The United Nations defines human security under six headings: Organised crime and criminal exploitation, armed conflict, genocide and mass murder, health and economic development, resources and ecology and last but not least, human rights and good governance. Human security, that is to say; protection from all these kinds of physical and psychological threats, is made a legal reality by the human rights act. Essential reading for anybody concerned with human rights and standards of public servant behaviour is the publication at the official government website.
If you are ever unfortunate enough to have your human rights abused in any way, the best route to redress and gat the compensation you deserve is through ‘no win no fee’ legal action.
It’s extremely important to realise that no win no fee claims from solicitors like NoWinNoFeeExpert are much more than simply a means to getting your hands on some compensation. They are the means to Justice, the keystone of civilisation. By holding public servants, companies and organisations to account, no win no fee legal actions, drive society in general and public bodies in particular, to maintain higher standards of conduct. Below are two examples of no win no fee claims that have had profound effects upon UK standards in society. The first is in the health arena and the second is in the field of terrorism law.
What should you do if vaccinations go wrong?
The National Health Service, in administering vaccinations to children and adults alike, is providing human security against various diseases. In some rare cases this can go wrong and vaccinations can seriously damage the health, and thereby the quality of life, of individuals and their carers is affected. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is a case in point.
Back in 2010 a young man and his family were awarded £90,000 compensation because his routine MMR vaccine caused him to suffer epileptic fits and severe mental retardation. He had his first fit just ten days after being given the injection at 14 months of age. The first step his parents took was to claim compensation through the government’s ‘vaccination damage payment scheme’. This was rejected because the Department of Health judged there was no proven link between the boy’s disability and the vaccination.
The second step for the parents was not to give up, but rather to appeal this decision and engage specialist legal advice. This, after 18 years, paid off in the form of a judgement from a panel of experts that felt 10 days was too short a time frame to be considered a coincidence. This was the first case of compensation that was paid out to an MMR vaccine related victim. Clearly justice in this case was very slow in coming about, because it was a ground-breaking and precedent setting case. The path to justice has been beaten down because of this no win no fee legal action. Anybody suffering under the same situation will have cause to thank the parents of the young man in this case. The Department of Health has been made to be accountable for the consequences of its actions. Even though there is nobody to blame in this case, it should raise the standards of conduct of the department in future cases.
We all have rights to claim compensation even ‘terrorists’.
Terrorism is the scourge of our times. Everybody in the World suffers from a reduced feeling of human security because of the possibility that terrorists can strike, with deadly and debilitating effects, at any time. The very threat of international terrorism can make governments behave in ways that offend against our human security. There is a world of difference between a suspected terrorist and a proven one. The human rights act lays down the principle that everyone has a right to a fair trial and to be treated without discrimination under the legal process.
What to do if you’re wrongly arrested for ‘terrorism’ And Want to Make a No Win No Fee Claim.
The UK home office and police have been given sweeping powers to fight the threat of terrorism. No win no fee legal action is the only way to ensure these organisations adhere to the clear codes of conduct that are spelled out in the excellent human rights act publication referred to above.
Suing the police for wrongful arrest is the only way to clear your name, win compensation and hold the police and other organisations to account for their actions.
This is exactly what a student did in 2011 having been arrested under suspicion of terrorism in 2008. He is continuing to pursue justice from Nottingham University. Also, the deputy head of security at the university called in the police after the student had downloaded a ‘terrorist manual’. The document was shown to be a freely available publication and part of his legitimate research.
However, none of this mattered when he was held in solitary confinement for a week and had his good name smeared all over newspaper headlines of the time. His case never actually came to court, but rather there was an out of court settlement of £20 thousand. A salutary lesson for the police to be surer of the grounds for any arrest they make, no matter the urgency of terrorist investigations and the drive for results.
The main point being that none of this should have happened. But having happened, the only way to prevent it happening again is to resort to no-win no fee legal action.
How do you know if you have a legitimate claim for wrongful arrest or other breaches of the human rights act?
The simple answer is to talk to a lawyer. The police can legally hold you for 14 days, as long as they have permission from a judge, under the terrorism act. They can only hold a suspect for up to 12 hours for offences other than terrorism. To understand exactly what the police are and are not allowed to do with you from the time of an arrest please refer to the official government guide.