General Help and Advice

What happens during a medical exam for an injury claim?

If you are making a compensation claim for a personal injury you may need to attend a medical appointment to help with the assessment of your claim.

I haven't seen my GP - can I still make an injury claim?

If you did not seek medical attention immediately after an accident, will you still be able to make a successful personal

What happens if I lose a personal injury court case?

What are the implications of losing a court cases and what steps should you take to cover yourself against costly legal fees?

Judicial College injury tables 2018

The following tables show general damages compensation, based on Judicial College guidelines.

How often do injury claims go to court and what if they do?

Many people are discouraged from making an injury claim by worry about going to court. What percentage of claims go to court and what happens when they do?

Using payslips as evidence to claim loss of earnings

If an accident leaves you unable to work, it can be possible to recover loss of earnings - but you will need to provide evidence to support the claim.

How will a personal injury claim affect my benefits?

If you are claiming compensation for an injury and are on state benefits, you need to be aware of how compensation will affect your benefits entitlement.

How will a personal injury claim affect my benefits?

If you are claiming compensation for an injury and are on state benefits, you need to be aware of how compensation will affect your benefits entitlement.

Common misconceptions and errors that injury claimants make

When making a personal injury claim, there are many potential pitfalls that could you catch out or even affect the outcome of the case.

I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?

You may have been injured in an accident that was not your fault.

What losses and damages can I claim for in an injury claim?

If you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim compensation. But what exactly can be included in your claim?

Under-settlement of damages

An under-settled personal injury claim happens when a claimant accepts a offer of compensation that is less than would normally be awarded.

Pre-action protocol

The pre-action protocol is a prescribed set of standards that all parties in a personal injury claim must follow before the claim can go

Multi-track claim

Multi-track is

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Personal injury solicitors in England and Wales

Will dealing direct with insurers speed up my injury claim?

A Claimant can make and pursue a claim on their own behalf or they can instruct a solicitor. So which option gives the Claimant the best outcome?

Will dealing direct with insurers speed up my injury claim?

A Claimant can make and pursue a claim on their own behalf or they can instruct a solicitor. So which option gives the Claimant the best outcome?

Litigation friend

A litigation friend is a person who is appointed to make decisions on behalf of an injured claimant during a personal injury claim.

Defendant

A defendant in an injury compensation claim is the party that the injured claimant holds responsible for their injuries.

Claimant

A claimant in a personal injury claim is an injured person who is making a claim for compensation.

Interim payment

An interim payment is a payment made to you before your compensation claim is settled.

Vicarious liability

By law, an employer is responsible for compensating an injured worker if they were injured while doing their job.

How long will my personal injury compensation claim take?

Find out how long average claims take to settle. Check if your claim could be affected by delays and how long it will take to get your compensation.

How long after an accident can I claim compensation?

How long do you have to make a compensation claim? Is there a time limit? Find out your exact injury claim limitation date with our online calculator.

How long after an accident can I claim compensation?

How long do you have to make a compensation claim? Is there a time limit? Find out your exact injury claim limitation date with our online calculator.

How long after an accident can I claim compensation?

How long do you have to make a compensation claim? Is there a time limit? Find out your exact injury claim limitation date with our online calculator.

How long after an accident can I claim compensation?

How long do you have to make a compensation claim? Is there a time limit? Find out your exact injury claim limitation date with our online calculator.

How do you make a group (multi-party) injury claim?

A group claim is one that is brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same Defendant.

How do you make a group (multi-party) injury claim?

A group claim is one that is brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same Defendant.

Can I claim injury compensation if there were no witnesses?

Having a witness to an accident can support an injury claim. What if there were no witnesses?

Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?

Many claimants are shocked to learn that their benefits may be affected if they receive compensation for their injury. The solution may be to set up a PI trust.

Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?

Many claimants are shocked to learn that their benefits may be affected if they receive compensation for their injury. The solution may be to set up a PI trust.

Do I need to use a local personal injury solicitor?

There is no need or advantage in using a local solicitor. Claimants should prioritise finding a good solicitors that offers low success fees.

Activity trackers in personal injury claims

If a person has been injured, an activity tracker can contain valuable evidence of a person's fitness levels and activity before the accident.

Activity trackers in personal injury claims

If a person has been injured, an activity tracker can contain valuable evidence of a person's fitness levels and activity before the accident.

No record in the accident book - Can I still claim?

When an accident happens at work or on public premises, the employer or occupier has a duty to record it in an accident book. But what if the accident was not recorded?

Without prejudice injury claim offers - what are the risks?

Accepting a 'without prejudice' offer is often a straightforward way to conclude a personal injury claim - but what are the

Without prejudice injury claim offers - what are the risks?

Accepting a 'without prejudice' offer is often a straightforward way to conclude a personal injury claim - but what are the

Without prejudice injury claim offers - what are the risks?

Accepting a 'without prejudice' offer is often a straightforward way to conclude a personal injury claim - but what are the

I have not taken time off work - Can I make an injury claim?

Taking time off work is often considered evidence of an injury. Lost wages are factored into compensation. But what if you didn't take any time off?

Health and Social Care Information Centre

The central source of data relating to health care, the Centre plays a fundamental role in ensuring that information flows across the healthcare system.

Should I accept a pre-medical offer in an injury claim?

What are the risks in accepting a pre-medical offer from an insurer? Is it ever worth it and should you hold out for more?

Should I accept a pre-medical offer in an injury claim?

What are the risks in accepting a pre-medical offer from an insurer? Is it ever worth it and should you hold out for more?

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

How does the Freedom of Information Act 2000 operate, and how does it relate to personal injury claims?

How does the Highways Act 1980 relate to injury claims?

Does the Highways Act 1980 protect road users and pedestrians? And how does it help those injured in road accidents claim compensation?

Contributory negligence

Contributory negligence is the failure of an injured person making a claim, the Claimant, to take appropriate actions to reduce their risk of injury.

Litigation friend

A Claimant can bring a non-legally qualified adviser to Court to represent them. These advisers and representatives are known as litigation friends.

What can I do if I have under-settled an injury claim?

Reaching a settlement avoids the need to go to Court. Some people, however, settle for much less than their claim is worth. How can you avoid that fate?

What can I do if I have under-settled an injury claim?

Reaching a settlement avoids the need to go to Court. Some people, however, settle for much less than their claim is worth. How can you avoid that fate?

What is the 2007 Rehabilitation Code?

The 2007 Code is intended to ensure all parties involved in a claim prioritise rehabilitation over other concerns. What impact could this have on Claimants?

How long does it take for an insurer to settle a claim?

Although solicitor cannot control the efficiency of the Defendant's insurance company - insurers must adhere to a strict claims protocol

How long does it take for an insurer to settle a claim?

Although solicitor cannot control the efficiency of the Defendant's insurance company - insurers must adhere to a strict claims protocol

Can I make an accident injury claim if I was drunk?

There have been cases where pedestrians are injured in accidents as a result of drinking too much alcohol. Can they still claim if they were drunk?

Can I make an accident injury claim if I was drunk?

There have been cases where pedestrians are injured in accidents as a result of drinking too much alcohol. Can they still claim if they were drunk?

Can English solicitors take a Scottish medical negligence case?

The law is not the same in all parts of the UK. If your medical negligence injury occurs in Scotland, can you instruct a solicitor based in England?

Can English solicitors take a Scottish medical negligence case?

The law is not the same in all parts of the UK. If your medical negligence injury occurs in Scotland, can you instruct a solicitor based in England?

How can I 'mitigate and minimise losses' in an injury claim

For people who have sustained an injury due to circumstances beyond their control, compensation is often a necessary part of the recovery process.

How can I 'mitigate and minimise losses' in an injury claim

For people who have sustained an injury due to circumstances beyond their control, compensation is often a necessary part of the recovery process.

Can I get legal aid for a personal injury claim?

Legal aid is no longer available in the area of personal injury law, but No Win, No Fee agreements can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

Can I get legal aid for a personal injury claim?

Legal aid is no longer available in the area of personal injury law, but No Win, No Fee agreements can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?

Private treatment can be costly, but may be necessary to prevent injuries worsening. Is it possible to get interim payments for private treatment?

Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?

Private treatment can be costly, but may be necessary to prevent injuries worsening. Is it possible to get interim payments for private treatment?

Pre-Action Disclosure Application (PAD)

Disclosure is the process by which the parties in a personal injury claim are able to find out about each other's documents prior to any trial.

Injury Claims and the Goods and Services Act 1982

The Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act can support a personal injury claim where substandard products or services cause physical injury

What happens if a Defendant doesn't respond to a claim?

Defendants can't ignore an injury compensation claim - options are available if a Defendant or solicitor moves slowly or fails to respond to a claim.

What happens if a Defendant doesn't respond to a claim?

Defendants can't ignore an injury compensation claim - options are available if a Defendant or solicitor moves slowly or fails to respond to a claim.

What are 'reasonable losses' in an injury claim?

Anyone who claims compensation after an accident has a legal a duty to mitigate, or keep their losses to a reasonable minimum. What does this mean?

What are 'reasonable losses' in an injury claim?

Anyone who claims compensation after an accident has a legal a duty to mitigate, or keep their losses to a reasonable minimum. What does this mean?

Vicarious liability

Vicarious liability is when someone is responsible for the actions or omissions of another person. How does an injury lawyer approach this?

Strict liability

Most accident claims are fault based where it must be proved that the Defendant's negligence was the cause of the Claimant's injury.

Will I have to pay tax on my injury compensation award?

There have been reports in the press that claimants must pay tax on

Will I have to pay tax on my injury compensation award?

There have been reports in the press that claimants must pay tax on

Judicial College guidelines for personal injury compensation

When assigning a financial value to the pain and suffering an injury has caused, lawyers refer to guidelines laid down by the Judicial College.

Judicial College guidelines for personal injury compensation

When assigning a financial value to the pain and suffering an injury has caused, lawyers refer to guidelines laid down by the Judicial College.

Law Society Society Personal Injury Accreditation

Personal injury practitioners meeting the highest standards of expertise may apply for the Law Society's Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.

What is the Bolam test for breach of duty?

Doctors have a legal duty to keep patients safe from harm. The Bolam test can be used to establish whether if has been a breach of their duty of care.

Can I get interim injury compensation payments?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of your personal injury, an interim payment might be paid in advance before the claim is concluded.

Third-party capture

Third party capture involves the other side's insurance company taking over your claim. Read more about the risks and benefits of this approach.

Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU)

When an injured person successfully claims compensation, the State will seek to recover related benefits paid to the Claimant from that compensation.

Loss of amenity

Loss of amenity is the non-financial impact an injury has on your work, family and social life. It is a factor in calculating injury compensation.

Personal injury claims portal

In order to reduce the costs involved in personal injury claims, the Claims Portal was set up to manage claims efficiently and quickly.

No Win, No Fee compensation for a fatal accident

Do you have a fatal accident claim? Find out how much no win no fee injury compensation you can get with our claim calculator.

Can I claim injury compensation if I signed a disclaimer?

Sporting events and exercise classes may require you to sign a disclaimer. If an accident occurs can you still make a personal injury claim?

Can I claim injury compensation if I signed a disclaimer?

Sporting events and exercise classes may require you to sign a disclaimer. If an accident occurs can you still make a personal injury claim?

Is there a sting in the tail of no win no fee agreements?

No win No Fee agreements are the norm for funding personal injury claims - but are they all the same or is it worth shopping around for the best deal?

What happens during an injury claim medical examination?

Most personal injury cases need medical evidence to support a case in Court, requiring claimants to undergo an examination by a medical professional.

Will an injury claim compensate me for loss of earnings?

Successful claims include Special damages awards ? covering out of pocket expenses, medical expenses and any loss of earnings.

What are general and special damages in an injury claim?

'Damages' is a legal term that refers to the compensation awarded to an injured party. What is the difference between 'general' and 'special' damages?

Do I have to use the insurance company's injury solicitor?

Under European legislation you are free to choose your own personal injury solicitor, even if your insurance company tries to persuade you otherwise.

Do I have to use the insurance company's injury solicitor?

Under European legislation you are free to choose your own personal injury solicitor, even if your insurance company tries to persuade you otherwise.

What if there is uncertainty over blame for my injury?

In cases where a Claimant does not know who caused their injuries, it is still often possible to make a claim.

Split liability agreement

An accident is not always one person's fault. When multiple parties cause damage or personal injury, you can literally apportion or ?split? the blame.

What if I cannot work as a result of an injury?

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can restrict a Claimant's ability to work. This article explains how lost earnings can be claimed.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

If you think that you were partly to blame for an accident then you can still claim compensation. We discuss the best way to go about it.

Law Society offer advice to injury victims

Injuries to the brain and spine can be life-threatening and life-altering events, leading to long-term health consequences and financial insecurity.

What can the Estate claim for and what is the process?

In the event of a fatal accident from third party negligence it will fall on the estate to take legal action. What can an Estate claim for?

What can the Estate claim for and what is the process?

In the event of a fatal accident from third party negligence it will fall on the estate to take legal action. What can an Estate claim for?

An end to dishonest personal injury claims?

Changes to the law aim to deter dishonest claimants by giving Courts new powers to strike out claims.

How to make a claim for an anonymous child or protected party?

Rules that exposed protected parties and children to undue risk have been overturned in a landmark decision.

How to make a claim for an anonymous child or protected party?

Rules that exposed protected parties and children to undue risk have been overturned in a landmark decision.

When is the best point to accept a compensation offer?

Most insurance companies make a low initial offer but some make a high initial offer. So when is the best point to accept a compensation offer?

Compensation Culture Myths Exposed

Does the 'Compensation Culture' really exist? Two Government reports consider the reality.