The death of a family member or loved one can be difficult enough to deal with, but if you feel you have been wrongly left out of someone’s will or that their estate is incorrect, would you know what to do next?
Our experts are trying to raise awareness about the fact that help is available in these circumstances and to highlight this are even offering a free 30-minute interview to anyone who may have such concerns.
Our personal injury experts are warning people of a worrying trend in personal injury claims, but say that if the right advice is received, this is something that can be avoided.
Many defendant insurers are now seeking to settle with claimants as quickly as possible by making initial – often very low – offers before the claimant has had chance to access legal advice. As a result, many people are feeling forced into accepting these offers before realising that they could have in fact secured a much more appropriate sum for their distress.
Experts at Hattons are warning anyone who thinks there is a chance that they are suffering hearing loss due to exposure to excessive noise at work, to act immediately.
With illness and injury being a major cause of ruined holidays, usually through no fault of your own, the Holiday Claims Team say it is important that people know there are things that can be done. Whether you’ve fallen ill or been injured due to someone or something else, they say that bringing about a claim for compensation when you return to the UK is a lot easier than you may think.
“We see all too often case of where people have worked hard, saved hard and paid a lot of money for a well-earned holiday only to see it ruined through no fault of their own – whether it be food poisoning or an injury caused by a wet floor. If that is the case, then people need to know that they can seek a refund and compensation to make up for what they’ve been through,” says Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons.
“Here at Hattons we have a dedicated team who can help at every stage of the process, and will provide the very best advice on how to get what you are rightfully owed. Basically, if your holiday has been ruined through no fault of your own, then you need to make sure you don’t let the opportunity pass when you return to the UK. Come and speak to us and we’ll make sure that your holiday cloud does at least have a silver lining.”
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
With everyone familiar with the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’, Hattons is trying to make people aware of an issue that could be classed as ‘act now, don’t pay later’.
“The need to protect yourself both now and in the future by organising a Power of Attorney as soon as possible is one that not many people tend to think about, but it really is very important,” says David Merrills, Hattons solicitor. “A lot of people think that Power of Attorneys are only for the elderly who may be starting to lose capacity, but these documents should be sorted out as early as possible and treated almost as an insurance-type document. If people can organise this as early as possible, rather than waiting until something happens years down the line, it can save a lot of time, effort and money.”