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How To Make A Claim If Your Injury Was Caused By A Friend Or Family Member
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 14th May 2021. Welcome to this guide, which answers the question, “what are friends and family injury claims?” On this page, you will find a full guide to making friends and family injury claims for injuries and accidents caused by people close to you. Many people believe, incorrectly, that they cannot make personal injury claims against their friends and family. This guide aims to show that this is mistaken thinking.
You may feel that you don’t have the time to read all of this guide. If this is the case, you can call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today, and we will talk you through the entire process of making a friends and family compensation claim.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Claiming For An Injury Caused By A Family Member Or Friend?
- What Are Injuries Which A Friend Or Family Member Is Responsible For?
- What Accidents Can Be Caused By A Family Member Or Friend?
- Whiplash Injuries From A Car Accident Caused By Friends Or Family
- Can I Claim For Dog Bite Injuries?
- Dog Bite Injury Suing A Friend Case Study
- Can A Child Make A Compensation Claim Against A Family Member?
- Will My Friend Or Family Member Have To Pay The Compensation?
- What Can Be Included In Friends And Family Injury Claim Settlements?
- Friends And Family Injury Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claims Against Friends Or Family Members
- How Legal Expert Can Help You Make A Personal Injury Claim
- Speak To Us Today And Start Your Claim
- Helpful Resources
A Guide To Claiming For An Injury Caused By A Family Member Or Friend?
Before we get into the meat of this guide to making compensation claims against friends and family, you need to know that if you are approaching the personal injury claims time limit of three years, you need to move quickly to ensure that a personal injury lawyer has plenty of time to make your claim. This guide on “what are friends and family injury claims” educates people about the legal process followed when making a compensation claim against friends or family members. You will find below information such as:
- A look at how friend and family claims come about, and how in most cases a person will be eligible to claim against friends and families.
- A list of some of the more typical types of accents that a person might suffer at the hands of friends and family members.
- Information on claiming against friends and family for whiplash caused in a road traffic accident.
- Information on claiming against friends and family for injuries that were caused by a dog bite.
- A short case study showing how a person was successfully able to sue friends and family for a dog bite.
- Information on the eligibility of children in making a claim for an injury caused by friends or family members.
- Information on how compensation is paid when making a friends and family claim, and whether the family member of friends actually pays the damages settlement themselves.
- A list of the typical forms that damages will take in a settlement for an injury caused by friends or family.
- A table that lists typical levels of compensation paid for friends and family claims across a wide range of different types of injuries.
- A full and detailed description of the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that Legal Expert operates its claims service under, and why this is the best way to make a friends and family claim.
What Are Injuries Which A Friend Or Family Member Is Responsible For?
Making a claim against another member of the public due to harm they have caused you is something we all consider a basic right. But what about when we are injured by a friend or a member of our family, such as a car accident caused by family members or a car accident caused by friends? We might feel we should not make a claim out of loyalty. However, the simple truth is that in a vast majority of cases, you wouldn’t be claiming against the member of your family or a friend, you would be claiming against their insurance company.
What Accidents Can Be Caused By A Family Member Or Friend?
To answer the question, the person who caused my injury is a family member can I claim compensation? A partial answer would be it depends on how the injury was caused. There are many ways that people can be injured in friends home. However, there are three types of accidents that are far more common than others, and these are:
- Road traffic accidents – the single most common type of accident in the UK each year, and also the single most common reason to make a friends or family claim.
- Dog bites – it comes as no surprise to see dog bites on this list. For most people who keep a dog, friends and family are the most likely people to come into contact with the dog.
- Slips, trips and falls – the second most common type of accident in the UK every year, and a very common reason to claim friends and family compensation.
No matter how your injury happened, Legal Expert can help you make a claim against a friend or a family member. Call us on the telephone number that you will find in the final part of this guide about “what are friends and family injury claims” to find out how we can help you.
Whiplash Injuries From A Car Accident Caused By Friends Or Family
Take a look at the above graph; it shows the amount of money that motor insurers have paid out each year in the UK. Road traffic accidents are the most common of all accidents in the UK and also the most common reason that people need to make a compensation claim against a friend or family member. Usually, this claim is for whiplash caused by a road traffic accident or some other fairly minor injury.
If your friend or family member was the cause of a car, motorcycle, or another kind of road traffic accident that you were injured in, then you can likely claim against the motor insurance firm that your family member or friend has a policy with.
Can I Claim For Dog Bite Injuries?
Alongside “what are friends and family injury claims”, you may ask “I was injured in friends house can I claim compensation?”. For the latter, the answer is that it depends on the situation and whether you really want to claim against the person. One of the most common reasons we see people make claims against family members or friends, is to claim for dog bite injuries.
Legal Expert has produced a full guide to making compensation claims for dog bites, and this guide will apply to claims against friends and family. You will find it at the link below:
Dog Bite Injury Suing A Friend Case Study
A dog bit is a common reason to sue friend for injury, as well as a common claim for injury caused by a family member. This short case study looks at a claim made by an elderly woman after being bitten by a friend’s dog.
The dog, a mature German Shepherd, bit the woman, and pulled her off her feet, breaking her hip and her arm in the process. The woman had been walking with her own dog, alongside the friend and her dog in a local park when the bite took place.
The friend asked her to take the lead of her German Shepherd whilst she popped into a cafeteria to buy a snack to eat on their walk. It was at this stage that the dog turned on the woman. Following a compensation claim, she was awarded a total settlement of £115,000.
Can A Child Make A Compensation Claim Against A Family Member?
To answer the question, can a child claim compensation for an injury caused by friend or family member? The answer is yes; a personal injury solicitor will be able to make such a claim. However, the situation is a little more complicated than when an adult makes a claim.
A child under the age of 18 cannot make a claim on their own behalf. They will need to find a litigation friend over 18, such as a parent or guardian, to help them make a claim. Typically, this is one of the parents or the legal guardian. However, the litigation friend cannot be the same person the child is claiming against.
If you are a child who needs help making a claim, you can call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of the page, and we will help you out however we can as you wonder “what are friends and family injury claims?”
Will My Friend Or Family Member Have To Pay The Compensation?
To answer the question, the person who caused my injury is a friend if I claim compensation will they pay out of their own pocket? Generally, the answer would be no.
The most common type of friend and family claims are related to road traffic accidents, and in these cases, the claim is made against the car insurance firm. When it comes to accidents that happen inside the home of a friend or family member, similarly, the claim would be made against the home insurance firm.
What Can Be Included In Friends And Family Injury Claim Settlements?
If you were injured at family members home, and you are going to make a compensation claim for the injury, then any compensation you are paid will consist of a number of different types of damages paid for a range of different reasons. However, each type of damage swill fit under the main two categories of general and special damages. Typical types of damages you might receive in a friends or family claim are:
- General damages (physical aspects of the injury from the initial accident to a permanent change of life quality):
- Pain – of the original injury, its treatment, and also any ongoing or permanent pain.
- Suffering – due to the original injury and its treatment.
- Mental damage – longer-term mental trauma and medical conditions such as depression, PTSD and panic attacks.
- Recuperation – if you have a long and painful recovery process, you may receive compensation for this.
- Permanent loss of life quality – through permanent disabilities caused by the initial injury.
- Special damages (non-physical aspects of the injury, primarily related to financial loss current or future):
- Cost of care – if you have had to hire in some home help to assist with chores, or a nurse to help care for you.
- Cost of medical treatment – if you have had to use private healthcare to have your injury treated for example.
- Travel costs – to have the injury treated, as well as travelling to deal with aspects of the claim itself.
- Ad-hoc losses – any way that you have lost out financially due to the injury, for example, having to miss a trip that was already paid for, and for which a refund was not available.
- Loss of income (historical) – if you had to take time off work and lose out on pay due to the injury.
- Loss of income (future) – if your future earning prospects are affected negatively by the injury.
These are the most typical types of damages that people will receive as part of a settlement for a friends or family claim. If you call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this guide and tell us a little about your claim, we can tell you what types of damages we believe you can claim for. And this should help to answer your question about “what are friends and family injury claims?”
Friends And Family Injury Claims Calculator
Instead of providing a personal injury claims calculator, we have produced this table below, which contains values for a wide range of potential injuries that you may need to make a friends or family claim for:
|What type of injury?||Is there any extra info?||How bad?||Level of pay|
|Neck||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of movement of the neck entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £139,210|
|Back||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of movement of the back entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £151,070|
|Hand||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of a hand entirely.||Minor - serious||Up to £58,100|
|Wrist||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of movement of the wrist entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £4,450|
|Arm||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of an arm entirely.||Moderate - severe||Up to £122,860|
|Finger||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of all of the fingers entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £34,480|
|Thumb||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of a thumb entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £51,460|
|Toe||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of all of the toes entirely.||Moderate - severe||Up to £52,620|
|Ankle||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of movement of the ankle entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £65,420|
|Foot||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of a foot entirely.||Minor - very severe||Up to £102,890|
|Leg||We see the severity range from simple damage such as cuts and grazes, all the way through to loss of a leg entirely.||Minor - severe||Up to £127,530|
No Win No Fee Claims Against Friends Or Family Members
Legal Expert offers a national claims service under a No Win No Fee style agreement, as the most straightforward and risk-free way to make a friends and family claim.
There is no cost at all to begin a claim, and no legal fees to continue with your claim even if it takes several months to resolve. If, in the very rare case that we cannot make a claim for you, then we don’t charge you anything at all. Only when you receive a compensation payment will you need to pay our fees.
How Legal Expert Can Help You Make A Personal Injury Claim
If you need to make a friends or family personal injury claim, you will need an experienced and knowledgeable legal team to make your claim. Legal Expert is such a team. We have thousands of happy clients, and we would love to add you to their numbers.
Everything we do is focused on the client needs, ensuring that everything we do is in your best interest. This means we will try and secure the maximum level of compensation possible and will do everything we can to make sure we win your claim.
Speak To Us Today And Start Your Claim
Are you ready to begin a compensation claim for an injury caused by a member of your family or a close friend? If you are, then call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 right now, so we can learn a little more about your claim and offer you some free legal advice on what your next move should be ahead of beginning the claims process.
At this link below, you will find a complete guide to making compensation claims for slip, trip and fall accidents:
At this link below, you will find a complete guide to making compensation claims for dog bite injuries:
At this link below, you will find plenty of information published by the NHS about dog bites and their treatment:
At this link below, you will find statistics regarding road traffic accidents in the UK published by the Government:
What Are Friends And Family Injury Claims FAQs
What are the two types of injury claims?
These are compensatory and punitive damages.
How are personal injury claims calculated?
This happens by doubling special damages to determine the most suitable settlement for your injury.
What is the difference between damages and compensation?
Damages are the award for an injury, whereas compensation covers the overall value of a settlement.
What are the main types of injury?
These are acute, overuse and chronic.
What is the difference between a wound and an injury?
A wound is where the skin suffers a tear, cut or puncture, whereas an injury covers almost anything that physically harms someone.
What is the most painful injury?
These include shingles, frozen shoulder, heart attacks, broken bones, cluster headaches, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and sickle cell disease.
What are the major types of injuries?
These include sprains, strains, fractures, swollen muscles, dislocations and achilles tendon ruptures.
What are the main types of accidents?
These include slips, trips and falls, road traffic accidents, accidents due to animals, industrial diseases and clinical negligence.
Thank you for reading this guide, which answers the question, “what are friends and family injury claims?”