Common Accident and Injury Claims
Personal injury and accident claims in the UK have been increasing in recent years. Whether this is the rise of a cynical and individualistic culture of compensation or just reflects the fact that more and more people in the UK are becoming aware of, and beginning to exercise their legal rights, is a question that is difficult to answer with certainty.
The most common types of accident claims in the UK are:
Accidents in the Workplace
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that slips, trips and falls are the most common form of workplace related injury in the UK, costing employers over £512m in lost production and other costs. The main causes of such injuries are uneven, wet or unsuitable floor surfaces, poor lighting and trailing cables.
Every employer has a legal duty to protect all employees and members of the public that enter their site from harm. If the employer is found to have breached or neglected this duty, they can be liable to pay compensation when accident claims are made against them.
Road Traffic Accidents
If an accident takes place on a road or in a place where there is public access, such as a footpath, it can be classed as a road traffic accident. Traffic road accidents can result in significant injuries to those involved.
The problem with these types of accidents is that it is either perfectly clear who was responsible for the accident and who is therefore liable or it is extremely hard to tell. The law requires that drivers involved in accidents stop and produce valid insurance details, and those who do not can be prosecuted as criminals.
Medical negligence, also known as malpractice, occurs when someone promoting themselves as a trained professional does not provide the standard of care that is expected of them.
This can lead to new illnesses and injuries or even death. If a medical professional has acted negligently, it is possible to file a claim for compensation to cover any unforeseen expenses resulting from this. This can include unnecessary medical bills, as well as any loss in earnings resulting from an inability to work.
Slips, Trips & Falls
If you have slipped, tripped or fallen in a public place where there is a reasonable expectation of safety, you may be able to make a claim. They are one of the most common types of injuries in the UK, and often are caused by something entirely preventable such as a crack in a pavement or a spill on a slippery floor.
Injuries can range from minor sprains to broken bones, and research from the Health and Safety Executive shows that slips and trips account for 80% of non-fatal injuries at work.
There are many different categories of accidents, with the few listed above only the most common. For more information on the type of accident that affected you, simply find the category that best suits your situation from the list provided on the side of the page, and click for free advice and guidance on that issue..