Are you entitled to claim personal injury compensation?

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In simple terms, any person who has been injured and believes that someone else is responsible for their injuries, can make a claim for compensation. The law is the same for adults and children, with the only difference being the length of time you get to make your claim. Children are allowed up until their 21st birthday to pursue a claim, whilst adults have 3 years.

The first question to ask is whether the accident which lead to the injuries was caused by negligence? Could the accident have been avoided by using better practices and did the 3rd party have every reasonable chance to foresee such an accident?

These are the main criteria you need to check to see if you can claim:

  • Was the accident someone else’s fault?
  • Do you know the identity of the liable party (business name and address etc)?
  • If not, did you report the incident to the police or local authority?
  • Have you sought medical treatment from your GP or hospital?
  • If not, are your injuries still presenting symptoms that your GP can diagnose?

Ultimately, you’ll need to speak to a solicitor to confirm whether or not you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. They will assess the merits of your case and be able to tell you if claiming is in your best interest.

Valid work accident claims

Just having an accident at work is not enough to guarantee compensation. To make a valid claim, the injured employee must be able to demonstrate that the employer was liable and exposed the staff to risk of injury, rather than it being their own fault. For example:

  1. Did your employer give you the correct training?
  2. Were you given an induction to the workplace?
  3. Were you provided with personal safety and protective equipment (PPE) to complete your job safely?
  4. Did your employer adequately maintain equipment and service machines?
  5. Were you advised how to report accidents and how to access the accident book?
  6. Did your employer ensure correct staffing levels and an adequate amount of first aid trained staff?
  7. Did your employer act upon reports of potential risks of danger to employees?

The above is just a guide and there could be many more ways in which an employer would be liable. If you are self-employed you could potentially claim against those responsible for your health and safety where you’re working.

Valid road traffic accident claims

RTA claims can be made for a range of physical and psychological injuries, not just whiplash. And the cause of the accident need not be another vehicle, it could equally be a faulty traffic light or road surface. If the person who caused the accident is insured you can make a claim against the insurers, for hit and run or uninsured drivers the claim will be made against the Motor Insurance Bureau. If the accident was caused by the road surface itself, it may be possible to make a claim against the Highways Agency.

Valid slip, trip or fall claims

Slips, trips or falls can obviously take place anywhere, but to claim compensation you need to prove that responsibility for the accident lies with a third party rather than yourself. Shops, restaurants, libraries and business establishments, for example, all have a responsibility to ensure people’s safety. If they fail to do so and accidents occur as a result, they can be found to have been negligent and liable to compensate the injured party.

Clearly, if you slip and fall after mucking about, any injuries you have are going to be seen as being your own fault. You can’t claim personal injury compensation if an accident was caused by your own actions!

For more detailed information see the following articles:

Reporting the accident

Another important factor in making a successful claim is reporting the details of your accident to the right people. If you’ve slipped on a wet floor in a private establishment (a business premises, a supermarket, a cinema, a restaurant etc) you must make every effort to ensure that the party responsible for running the premises is informed. Any employer or location open to the public should have an accident book and a way of recording incidents. By recording the incident, you are providing proof that you fell in their premises and that your injuries were caused on their patch.

Unless you are severely injured and incapacitated, you should report your accident and injuries immediately and ensure that they are noted in an accident book. If the third party tell you they don’t have an accident book, or won’t let you have access to it, there are things you can do.

Are your injuries serious enough?

It’s not enough to just be injured, the injury has to be severe enough to provide a sufficient level of quantum to enable the claim to be placed. Quantum is the posh Latin term for value of the claim used in the legal world. To ensure that the injury value is sufficient, it is usually the case that an injured client will need to have suffered from their injury for a period of at least a few weeks. Therefore, if you sprained your ankle mildly and recovered within a fortnight, you would struggle to bring a claim. But if you sprained your ankle badly, tearing the ligaments and spent 6 weeks on crutches and then had 5 physio sessions, your claim would easily pass the quantum test.

If you haven’t had medical treatment, it is likely that your injuries will not be seen as sufficiently serious to warrant a claim as medical evidence is needed to support your claim. If you have been suffering in silence and haven’t seen the GP, you still can. If the GP is happy to note that your injuries are consistent with those suffered in a slipping on a wet or dangerous floor surface, you can then prove your injuries and pursue a claim.

If all this seems a bit complicated, or you haven’t done any of the above, don’t worry – if you contact us we can talk you through it and help you to complete the necessary steps.

Being involved in an accident which isn’t your fault can be rather traumatic, not just for you but also for your family. Most people don’t know how to react after being thrust into such a scenario and it can rock a family to their core when they least expect it.

You might not think it is worth going through the hassle of putting in a claim for compensation, but it doesn’t take much time at all and provided you hire a good solicitor who has experience in dealing with such matters, you will find the process of claiming for compensation rather easy.

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  • Tony

    Hi. I had a stroke at work, can I claim compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that you would be able to attribute the fact that you had a stroke to negligence of your employer and therefore proving a causal link between your employer and your health incident is likely to be a hurdle that would be very hard to clear.

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  • Chris

    Hi, I have been terminated from my job. I was currently stood down at the time of termination due to accusations that my former employer never provided evidence of me doing. I’m the sole provider for my family and this has caused me so much stress. The job was stressful before I was terminated to the point where I had to participate in a sleep study because I wasn’t getting enough sleep. The regional manager from my former employer was constantly coming for me and it started to feel like work place bullying. He was meant to be my support person but before I was stood down I hadn’t heard from him in weeks. I don’t want my job back as I know if I continue to work there the way in which I’ve been treated won’t end. I’m just enquiring to see if I have a case in regards to stress and emotional damage on myself?

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    • Ian Morris

      You need specialist advice given the situation in which you find yourself. Fortunately, we work with specialist Solicitors who are experts within this niche area and can advise you from a position of expertise, experience and know-how.

      Please make further contact with us via email to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk providing your name, contact details and a summary of the situation and we’ll have our specialist Solicitors contact you to discuss your situation and advise you with regards to a potential claim for compensation and recovery of lost income.

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  • Louise

    Can you recommend a personal injury solicitor in Northern Ireland?
    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      We are able to provide a link to a Personal Injury Solicitor in Northern Ireland as one of our specialist Solicitors has a link with a firm in that region. Please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to outline the situation – include your contact details, accident date, location and a description of the incident and injuries sustained and we’ll have someone contact you to advise further.

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  • Paul lund

    Hi, I had an accident at work back in December slipped on floor screed in a care home I was working with. There was a sign at the top but not at the bottom where I was I filled out accident forms and my company have. Just recently I’ve been having problems with my back and now currently on sick as can’t do the job I do. Do you think there’s a claim there?

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    • Ian Morris

      We would like to investigate your claim further as we do feel that you may have just grounds to take this matter further. Please email some further information to us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk, including your name, contact details, accident date, location and the injuries sustained and we can then look in to this for you.

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  • steve schofield

    i had an accident at work. I lifted a piece of steel up and tore my bicep tendon in half which came off the bone. Can i claim if i haven’t received refresher training for manual handing and overhead crane?

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    • Ian Morris

      So long as your injury happened less than 3 years ago, we feel that you have a valid and just claim for compensation. Your employer has failed to uphold their duties in terms of providing the appropriate manual handling refresher training and this is something our Solicitors will be keen to address with the employer.

      For further help, please use the form on the ‘start your claim‘ page of our website to make further contact. Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285 if you prefer.

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  • Vishnu

    Hi, Myself, wife and daughter travelled on public bus on 17th Apr in Bournemouth and as the bus stopped at bus stop we got up from our seats and walking down the stairs of double decker bus. I reached bottom of stairs, my wife was standing 2 stairs behind me and my daughter was at top stair. The driver suddenly moved the bus and my daughter fell upside down to where i was standing (to the bottom of stairs) and wife also fell. My wife complained of some pain in her forearm and daughter complained for knee pain for couple of days and her favourite mobile screen got damaged badly. Apart from this now she faces psychological fear of stepping into the bus and every time i have to convince her saying nothing is going to happen. I did raise this to customer support and they came back asking how we they can assist further in this matter.

    I wanted to understand does my case qualify for claim and how to proceed further?

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    • Ian Morris

      If the bus had stopped at the bus stop, you were within your rights to stand to begin making your way to get off the bus. As such, it may be possible to pursue a claim against the bus company. However, we don’t yet know why the bus moved again and whether it was because the bus hadn’t quite reached the bus stop when you first stood up. Clearly, the bus company will have to explain their drivers actions should any claim be presented.

      As the accident details have been reported to the bus company further to your contact with the bus company, it is certainly viable to further investigate a potential claim for compensation. If you have not already done so, we would advise that your Daughter’s physical and emotional injuries are noted by a Doctor in order that appropriate medical evidence will be available later on should a claim be pursued.

      If you would like to further discuss a potential No Win No Fee claim on behalf of your daughter, please use the ‘start your claim‘ page of our website to make further contact and we’ll gladly advise you as to your options and explain how our specialist Solicitors may be able to assist you.

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  • Nia

    My manager created a toxic work environment, me and a team of 3 have flagged to HR before. It cause me to depression and anxiety, loss of weight and I have now been signed off by my GP for stress. HR has put senior management in place to supervise the offending manager but this has not solved the problem.
    I am also being forced out with a obviously biased performance review by the same manager, but cannot claim constructive dismissal because I’ve been with the company for 16 months only. Senior management has taken their side, and even though HR privately admits it’s been an unfair treatment, they are taking a neutral stance.
    It’s unlikely that they will move the manager anytime soon, I just want to negotiate a dignified way out. What are my options?

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    • Ian Morris

      We have specialist Solicitors that can consider this for you and advise you. It maybe that you can pursue a personal injury claim for stress at work compensation.

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  • Emma

    Hi, I recently had a fall at work due to a mopped floor without wet floor signs visible, have injured my knee which has caused me a short time off work with an old injury reoccurring due to this, had filled in a datix at the time also, would this have a claim?

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  • Cassie

    I work as a support worker, my employer had moved a new resident in to a flat but had not undertaken their own risk assessment before allowing her to move in and the Care Plan said that she could get into bed on her own. It turned out that her legs were fused and she had to have her legs lifted from the floor and turned onto a bed that was too low so you had to bend, lift and twist, she could not assist in anyway. This was made known to my employer on day 1 but still on day 9 no OT assessment had been done (just requested), on day 9 I hurt my back (pulled muscle due to no lifting equipment or hospital bed) and had to take time off work with just SSP as I’m a Bank worker.

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    • Ian Morris

      Our view is that you have a valid claim against your employer on the grounds of employer negligence. It would seem that you had raised concerns immediately and given the employer ample opportunity to avoid the risk of injury. As the employer failed to act on your concerns and you then sustained injury, you may well succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation. See our support worker claims article for more info.

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  • Mark

    I fell over a damaged pavement whilst walking to catch a train at 05:30 am. The fall has caused abrasion of my right knee and damage to the tendons in my left ankle. I have had to attend A&E and have been left with a support splint and a minimum of 4 weeks of recovery. Am I able to claim for this injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      Please forward photographs of the accident site to us – ideally with measurements of the disrepair and tripping hazard – so that we can further consider this for you. Essentially, if we can establish that the pavement should have been subjected to repair work and is unsafe, we can recover compensation for your pain and discomfort and any associated losses.

      Please go to our page regarding photographs for tripping accident claims for examples of what we’re after and email them to us with your name and contact number to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can further advise you.

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  • Ryan

    I suffered an accident in the workplace a year ago, I did not realise that the equipment I was using was faulty because to look at it, it seemed as if there was nothing wrong, the equipment in question was a defective extending steel rail which had no safety button in the middle to connect both bars and when I extended this rail, it collapsed in on itself and hit me on the back of the head causing my head to split open and I had to receive medical treatment to have it glued back together. This was recorded in the accident book and logged on the system but I’m unsure if I would qualify to make a claim for compensation as there is no CCTV footage of this accident, however, I do have photographic evidence. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      Given your description of your accident at work and your head injury, the lack of CCTV footage is irrelevant! You can certainly make a claim and we would be very happy to help you to start your claim for compensation. There would appear to be plenty of evidence available for our specialist Solicitors to use to support your claim – both an accident book report and medical records.

      You can either provide more details via our website or you can call us on 01225430285 to discuss your situation and get further advice.

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  • Mariana

    I had an accident at work, there was no first aider so there was no record but I told my manager about it, I went to A&E also and been off work for a long time taking painkillers. In a mean time I left the company because I was under lot off stress. Can I claim anything if I still suffer from lot of pain, it affects quality of my life also I have long waiting time for scan due to Covid 19?

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as your accident at work happened within the past 3 years, you can absolutely start your claim for compensation with us. Please call us on 01225430285, or use our online form to make further contact with us.

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  • Jenny

    I have only worked for a company for a year. Do I have legal rights? I have been lone working through Covid as shielding for a member of my family is in strictly in isolation.
    Heavy Work loads, not being allowed time off, being bullied by all members of staff, not part of the team as they have the bosses ear as they are in the office. My fault when questioning and always blamed. No communication other than emails has all caused me to have stress.
    I am now off for a month at least the dr advises. The boss phoned by texting first to say concerned then rings with my permission and tells me off, doesn’t believe me.
    Had many conversations about wanting to take a break and how I feel but refused, too busy.
    Do I have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is always important in such circumstances to communicate your concerns/issues with your employer in writing – in order that it can be demonstrated that you have raised concerns. Verbal conversations cannot be proven, so make sure you do write regarding the issues.

      Your employer has a duty of care towards your health whilst working for them – including psychological and mental health. If you believe that the employer is being unreasonable towards you and placing excessive pressure on you, you can seek to make a claim for work related stress compensation.

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  • Adam

    I read some bits on slips in ice and wondering if I may have a case? I slipped on black ice in the local public park, i was in the car park/main path where it was not gritted, I fell and have broken my ankle in 4 places which has left me unable to ever play football again, which as a football coach, is a devastating blow for me.

    Do I have legs for a claim? Or is it a lost cause as I’m unsure what the regulations are, but it will effect my work and my future now with permanent metal frame work in my ankle, loss of earnings due to work loss , permanent damage. I am currently in hospital awaiting surgery now.

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    • Ian Morris

      Claiming compensation for injuries sustained whilst slipping on untreated (no grit or salt) icy surfaces is far from straightforward and there is no definitive legal requirement for areas such as car parks to be treated in freezing weather.

      Essentially, if the car park owners usually treat the surfaces but failed to do so on this occasion, or if the surface was known to be icy and dangerous for a while yet no action was taken to either reduce the risk of slipping (grit/salt) or attempt made to warn of the risks of slipping (displaying hazard signage), a claim may succeed.

      Given the severity of your injury and the long term consequences of such a trauma, it is worthwhile looking further in to this and letting our specialist Solicitors consider your situation. Our No Win No Fee service guarantees that you’ll pay no costs if we either can’t pursue the claim, or if we do pursue the claim but fail to succeed, so you have nothing to lose by taking this further.

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  • Dan

    I was in work stacking fridges on a hgv trailer high on top of each other with a colleague 3 high, as we lifted a fridge over head height to stack on top of a fridge my finger got crushed and I broke it. Gloves not fit for the role and ive never once had manual handling training. Have been on sick so far for 3 weeks with physio. Do I have a case?

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    • Ian Morris

      You definitely have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. The employer appears to have been negligent with regards to their failure to provide adequate manual handling training and there are also questions to ask about their PPE provision in terms of the gloves you were given.

      We would be more than happy to help you with your claim. Please call us on 01225430285 for further help.

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  • Agnes

    I slipped in a indoors market with a non slip surface, it was a wet raining day. I was not carrying anything in my hands. I snapped my femur and waited 2 hours for the ambulance to arrive to take me to hospital for an operation. There was no mats at the entrance or wet floor signs and no member of staff from the council there to assist. The ambulance could not get to me because there was no member of staff anywhere to be found. I am now 70 years old and unable to walk anywhere properly. I’m on tramadol 4 times a day. I have 2 rods and screws in my left thigh. Am i eligible to claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      As the accident was 2 years ago, you have a further 12 months available in which you can pursue a claim for compensation – if you have not already done so. As there were no mats provided and no hazard warning signs on display, it would appear that you have a valid claim for compensation and you should act quickly in this regard.

      We would be more than happy to offer you some help in making a claim for compensation for the serious and permanent injury you have sustained. If you haven’t already claimed, please call us on 01225430285 or email us directly at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk with your name and contact number and we’ll call you to provide the help you need.

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  • Stephen

    Can I make a claim if one of my workers erected a sign on a fence and never properly secured it, resulting in the high winds blowing it off last Sunday, and nearly severing my thumb off which needed an immediate operation?

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    • Ian Morris

      Are you the owner of the company or just a member of management? Who instructed the worker to erect the sign in the way that the did? There is the potential to pursue a claim for thumb injury compensation but we need to know a little more to advise you further.

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  • Albert

    Can you claim from two institutions for one injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      In almost all claim scenarios, the liable party will be a single entity who will have acted negligently and therefore be liable in any claim for compensation. However, there is a possibility that two bodies could be held jointly or partially liable for an accident and therefore claimed against for personal injury compensation.

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  • Mike

    I worked for a city council for 6 years and never received any manual handling training until a change of management in my last year with them. I worked as a caretaker for a school so the job required lots of lifting and carrying, I have since leaving developed lower back issues.
    Do i have a a case to claim for my now bad back?

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    • Ian Morris

      Their failure to train you was negligent and as a result it could be possible to pursue a claim. However, you must make the claim within 3 years of the onset of any symptoms – therefore the important first question is when did the symptoms begin and when did you leave the workplace?

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  • Gemma

    Hi while exiting a shop yesterday I broke my finger after it became trapped in the door handle. Am I eligible to claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      How did your finger become trapped in the door handle? Was the handle faulty? To find out whether or not you can make a finger injury claim against the shop in question, we need to understand how the accident happened so that we can identify whether or not there has been any negligence. Also, was an accident book entry made in the store? Did they note your details and the details of the injury to your finger?

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  • john hughes

    Am I entitled to compensation against my firm for my truck blowing over in Scotland last Friday night and getting minor injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      In the event that a high sided vehicle is blown over by excessive wind, the only way that a claim would have any prospect of success would be if a driver reported concerns that it was not safe to drive in such conditions and an employer ignored those concerns and ‘forced’ the employee to drive regardless of the risks.

      If this did not happen in your case, it is unfortunately just an incident that would be attributed to an ‘act of god’ and no claim could follow.

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  • DeLynn

    I was in a beauty salon and afterwards my hair was done I got out of the chair. When I stepped on the rubber mat it tripped me. Not sure if it was from being too soft and or the the traction it has. But, never the less, I fell and broke my hip. I was wearing flat shoes (tennis shoes).

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    • Ian Morris

      If the mat created a tripping hazard, you may have a right to make a claim.

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  • Ian Morris

    To start with your end point, the injury to your foot. We would be very happy to look at helping you claim compensation for the injury sustained. The employers failure to provide you with steel-toe capped shoes could be seen as negligence and a claim would be justified on that basis.

    On the other issue of the employment issues and anxiety/stress, we’ll need you to complete and return our initial work related stress questionnaire so that we can have our specialist review the situation and advise you further on that. The two claims are separate and could be pursued side by side.

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  • Brian

    I may of had COPD as an existing health problem but never had any problems or knowledge i may of had it. I was moved to a position within my work place that involves painting metal parts. I was given the wrong PPE which has resulted in aggravating this condition, which has resulted in diagnosis of this condition, and now I have to use inhalers. Can i claim for injuries sustained at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      This is certainly a matter we can look in to for you given the error on the part of your employer with regards to the provision of incorrect PPE.

      Please use our ‘start a claim‘ service to make further contact with us and our team will be able to help you understand your options and discuss how our Solicitors may be able to help you.

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  • Wendy

    Can I claim compensation? I was shopping in a supermarket and a whole stack of vegetable cases fell and hit me all down my left leg. I have a huge bruise on the back of my lower leg and another at the back of the top of my leg. I reported it and took photos but the bruises are getting bigger.

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    • Ian Morris

      At face value, it would appear that you have a valid claim. Please call our team on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim‘ service to make your claim.

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  • Tony

    I have a epididymas blockage which has been linked to my work, can I make a claim for it it? Cause a lot of discomfort and pain but I’m too young for the surgery.

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    • Ian Morris

      You mention that the blockage has been linked to your work. Was it your Doctor or Consultant that made the link? We would like to speak with you further about your work and the nature of the ‘injury’ you have sustained and when you developed the symptoms. If our team is able to tick the relevant criteria boxes, we would be happy to link you with a specialist Solicitor to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  • Georgia

    I have sustained injuries following a cycling incident last night. A car driver got dangerously close to my bike and I have to swerve to avoid being hit by the vehicle. In doing so I lost control of my bike and came off. I fell straight on to my head causing severe pain and swelling. I also have a laceration to my left arm with cuts and bruising to my left shoulder and knee. Although the driver did not hit me due to my preventative actions, do I have a claim based on the nature of his driving?

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    • Ian Morris

      You may be able to pursue a claim via the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) scheme for uninsured or untraced drivers. Given the nature of this incident, if you have the vehicle registration it could allow you to pursue a claim directly against the vehicle insurers. However, they would likely want evidence, such as helmet cam footage, to prove their insured was driving dangerously. If, as is likely, the driver fled the scene without even stopping, you could seek to make a claim via the MIB untraced driver scheme, but you can only make such a claim if you have reported the incident to the Police and obtained a Police Reference number.

      As stated in other posts and pages by ourselves, you do not have to have a Solicitor pursue an MIB claim for you as you can pursue the matter without representation directly with them. However, you also have the option of instructing a Solicitor to pursue the claim on a No Win No Fee basis. If so, you would pay nothing if the claim were to fail, but you would contribute up to 25% of any awarded compensation towards the costs of the claim. There are obvious clear benefits to having a specialist Solicitor acting for you, but the choice is yours as to the way you would like to proceed.

      We would be very happy to assist you in this matter and invite you to call us on 01225430285 for further help and to start your claim. Our cycling accident claims article might also be of interest.

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  • Adam

    On Friday I was at work on going to my lunch I got ran over by a folk lift (I was wearing steel toe caps with a hi vis vest) the folks went straight over my foot by cutting through my boot and slicing my foot open, I’m currently in the early stages (still off work) and just sitting here with my foot in stitches and wrapped up. Am I eligible for a claim here considering I’ll be better in a week or two? The reporting of the accident was all complete and got to go in for a statement.

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    • Ian Morris

      The injury you have suffered at work is certainly sufficiently severe to warrant making a claim for foot injury compensation. We would be very happy to investigate your situation and seek specialist advise from our Solicitors for you with a view to pursuing a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

      If you would like to take this further, we’ll need a few minutes with you on the phone to take some initial basic details before we pass that to the Solicitor who would then call you directly to discuss your accident and confirm that a claim can proceed. You can start the process by calling us on 01225430285 or by asking us to call you when you are available.

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  • David

    My daughter hurt her foot in Morrison’s supermarket, a metal bar fell on her foot due to work being done in the shop. She didn’t seek medical advice just ice pack and calpol and help from first aid in the shop.

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as the injury to your Daughters foot was recorded in the accident book of the shop, you can make a foot injury claim on her behalf.

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  • Jenna

    I’ve fell through my floor at home. All the timber has rotten completely hence me falling into an open void under the house (council property). I’ve hurt myself quite bad in my lower back. My question is, is the council liable and do I qualify for a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The landlord/council could be liable in this matter. However, they may be able to avoid liability as they could rely on not having been aware of the issue – no reports of faults etc.

      We would be happy to investigate this matter for you if you would like to make a claim.

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  • Mark

    I suffered an injury at work by someone else messing and playing about. Should i be entitled to anything?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is a potential claim for compensation as a result of your workplace injury. If staff are not working correctly and the employer is not enforcing a safe and secure working environment, there is the possibility of holding the employer liable for injuries sustained at work.

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  • Annamária

    My manager dropped a beer keg on my foot as he was trying to lift it on the top of another keg and this has fractured my foot. I’ve not been given an accident report, I’ve not received any payment apart from the £94.25/week sick pay. My question is how much could I claim for my broken foot and how much should I settle for?

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    • Ian Morris

      When making an injury claim, calculating how much compensation you can expect to receive for your injuries is something that can only be done later on in the claims process after having a specialist medical assessment of the injury and a detailed report provided to your Solicitor. Including such a report, issues that affect the amount of money awarded in a successful claim settlement will include:

      • The extent of the pain and suffering experienced by the claimant
      • Recovery time
      • Rehabilitation and treatment costs
      • Special damages to include incurred financial costs and loss of income.

      It is not possible to assign a valuation to your claim at this stage without taking a wild guess – which would be unhelpful to you. However, we do have an article on foot injury claims which may be of further assistance.

      You describe an accident scenario that would indicate to us that you have a valid claim with good prospects of succeeding. If you have not already done so, please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you at a time that suits.

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  • Daniel

    Do I have a chance to claim?
    Had an accident at work Nov 2018, which led to time in hospital and time off work and current injuries. I had been asking to record this in the accident book from the date of the accident. I attended an interview with my employer about my accident and obtained a document where I have written proof of my employer acknowledging how the accident happened and agreeing to record it in the accident book, signed by both parties.
    No protective measures have been put in place since and the problem remains.
    Do I have a case that I could allow me to claim?
    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you do have a valid claim to pursue against your employer and we would be happy to assist with this.

      Our specialist Solicitors have a proven track record of representing claimants successfully in claims against their employers for injuries and losses caused in accidents at work.

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  • Zak skidmore

    Hi, I have been at work today doing repairs in tenant’s property when their dog came in and bit me twice on my arm causing damage to it severe enough for me to have to visit hospital. Who do I claim off and do I have a valid claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation and the most likely defendant will be the owners of the dog. Whether or not they have insurance in place to fund any claim that you make make or personal finance to cover the cost of any claim is another issue. Your employer could also bear some responsibility if they knew that there were dogs in the property and hadn’t warned you about this.

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  • Mary Westwood

    If you need help or advice regarding a claim, then this is by far the best, most reliable website to use, with real, genuine people ready to help and advise. I feel so much happier, knowing that they will try their best to put me in touch with the right people. Sometimes you feel like they are just call centers, but this definitely isn’t. Believe me, you have come to the right place when you hit on this website. Ian is a really genuine person who has plenty of expertise to hand.

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  • Tonya

    I stopped in at this company I thought was open for business and I offered help mounting a tire, I was injured during the process can I sue?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have willfully assisted in a voluntary basis to perform a procedure that you are not experienced in and have no training in and then sustain injury, it is unlikely that you could then pursue them for compensation.

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  • Karen

    I was severely injured at work in 2008, and since then have been awarded Industrial Injuries Benefit for life, but I’m not entitled to any other benefits, even though I cannot work.
    I have regular treatment for my injury, and am continually prescribed Fentanyl for pain relief.
    It’s now in the 11th year since I was injured, and I would like to know if I would be eligible to make a claim against my ex employer? Thank you in advance, Karen.

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law would not allow you to make a claim against your former employer due to the amount of years that have passed since you were injured at work. UK law only allows you a period of 3 years to make your claim for compensation.

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  • Blanca

    I have a friend who fell a couple months ago in Mexico. For the past 6 months, everything was ok until last Thursday, he was carrying cement blocks at work and he fell after he lost control of his legs. Now he’s in a lot of pain. The Doctor has said that his problem is that a disc in his spine is out of place. He doesn’t have insurance and his Doctors bills are expensive. My boss’ secretary told me he can apply for work compensation because this happened at work. However, as he has had this problem before he started working with this new boss, is it the case that he can claim on the insurance?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK personal injury law would not allow him to claim compensation for the damaged disc in his back, unless it can be shown that he slipped a disc at work.

      In this case, whilst he collapsed at work it would appear that the injury may have been caused when he fell in Mexico. Has his employer provided manual handling training and ensure that he is lifting items safely and correctly?

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  • Mike Hardy

    Hi, I was wondering if I have a compensation claim at work. I have recently had to take time off work due to constant back pain caused by incorrect manual handling procedures used by my company. I have self medicated to ease the pain but I know that if I go back to work I will be back to square one again. Other than reporting this on my self certification there is no record of this in the accident book.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written representation to your employer regarding your condition and their incorrect manual handling procedures. This will put the matter on record with the employer and provide important evidence in any future claim. Of course, it would also be wise to see your GP to have the details of your symptoms recorded within your medical records.

      We would like to speak with you to find out more about your work and discuss the alleged manual handling issues in order to ascertain whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation against your employer.

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  • Mark Jacobs

    I was working on an aircraft under pressure to get the flight out – so working quickly. Through the flight I got into some equipment to move it off the stand. As I got in the equipment I hit my head hard causing a lot of bleeding. The airport responders attended where I was assessed. My BP dropped and I felt very ill for a while. I was then taken to the hospital where I then received stitches. The equipment in question doesn’t seem to have any rubber protective equipment across the board. Would I have a claim against my company or the manufacturer at all?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is more likely that you would have a claim against your employer, rather than the manufacturer as the employer has tasked you with using that equipment and possibly placed you at risk of injury. I assume that you are not required to wear a hard hat or similar PPE equipment?

      You could well have a claim and we would be happy to further investigate this for you.

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  • steve

    I crushed my hand at work on a piece of machinery and although my hand is not broken, I have burst a few blood vessels in hand in which i received a couple of stitches and wrapped up. I have a 2 week medical line but my work still wants me to go back on light duties and ignore the medical line, who is in the right myself or my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      No employer can question the opinion or advice of a qualified medical expert and as such, if you have been advised not to work for a period of 2 weeks by your GP or Hospital Doctor, then you should follow that advice. However, it may be that your Doctor has simply said that you cannot do the job you usually do as it would worsen your injury. As such, if the employer is able to offer you a different role that does not affect your hand injury in anyway, there is no harm in getting in to work and continuing to earn your income.

      Returning to work or otherwise would not impact on the outcome of any claim for accident at work compensation that you may choose to make. Given that your hand was crushed, something has clearly gone wrong and as such, we would like to investigate that further for you to see if you have a valid claim for work accident compensation. If you would like to take this further, please call our team on 01225430285, email me or use our ‘start a claim’ page and we’ll call you to find out more about the work, what happened to you and how you were injured and offer advice to get your No Win No Fee claim started.

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  • Annette

    I was picked up by my friend from eye casualty where I was told to be extremely careful and not to traumatise my eye at all. My friend took me for a quiet pub lunch. We sat at a large heavy wooden table with four benches round it. Suddenly the table upended and all I could see was the large table and parasol coming towards me. I was soaked from the drinks, glass all around me and badly shaken. We discovered there were no bolts on the hinges holding the table down on at least two sides. Photos taken. Aches and pains everywhere which I reported to GP but nothing much visible. I will be seeing eye specialist next week to check my eye but again nothing visible. Tee shirt ruined.

    However, now when I go out I am anxious about sitting at pub tables and find I am nervous about even sitting in chairs in public places. The brewery took a week to get back to me and have offered new clothes and a lunch in another of theirs pubs. That’s fine but it doesn’t cut it for me. I feel a cheque for a couple of hundred pounds would help me to get over the distress rather than another lunch I don’t feel up to. What do you think?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of bolts on the hinges holding the table down is likely to be seen as an act of negligence should you pursue a claim for compensation. Thankfully, it seems that you escaped serious injury in this accident but the aches and pains, plus the associated anxiety caused to you in this incident is likely to be seen as sufficiently serious injuries to warrant making a claim against the brewery. To add to this, you have not yet seen your eye specialist and must be concerned about any possible impact that this incident has had on your recovery to your eye problem. You should definitely report your anxiety on both counts to your GP.

      We would be very happy to further investigate your claim against the brewery. You may prefer to liaise directly with the brewery to see if you can reach a satisfactory outcome, but our advice would always be to speak with a specialist personal injury Solicitor before agreeing any settlement as it is unlikely that you would be adequately compensated by dealing with the insurers directly.

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      • Annette robbins

        Thank you so much for your reply I really appreciate you taking the time to get in touch.
        Would I be able to have a phone call free of charge from a solicitor? I would like to have a modest settlement with the brewery but would love the advice from a solicitor before negotiating with them.

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        • Ian Morris

          Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can arrange for you to have a brief chat with one of our partner Solicitors.

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    • Shah

      Hi my brother had a accident 10 years ago. A police car hit him on the road. We went solicitor but they said we need to do a case. But I was young and my mum wasn’t very knowledgeable about these. From then he had a mental health. Do I have a claim?

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      • Ian Morris

        If you are now over the age of 21 years, you would not be entitled to take any action in this matter. The law is strict when it comes to how long you have to make a claim for compensation and that is a maximum of 3-years from the date of an accident for any person ages 18 or older. For those under the age of 18 at the time of an accident, the law allows them until their 21st Birthday to make a claim.

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