No doubt this is the first question you’ve been asking yourself since the accident or incident. While you may have heard numerous stories and anecdotes, the only way of truly knowing if you have a case is to get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Synnott Lawline Solicitors, it’s our job to tell you clearly and honestly if you have a case and whether or not it is something worth pursuing.
‘Loss’ or ‘Injury’
If, as a result of the negligent act or omission of another party, you suffer injury loss or damage, you may have an injury case against that party, or more usually their insurers. It can be hard to determine yourself what constitutes ‘loss’ or ‘injury’ and these are terms that we will both explain to you and discuss with you in full. At this preliminary meeting we will start to see a clear picture emerging. In many cases, it’s clear from the first day that someone has suffered as described earlier and that they will succeed in their injury case. The obvious example is a car accident injury claim. In other cases, the courts could apportion liability. In other words, they rule in favour of the plaintiff but they may make a deduction from the overall award based on ‘contributory negligence’. This means that even though someone may have been ‘wronged’, they may have contributed slightly to the situation by behaving in a negligent manner.
‘Responsibility’ and ‘Carelessness’
For example, you may have had an accident at work, out shopping, road traffic accident or in any daily situation where the actions of another party had a detrimental effect on some aspect of your life, whether at the time or at a later date. Many people we speak to feel that they were at fault initially and delayed in bringing their claim or indeed never brought their claim to light. It can be hard to establish for yourself the complex legal boundaries of ‘responsibility’ and ‘carelessness’.
At Synnott Lawline, our approach is simple, we establish as soon as possible where you stand and whether or not we can help you. Before accepting your instructions, we will have discussed your case with you and will have advised you of the strengths and weaknesses (if any) of your case. If you’re reading this and still thinking to yourself ‘perhaps I do have a case after all’, just get in touch and we’ll clear up your situation.
It is important to note that many valid claims are never brought because an injured party feels the accident was his own fault, whereas the primary cause of the accident may well rest with some other party, and the injured party’s own carelessness may only have been a contributing factor. In such cases the courts may apportion liability. It is therefore always advisable to consult with your solicitor.
Every personal injury case is different and before we make a recommendation we will discuss your case with you in detail. In many cases, it will be clear from the outset that your injury case will succeed. If however we believe you have no case we will tell you immediately. It will not be in your interest to pursue a case that stands little chance of success.
Many thousands of people are injured every year in various types of accidents; at work, at school, public places, at home, road accidents and more. If you are suffering from an injury physical or physiological due to an accident caused by another party, you are more than likely entitled to pursue an injury claim. Contact us on locall 1850 20 40 60 or tell us about your case >
Injury Claims Guide
This booklet has been produced by Synnott Lawline Solicitors to give our clients an understanding of the personal injury claims process. In some of our correspondence during the course of your claim, we will make reference to the relevant sections of this guide by way of explanation of the particular aspect of your claim. Get Free Booklet