Being injured or unwell through no fault of your own places you in a difficult and unpleasant situation. However, there are solutions available should you find yourself in this position.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim refers to a claim for compensation for an injury or illness you have suffered or has been made worse because of someone else’s fault.
How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?
You have three years from the date of the accident or illness to settle your claim or start it in court. This can be longer if you were under 18 years of age or did not have capacity when the accident or illness happened.
What types of personal injury claims are there?
A personal injury claim can be made if an injury or illness has been caused or made worse because of:
- A road traffic accident
- An accident at work
- A long term condition caused by work, e.g. tinnitus or mesothelioma
- An accident in a public place
- Clinical negligence e.g. negligence of a medical or healthcare professional
What should I do if I want to make a personal injury claim?
You should seek legal advice and start your claim as soon as possible. Keep a record of your symptoms and any financial losses you incur because of them, such as loss of wages, travel expenses and medication costs.