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What Are The Different Types Of Personal Injury Claims?

There are many types of personal injury claims that solicitors handle for people who are injured through no fault of their own. When you suffer harm and monetary losses due to third party negligence, you could potentially seek compensation. From accidents at work to road traffic accidents, Legal Expert is here to help no matter what claim you wish to pursue.

Different types of personal injury cases guide

Different types of personal injury claims guide

Our guide to the different types of personal injury claims aims to explain what a personal injury case actually entails. Furthermore, we offer advice on the sort of proof needed to support a case. You will find valuable information on the different situations that could lead to a valid claim. In addition, we explain the different injuries you could sustain and where an accident may occur.

We cover the statutory time limits linked to personal injury cases while also offering you an idea of the sort of obstacles you might encounter. Lastly, you’ll find important information on funding options when you want the help of a personal injury solicitor. This includes the opportunity of funding your legal representation services with a No Win No Fee agreement (Conditional Fee Agreement CFA).

Time Limits Linked to Personal Injury Cases

There are time limits that must be respected in personal injury cases. These differ depending on the individual circumstances. As such, we always recommend that you seek advice from a legal expert as soon as you can. A member of our team can review your details and tell you which time limit applies to your claim.

Are you ready to begin your claim today? If so, please contact a member of our team. An experienced adviser will review all the details of your case before providing essential advice.

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Introduction – What Is A Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim may come about because a person is injured through negligence. Valid personal injury claims will mean the claimant was owed a duty of care. Different types of laws apply a duty of care to other parties. This duty will need to have been breached and because of this negligence, the claimant will have suffered harm that could have been avoided.

While on the road, road users owe each other a duty of care. This is also true when at work as an employer owes their employees a duty of care along with those who are in control of public spaces. This duty of care we talk about means to keep others as safe as can be reasonably expected.

The Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945 means that the claimant does not have to be 100% not responsible for the accident. So, if you were partially at fault for the accident which caused the injury, if a third party is also at fault then you could still claim compensation. This will mean that you will receive a reduced rate or percentage to reflect your involvement in the accident. In a car accident claim, it is referred to as ‘’split liability”.

This guide will look closely at three main areas where accidents could occur that could mean a person may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. This would apply to the following:

You will find important information on what evidence is needed to support a claim. In addition to this, our guide provides advice on the obstacles you may encounter. Furthermore, we explain what first steps you should take when filing a personal injury claim.

Lastly, you have provided essential reading on the benefits of working with a specialist No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer. And, how with expert help, you could secure a fair and acceptable level of compensation.

Call one of our advisers today and discover if you have good cause to make a personal injury claim. A member of our team will answer all your questions.

What Must Be Proven For A Claim To Be Valid?

There are specific things you must provide in support of a personal injury claim. Firstly you must be able to prove that you were owed a duty of care. Secondly, you must prove that this duty of care was not adhered to. And thirdly, this negligence meant that you suffered harm that was preventable.

Although it is not mandatory to have a personal injury solicitor represent your case when it comes to gathering the right evidence to support your case they will know exactly what is needed. The following evidence may be needed:

  • Photos of where the accident happened
  • Some photos of your injuries with as much detail as possible
  • Police report if they were called out to an incident, or road traffic accident
  • Witnesses contact details
  • Any medical evidence

It might be useful to keep a diary of the following:

  • Injury details
  • Financial losses and expenses.

A detailed diary or log of events will be extremely useful when it comes to recalling what happened. Furthermore, you must keep all documentation relating to the accident and receipts for all your out of pocket expenses and losses.

To discuss what you need to prove your claim, please speak to a member of our team today on our freephone number. Your initial consultation is free of charge. We can provide you with legal advice and can establish whether you have grounds to seek compensation. Furthermore, you would be under no obligation to go forward with a claim.

Explaining The Different Types Of Personal Injury Claims

As previously explained, there are different types of personal injury claims that many solicitors handle on a No Win No Fee basis. This would include the following:

  • Accidents at work
  • Public place accidents
  • Road traffic accidents (RTAs)

Here is a list of laws that apply the duty of care to various parties:

That said, if you contributed to the injuries you sustained, you could still make a claim, and a personal injury claim lawyer could help to calculate your level of responsibility.

Please get in touch today if you have any further questions relating to different types of personal injury claims. A member of the Legal Expert team can also let you know if you have a valid claim once they have reviewed all the details. Moreover, we can introduce you to a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor.

Which Scenarios Could Lead To A Claim?

You could seek compensation if you are injured in a road traffic accident. However, you must show that another party was responsible for causing the accident. You could also file a claim if you are partly liable, in which case a split liability claim could be filed. The compensation payout awarded would reflect your level of liability.

If you are injured in an accident at work and you can prove employer negligence, you could have a valid case. You must show that your employer failed to keep you safe from harm. In short, they breached their duty of care towards you. Again, if you are partly responsible for your injuries, you could still claim. However, this would be a contributory negligence claim. As such, the amount you receive would take into account your level of responsibility.

An injury sustained in a public place like a supermarket or park could also lead to a claim for compensation. However, you need to show that a third party was negligent and that they breached a duty of care towards you. Therefore, you suffered harm as a result of their actions or inactions.

A member of our team can review all the details relating to your case before advising you on how best to proceed. If we find you have grounds to sue, an adviser could offer to connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor. Please get in touch today and find out whether you could be represented on this basis.

Types Of Personal Injury Claims – Minor, Moderate, Serious & Severe Injuries

Injuries that are the result of any type of accident whether it be a road traffic accident, workplace accident or public place accident can vary. Some can be mild and others can be so severe they cause life-changing injuries or result in death. Below we have put together a list of injuries that could be suffered. The list is not exhaustive so please get in touch if you have any questions.

  • Fatal injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Broken back or neck
  • Serious head injury
  • Lack of consciousness
  • Severe chest injury
  • Internal injuries
  • Loss of a limb
  • Upper leg fracture or fractured pelvis
  • Penetrating wound
  • Fractured ankle, foot, or lower leg
  • Hand, collarbone or arm fracture
  • Lacerations, deep cuts
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Abrasions
  • Bruising
  • Shock

You could have grounds to file a personal injury claim providing you can show a breach in duty of care towards you occurred. A member of our team can explain the different types of personal injury claims that we take on. They can also review the details of your claim and will offer you free advice. Once an adviser establishes your case is valid, they will offer to connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor.

Where Could An Accident Take Place?

Public Place Claims – The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 places a duty of care on those that are in control of public spaces. This means that such spaces must be as safe for the public to frequent for the intended purpose as can be reasonably expected.

Accident at Work Claims – The Health and Safety etc Act 1974 – applies a duty of care to employers to ensure that workplaces are kept safe. Generally, employers must have insurance as per the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

Road Traffic Accident Claims –  The Highway Code along with the Road Traffic Act 1988 asks all road users to provide each other with a duty of care not to cause accidents on the road.

Call us today to find out more about personal injury cases and to see whether a No Win No Fee solicitor could take on your case. You can reach a member of the Legal Expert team by calling our freephone number at the top of the page. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Statistics For Different Types Of Personal Injury Claims

Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive 2020/21, looks solely at non-fatal accidents and injuries in the workplace;

  • 822,000 workers suffered work-related stress, depression or anxiety, and
  • 470,000 workers suffered some kind of work-related musculoskeletal disorder, and
  • 93,000 workers suffered from COVID-19 which is thought to have been contracted due to exposure in the workplace, and
  • 2,369 workers died due to mesothelioma from past exposure to asbestos (2019), and
  • 142 workers were killed in the workplace

Additionally:

  • 441,000 workers suffered an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey, and
  • 51,211 employee injuries were reported to RIDDOR

Obstacles That Might Preclude A Claim

There are pre-action protocols that must be followed when making a personal injury claim. If you fail to follow them, your case may fail. In addition, if you are not able to provide sufficient evidence to support your claim, the claim may fail. The personal injury claims process can be complex, more especially if a defendant denies liability. Should this be the case, you may find that a claim has to go to court.

We advise seeking advice from a legal expert before you begin legal proceedings. A personal injury lawyer has the legal expertise to:

  • Act on your behalf and deal with all the pre-action protocols
  • Negotiate with an alleged defendant (party deemed liable/responsible) or their legal representatives
  • Make sure that statutory time limits are respected for the different types of personal injury claims

Speak to one of our advisers today and find out more about avoiding any obstacles you may encounter when filing a claim. You will benefit from not only free legal advice, but a free initial, no obligation consultation when you get in touch.

First Steps Towards Making A Claim

If you feel you were harmed due to the negligence of a third party, you could contact a legal expert who specialises in personal injury claims. Your case will be thoroughly reviewed before any proceedings are started. This is where Legal Expert can help you. A member of our team will check over the details of your case to find out if you have grounds to sue.

Once we determine your case for compensation is valid, an adviser can connect you to a specialist solicitor. The solicitor who agrees to take on your claim will check the following:

  • That you have sufficient evidence to support your claim
  • Whether you contributed to the injuries you suffered
  • Who could be held responsible

Call today and speak to one of our friendly advisers to find out more about different types of personal injury claims. A member of the Legal Expert team will provide you with free advice in a no obligation consultation. If you decide not to go forward with your case, you would not be obliged to.

How Much Compensation Could I Receive If I’m Successful?

The compensation payout you could receive in a successful personal injury claim will depend on several things. This includes the severity of the injury/harm you suffered and your losses and expenses. The table below provides information on compensation based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Legal professionals and insurance companies refer to the guidelines when they value claims.

Type of Injury
Potential Compensation Awards
Back Injury - Moderate
£11,730 to £36,390
Neck Injury - Severe
£42,680 to in the region of £139,210
Knee Injury - Severe£24,580 to £90,290
Leg Injury - Severe£36,790 to £51,460
Paraplegia205,580 to £266,740
Brain Damage - Very Severe £264,650 to £379,100
Ankle Injury - Severe £29,380 to £46,980
Severe Leg Injuries - Very Serious£51,460 to £85,600
Foot Injury - Very Severe£78,800 to £102,890
Eye Injuries Resulting in Total BlindnessIn the region of £252,180
Dermatitis on Both Hands£12,900 to £18,020
Arm Amputation - Amputated Above the Elbow£102,890 to £122,860

If you don’t see your injuries in our table, just get in touch with an adviser who will review your details before offering you an estimate on your claim. Or you could also use our compensation caluator. Please also note the amounts in our table cover general damages and does not include special damages.

General Damages And Special Damages

When your personal injury claim is successful, you could also receive special damages which are awarded to reimburse your monetary losses and expenses. They are based on ‘actual losses and expenses’ which means you must provide relevant receipts and other documentation to support your claim for special damages.

Advantages Of No Win No Fee Agreements For Personal Injury Claims

There are many benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor. They have the legal expertise to handle all aspects of your case from the outset to a successful settlement. Other advantages include the following:

  • Once you sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), the solicitor can immediately start work on your case
  • You don’t pay upfront for your legal representation
  • You pay a success fee when your claim is successfully settled
  • A success fee is legally capped
  • If your case is unsuccessful, you don’t pay a No Win No Fee lawyer

Get Started By Contacting Legal Expert Today

Having read our guide to personal injury cases, you may feel you are ready to speak to a member of our team. An adviser will offer to review your case and could connect you with one of our specialist personal injury lawyers. To discuss your case with an adviser please call our freephone number which is 0800 073 8804.

If more convenient, you may wish to get in touch in the following ways:

We provide everyone who gets in touch for advice, a free, initial consultation. Furthermore, we can answer all your questions and let you know more about the personal injury cases we’ve handled for clients in the past. As such, please check our online reviews.

Additional Information On Different Types Of Personal Injury Claims

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957

The Highways Act 1980

Medical negligence claims

Claiming compensation for a fall at work

Eye injury claims

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