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Hattons-stance – Be prepared, before you go on holiday

With many people preparing to head abroad at this time of year, the Holiday Claims Team at Hattons are urging everyone to take a few simple steps in order to be prepared just in case things don’t go according to plan.

Because a dream holiday can so easily be ruined by something as simple as injury or illness, the team say that by bearing this in mind and knowing what to look out for before you go away you can ensure that you can at least make sure that you have the best chance of sorting it out afterwards.

“We are certainly not trying to ruin anyone’s fun and are aware that the weeks leading up to a well-earned holiday are full of excitement at the prospect,” says Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons. “However, we do see quite a lot of cases where people have their breaks ruined by injury or illness that was no fault of their own. If that is the case, by knowing what to look out for before you go away you can at least make sure you have the best chance of recovering compensation when you return.”

With that in mind, Hattons have the following tips that will help people to gather and conserve evidence that will go towards helping any subsequent claim:

  • Don’t travel without insurance
  • Be prepared if you become unwell, and know what to do
  • Make sure you have basic medication and water in stock
  • See the resort doctor if you need to and don’t forget to keep their name and contact details
  • Make a report of the illness to the hotel and take names of the staff involved and any other fellow holidaymakers who are ill
  • Take photos of any food/conditions/issues that caused the illness or injury
  • Keep any receipts for prescriptions or treatments

“By just following these few simple steps, if the worst should happen on your holiday, then at least you will give yourself the best chance of making sure you are compensated. We can then guide you every step of the way to help you get what you deserve,” adds Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons.

Hattons-stance – Chancellors Spending Review

Don’t let Osborne make losers of us all, warns Hattons

Recent plans announced by Chancellor George Osborne could deal a huge blow to many clients seeking rightful justice, warn experts at Hattons.

In the Spending Review at the end of November, the Chancellor said the government would pledge to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000 (therefore removing legal costs by transferring personal injury claims of up to £5,000 to the small claims court) and scrap general damages for ‘minor’ soft tissue injuries sustained in a road traffic accident such as whiplash.

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Seasons Greetings…

…from everyone at Hattons Solicitors.

Please note we are closed from 12:30 on the 23rd December and will re-open on the 4th January.

Hattons Christmas Gift Appeal

Hattons, together with St Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Service, Café bocboc, Smyths Toys (St Helens branch) and Cultivate Creative, are appealing for gift donations for both children and teenagers, who may not otherwise receive gifts this Christmas.

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Proud to sponsor the Pride of St Helens, Courage award

Saints’ Langtree Park will be the glittering venue for the awards night on Friday, November 13.

From stories of heroism, courage or bravery, dramatic rescues or overcoming illness or injury to record inspiring achievements. The courage award recognises the fantastic achievements of people from this town.

Hattons Solicitors Courage Award Nominees

  • Liam Waterworth
  • Andy Potter
  • Neil Tucker

The rest of this years nominees can be seen here

Hattons-stance – St Helens Court closure

Local court closures will prevent access to justice for many, claim Hattons

With plans being discussed that could prevent many vulnerable people accessing justice, staff at Hattons have spoken out strongly against this potential course of action.

As economic conditions continue to bite nationally, but especially in regions such as the North West, ways to save money are continually being looked at, and one option under consideration is the closure of both St Helens’ Magistrates and County courts.

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Prestigious accreditations provide independent assurance of Hattons’ quality

As legal specialists who always strive to demonstrate excellence in every area, Hattons can now boast of two prestigious accreditations that provide independent evidence to back this up.

Since 2003 Hattons has held Lexcel, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care, while shortly after the practice was also awarded Investors in People (IIP) status, which since 1991 has set the standard for better people management and defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well.

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Hattons Solicitors offers ‘holiday help’ for those who have suffered ‘holiday hell’

You’ve worked hard and saved up for that much needed holiday. You’ve looked forward to sitting back and relaxing, and now you and the kids begin to enjoy everything that your all-inclusive hotel has to offer.

What could possibly go wrong? Far too often hard working people like you have their long awaited holiday ruined through illness or injury because the holiday they have bought falls way below the standards they were sold and should expect.

If you bought a package holiday from a UK tour operator within the last three years that was ruined because you, or a member of your holiday party, was ill or injured, you are likely to be entitled to personal injury compensation, money to make up for your loss of enjoyment and also a full or partial refund of the cost of your holiday.

Poor food standards, water contamination, vermin or pest intrusion and poor staff hygiene often mean that you and your family are easily exposed to bacteria that cause very unpleasant illnesses and symptoms, such as sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and loss of appetite.

Likewise, poor construction or equipment standards in a hotel or on an excursion can cause injuries.

Your quick holiday claim check list . . .

  • I bought a package holiday within the last three years
  • I suffered illness or injury on that holiday
  • I was in an all-inclusive resort
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Contact us today for free advice, and the team will turn your ‘holiday hell’ into ‘holiday help’. Call into the office at 3 Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HQ, or phone 01744 744400.

Hattons-stance – Industrial Disease

Solicitor Jenna Gielty discusses the current issue that industrial disease claimants are facing.

As specialists in the area of industrial disease, Hattons is leading the way with challenges against unfair charges and delays experienced when dealing with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to obtain client’s Inland Revenue Employment Histories.

“At the moment we are experiencing delays of up to six months in obtaining an employment history for a client from HMRC,” says Jenna Gielty, the Hattons solicitor who specialises in acting for industrial disease claimants. “This delay has a knock-on effect on the whole case because clients only have three years to bring a claim in any event, and so it reduces that time significantly. As well as delays in obtaining information, if a client has passed away HMRC are making the bereaved family make an application to the High Court to obtain a Court Order for release of the Inland Revenue employment history. The application cost for this is £155.00 and HMRC believe that their costs should be paid in addition to this, along with the legal costs for a solicitor to represent the bereaved family in such an application.”

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Hattons are a local firm that believes fare is fair

Here at Hattons, we understand that taxi drivers can’t afford time off the road and have helped thousands of cabbies who have been involved in accidents keep their wheels in motion.

From minor prangs to major collisions, our complete package will get you back to work and see you properly compensated.

We can also help recover lost earnings, and sort repairs and replacement vehicles quickly and efficiently.

To find out more, contact us today.
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