Definition of accident


The Health and Safety Executive’s definition of accident is “an undesired circumstance which gives rise to ill health, injury, damage, production losses or increased liabilities.” If you have suffered ill health or injury due to an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering.

The definition of accident given above does not highlight the involvement of a negligent third party, but many accident victims are not to blame for the injuries they have suffered. In many cases, it is found that the accident happened due to the negligence of someone else, whether that is an employer who does not adhere to health and safety regulations or a motorist driving without due care and attention.

Using the definition of accident to decide eligibility

As stated above, “an undesired circumstance which gives rise to ill health, injury…” is part of the definition of accident used by the Health and Safety Executive, but to establish whether you have a legitimate claim for compensation there are three general criteria that must be met:

  • The accident should have happened within the last three years;
  • You must not have been to blame for the accident; and
  • Medical treatment should have been received following the accident.

If you think you have a legitimate claim, give our 24-hour helpline a call on 0800 689 0500, and our knowledgeable advisors will confirm your eligibility and offer you an estimate of the amount of compensation you could receive.

The next steps

If you choose to go ahead with a claim, we will put you in touch with our best legal expert to handle your claim. Our solicitors are all experts in the field of personal injury law and operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis, which means that you can start a claim without paying a penny upfront. Any out-of-pocket expenses can also be reclaimed by your solicitor, so if you need to pay for car parking charges or public transport, for example, just keep the receipts as proof of your costs.

Understanding the definition of accident will help you to decide whether making a claim is the right course of action for you. It’s not for everyone, but if you do pursue a claim with us you will have the support of one of the finest law firms in the UK. Our patron is consumer rights champion, Dame Esther Rantzen, who fully endorses our service, and the fact that our work is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority should give you peace of mind that we are an ethical company working with your best interests at heart.

So, to find out whether you have a legitimate claim and get an estimate of the compensation you might receive, call our helpful advisors today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.

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