Accident and personal injury claims in England, just like in Wales or Scotland, are no different in that if you suffer an accident you may be able to recover compensation for time off work, medical bills and other damages that you may have experienced. Compensation claims in England are intended to remedy any inconveniences suffered by a claimant as opposed to punishing the individual or company who is responsible.
There are a huge variety of different compensation claims that can be made in England. Listed below are some of the claims that can be made and against which payouts have been made for compensation in England;
- Accidents at home
- Back injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Children’s accidents
- Concussion injuries
- Criminal injuries
- Crush injuries
- Dislocation injuries
- Dog bites
- Electric shock injuries
- Fatal injuries
- Faulty and dangerous products
- Food poisoning
- Fractured/broken bones
- Horse riding injuries
- Injuries caused by dangerous livestock
- Lacerations and scarring
- Sports injuries
No win no fee arrangements are available for most types of claims in England. An exception to this are medical negligence cases which can be very difficult to prove and very expensive to pursue. It is likely that you would have to fund the case yourself unless your solicitor believes you have a cast iron case and if you want some free expert advice on this particular area please call us free on 0800 285 1424 and let us put you in touch with the right solicitor for this type of case.
Accident Claims England
Accident Claims England – Personal injury claims cost around £6 billion a year with motor accounting for nearly 70%, employer’s liability for 20% and general liability for 10%. Here are some facts and figures abut the personal injury market in England;
- There were 98,221 reported injuries to employees, a 5.6% decrease from the previous year
- Injury rates are reported at 475.3 per 100,000 employees
- 22.7 million workdays were lost due to workplace injury and ill health, 1.2 days per worker
- There were 143 fatal injuries to workers in 2010/11
- There were 20655 major injuries to employees in 2010/11
- Injuries have fallen by 5.6% compared to the previous year
- There were a total of 208,648 road traffic casualties of various severities recorded in 2010, 6% less than in 2009
- 1850 people were killed in road traffic accidents, 17% less than in 2009
- 22,660 were seriously injured in road traffic accidents, 8% less than in 2009
- Number of fatalities fell for almost all types of road user, 21% decrease for car occupants, 19% for pedestrians, 15% for motorcyclists. Pedal cycle fatalities rose by 7%
- In 2010, the economic welfare cost of road accidents was estimated to be approximately £15 billion
Personal Injury Claims England
Personal Injury Claims England – In the event of an accident which causes a personal injury the following is an appropriate course of action to take;
- If the injury resulted from a road accident it is advisable to inform the police and your insurance company. Your insurance policy may be invalid if the accident is not reported.
- Report the injury to your doctor even if it is only minor. If you end up going to court to get compensation your doctor will be asked to provide a medical report.
- Gather evidence about the accident and injuries. It is advisable to take photographs of the scene of the accident and what caused the injury. It is also good practice to write an account of the incident while details are still fresh in your mind. Also gather names and addresses of any witnesses there might be.
- If the accident happened at work then report the details in the accident book. If there isn’t an accident book you should record the details separately and send a copy to your employer and keep a copy for yourself. Your employment contract may state that this is a requirement in the event of an accident. If you are self employed you are advised to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive.
In England there are several ways of getting compensation for a personal injury:
- Using a claims assessor
- Taking legal action in a civil court
- Making a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
- Through special government compensation schemes such as those set up for asbestos related diseases
If you have suffered a personal injury you may be able to claim general damages and special damages. General damage examples are payment for pain and suffering and loss of earnings. Special damage examples include medical bills, recovering financial losses caused by the accident i.e. repairing a car, travel costs etc.
If you’ve had an accident or personal injury in England in the last three years and would like to find out if you are eligible to claim then call us now on 0800 285 1424 or fill in the form below and we will call you back immediately.
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