I Might Have Been Partly To Blame – Can I Still Claim? (Contributory Negligence)
What a lot of people do not realise is that you can still make a personal injury claim if you are partly to blame for your injuries. This could be because you failed to do something or did something you were not supposed to.
Under the principle of contributory negligence the amount of compensation you can claim will simply be reduced to proportionately reflect how the level to which your injuries were your own doing. If of course you are entirely to blame for your injuries then you will receive no compensation as there is no third party negligence and you cannot sue yourself. There is no limit to the amount of people that can be blamed for an accident and it may be the case that liability is split between three or four different parties.
Contributory negligence is common in road traffic accident claims where a claimant suffers an injury as a result of another road user, but the injuries are made worse by the fact that the claimant is not wearing a seat belt. Other examples include employees suffering injuries in a workplace accident which are exacerbated by not wearing the appropriate safety equipment (as long as the same is provided by the employer).
If you would like to make a personal injury compensation claim, even if you are partly to blame, then you should do so within three years of the date of the injury otherwise you may be unable to do so under the limitation act 1980. Any claim should be made with the assistance of a personal injury solicitor** in Manchester who will help you to determine how much you are to blame and ensure that your compensation is reduced by the correct amount as the defendant’s insurance company will often try and increase the claimant’s responsibility for the accident.
Our Manchester personal injury solicitor** will work on your case on a no win no fee* basis even if you are partly to blame for your own injuries because whilst the amount of compensation you are likely to receive will be reduced they will still be able to collect their full fees from the defendant.
Personal Injury solicitors** Manchester
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Call our Accident solicitors** on 01618 855 335 or contact us online.