By: Simon B
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Claiming Compensation Through the Courts When Something Goes Wrong
If your rights have been contravened and you haven’t been able to enforce them or to resolve the dispute to your satisfaction in any other way, your last resort may be to sue for compensation. Suing for compensation is not the same as going to court to get back what you’re owed. Compensation is an amount to make up for loss that you’ve suffered because of the dispute or incident you’ve been involved in.
You may want to claim compensation for personal injury caused by the negligence of an employer, by someone who caused an accident, or someone who attacked you in the street. You can sue a health authority for compensation for medical negligence or because you’ve been discriminated against. These cases can be very complicated, and the amounts involved vary according to the amount of loss you’ve suffered. The loss may be financial as in the loss of earnings, but that loss may also include an amount for loss of enjoyment, for example, if you’ve had problems while on holiday. In addition, you can add in compensation for pain and suffering – some of which may be emotional, rather than physical, pain and suffering.
If you’re going to claim for compensation, you need a solicitor who can assess the kind of figure you should be suing for and how much each of the elements of the claim may amount to. The court procedures for these kinds of claims are much more formal and protracted. These cases can go on for weeks while the courts decide whether an employer has been guilty of discrimination and how much money should be awarded to the claimant.