Knowing more about personal injury law could help you determine if you’re eligible to receive compensation. Incidents like a slip, trip and fall or an injury at work can greatly affect your quality of life, depending on the injuries you sustain. 

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A guide to personal injury law

Our website highlights the circumstances under which you can make a personal injury claim and establishes the benefits of using a No Win No Fee agreement. Our advisors offer free legal advice, are available 24/7 and can tell you if you’re eligible to claim. 

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  1. What Is Personal Injury Law?
  2. What Types Of Cases Fall Under Personal Injury?
  3. How Do I Prove A Personal Injury Claim?
  4. No Win No Fee Agreements In Personal Injury Law

What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law enables people to receive compensation for an injury that wasn’t their fault. To successfully receive personal injury compensation, you need to be able to prove that your injury was caused by third-party negligence. 

Negligence is proven by showing that a third party with a duty of care breached this duty, leading to your injury. Therefore, you can only claim against certain third parties that have a duty of care. Therefore, personal injury law dictates that the three crucial aspects to making a claim are:

  1. That the third-party had a duty of care towards you 
  2. That their actions breached this duty 
  3. Finally, that these actions directly led to your injury

To learn more about whether you can use personal injury lawyers to make a claim, please contact our team of advisors who can help you. Get in touch with them now using the phone number at the top of this page. 

What Types Of Cases Fall Under Personal Injury?

Different types of cases can fall under personal injury law. This section will clarify the different types of events you may claim for as part of a personal injury claim. 

Accidents at work

Every employer has a duty of care to all employees to ensure the safety of their employees while working. The Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 establishes your employers’ liability in the UK.

If you’ve injured yourself in an accident at work because of a breach of this duty, you may be able to claim compensation. Examples of how you could suffer a workplace accident include tripping over exposed wire or injuring yourself using unsafe work equipment. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides work-related injury statistics for Great Britain. From 2015/16 to 2019/20, there have been 351,910 non-fatal work-related injuries reported to the HSE. It can’t be confirmed how many of these accidents resulted in an injury at work claim, as liability is not specified. 

Our advisors can clarify in just a few minutes if you’re eligible for compensation. Get in touch for a no-obligation valuation of your claim. 

Road Traffic Accidents

Every road user in the UK has a duty of care to one another. Whether you’re a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, you need to make sure you’re responsibly conducting yourself while using the road. The Highway Code outlines the things that responsible road users are expected to do. 

The Department for Transport puts out road traffic accident statistics for reported incidents across Great Britain. They have supplied estimated road casualty statistics from January to June 2021. 11,310 people were killed or seriously injured while using the road in that period. Of that number, 580 people were killed and 44,080 people were slightly injured. 

The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 has changed the way that claims can be made. Because of this reform, all personal injury claims valued at £5,000 or less made by a passenger or driver over the age of 18 must be made through an online portal. If you’re unsure how much your injury is worth, please call us. Our advisors will be able to assess your injuries to confirm the most appropriate way to claim. What’s more, a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could  

Public Liability Accidents

You may also be able to claim if you’ve suffered an injury from an accident in a public place. Controllers or owners of public places have a duty of care to anyone that resides or uses the space to ensure that it can be used safely and securely, within reason. Their liability is established in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Therefore, you may be able to claim if you’ve been injured due to a controller’s negligence. 

Examples of incidents that could cause you to claim include falling downstairs because of a damaged handrail or injuring your arm due to using a faulty door. 

The Compensation Recovery Unit is part of the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK. Their role is to recover benefit payments where a compensation claim has been successful to prevent double payments. 

From 2016/17 to 2020/21, 390,916 new public liability cases have been registered through the CRU. The highest number of cases within those five years came in 2017/18 when 96,067 were registered. This doesn’t indicate the total number of claims, however, as some claims may have been made where no benefits have been claimed.

For more information on how personal injury law applies to public liability claims, why not get in touch with one of our expert advisors today? They could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.

How Do I Prove A Personal Injury Claim?

Whether you use our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors or you claim directly, you would need sufficient evidence to receive a settlement. The onus is on you to prove that third-party negligence caused your injury. 

Therefore, in personal injury law, evidence is critical. Evidence that could help you receive compensation includes:

  • CCTV footage
  • Witness details
  • Medical records 
  • Photographs of the injury and the scene of the accident

Another important aspect determining whether you can make a No Win No Fee compensation claim is the personal injury claim time limit. You generally have three years from the date of the injury or the date you became aware of the injury to start a claim. The Limitation Act 1980 establishes this. Therefore, as stated in personal injury law, if you try to claim outside of this period, you wouldn’t be successful in most cases. 

However, there are some exceptions that apply. For more information on whether you’re within the time limits to claiming, get in touch with our team of advisors today.

No Win No Fee Agreements In Personal Injury Law

A No Win No Fee agreement is a contract between you and your solicitor. If your claim isn’t successful, you wouldn’t have to pay their legal fees. Your solicitor will also not request any of their legal fees while the claim is ongoing.

They’ll take a small, legally capped portion of your compensation if your claim is successful. This guarantees that you’ll receive the majority of your compensation. 

If you want to know more about personal injury law and whether you can claim, please contact our advisors for free legal advice. They are available 24/7 and can also inform you if you’re eligible to claim.

Furthermore, they can put you through to our panel of specialised No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors who can use their years of expertise to try to win your case. Contact us using the details below. 

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More Resources On Personal Injury Law

For more useful information, please use the links below. 

Please refer to this NHS guidance if you’ve suffered a broken bone and would like medical guidance. 

The HSE also provides guidance about how to avoid slips and trips

Do you want more road safety information? If so, visit THINK! for information on road safety campaigns. 

We also have some other guides on our site that you may find useful:

If you’d like to know more about personal injury law, don’t hesitate to contact our advisors. They can offer free legal advice at a time that works for you.