Personal injury compensation in the UK is now well established for injury to people who were injured in circumstances that weren’t their fault. In the majority of cases, a medical examination and other supporting evidence provide the basis for the claim and there is precedent for the amount of compensation UK judges will award to recognised kinds of injuries. As with most things, there is a downside in that a small minority of people try to work the system and make fraudulent claims. The government has been looking at ways to reduce this, including setting minimum speed limit thresholds before whiplash can be claimed, and other ways to prevent the rise in the cost of motor insurance premiums from this problem. Britain has been dubbed the “whiplash capital of Europe” and in 2012 compensation UK courts paid compelled insurance companies to increase motor insurance premiums by £90 on average. However, despite wide consultation, it is proving difficult to establish new workable and fair rules on how compensation for whiplash might be judged.
How does compensation in the UK work?
There are many compensation providers in the UK and Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading ones. To start a claim, take our 30-second eligibility test and then provide us with some details about your injury and our panel of experts can give you an estimate of what it might be worth. Most claims are genuine, of course, and there are many precedents of successful claimants who have received compensation in the UK where organisations have paid out as a result of negligence or causing an accident to innocent people. Should you wish to proceed, we will refer you to a solicitor with the right expertise for your circumstances. All our legal partners work on a strictly no win no fee basis and we ask you for no advance payments.
How much is my injury worth?
Broadly speaking there are guidelines for common types of injuries to different parts of the body. If a claimant wishes to start a claim, and he has been injured through no fault of his own, needed medical treatment and it happened within the last three years, the next stage is to estimate the likely award that could be paid out. A common injury is a slip or a fall resulting in a sprained or broken wrist, because it is a natural reflex to put out your hands to break the fall.
How do I seek compensation for my injury?
Accident Advice Helpline has wide experience of personal injury claims and is endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and we handle over 25,000 enquiries per month. Call us now on our 24/7 helpline on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown