Personal injury is a term used to refer to injuries sustained from a variety of accidents. This includes; injuries suffered at work or in public places, in a road traffic accident, an injury received as a result of faulty goods or services, an injury due to errors made in the prescription of hospital treatment, or one caused by a victim in the course of a crime. The phrase “personal injury” can include broken bones or ribs, back injuries, infections and even asbestosis. Personal injury can be both physical or psychological.

Who can make a personal injury claim?

You can make a personal injury claim if you have suffered a personal injury at your workplace, in a road traffic accident, tripped, slipped or fell on public premises, or even when you have received negligent medical treatment. As long as the accident was not your fault and it happened in the last 3 years, then you can make a personal injury claim.

If you have sustained an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may need to consider the following:

  • Making a complaint against the person or organisation you believe was responsible for the injuries
  • Making a claim for compensation to cover losses you may have suffered as a result of the injury
  • Immediate financial problem claims arising as a result of the injury. For instance, if you are unable to go to work due to the injury, you may need to be paid for your loss of earnings


Should I Make a Personal Injury Claim?

It is unfortunate to suffer any form of injury, disease or illness due to someone else’s negligence. However, it is important to decide first of all, whether you need to claim for your personal injury.

There are various reasons why an injured person may decide to make a personal injury claim. One of the main reasons is usually to obtain a sense of justice; whether it is for themselves or a lost loved one. This can really provide peace of mind to any victim of a personal injury and can bring a sense of relief. You may also need financial compensation when you are injured to pay your bills whilst you are off work. As well as this, by making a personal injury claim you may prevent the same injury from happening to another person.

If you decide to go ahead with making a claim, then it is important that you contact an expert personal injury specialist. Choosing a personal injury specialist can offer you professional help and support.

How is Compensation Worked Out?

If you have suffered a personal injury and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim for two types of compensation.  These are known as general damages and special damages.

General damages – this is to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity suffered by you as a result of your accident. The amount you will receive will be calculated by the Courts, or even negotiated between your personal injury solicitor and the defendant’s insurers. What you will receive will depend on how much of an impact your accident has had on your life your life in terms of the severity of your injuries and the extent of your symptoms or disability.

Special damages – this is to compensate you for any proven past and future expenses you may have incurred as a direct consequence of your accident. These include loss of earnings, medical care and costs, rehabilitation treatment, travel expenses, vehicle repairs and damage to clothing or personal belongings.

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