What does Compensation Claims mean?
Compensation claims usually arise because of several mistakes, ranging from negligence, grave error, non-compliance with professional or industrial law or regulations, dereliction of duty, and refraining from performing a legally binding act. Such faults appear like each other in terms of terminology and, in general, referred to as “wrongdoing” which results in harm to a party entitled to claim financial compensation.
Moreover, such mistakes may be harmful to the body or self, cause damage to reputation, cause damage to funds or assists, deprivation of benefit or delay in obtaining the said benefit. The compensation is based upon at the discretion of the court to compensate the affected party for such damage.
Nour Attorneys Law Firm, team of highly efficient litigation lawyers works in a professional manner to represent our clients during their claims or defense in compensation claims matters. Our law firm lawyers, primarily focuses on the legal and financial elements that supports entitlement of our clients to compensation, such as supporting documents available with our clients to claim the value of damage, etc.
Our competent compensation lawyers provide some necessary elements which are helpful in availing and denying the compensation claims. Here are some elements mentioned below:
The law requires the existence and coherence of specific legal elements to achieve the requirement due for liability namely: –
To investigate a claim for damages, the primary condition is proving that there is fault or mistake, and such fault may be proven by a criminal case (such as crossing a red signal or reversing). The fault may be also proven or fixed under a conviction for malpractice by the licensing authority (conviction of a physician or doctor for negligence by the health authority).
However, the court may re-examine the reasons for the conviction by the licensing authority again, other than criminal proceedings, or if the conviction was civilly proven before the judge who is concerned with considering the compensation claim (such as if the contractor left the construction waste in the building and making the owner pay for cleaning such waste). In such cases, the means to prove the fault or mistake vary.
It is a requirement that the fault or mistake has caused damage directly or contributed to it indirectly. If there is no link between the fault and the occurrence of the damage, it is not possible to obtain compensation. Hence, it is extremely important to focus on explaining the causality relationship between the fault and the damage and how the said fault has contributed to the damage.
Such damage may have been caused directly or indirectly in contribution with other factors, the compensation shall be determined in proportion to the contribution. For example:
- Direct Damage
Someone has crossed the red signal and caused an accident. No compensation claim can be filed in case the party did not cause any damage to others.
- Damage that was Caused in Contribution with Other Factors
The contractor in charge of construction works did not add directional signboards for the vehicles, their passage routes and the workers’ passage route. Therefore, a driver of a vehicle hit a worker passing the road and the worker was not wearing the phosphorus uniform at construction sites. In this example, the contractor’s fault, the driver’s fault and the worker’s fault, all together, contributed to the occurrence of the accident.
- The Existence of Both the Fault and Damage Without a Causality Relationship
If the doctor made a mistake by neglecting the allergy testing procedure before surgery, which is a binding procedure according to the regulations. Therefore, the surgery resulted in damage in the weakness of one of the organs, however, the said weakness is not related to the doctor’s fault, but because it is a potential and natural result of surgery. In the above example, there are both a fault and damage, yet there is no causality relationship.
- The Occurrence of the Damage or Injury
Damage occurs because of a fault or mistake that is committed by a certain party; hence, the compensation claimant must prove that there is damage that was caused to himself/herself. Thereafter, the court can assess whether the damage has occurred. There may be an error and there is presumed damage, but it has not occurred, for example:
“A driver has committed a minor accident by crossing a red signal that caused minor shocks between vehicles; however, passengers did not have any injuries. In the previous example, a compensation may not be claimed for injury from the accident as there are no bruises, injuries or medical reports in the surrounding circumstances that confirm the injury”
There are many factors that contribute to the assessment of the amount of financial compensation, for example, the following:
The compensation claimant may be involved in causing the damage or may aggravate the damage caused by the other party. For example, a person may cause an injury or damage to another person by committing a fault or mistake, however, the injured party may not take care of the wound or disinfect it, causing pain and long suffering that would not have occurred if it was not for the neglect of the claimant.
Courts consider the circumstances of the accident to determine the proper compensation for the damage. For example, a person causes a traffic accident which leads to the injury of a driver of another vehicle at night in a rainy weather and in a lack of lighting. The court would determine compensation commensurate with the circumstances of the accident, unlike if it occurred in a clear daylight and in a well-illuminated area that includes directional signboards, etc.
A fault or mistake may cause another person to be harmed while performing a legal act or emergency. A hypothetical example is:
A person breaking his neighbor’s water pipes to extinguish fire and rescuing those who are trapped by the fire, causing the neighbor to bear the costs of repair and water cuts for days before the repair of the pipes.
In such case, despite the existence of a fault, damage and the causality relationship, the court shall consider in its judgment that the compensation shall only cover the repair costs in the light of the circumstances of a legitimate excuse, namely, that a person was saving the lives of others.
You can always get the finest legal advice and consultation from our qualified lawyers at Nour Attorneys Law Firm, concerning your compensation claims to ensure achieving the best possible results.
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