After first contacting us simply for some straightforward advice following a trip and fall at work due of loose floor trunking, we straight away could see that she had a genuine case and proceeded to represent her all the way to a final hearing.
By reassuring her throughout about the strength of her case, we were able to guide her to reject the pre-medical offer the defendants made at the outset, as well as subsequent offers, until she received what she deserved and was awarded a considerably higher sum at the final hearing.
“Very often now we are seeing matters settled for substantially higher amounts than what was first offered by the defendants,” says Chris Howard, Associate Solicitor.”
“It’s a worrying feature because as a profession we are obviously unaware of the number of cases that are being settled directly with claimants, which means they haven’t had the opportunity to instruct a solicitor to deal with it on their behalf. As a result, we simply don’t know how many cases out there are being under settled. Thankfully on this occasion we were able to take on he case and ensure our client got both the representation and settlement she deserved.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re on your side.