General Help and Advice

How to make a group (multi-party) injury claim

What is a group (multi-party) injury claim? A group or multi-party claim is a compensation claim that is brought by a group of people who have...

Why people choose not to make a personal injury claim

A 2014 YouGov report revealed that 75% of those surveyed were entitled to make a personal injury claim yet chose not to do so. The survey reported on...

Can I claim even if there were no witnesses to the accident?

To win their personal injury claim, the Claimant must prove that another party, the Defendant, was responsible for their injury. The Claimant must also establish that...

Personal injury claim time limit calculator - 2016 Update

ost cases, personal injury claimants have a three-year limit in which to make a claim for compensation - but there are exceptions. The date that limit...

Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?

If you are currently claiming means-tested benefits and you are awarded compensation following an accident or injury, your eligibility to receive benefits could be affected. In...

Activity trackers in personal injury claims

What are activity trackers? Activity trackers are personal electronic devices designed to aid with sports performance. They can monitor distances, heart rate, time taken, inclines and...

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

When an accident happens at work or on public premises, the employer or occupier of the premises has a duty to record it. This is often...

Injury claims and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977

The Unfair Contract Terms Act redresses the balance between companies and consumers by striking out unfair contract terms. The Act means companies manufacturing and selling defective...

'Without prejudice' claim offers - what are the risks?

Accepting a 'without prejudice' offer is often a straightforward way to conclude a personal injury claim - but are there any consequences to doing so? In ...

Can I make an claim if I didn't have time off work?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 4.7 million working days were lost owing to workplace injuries in 2013/14. Many more are lost due to road traffic...

What is the Health and Social Care Information Centre?

The central source of data relating to health care, the Health and Social Care Information Centre plays a fundamental role in ensuring that information flows efficiently...

Does injury compensation affect my state benefits?

If you are in receipt of means tested state benefits, such as income or housing support, then the receipt of a lump sum personal injury award...

Injury claims under the Compensation Act 2006

The Compensation Act 2006 expands and clarifies personal injury law, including asbestos-related claims, and ensures that claims management companies are able to provide a fair service to...

What is the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the regulator of the Financial Services industry in the UK. Since 2013, the FCA has been responsible for enforcing the provisions...

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? What is a Pre-Medical offer? If you have been...

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a framework for the disclosure of information held by public authorities, and by parties acting for public authorities. The principle...

How does the Highways Act 1980 relate to injury claims?

If a person is injured in an accident on a public highway, and that accident was caused by a dangerous or unsafe road, a claim for...

What is contributory negligence?

A doctrine of common law, 'contributory negligence' describes the failure of an injured person making a personal injury claim, the Claimant, to take appropriate actions to...

What is 'gratuitous care'?

When a person is injured through any type of accident it may lead to the individual being incapacitated for an extended period of time and needing...

After a medical how long does a compensation claim take?

If you are thinking about claiming compensation for an injury, your solicitor will arrange for a medical examination to assess the extent of your injury. The...

What is a litigation friend?

A litigant (Claimant or Defendant) has the right to represent themselves in Court, without legal representation. This approach to making a personal injury claim, however, is...

What can I do if I have under-settled a claim?

Reaching a settlement with the person who caused the accident ('The Defendant') avoids the need to go to Court, and is most common route for injured...

What is the 2007 Rehabilitation Code?

The 2007 Rehabilitation Code is an approved framework for injury claims. It enables Claimants, their representatives, Defendants and insurers to work together towards the best possible medical,...

How long should it take for an insurer to reply to a claim?

Receiving a cash settlement quickly following a personal injury claim can really make a difference to the Claimant. The efficiency of the personal injury lawyer can...

Dealing direct insurers - can it speed up injury claims?

A person who has sustained personal injuries ('a Claimant')  in an accident caused by another person ('the Defendant') within the last three years may be entitled...

Claiming compensation for an injury if you were drunk

Drunk driving has been the cause of many serious accidents on the roads, and the people responsible are often condemned by the media as well as...

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, a Scottish solicitor should handle your...

Mitigating and minimising your losses in an injury claim

For people who have sustained an injury as the result of circumstances beyond their control, financial 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...

Injury claims for physiotherapy and private care costs

Most injuries will benefit from treatment as soon as possible after the injury has been sustained. Unfortunately, NHS waiting times for non-urgent cases can be extremely...

What is a Pre Action Disclosure Application (PAD)?

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

Injury Claims and the Goods and Services Act 1982

The Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 is usually associated with getting cowboy builders to finish a job. However, the Act can also support...

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

Defendants cannot just ignore claims in the hope that they will go away. Options are available if the Defendant or their injury lawyer moves slowly or...

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. Personal injury compensation is...

What is 'vicarious liability'?

Vicarious liability refers to a situation where someone is held responsible for the actions or omissions of another person. How does a personal injury lawyer approach...

What is 'strict liability'?

Most accident claims are fault based - meaning that in order for a claim to succeed, you and your injury lawyer it must be proved that...

Do you pay tax on personal injury compensation?

Newspaper headlines regarding Claimants finding they have to pay tax on compensation payments may have caused consternation for people pursuing claims for personal injury. They may ...

Using wage slips as evidence to claim loss of earnings

If an accident leaves an injured person unable to work then it may be possible to recover any loss of earnings. A personal injury solicitor will...

Judicial College awards for personal injury compensation

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

What is Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation?

Competent personal injury practitioners who meet the highest standards of expertise and client service may apply for membership of the Law Society's Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. ...

What is the Bolam test for breach of duty?

Doctors are not merely good Samaritans, they have a legal duty to keep their patients safe from harm.  The Bolam test establishes whether a medical professional...

Do I need to go to hospital to make an injury claim?

Whether you have been in a road traffic accident, fallen over a trip hazard, or suffered an injury at work that was not your fault, making...

What is third party capture?

If you have been involved in a road accident, you may be contacted by the other driver's insurance company before you have had chance to...

What is the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a non-profit organisation that exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people. Founded over 25...

What is the Compensation Recovery Unit?

When a personal injury Claimant brings a successful claim for compensation it is possible that the State will seek to recover any related benefits already paid...

What does loss of amenity mean in an injury claim?

"Loss of amenity" describes the non-financial impact an injury has on your work, family and social life. It is one of the components of the compensation...

What is the personal injury claims portal?

The Claims Portal was originally set up to cover personal injury claims arising from Road Traffic Accidents, but was extended on 1st August 2013 to cover Employers'...

Compensation claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976

Prior to the 1976 Act, dependants had no ability to bring a claim for the loss they suffered arising out of the death of a relative. Until...

Can I claim compensation if I signed a disclaimer?

When participating in activities such as sporting events and exercise classes, you may be asked to sign a disclaimer before taking part. If an accident occurs...

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

Conditional fee agreements or No win No Fee agreements are the norm when it comes to funding personal injury claims - but are they all the...

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

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

What is a personal injury split liability agreement?

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

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. Long periods of rehabilitation may result...

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

In the event of a fatal accident resulting from the negligence of a third party it will fall on the estate to pursue legal action.  What...

An end to dishonest personal injury claims?

Personal injury claimants may no longer recover damages for injury or illness when they have been fundamentally dishonest. A new law aims to prevent dishonest and...

Anonymous claims for children and protected parties

The principal of open justice requires that, in most cases, the identity of both parties in a Court case is made public and may be reported...

Compensation Culture Myths Exposed

There has been a sustained attempt by the Government and the media to present the UK as a "compensation culture".   A recent report from the Association...