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Wedding Day Personal Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – What Can I Claim For?

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On this page, you will find a guide to making a wedding day personal injury claim. If you suffer an injury on your wedding day, or an injury just before the wedding that was caused by a third party, this guide will explain how to make a compensation claim.

If you would rather skip this guide, and move on to starting your claim, then you can call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804. One of our team will be on hand, to explain our claims process to you, and to get your claim started today.

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A Guide To Wedding Day Personal Injury Claims

This guide should be of use to you, as long as you are ready to begin your claim within the personal injury claims time limit in the UK, of three years. This guide contains everything you need to know about the legal process that your solicitor will follow, when they process your personal injury claim for you, such as:

  • Information about burn injuries, how they happen, and how you may be able to claim for them.
  • Details of sprain and strain injuries, a very common injury suffered by guests at a wedding forced to stand for an extended period.
  • Information on the most common of all accidents. Slips, trips and falls. How they occur, and how you would claim for one.
  • Information covering road traffic accidents involving the wedding car, or the vehicles that wedding guests arrive in.
  • A section that covers food poisoning, how it is caused, and how a person might be able to claim if they contract it at a wedding.
  • A short case study, that shows how an injured bride was able to successfully make a compensation claim, for an accident that happened on her wedding day.
  • Instructions on how to start your personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident at a wedding.
  • A list of many of the potential types of damages that a compensation settlement for a wedding accident might consist of.
  • A table that presents typical amounts of compensation that may be paid across a wide range of different injury types.
  • An introduction to the Legal Expert national claims service. We also explain why we believe this is the simplest, most risk-free way to have a wedding accident claim processed.
  • At the bottom of this page, you will find a number of useful links to external websites.

If you still have questions that you need to be answered once you reach the end of this guide, then call Legal Expert on the number at the end of this page. One of our team will be able to get you the answers you need right away.

Burns And Similar Injuries On Your Wedding Day

Burns and related injuries such as scalds, are a very common reason for people to make personal injury claims. There are a number of burn hazards at a wedding, such as hot food and drink being served, or sparklers and fireworks being set off. The severity of a burn is graded from 1st to 3rd degree, thus:

  • 1st-degree burns – these are minor injuries that only damage the top layer of the skin.
  • 2nd-degree burns – a more serious injury, that will damage both the top layer of skin, and the epidermis below it. These are the burns that result in blisters. They can be very painful.
  • 3rd-degree burns – very serious burns that damage the flesh beneath the skin. These injuries are generally white or brown. Surprisingly, they are often not very painful, due to the nerves being damaged.

How much compensation you can claim for a burn injury at a wedding, will depend on how serious your burn is based on the scale above. Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this guide, and we will explain how we can help you.

Sprains And Strains On Your Wedding Day

There are many ways that a groom, bride or wedding guest can receive a sprain or strain injury. For example:

  • Temporary furniture not being placed safely, causing a person sitting on it to fall off.
  • An uneven temporary dancefloor either indoors or outdoors.
  • Falling over, after jumping to try and catch the wedding bouquet.

And the list could go on. Any time people are celebrating and enjoying themselves, the risk of minor injuries such as sprains or strains increases. If you are injured at a wedding, Legal Expert can act as your personal injury lawyer and process a claim for you.

Food Safety Laws In The UK

If you have come down with wedding food poisoning, it will be useful to understand what the UK law says about food safety, to decide whether you have a valid claim or not. It is the Consumer Protection Act 1987 that comes into play in this case, which states that a food vendor must sell safe food, free from bacteria. If the following points are true, you should be able to make a claim:

  • The food you were served was not safe for consumption.
  • Eating the unsafe food gave you food poisoning.
  • It can be proven that the food vendor was to blame.

If the above is all true in your case, then Legal Expert can help you to make a wedding illness claim. Call us on the number at the bottom of the page to learn how.

What Steps Should You Take If You Have Food Poisoning

If there has been a problem with wedding catering, and you believe you may have a valid reason to claim food poisoning compensation because of it, then taking the steps below is the best way to prepare for your claim.

  1. Make sure you are treated by a medical professional, and have the food poisoning diagnosed.
  2. Contact the Environmental Health Department and report the incident.
  3. Miss work for two days, so that you won’t be infectious and give others the illness.
  4. Make a list of the foods you ate at the wedding.
  5. If you can, get a sample of the food, then freeze it but take care to keep it away from other food.
  6. Arrange to visit a Gastroenterologist and have a medical report done by them.

Taking steps such as these above, will make it simpler for Legal Expect to process our claim for you. If you are ready to proceed with your claim, call us on the number at the end of this page.

Slips, Trips, And Falls On Your Wedding Day

Of all of the types of accidents that occur at a wedding, slips, trips and falls are the most common of all. There are so many additional hazards at a wedding that can lead to these accidents, such as:

  • Guests wearing high heeled shoes.
  • Potholes and soft spots in the ground if the reception is held outdoors.
  • An uneven temporary dancefloor.
  • Guests who have enjoyed a little too much alcohol.

As we can see, there really are some unique hazards at a wedding. Legal Expert can act as your personal injury solicitor to process a slip, trip or fall claim for you. Call us on the number at the end of this guide to proceed.

Road Traffic Accidents On Your Wedding Day

Alcohol related deaths statistics

Alcohol related deaths statistics

A road traffic accident is a common reason for a person to make a claim for wedding compensation. The graph above shows the number of alcohol-related RTA deaths per region in the UK. For guests visiting a wedding reception, the risk of an accident caused by drink driving is ever present. And of course, the wedding car itself could be involved in a road traffic accident on the way to the church or registry office.

If you were injured in a road traffic accident at a wedding, Legal Expert should be able to help you claim. Give us a call on the number at the end of this page, and we will start on your claim straight away.

I Suffered Food Poisoning At My Wedding, Can I Claim Compensation

To answer the question, a guest got food poisoning at my wedding, am I liable? the answer is no, not unless you prepared the wedding food yourself. It is the caterer that would be liable for compensation, as laid out in the section above that covers UK food laws.

If you are poisoned by food at a wedding, makes sure to follow the steps outlined in the section further up this guide, before calling Legal Expert on the number at the end of the page, so we can begin getting you the compensation you are eligible for.

Case Study: Compensation For A Bride Injured On Her Wedding Day

In this case study, we look at how a bride who was injured just before her wedding, was able to make a successful compensation claim. The wedding was being held at the Adelphi Hotel. On the morning of the wedding, just after breakfast, the bride decided to step outside for some fresh air. As she walked through the revolving door at the front of the hotel, the back of her leg was snagged by a loose brass plate at the bottom of the door.

A first aider working at the hotel was called, but they lacked the required medical supplies to treat the injury properly. The bride was forced to rent a wheelchair from the hotel, so that she could continue with the wedding preparations.

During the wedding, the bride had to take a large dose of painkillers, ruining the ceremony for her, due to the pain she was in and the narcotic effect of the painkillers. She also had to leave her wedding reception early because of the pain.

Following a complex negotiation between the bride’s solicitor and the hotel operator, a five-figure compensation settlement was achieved. Initially, the hotel operator denied liability, but the claimant’s solicitor was able to successfully prove that they were.

How To Claim Damages For An Injury Or Illness On Your Wedding Day

If you are injured in an accident at a wedding, and you believe you may have a valid cause to make a compensation claim, the steps below will help to give you the best chance of success:

  • Visit a hospital to have your injuries treated.
  • If you are involved in a crime such as an assault, or a serious accident such as an RTA, ensure that it has been reported to the police.
  • As any witnesses to the accident to provide you with their contact details, so you can approach them to give testimony if needed later.
  • Use your phone to take photographs of the scene of the accident, and its cause if possible.

Once you have completed steps like these above, give Legal Expert a call on the number at the end of this guide, and we can start processing your wedding accident claim straight away for you.

Damages You Could Claim After Being Injured On Your Wedding Day

When you make a compensation claim successfully, the final settlement you receive will be made up of several types of damages. These listed below are the most common kinds:

  • General damages (to compensate for physical harm):
    • A permanent disability that will lower the life quality of the claimant.
    • A long and painful recuperation period.
    • Psychological injuries such as depression, PTSD and anxiety.
    • Mental shock and trauma caused by the initial accident.
    • Pain and suffering of the initial accident and the emergency treatment you received.
  • Special damages (to compensate for financial and other losses):
    • Loss of future earnings if your ability to work will be affected by your injuries.
    • Loss of current income if you had to miss work, and lost out on pay.
    • Medical fees if you had to pay for treatment and therapy yourself.
    • Care costs if you need a nurse to take care of you at home.
    • Travel costs if you had to travel to either get your injuries treated, or to deal with aspects of the compensation claim.

Legal Expert can tell you which types of damages you may be able to claim, based on your own accident and injuries, if you call us on the number at the end of this page.

Calculate How Much Your Wedding Day Injury Claim Could Be Worth

We have not included a personal injury claims calculator on this page, as they are generally very inaccurate. Instead, you can use the table below to work out roughly how much you might be able to claim.

Injury TypeSeverityInformationCompensation
Toe injuryModerate to severeIn this category, we see injuries from tissue damage such as cuts and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to amputation.Up to £49,142
Ankle injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from cuts and abrasions, skin damage such as burns, through sprained muscles or torn ligaments, to fractures and paralysis.Up to £61,142
Foot injuryMinor to very severeIn this category, we see injuries from bruising, lacerations and cuts, through breaks in the small bones, dislocation, fractures, tendon damage and amputation.Up to £96,142
Leg injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see tissue damage such cuts and bruises, burns, road scrapes, through fractures and muscle and tendon damage, to amputation or paralysis.Up to £119,242
Hand injuryMinor to seriousIn this category, we see injuries from bruising, lacerations and cuts, through breaks in the small bones, dislocation, fractures, tendon damage and amputation.Up to £54,302
Wrist injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from cuts and abrasions, skin damage such as burns, through sprained muscles or torn ligaments, to fractures and paralysis.Up to £4,182
Arm injuryModerate to severeIn this category, we see tissue damage such cuts and bruises, burns, road scrapes, through fractures and muscle and tendon damage, to amputation or paralysis.Up to £114,832
Finger injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from tissue damage such as cuts and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to amputation.Up to £21,942
Thumb injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from tissue damage such as cuts and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to amputation.Up to £48,042
Neck injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from minor soft tissue damage, burns, sprains and nerve damage, trough fractures to loss of mobility.Up to £130,082
Back injuryMinor to severeIn this category, we see injuries from minor soft tissue damage, burns, sprains and nerve damage, trough fractures to loss of mobility.Up to £141,172

We can give you a personalised estimate of how much you might claim, if you call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of the page.

No Win No Fee Wedding Day Accident And Injury Compensation Claims

Legal Expert operates a national claim service under a comprehensive No Win No Fee scheme. What this means, is that we can process a wedding accident claim for you, in a completely risk-free way from a financial standpoint.

When we start handling your claim, we won’t ask any initial fee. As we process your claim for you, no matter how long this takes, we still won’t charge you anything. If we don’t win compensation for you, then you pay nothing at all for the work we did on the claim. When we do win compensation for you though, we will take our fee out of the money received automatically, and then we will give the rest to you. If you have any questions about our claims service, please give us a call on the number below.

How We Can Help Those Injured On Their Wedding Day To Claim Compensation

Legal Expert has an exceptional track record. We have proven time and time again that we have the skills and experience to tackle even the most complex claims. We have secured significant settlements on behalf of many of our clients, often the maximum compensation available for their type of injury, and we can do the same for you.

If you need some free advice on how to make your claim, one of our team will explain everything you need to know, and answer any questions you have without any confusing legal jargon. Give us a call on the number below to proceed with your claim today.

Speak To The Legal Expert Team Today

Were you injured at a wedding? Did you come down with food poisoning after eating food at a wedding reception? Do you believe you have a valid reason to make a claim? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then give Legal Expert a call on 0800 073 8804 now right now. Once we know a little more about your claim, we will give you some free legal advice on what to do next.

Helpful Resources And Guides

You will find information covering the UK food laws, at this link:

UK food laws

The NHS has published some excellent information about food poisoning here:

NHS info on food poisoning

Legal Expert has produced a full guide to claiming compensation for a road traffic accident at this link:

A guide to claiming for a road traffic accident

You will find a full guide to claiming compensation for a slip, trip or fall accident here:

A guide to claiming for a slip, trip or fall

Some great advice on how to claim compensation for a burn injury at this link below:

A guide to claiming for a burn injury

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