Personal Injury Compensation & Personal Injury Claims Guidance

By Lewis Lennon. Last Updated 15th February 2023. If you are looking at making personal injury claims, it could be that you’ve suffered an injury at work, on the road, in a public place, or even at someone else’s home. If someone else caused an accident that you suffered injury in, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.

How To Make A Personal Injury Claim

In this section, we’ll discuss how to make a personal injury claim. Firstly, you’ll need to establish if you are eligible to claim. In order to know if you are eligible, you should consider if:

  • A duty of care was owed to you;
  • That duty of care was breached;
  • You were injured or suffered harm as a result.

Depending on where your accident happened, there is typically legislation in place that is designed to prevent you from being harmed. For example:

  • When you are on the road, the Road Traffic Act 1988 sets out the duty of care that motorists have to behave in a way that reduces the risk of injury on the road.
  • In a public place, as outlined by the Occupiers’ Act 1957, the occupiers of any premises that may be accessed by the public have a duty of care to ensure the reasonable safety of any visitors.
  • When you are at work, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care that your employer should comply with to keep you take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety.
  • Whilst under the care of a medical professional, they should provide you with a standard of care that is reasonably expected of any medical professional. If they don’t and you suffer harm, you could make a medical negligence

If you think you could be owed compensation for a personal injury, you can get in touch whenever to discuss your case. We’re happy to provide you with free personal injury claims advice, and you won’t be obligated to use our services afterwards if you don’t want to.

We could help advise you on many different personal injury claims. Below, we have provided a number of links to some of our most popular guides. If you’re interested in making a claim for personal injury compensation for any of the following reasons, they could be very helpful.

Here are some of our guides on our specialist areas:

And here are some more general personal injury compensation guides.

Personal Injury Case Studies

We’ve also compiled lots of useful case studies, designed to help illustrate the claims process and how you can succeed with your case.

FAQ on personal injury compensation

How are personal injury claims calculated?

Usually, courts and lawyers would need to assess all the evidence pertaining to your claim. This could include evidence of the accident and whose fault it was. It would also include medical evidence. This would not usually come from your own doctor. You’d need to attend a medical appointment with an independent specialist to gather such information, which courts and lawyers could use against the Judicial College Guidelines to assess how much compensation could be relevant. The strength of medical evidence could affect your personal injury compensation payout.

How long does a personal injury claim take to settle?

This would depend on how complex your case was and whether the liable party accepted liability and offered you a settlement straight away. Straightforward cases could be settled relatively quickly. However, complex claims, especially those where liability is denied, could take much longer.

What is the most common cause of an accident at work?

The HSE statistics for 2020-21 show that the biggest cause of workplace accidents was a slip, trip or fall. Please see the below graph for the other top causes.

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