negligence cases (also known as medical malpractice). Medical negligence is considered to be inadequate care or failure to act which results in injury or harm to a patient. Medical professionals are expected to treat you with the best of their abilities and act reasonably at all times.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you have not been given quality treatment or you have not been adequately briefed on the effects/risks of a treatment, you should consult with a compensation lawyer. A compensation lawyer can discuss with you how to make a medical negligence claim against the responsible party.

hiring a compensation lawyer

Slip and fall incidents

Accidents can occur in public settings such as supermarkets, shopping centres and sidewalks. You have a right to feel safe when you are in a public space. If you find yourself in a slip in fall situation, you should contact a compensation lawyer. Public liability law protects individuals who suffer injuries on public property due to another person’s negligent actions.

Hiring a compensation lawyer can help you get started in making a public liability claim. A compensation lawyer can determine if the owner of the establishment breached their duty of care to the patrons and if they were negligent in their actions.

Workplace injuries

A compensation lawyer can make sure your employer bears the cost of any injuries you sustain at work. Worker’s compensation is aimed to provide compensation for employers who have suffered a serious injury at work. Employers have a duty of care to their employees and if you are put in an unsafe situation that results in injury, it is only fair that your employer may be held responsible.

A compensation lawyer can deal with your employers and make sure you receive a fair compensatory amount and you are not subject to any unfair treatment (e.g. dismissal) due to your injuries.

How to choose a compensation lawyer

As listed above, there are many different types of compensation claims that are dealt with every day. It is important that you take your time to research compensation lawyers so that you choose the best compensation lawyer for your case. Make sure you check that your compensation lawyer has experience dealing with claims in the area that you require legal advice.

Ask questions such as whether they feel confident handling your case and what your chance of success is. Be wary of compensation lawyers who dodge questions or do not give you proper answers. Pay attention to past testimonials from their previous clients. You can usually find these on your compensation lawyer’s website.

If you are making a compensation claim, contact Schreuders for a free consultation on how we can help you.

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