What are the main areas of accident claim compensation?
Road traffic accidents
These are the commonest causes of personal injury and prompts for accident claim compensation. Top of the list is whiplash. Whiplash injuries have proliferated to the extent that they have visibly driven up the cost of annual insurance premiums, which fact has acted as a driver of the changes in accident claim compensation law in the UK as of 1st April. After whiplash, the commonest injuries are broken limbs, damage to soft tissue and head injuries, ranging from mild concussion to more serious injuries.
Accidents at work
The most dangerous places to work in the UK are on building sites and the biggest cause of accident claim compensation is from falling from a height, understandable when working on scaffolding and ladders. The next most common is being hit by moving plant or machinery and after that slips, trips and falls, which is why we now have the fashion for those yellow triangle A-boards that cleaners carry round on their trolleys.
Accidents in a public place
Again, a slip, trip or fall over a loose paving stone or a dislodged drain, or a wet floor, is the commonest prompt of accident claim compensation from an incident in a public place.
Criminal injuries compensation
It is still possible to apply to claim compensation for an injury resulting from a violent crime, although in April, changes to eligibility come into force and it would be wise to check out the new rules. To submit the claim, the victim needs to present
The unique police reference number
The contact details of the doctor who treated you (if injured)
The name of the attacker (if known)
The date of any court case (if known)
Victim Support is a charity that offers support and advice for victims of crime.
If you have been injured and it was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss what happened to you and to start your accident claim compensation today. Take the 30-second online test or call us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: March 12, 2013
Author: David Brown