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    • dc61
    • By dc61 12th Apr 18, 1:10 PM
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    Personal Injury Advice please
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:10 PM
    Personal Injury Advice please 12th Apr 18 at 1:10 PM
    I've recently had a really nasty accident whilst visiting my Union's offices for an appointment. I tripped over a very small step which was not marked as a hazard and there were no signs.


    I have contacted solicitors who say I have a good claim and that my injuries were significant. However, I am now being told that the solicitors will not take the case unless I have a photograph of the step I fell over. Given how injured I was, I was hardly likely to jump up and take a photo. I have had no reason to return to this office since and, when I have enquired about taking a photo, they have (understandably) said no.


    My fall was witnessed by the Trade Union Representative I was visiting, I was legitimately in the building but I am now so frustrated because I cannot get the photo and, if I can't get the photo, apparently I will be unable to make a claim.


    Can anyone advise me or give me some ideas. Also, has anyone ever encountered this ridiculous question previously? I thought it was the solicitors job to sort these things out rather than me doing it for them. There is no way that the Union are going to let me in to take a photo as it is them that the case will be against as it is their premises.


    As a Union member, I would normally be allowed to use their solicitors and be supported throughout the case. However, as it is against them, their solicitors would have a conflict of interest apparently (which I do understand) but they have said they will not provide me with any legal support or advice. I suspect I will end my membership very soon! I'm paying into something but cannot get the legal support it would normally give me.


    Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
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    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 12th Apr 18, 1:54 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:54 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:54 PM
    Ask a friend or relative to go and take the photo.
    • dc61
    • By dc61 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
    Ask a friend or relative to go and take the photo.
    Originally posted by tacpot12
    Unfortunately it's not a public office, you can only enter by appointment and the step is upstairs in the building so very unlikely anyone would have a reason to go up there. I feel so frustrated by it all. I was hurt badly but looks like they are going to get away with their negligence.


    Thanks for replying.
    • dc61
    • By dc61 12th Apr 18, 5:04 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:04 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:04 PM
    I!!!8217;m shocked by the silence in here. Come on, help me out here folks. Lol
    • WestonDave
    • By WestonDave 12th Apr 18, 5:12 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:12 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:12 PM
    Find another solicitor that is a bit more proactive - sounds like you've got one that only wants to do bare minimum work. In a previous job I ended up accompanying a solicitor round a factory to get photos of various locations etc that were relevant to a claim.
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    • maisie cat
    • By maisie cat 12th Apr 18, 5:30 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:30 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:30 PM
    I would bet good money that the step now has hazard tape and a warning on it, just in case somebody is not looking where they are going.
    • OnanTheBarbarian
    • By OnanTheBarbarian 13th Apr 18, 11:52 AM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 11:52 AM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 11:52 AM
    The onus is on you to prove your claim and provide the evidence in support. So find a way of obtaining evidence of the defect or chalk it up.
    • eschaton
    • By eschaton 13th Apr 18, 4:14 PM
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    Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
    Originally posted by dc61

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