If you’re looking to make a personal injury claim in the United Kingdom, you’ll find that the law is a little different from elsewhere. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to show you some of the rules you’ll have to look out for.
Personal injury claim in the United Kingdom
In the UK you will be liable to claim for an accident in those circumstances in which you have suffered an injury which was not your fault. Beyond that though there are still some things to consider that might, in the end, complicate the issue.
The first is the nature of the injury. There are all sorts of strange stories of people, especially in the States who have suffered minor scrapes and still managed to claim millions in compensation. It’s the kind of thing that will really get the Daily Mail up in arms, but in the UK that should not be the case. You will have to have been hurt badly enough to require medical attention, so stubbed toes or standing on plugs – although painful – are out of the question.
Finally, as soon as you know about the injury the clock will start ticking because the rules surrounding a personal injury claim in United Kingdom law place a maximum three year limit on making any claim.
That means you have three years from the point of knowledge at which you understand the implications of the injury to make a decision about whether or not you want to go forward with a claim.
Differences within the UK
However, there are even some differences within the UK itself as different areas often take a slightly different approach to the actual process of making a claim. In Scotland, for example, the payment structure – in other words the percentage of your compensation that goes to the lawyer – tends to be more rigid than in England or Wales with the result that many claims specialists from England and Wales refuse to work on claims based in Scotland.
Paying for your lawyer
That point kind of moves us onto the sticky question of cost. Until the late 1990s, legal aid was available for people who wanted to make a claim, but that is not the case now. These days, if you decide you want to make a claim you’ll have to pay for it yourself.
To address this at Accident Advice Helpline we decided to offer no win no fee as standard for everyone who works with us. This meant that whatever happens we can work with you on the basis of no win no fee to minimise the risk of making a claim.
To find out more about how to make a personal injury claim in the United Kingdom, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.
Date Published: 18th March 2014
Author: David Brown