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1 Accident and injury compensation no-one can change the past, but one of us could change your future

2 One accident can change your life An accident could be just a minor inconvenience, but it might be the one unexpected event that changes everything, Career progress, favourite pastimes, even personal and family relationships can be damaged by an accident or injury. However serious your injury is, short or long term, you may be entitled to compensation. Nelsons have a specialist team of lawyers who will make sure your claim is properly prepared and expertly conducted. We ll look after you as well as your claim, guiding and informing you throughout the process and doing our best to give you the best result possible. One risk after another Accidents and injuries can happen at work, in the street, when you re on the road, on the playing field, when you re using a product - even in hospital. Our wide-ranging experience ensures that wherever your accident has happened, Nelsons will have someone who can give you expert advice and support. Workplace accidents Employers have a legal duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees and to take out insurance. If you have suffered an accident at work, you ll need to prove that your employer or their representative caused the accident. Even if you think that the accident was your fault, you may not have had proper training or instruction and your employer may therefore still be at fault. Road traffic accidents When someone else has caused a car accident where you have been injured, you will be able to claim compensation which is normally paid by their insurers. If the party responsible for the accident doesn t have insurance or cannot be traced, you can still claim for compensation under the Motor Insurance Bureau scheme.

3 Slips and trips in the street An accident in the street due to poorly maintained roads or pavements means you may be able to claim compensation from the body responsible for it usually the local council. Defective products You don t need to show manufacturer negligence in cases like these, you just need to prove that the injury was caused by a defect in the product. Sports Injuries Whether you re a professional or an amateur, you can claim compensation for a sporting injury as a result of the negligence of another participator, the organisers or as a result of an assault on the sports field. Criminal Injuries You can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme if an injury is caused as a result of a violent crime. Clinical negligence As one of the few firms licensed by the Legal Services Commission to deal with clinical negligence claims, we combine a thorough understanding of the complex process with a sensitive approach to the patient, family and carers. Why do only one-third make a claim? Despite the publicity about a compensation culture two thirds of people involved in accidents don t make a claim. Yet many of them deserve compensation - this can cover expenses caused by the accident, fund long-term care for someone with a disabling injury or provide support for a family suddenly deprived of an income. Our experience of the thousands of claims we handle shows that time is of the essence when dealing with accident claims. Usually there is a time limit of 3 years following an accident to bring a claim, so prompt action is advisable. For children the three year time limit won t start until their 18th birthday. Even if you think the accident was your fault, you may still have a valid claim to make and a meeting with one of our experts could prove worthwhile.

4 Someone you can rely on A compensation claim can take time and can sometimes be a stressful process. We approach claims with sensitivity as well as legal expertise. Our experience with injury claims of every type accident, clinical negligence, criminal assault, industrial disease - has taught us that success depends not only on our legal skills, but also on our understanding of the effects on the life of the person injured. Our team includes former nursing personnel and nationally-recognised figures on specialist panels including The Law Society s Personal Injury Panel, AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents), Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association. We re a member of the Legal Services Commission s Multi Party Action Panel and are licensed by them to deal with clinical negligence claims with the benefit of legal aid. We have the people you need to look after you throughout your claim and give you the very best chance of a successful result. More than one way to pay The first interview which can be at your home or in hospital, is completely free. We ll discuss the best method of funding your case. Legal aid Legal aid is no longer available for most personal injury claims, except cases of clinical negligence or criminal injuries where you may get legal aid, depending on your finances. We will advise you whether or not legal aid is available. Conditional and deferred fees We can also offer no-win, no-fee arrangements in many cases where if we don t win your case, we won t be paid, and if we do win, we ll be paid a success fee by the responsible party. Insurance You may already have cover for the legal costs you may incur in pursuing your claim under your household, motor or some other forms of insurance. We will explore these options with you.

5 Getting compensation for every one of your losses The compensation we claim for you will reflect the pain and suffering you ve been through and the impact on your life. We will also claim for future losses, for example, if you re unable to return to work or need nursing care or help in your home. We will also seek compensation for any direct financial losses you have suffered, such as lost earnings or medical expenses. Once your compensation has been finalised, you may need guidance on your long-term financial security. Our independent financial experts will be able to advise you on investing your award and protecting it in a Trust if necessary. We are also experienced in dealing with Court of Protection matters for those people who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs. Why wait one more day? The time limit for personal injury claims means prompt action is essential - contact our Personal Injury department at the office which is most convenient for you. One of our team will be happy to answer your queries and arrange an introductory appointment. All of our offices have car parking with disabled access, but if it s particularly difficult for you to see us, we can visit you at home or in hospital.

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7 Nelsons is one of the largest, strongest law firms in the East Midlands with offices throughout the region and expertise in all aspects of business and personal law. A dynamic and forward thinking firm, we pride ourselves on combining high professional standards with impeccable client care. Our client service code demands that letters and telephone calls are answered promptly, costs explained clearly and that we communicate in a language that you understand. We promise to deliver a responsive, efficient service where you are always kept in the picture on costs, progress and on time.

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