When it comes to claiming personal injury compensation, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights and the steps you need to take to help you succeed.
At Accident Claims, we offer free advice on a range of topics relating to personal injury claims. This advice comes in the form of our guides, the links to which you can read below.
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Personal Injury Compensation – Am I Eligible?
In order to be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim, it’s necessary to prove negligence. This is achieved by satisfying three criteria:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care
- Their acts or omissions breached that duty
- And as a result of that breach, you suffered an injury
In cases involving accidents at work and road traffic accidents, proving duty of care is quite straightforward. That’s because all employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Likewise, all road users owe each other a duty of care when on the roads.
The point of contention is often proving a breach of duty occurred. This is because the duty of care owed is only a reasonable one, not an absolute one.
So, for example, your employer is expected to do all they reasonably can to keep you safe at work. If they can prove that they’ve taken all possible steps but an accident still occurred, they may escape liability.
Real Examples Of Personal Injury Claims
To give you an idea of the types of personal injury claims that could justify compensation, we thought we’d share some real-life examples from cases handled by our solicitors:
- One of our clients secured a compensation payout of £143,770 when he suffered a serious injury to his ankle. It was caused by a scaffolding plank that hadn’t been properly secured, causing the claimant to fall and injure himself.
- Another of our clients received a compensation award of £280,000 in an accident involving faulty machinery. She was operating a rewind roll machine when her hand was pulled into the mechanism, causing multiple hand fractures that required surgery and skin grafts. The accident could have been avoided if her employer had secured a guard to the machine to protect from hand injuries.
- Another claim involved a lack of training on health and safety and manual handling, plus a failure to conduct a risk assessment on the part of the employer. Our client was asked to load a 1-tonne press onto an electric stacker lift. However, it fell and pinned our client to the floor. He suffered a broken collar bone, shoulder blade, ribs, jaw and a large cut to the head. He received £58,000 in personal injury compensation.
Read Our Guides
Below, you can find more of our guides on personal injury compensation claims: