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Right and Wrong Way

By Diane Bull - LLB (Hons) Law

IF you feel you are owed compensation because of the way you have been treated at work or because of injury or personal loss, take a tip from one of the team that won Britain's biggest payout - don't go and see a solicitor until you've read this guide.

The UK legal system is not like the American system under which lawyers get a third of any compensation or damages they win for you. Solicitors in Britain have their hands tied by strict rules limiting what they can earn from your case, usually just their costs.

How does that affect your claim?

Quite simply, there is nothing in it for a solicitor to fight for maximum damages for you. Solicitors in the UK do not examine your case from every angle – as they do in the US – to make sure they claim everything you are entitled to claim.

In Britain, solicitors are only concerned about taking on a large volume of cases in which the "compensation" is paid out at an agreed standard rate – like £3,000 for whiplash injuries – and is usually paid by insurance companies after a solicitor simply fills in the correct forms.

Perry Mason, it isn't.

The fact is, YOUR claim could be worth hundreds of thousands pounds, not just a few thousand. This is because depending on what has happened to you, you may have a claim for exemplary damages – not compensation.

Compensation is strictly limited to WHAT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY LOST – whereas exemplary damages are UNLIMITED.

So if for instance you are injured and have to take time off work, your compensation will be limited to your financial losses. If you were off for two months you will get two months pay.

You will see on other websites the "compensation rates" established by the courts in the UK all of which are strictly based on your losses.

But if you have a claim for damages there is NO LIMIT to how much damages a court will set. Damages are designed to set an example. In a famous case in America, a court awarded damages of £1.7m against McDonald's after a pot of hot coffee fell into a woman's lap.

It sounds ridiculous but the coffee was far hotter than it needed to be – to encourage the smell to waft around – and the injuries the woman suffered were horrific.

The award was NOT to compensate her for those injuries – it was to make an example of McDonald's and to make sure firms thought about the safety of their customers.

There is no reason at all why this case could not have been brought in the UK – and the same result achieved.

But solicitors are unlikely to investigate claim with non compensatory damages in mind and therefore you may miss out on the maximum damages you could be
entitled to.

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IN MARCH 2000 my team broke Britain’s biggest pension mis-selling scandal and it was the Government themselves giving bad advice! Working with Sun newspaper journalists Mike Bull and Tony Bridgland and MP David Rendel, we tabled early day motion 424 calling for compensation for two million people who had been misled by a DHS pensions leaflet on a widow’s entitlement to SERPS (State Earning Related Pension Scheme). Claims are still being paid out and the National Audit Office now estimates the total cost in compensation will be a staggering £8bn pounds. – the biggest compensation payout in the UK.

 


Payouts won in UK legal battles

£2.7m PAYOUT
UNFAIR DISMISSAL & RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Bank employee Mr Chagger, was awarded £2.7m in damages after losing his job with Abbey National. In a landmark 2009 case which paved the way for future damages awards in the UK, the tribunal ruled Mr Chagger, of Hayes, Middlesex, had been discriminated against on the grounds of his race

£940,000 PAYOUT
DISLOCATED FINGER

Teaching assistant Julie Anne Huddart won £800,000 in compensation plus £140,000 in costs after she tripped at work and dislocated a finger. Mrs Huddart, 49, won a claim against Lancashire County Council in November 2012 after the accident left her with ‘reflex sympathetic dystrophy’. She suffers constant pain and is dependent on the car of her husband.

£550,000 PAYOUT
WRONGFUL ARREST

Cleveland Police were forced to hand over £550,000 in damages in May 2012 to defence lawyer James Watson after he was arrested in a raid on his home in Middlesborough and held in a cell for 30 hours, wroingly accused of perverting the course of justice.

£558,868 PAYOUT
UNFAIR DISMISSAL & DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Care warden Jean Thackeray wins over five hundred thousand pounds in April 2013 after she was wrongly accused of theft and suspended from work for a year. Jean, of Newport, South Wales, brought a claim for CONSTRUCTIVE UNFAIR DISMISSAL and DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

£470,000 PAYOUT
CHILDHOOD ABUSE

An unnamed woman from Kent was awarded £470,000 by a High Court judge in August 2012The victim, now in her 40s, was awarded damages and interest by a judge relating to abuse in the 1970s when she was aged seven to 12.Included in the award was £70,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, sums for past and future loss of earnings, and £26,742 for future treatment.The woman’s stepfather has always denied her claims of abuse and has not been convicted in a criminal court.

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Myth 1

I don’t have any evidence


A young man who lost his job in a bar for not asking a person to prove they were over 18 came to me with what he thought was a hopeless case – he had not even been employed for a year and he admitted he had forgotten to ask for ID.

But on his phone he had a photo of his work rota with a message on it written by his boss which constituted not only a strong claim for damages – it was also the "smoking gun" he needed for a lucrative settlement.

NO ONE WHO TURNS TO ME FOR HELP EVER KNOWS WHAT EVIDENCE THEY HAVE. OFTEN THEIR STORY ALONE IS STRONG EVIDENCE.

Myth 2

I can’t prove anything


Absolute proof is a requirement in criminal courts. Your claim will almost certainly be brought in a civil court, where the level of proof needed is less stringent.

Civil claims are assessed are judged on “the balance of probabilities”. This means that you have to satisfy a judge of “what probably happened”.

MOST PEOPLE WHO TURN TO ME FOR HELP CAN ACTUALLY PROVE – OR AT LEAST ESTABLISH – FAR MORE THAN THEY REALISE.






Myth 3

I don’t have the money to fight a claim


Bringing a legal claim is not expensive. Hiring solicitors to bring your claim for you is what racks up the bills. With my guide you can represent yourself. There are pros and cons for this but one big benefit is that the other side cannot bank on you running out of money to keep paying legal fees as they stall cases with adjournments, appeals and so on.

MY GUIDE WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO REPRESENT YOURSELF AND HOW TO SAVE A FORTUNE IN LEGAL FEES IF YOU REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL HELP.

Here's how they get it wrong:

  1. NO INCENTIVE
    Because of the way solicitors earnings are capped they have NO INCENTIVE to fight for maximum damages
  2. NO RESEARCH
    Your claim will not be scrutinised for possible damage claims.
  3. NO HELP WITH SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
    Your claim and the evidence to support it will not be investigated by your solicitor. Forget about Perry Mason, in Britain YOU have to do ALL the legwork yourself.
  4. UNACCEPTABLE DELAYS
    Successful claims are dealt with quickly but yours will be kicked into touch and subject to unexplained and unacceptable delays from the moment you first step into a solicitor's office.
  5. UNNECESSARY HOSTILE ACTION
    Claims succeed when they are dealt with professionally and politely. Every public company or organisation will actually be keen to put right mistakes they have made and there will usually be an executive who is in a position to bring about the result you desire and who will respond swiftly to a simple personal conversation or letter. Apart from costing you money, a haughty legal letter will simply obstruct and delay your claim.

Here's how YOU can get it right:

  1. RESEARCH YOUR CLAIM.
    You DON'T have to be a legal eagle to assess a claim for damages. When you know what to look for you can assess your own claim initially. A young man who lost his job in a bar for not asking a person to prove they were over 18 came to me with what he thought was a hopeless case – he had not even been employed for a year and he admitted he had forgotten to ask for ID.

    But on his phone he had a photo of his work rota with a message on it written by his boss which constituted not only a strong claim for damages – it was also the "smoking gun" he needed for a lucrative settlement.

    My guide How Much Your Claim Worth shows you what to look for to see if you have a claim for damages.
  2. DOCUMENT YOUR EVIDENCE.
    Like the young man above, most people who turn to me with a claim say they have "no evidence" or they "can't prove" what happened. But the claimants own story, told truthfully in their own words, is the only evidence me and my team have needed in the vast majority of the claims we have assisted with over the past 25 years.

    Notes – preferably with dates – detailling your experiences are the essential starting point of any claim and it is only when these have been written out in full that you can begin to asses s what evidence you have.

    My guide will show you all the types of things that will constitute evidence and how by following a simple procedure you can very simply put together all the evidence you are likely to need.
  3. ACT SWIFTLY.
    If you put your case into the hands of a solicitor you will lose all control of how quickly it is pursued. But if you keep control of it and by directing your effforts correctly you can reach the settlement you desire in weeks - not the months or years it will take using a solicitor.

    My guide shows you how to easily set a time frame for your claim. It shows you how to initiate contact with the person or company you are claiming against, how to set out your claim and how to plot allthe key stages so that you can make sure everything happens when it needs to.
  4. GET PROFESSIONAL HELP – FREE
    There are many ways to get legal representation in this country without paying a penny for it. There is far more protection offered by the law to people who do not have the money to pursue a claim.

    My guide shows you ALL the organisations that exist to offer free legal advice complete with web address and contact details.
  5. PUBLICITY
    My team included a Sun journalist and every single claim we were involved in used the leverage of publicity. Companies do not want their dirty washing aired in public and they will always be keen to talk to journalists and to resolve things away from the glare of publicity.

    Nearly everyone in Britian who has a problem with a company or a government organisation turns to the papers for help.

    But it is vital that you approach this in the correct way because going to the papers before you speak to a company can have the opposite affect and harm your claim.

    My guide shows you how to use publicity to proceed and speed up your claim.

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I was faced with a £15,000 bill to demolish an outbuilding on the orders of my local planning department or pay a solicitor a minimum £3,500 to fight the demand. I didn't know which way to turn. Plenty of people told me I could fight the case because the building is nearly 100 years old but no one would guarantee me that I would win the case.
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