Personal Injury Claims UK

Free advice on making personal injury claims in the UK

If you’re unsure about what personal injury law is, you may also be unclear about the criteria relating to personal injury claims in the UK. Our website explains both in detail. 

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 do personal injury claims cover?
  • How do personal injury claims work?
  • Examples of personal injury 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.

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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 personal injury claims in more detail, such as eligibility criteria and potential compensation awards. 

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 comes down to the strength of the evidence, and the same applies to personal injury claims.

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

For more advice on proving personal injury claims in the UK, 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, “So when can I make a No Win No Fee compensation claim?” By looking at road traffic accidents, accidents at work and accidents in public places, we hope to provide you with a background on how personal injury law can affect you. 

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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. Before you do that, please call our advisors using the button at the top of the page. They provide free legal advice and you may have underestimated what your injuries could be worth.

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. 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, visit their website.

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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.

Personal Injury Claims Payouts In The UK

The Judicial College has analysed previous payouts and compared them to both the injury itself and the severity of the injury. As such, their research has led to them being able to provide compensation brackets for many different types of injuries. You may see similar compensation brackets being used in a personal injury claim calculator.

As part of the claims process, you’d attend a medical assessment with an independent medical professional. They’d check your injuries and create a report from this. The point of the report is to show:

  1. The severity of your injuries.
  2. The injuries were caused or worsened by the incident that wasn’t your fault. 

Your solicitor could use the report to help them when valuing your claim. 

On top of damages for your physical or psychological injuries, you could also claim for the financial losses they’ve caused you. 

You may be wondering “What is the average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK?” As you can see, however, it can be difficult to provide an exact average applicable to your case as it depends on the nature and severity of your injury. Due to this, the amount you could receive from any claim can differ due to many factors.

To get a free estimate from our advisors, please contact us via our website or give us a call using the phone button at the top of this page.

How To 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 these personal injury solicitors 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?” Call us using the button at the top of the page.

Discover More About Personal Injury Claims In The UK

For more useful information concerning making a personal injury claim, please use the links below.

To know more about claiming compensation for injuries caused by roads or pavements, read the Government’s advice.

For more information about the reporting of injuries and diseases through the HSE, visit this page.

To discover more about road traffic accident statistics from Great Britain, visit the Department for Transport website.

Why not check out more of our personal injury claims guides below.

Accident At Work Claims

Road Traffic Accident Claims

Accidents In Public Places

More Guides On Personal Injury Claims

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