General Help and Advice

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

Success Fees

Personal injury solicitors in England and Wales

Will dealing direct with insurers speed up an 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 an 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.

What can I do to speed up my personal injury claim?

If you feel that your claim is dragging or need to see a faster result, is there anything a claimant can do

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.

Personal injury claim time limit calculator - 2018 Update

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 to 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 to 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.

The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006

The Food Hygiene Regulations (2006) place an obligation on all food businesses to make sure that their activities are carried out in a hygienic way

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.

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 what are the

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 what are the

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

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?

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

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?

What is the 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.

Does injury compensation affect my state benefits?

If you receive state benefits, the receipt of compensation may affect your future benefits - depending on how much compensation you receive.

Does injury compensation affect my state benefits?

If you receive state benefits, the receipt of compensation may affect your future benefits - depending on how much compensation you receive.

Compensation if a doctor neglects patient drug history

A doctor's failure to take a full history of medication can amount to clinical negligence. There are two critical reasons why a history must be taken.

What is the Consumer Act 1987?

How does the Consumer Act 1987 ensure that injured consumers are able to claim compensation?

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?

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?

What is 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.

What is 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.

What is a 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 is a 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 a 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 a 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?

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

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

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

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

Claiming compensation for an injury if you were 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?

Claiming compensation for an injury if you were 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?

Mitigating and minimising your 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.

Mitigating and minimising your 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.

Injury claims 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?

Injury claims 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?

What is a 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.

What is a 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.

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 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?

What is 'vicarious liability'?

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

What is '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.

What is 'vicarious liability'?

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

What is '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.

Do you pay tax on personal injury compensation?

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

Using wage slips 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.

Using wage slips 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.

Judicial College awards 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 awards 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.

What is Law 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 Law 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 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.

What is 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.

What is 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.

What is the Compensation Recovery Unit?

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

What is the Compensation Recovery Unit?

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

What does loss of amenity mean in an injury claim?

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.

What does loss of amenity mean in an injury claim?

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.

What is the 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.

What is the 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.

What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

Military personnel injured at work have the same rights as civilians and can pursue a claim against the MoD via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

How to claim compensation through the Package Holiday Regulations

If you suffer an illness or accident on a package holiday you booked and paid for, you could get compensation under the Package Travel Regulations.

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 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 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 in a medical examination in an injury claim?

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 lost earnings?

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

Claiming compensation under the Consumer Protection Act

As a consumer, you have every right to expect that the goods you buy are safe to use. So what happens if they cause you injury or harm?

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 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 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 to do if a road injury claim is made against you

If you were involved in a vehicle collision you may find yourself being sued for injuries caused by the accident. What should you do next?

What if there is uncertainty as to who is to blame?

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

What is a personal injury 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 is a personal injury 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 serious 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.

How likely am I to win an injury compensation claim?

Many people start an injury claim with no idea of how likely they are to win - we explain how claimants can assess the chances of getting compensation.

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.

Anonymous claims for children and protected parties

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

Will I need a medical exam if claiming compensation?

A medical exam is necessary in a personal injury claim to verify the extent of injuries and consider the long-term effect they may have on your life.

Compensation Culture Myths Exposed

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