By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 26th October 2023. In this guide on how to sue a company for an injury, we will explain how to make a personal injury claim.
We also offer insights into how lawyers that sue companies operate, and how, if you’re suing a business, compensation could be calculated. We offer an alternative to an injury compensation claim calculator too. This could give you some idea of the injury claim compensation you could receive.
You can call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 for your free legal consultation and to learn more about how to claim. We will be happy to discuss how to sue a business for personal injury. What’s more, if we can see that you are eligible to claim compensation, we will provide you with an experienced personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. If you believe you are owed compensation for an accident, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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- How To Sue A Company For Negligence
- Evidence For Claims Against A Company
- Personal Injury Claim Compensation – How Much Could I Receive?
- How To Sue A Company – Benefits Of A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Essential References
If you wish to know how to sue a company for an injury, it is important to understand if you were owed a duty of care by the company. By ‘duty of care’, we mean that the responsibility of protecting your welfare. Businesses generally have to uphold proper health and safety standards, in order to protect the safety and health of visitors.
Various parties owe one another a duty of care. For example, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, requires employers to owe their employees a duty of care to protect their safety at work.
Likewise, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires businesses to owe people who use their premises a duty of care to protect their safety. This includes customers and other individuals who may use the premises.
In order to protect customers, workers, and others, companies could do the following:
- They could have regular risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards. These are things that could cause an accident.
- When a hazard is identified, the business should apply control measures. This means taking action to remove a hazard or reduce the risk. For example, a shop may identify a spillage, use appropriate signage to make customers aware of it and clean it as soon as possible. This could prevent tripping accidents.
What happens if an accident takes place, that was caused by a business neglecting its duty of care? The injured person may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation. If you would like advice on how to sue a company for an injury, please call today.
What Is the Personal Injury Claims Time Limit?
How long do you have to sue for work-related injuries in the UK? In the UK there is a personal injury claims time limit of three years. The time limit begins on the date of the date they were first injured or the date they obtained knowledge that negligence at least contributed to the injury or illness.
Can I claim for an accident after 3 years? There are sometimes exceptions to these rules. Did your accident take place more than three years ago? We recommend calling Accident Claims UK to speak to an advisor. An advisor will be able to determine whether you are eligible to claim.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, you could collect evidence to support your case. This could help with proving who was liable for the accident and the injuries you suffered.
Some examples of the evidence you could collect if you intend to sue for negligence include:
- Video footage of the accident, such as CCTV footage.
- Photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries you’ve suffered, such as cuts and lacerations.
- A copy of the report in the accident book (if applicable).
- The contact details of any witnesses to the accident so that they can provide a statement at a later date.
- Medical evidence about your injury, such as a copy of your medical records.
- Evidence of any financial harm you have suffered due to your injury, such as a copy of your bank statements or invoices.
If you choose to work with a solicitor for your personal injury claim, they could help you with gathering evidence.
For more information on how to sue a company or to see if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, you can contact our advisors.
Now that we’ve looked at how to sue a company, you might be interested to know how your compensation could be awarded. Personal injury compensation may include general damages and special damages.
If your claim is successful, you will be awarded general damages. This is compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by your injury. When assigning value to general damages, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This document lists compensation brackets for injuries based on their severity and what impact they might have on a claimant.
In our table below, we’ve provided figures from the JCG. As compensation is awarded based on the individual merits of each claim, our table cannot tell you exactly how much you could receive. Instead, we provide it as guidance.
|Level Of Injury
|Moderate (B) (iv)
|Complicated or multiple fractures of a single leg.
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Hip Or Pelvic Injury
|Significant hip or pelvic injury which results in either no or only minor disabilities.
|£26,590 to £39,170
|Less Severe (f) (c)
|There have been significant disabilities as well as a degree of recovery having taken place. If this has not happened, it will be expected to happen.
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Fractures of the Forearm
|Simple Fractures (f) (d)
|Simple fractures of the bone(s) in the forearm.
|£6,610 to £19,200
|Fractures to Fingers
|Severe (I) (g)
|This could include a partial amputation of a finger.
|Up to £36,740
|Less Serious (I) (f)
|Such as crush injuries which significantly reduce the usage of the hand.
|£14,450 to £29,000
|Moderate (b) (ii)
|This may include common injuries to the back as well as cases where an existing injury has been made worse.
|£12,510 to £27,760
|Moderate (N) (f)
|A displaced fracture of a metatarsal bone which results in continuing symptoms. Future surgery may be needed.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Moderate (b) (ii)
|An injury which might cause serious limits to the movement of the neck. This could be caused by a wrenching injury.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Moderate (C) (c)
|Where you suffer a frozen shoulder which limits the movement of the shoulders.
|£7,890 to £12,770
|Fracture of Clavicle
|Fracture of Clavicle (C) (e)
|The level of award depends on the extent of the injury.
|£5,150 to £12,240
|Moderate (O) (e)
|A fracture or other straight-forward injury.
|Up to £9,600
Some claimants might be able to recover costs incurred due to the injury. This is called special damages. However, it is likely you will need to submit evidence to recover your expenses. For example, wage slips, receipts and invoices can all be used to prove your costs.
Costs you might be able to claim back under special damages include:
- Home help. For example, if you need help with childcare or cleaning while you recover from your injuries.
- Loss of earnings. If you need time off work to recover, you could claim back your loss of wages, future losses and even pension contributions.
- Home and vehicle adaptations. For example, you might need a ramp installed if you are in a wheelchair following your accident.
- Medical expenses. This can recover prescription costs, as well as over-the-counter painkillers and bandages. It could also cover plastic surgery, therapy and physical therapy.
Call our advisors for help to sue a company. They can value your claim for free.
If you are interested in suing a company, one of our solicitors may be able to help. There are many benefits that come with working with a solicitor, for example, they can help you gather evidence to strengthen your claim.
Our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, and could help you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement which typically means you would not pay any upfront or ongoing payments to your solicitor for their work. Similarly, if your claim fails, you won’t pay a fee to your solicitor their services.
Instead, your solicitor would take a small success fee from your compensation payout. This is taken as a small, legally-capped percentage.
To find out if one of our solicitors could help you, contact our team of helpful advisors today. They can answer any questions you might have, such as “How do I sue a company?” and can evaluate your claim for free. If they find your claim to be valid, they may then connect you with a solicitor.
Contact Our Team
We hope you have found this guide on how to sue a store for injury, or how to sue for injury at work helpful. If you wish to proceed with your personal injury claim, contact Accident Claims UK today using the details below.
- Call our claims helpline on 0800 073 8801.
- Contact us in writing.
- Ask an advisor a legal question right now, using our chat.
If you are wondering how to sue a business for personal injury, you may find these guides helpful.
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Learn how to claim compensation following a slip on snow or ice with our helpful guide.
Advice on claiming against a landlord. Learn how to claim compensation against a landlord with our guide.
Have you suffered a production line injury? Find out if you could claim compensation with our guide.
A Citizens Advice Bureau guide on what to do if you have had an accident at work.
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