Asons Solicitors comment on the personal injury compensation debate surrounding PC Kelly Jones

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The prevalence of trip at work claims is indisputable, yet controversial, with recent reports of a policewoman injured at a petrol station adding to the debate.This situation raises the issue of whether or not a person is entitled to claim personal injury compensation if their injury is sustained while on another person`s property.

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It is important to bear in mind, if an incident takes place, that the accident is reported to the owner, and that you take details of any witnesses and clear photographs of the defect.

The prevalence of trip at work claims is indisputable, yet controversial, with recent reports of a policewoman injured at a petrol station adding to the debate (1). According to the Telegraph, the police officer in question was hurt while on patrol, attempting to apprehend a suspect. This situation raises the issue of whether or not a person is entitled to claim personal injury compensation if their injury is sustained while on another person`s property.

As reported in the telegraph, PC Kelly Jones was injured in the course of her duties when she tripped and injured herself while crossing a petrol station forecourt. She suffered injuries and then sought to make a claim against the petrol station. As of the 2nd of April (1), the police officer is reported to have dropped her attempt to seek personal injury compensation, following pressure from adverse public comment.

Injuries caused by trips at work can range from the relatively straightforward, for example soft tissue injuries, cuts and bruises, to injuries that have a life changing impact on the individual, sometimes affecting their ability to work and support their family. It is not unusual, particularly for the elderly, to fail to make a complete recovery from fractured bones.

It is important that claimants do not feel they are doing anything wrong in making a personal injury claim when they are entitled to do so. The law is there for a reason, to protect the individual and to ensure redress for those who deserve it.

The basic legal position under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 is clear (2). A person in control of premises has a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that people lawfully on their premises are reasonably safe from harm.

Considering the debate, Asons Executive Laura Williams, made the following statement:

“At Asons, we are aware of the impact accidents such as these can have, and of the need for clear advice and assistance. We are here to explain everything, making sure your interests are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. We pride ourselves in the service we provide our clients.

It is important to bear in mind, if an incident takes place, that the accident is reported to the owner, and that you take details of any witnesses and clear photographs of the defect.”

The circumstances of health and safety claims are often easily preventable. For example, if the owner of a car park has failed to repair a dangerous hole in the tarmac and a customer falls and injures themselves as a result, the owner may well find himself confronted by a personal injury claim and consequential financial losses. The precise outcome will depend on the details of the case, but the principle is clear, that we are all entitled to be reasonably safe from harm when visiting someone`s property. After all, the owner has control over the premises and has permitted the individual to come on to their premises, so why should they not take responsibility for the repercussions of their failure to comply with the law and remove a danger. The owner could have easily prevented the accident by maintaining his property in line with the law.

If you have been injured as a result of a defect on premises belonging to another person or organisation and wish to have a no obligation chat about it please call and ask to speak to one of our experienced team. Contact Asons on: 0844 850 1062 or fill out a claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk

Sources:

(1)    telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9965804/Policewoman-wants-to-drop-compensation-claim.html
(2)    e-lawresources.co.uk/Occupiers-liability.php

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info(at)asons(dot)co(dot)uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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