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For a severe shoulder injury that causes pain and impacts the neck, back or arms could receive
£19,200 and £48,030
in personal injury compensation
What Is A Personal Injury Claim?
Let’s start by taking a look at the definition of a personal injury claim.
In simple terms, it’s a form of legal action you can take if you’ve suffered an injury or illness because of someone else. In many cases, personal injury claims in the UK can be made with the help of a No Win No Fee agreement. We explain this in greater depth below, but in short, it means you don’t pay anything upfront and pay nothing if the case doesn’t succeed.
Compensation is often paid out by the insurance company of the defendant too, especially in cases involving workplace accidents and car accidents.
How Can We Help You?
As you browse through our legal guides, you’ll be able to see if you could potentially use a No Win No Fee solicitor to pursue personal injury compensation.
Our site will also answer important questions, such as:
- What falls under personal injury?
- What does a personal injury claim cover?
- How do personal injury claims work?
- Examples of personal injury compensation cases
- How do No Win No Fee claims work?
- When should I potentially use No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors?
If you prefer, you can speak to one of our advisors for free legal advice. They’re available 24/7 and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with the services of our panel of lawyers.
They can clarify the personal injury claims process to you and confirm if you’re eligible for personal injury compensation.
An Overview Of Personal Injury Claims In The UK
Personal injury claims in the UK may seem quite complex. There are technical words and phrases, evidence to gather, and the matter of presenting your case to the defendant or their insurance company.
To do this on your own can be daunting, especially if you have no legal background.
Help is on hand, however. Many personal injury solicitors, including ourselves, offer clients the ability to pursue a claim on a No Win No Fee basis. We discuss this further below, but in short, it allows you to recover compensation for a personal injury without having to pay fees unless the case is successful.
You can therefore access vital legal support in a financially sustainable way.
A No Win No Fee solicitor can assess your claim, gather evidence, present your case to the defendant, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
This could give you a better chance of getting compensated not just for your injuries and the inconvenience they’ve caused, but for any associated financial losses. This may include loss of earnings, loss of a work bonus, or costs relating to medication and healthcare.
In the sections that follow, we’ll explore making a personal injury claim in more detail. This includes a look at eligibility criteria, the different types of injury claims that exist, and potential compensation awards. Also in this guide is more info on the advantages of hiring No Win No Fee solicitors for personal injury claims in the UK and how we can help provide such a service.
Am I Eligible To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
Being able to make a successful personal injury claim revolves around negligence. Certain third parties have a duty of care to you and, if you injure yourself due to them breaching this duty of care, you may be able to claim due to negligence. There are three requirements to prove negligence. They are:
- That the third party has a duty of care to you.
- That you have evidence showing that the third party breached their duty of care.
- And it’s this breach that led to your injury.
There are several other factors to consider if you’re looking to make a personal injury claim.
- There is a personal injury claims time limit. You generally need to make a claim either three years from the date of the incident or three years from the date you became aware of negligence at least contributing to the injury. This is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.
- Someone under the age of eighteen or someone who does not have the capacity to make a claim can still potentially have one made on their behalf. In these instances, someone would need to be named their litigation friend so they can claim on the injured person’s behalf.
You can also make fatal accident claims if your loved one has passed away due to an accident they weren’t liable for. Legal experts, such as No Win No Fee lawyers, could help you with this.
Tips On Proving Personal Injury Claims
The success of any case relies on the strength of the evidence provided, and the same applies to personal injury claims in the UK. If you decide to pursue the possibility of starting a claim after being injured due to another party’s negligence, then gathering evidence that can support your case is one of the first steps you should take. If you choose to hire a solicitor to support your claim, then they should be able to assist with this process.
Evidence is used to prove to the defendant and to the court that your case is valid. A failure to provide evidence to support a claim means it’s unlikely a defendant would pay out compensation.
Obtaining evidence is one of the most important stages of a personal injury claim. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways that you can gather what you need. Here are some tips:
- Check to see if there is any CCTV footage of your accident. This could come from security cameras, for instance. In road traffic accidents, some drivers may also have dashcams that could capture the incident.
- If you’re able to, take photographs of the scene of the accident and what you believe the cause of it was. For example, if you tripped over a pothole, take clear pictures of it.
- To ensure that you get compensated for any financial losses caused by your injuries, keep all receipts, bills and invoices. For example, if you had to get a taxi to places where you’d otherwise drive, keep a log of each journey and a receipt showing the cost. Likewise, keep the receipts of any medication you had to pay for. The same goes for any lost earnings if you had to take time off work and didn’t get paid. Keep hold of your payslips for the months before your accident and then the months since it happened so it’s possible to work out the difference in pay.
- If your accident was recorded in a report book, try to get hold of a copy of the entry and make sure that what’s been recorded is an accurate reflection of what happened. This is particularly relevant to workplace accident cases and public liability claims, such as accidents in a restaurant.
In short, the more evidence you have, the better job your specialist personal injury solicitor can do in fighting your case. They can also help you obtain further evidence to help establish fault on the part of the defendant.
For more advice on proving a personal injury claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re more than happy to answer any question, big or small.
Types Of Personal Injury Claims
You may be wondering what you can make a personal injury claim for.
Below, we explain the three main types of claims: road traffic accidents, accidents at work and accidents in public places.
Road Traffic Accidents
All road users have a duty of care to one another as established in The Highway Code. These are a set of rules designed to outline correct road conduct. In doing this, it also highlights negligent road conduct as anything that goes against this code. This is to help prevent a road traffic accident (RTA) from occurring.
Examples of scenarios in which you may be able to claim include:
- Another driver colliding with your vehicle due to going above the speed limit. This could lead to you suffering a ligament and tendon injury, for example.
- Another vehicle crashing into you due to them mistiming when to turn onto a roundabout, causing you to endure broken bones. This could cause you to look up accident claims and seek fracture compensation.
However, if your injuries from a road traffic accident are worth less than £5,000, you will have to claim through a different method. This is explained in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. You can check how much compensation your personal injury claim could be worth by getting in touch with us using the button at the top of the page.
We provide free legal advice and you may have underestimated what your injuries could be worth. We can also connect you with our panel of expert personal injury lawyers.
Accidents At Work
Your employer has a duty of care to take reasonably practicable steps to make sure your workplace is safe and secure. It’s not just about being able to perform your role to the required level—it’s about making sure, within reason, that all steps are taken so you can perform all daily tasks safely while using their premises. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
As such, if you’ve suffered accidents at work resulting in injury, it may be due to employer negligence. And if so, you could make a personal injury compensation claim.
Examples of instances where you may be able to claim for employer negligence include:
- Having an accident at work resulting in you suffering from a preventable industrial disease. This could be, for instance, carpal tunnel syndrome due to working with vibrating tools without adequate breaks provided by your employer.
- Looking to make an accident at work claim due to being made to use faulty equipment, such as a ladder. This could lead to you falling off it and reading No Win No Fee solicitors reviews to gain legal advice.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance on work-related injuries. To find out more about instances where you may be able to make accident at work claims, you can visit their website. Or reach out to us to talk about your personal injury case against your employer for free.
Accidents In Public Places
You may also be looking to make a claim due to injuring yourself in a public place. People who control public places are often referred to as the ‘occupier’.
Occupiers have a duty of care to every member of the public that uses their facilities. They need to take reasonable steps to make sure the general public are safe when using the space. This duty of care is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Examples of this kind of negligence include:
- Falling downstairs due to a faulty handrail that the occupier was aware of but didn’t fix.
- Tripping over exposed wiring that the occupier laid but didn’t ensure was safe.
If you have any questions at all about making a public liability claim, get in touch. We can advise you on your case and if you’d like to proceed, can connect you with our panel of expert personal injury lawyers.
How Personal Injury Compensation Claims In The UK Are Valued
You may be wondering about how compensation is calculated for personal injury claims in the UK. Several factors are considered such as severity, prognosis and impact on your quality of life. As such, the amount you are awarded will differ depending on your unique circumstances.
For claims made in England and Wales, settlements are split into two heads of claim. They’re referred to as general damages and special damages. Both payments address different areas of your injury and its effect on your life. We have broken them down in more detail below.
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This portion of the settlement addresses the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. Compensation can be awarded for both physical and mental damage. Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries are, the more a general damages payment tends to be worth.
In a successful personal injury claim, you will often always receive compensation under general damages.
Some claims can also include a figure that reimburses you for the financial impact your injuries have had on you. It’s important that you have proof of these expenses so that you can claim the money back.
If eligible to receive a special damages payment, it can include figures associated with costs such as a loss of earnings, damage to your property, or even medical expenses.
If you have any questions about what else could be included as part of a special damages payment. Get in touch with our advisors today. They can also discuss compensation claims in the UK.
Examples Of What You Can Include In Personal Injury Claims
It’s possible to include a variety of financial costs and losses within personal injury claims, provided those losses are directly related to the injuries suffered.
Let’s go into more detail about the types of things you can claim for:
- We’ve mentioned loss of earnings above, but it’s also possible to claim for future loss of earnings in a personal injury claim. This will apply to cases that involve more serious, life-changing injuries. If you cannot work again due to losing a leg, for example, you can claim the money you would have earned if you hadn’t been injured. Future losses like this are usually paid annually rather than in a lump sum.
- It’s also possible to claim back any care costs relating to the injury. If, for example, your partner or parent had to look after you while you recovered from a broken leg, you can claim an hourly rate for the time they spent caring for you. Care can include cooking, cleaning or helping you get dressed. Therefore, keep a note of how many hours per day or week people looked after you.
- You can claim back the cost of travel relating to the injury too. So if you could drive beforehand but had to take taxis, train or buses instead, you can claim back those costs. Again, keep receipts so you can recover them without issue.
- The same applies to medication costs. If you had to buy painkillers to manage the symptoms of your injury, you can also claim back these losses too.
If you’re at all unsure about what you can claim back, please get in touch with Personal Injury Claims UK today.
Connect With No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors
A No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could help you receive thousands of pounds of compensation. Benefits of using them include:
- Not having to pay any legal fees to your personal injury solicitor either upfront or during the claims process. This is guaranteed through a Conditional Fee Agreement, often referred to as a No Win No Fee agreement.
- Only taking payment for the legal fees from your compensation in the form of a small, legally capped portion. What’s more, this only happens if your personal injury claim has been successful.
- If your claim is unsuccessful, they will not request any legal fees from you.
Our advisors offer free legal advice so if you still have questions or queries about making a claim, please get in touch. They can clarify if you’re eligible to make a claim and answer questions such as “what are the different stages of a personal injury claim in the UK?”
And if they can see you’re entitled to compensation, they can connect you with our panel of experienced personal injury lawyers.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On Personal Injury Compensation Claims
What is the personal injury claims time limit?
You have 3 years from the date of the accident to begin proceedings in your personal injury claim. For those injured who are under the age of 18, the time limit is paused until they turn 18, or a litigation friend can claim on their behalf
How Long Do Personal Injury Claims Take?
There’s no definitive time for the resolution of personal injury claims. However, if the defendant admits liability and your injuries heal quickly, the claim could resolve in around 12 months.
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