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PHC Law Compensation claims – A Game Of Two Halves?

Deciding to make a compensation claim in the aftermath of an injury, accident or illness can seem a pretty daunting prospect to most people, and getting expert advice from a firm such as PHC Law is always a good idea, because you need support through the process. However, not even the experts can know for sure what the outcome of any compensation claim will be. The result, in most cases, is a bit like most football match results – unpredictable.

Take the recent result of a compensation claim by a woman whose husband, a smoker, died of lung cancer in 1996. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was ordered to pay the equivalent of £13.8 billion to Cynthia Robinson who claimed the company was negligent in telling consumers about the dangers of smoking. The recent ruling, in a US court, may have little relevance to what happens in UK courts, but it’s hard to believe that even in the land of plenty, anyone would have predicted such a huge payout.

At the other end of the spectrum of compensation claims is the ongoing case of the dog owner in Brighton who has made a compensation claim against her council after her dog suffered a slipped disc while chasing a cat through long grass. The owner says she cannot afford to pay the £5,000 vet’s bill and that her dog hurt itself because the grass on council-owned land was left uncut for weeks, despite complaints by nearby residents. It’s a tough call to say who will come out on top in this case.

Another recent case involved a pizza delivery man being fined for punching an innocent bystander in Berkshire who told the delivery driver to slow down. In what may seem like a move to pre-empt a possible compensation claim, the company sent the injured man £200 worth of pizza vouchers as a good will gesture. If the man decides to pursue a personal injury claim, will the pizza he accepted be seen as full and fair compensation?

Given how hard it is to predict the result of a compensation claim, speaking to experts like PHC Law means you can at least make an informed choice. As they have a 98% success rate for the clients they do represent, you’ll know you’re in good hands.