A claim for compensation can arise from numerous types of accidents. The following are just some of the types of accidents which could give rise to a claim if you are injured and someone else was fully or even partly to blame.
Accidents at Work
Your employer is under a duty to provide a safe workplace, a safe system of work, adequate materials and equipment, competent work colleagues, training and supervision. There are Health and Safety Regulations which impose duties on your employers in a number of areas to help ensure a safe working environment and if your employer breaches their duties towards you, then you may have a claim for compensation. Read more.
Road Traffic Accidents
Unfortunately, road traffic accidents happen every day, even if you are the safest driver you could be involved in a road traffic accident. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that involves a motor vehicle and you are not at fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It could be a claim by the driver of a motor vehicle, a passenger in a motor vehicle (including a claim against the driver of the vehicle in which he or she was a passenger). You could also include a claim by an injured cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.
Public Liability Claims
You could claim compensation if you are injured in an accident occurring on public property. Public liability claims include the following:
- Trip on an uneven pavement or road
- Slip in a shop or restaurant or another public place, on water or any other type of spillage
- Injuries caused by objects falling from a shelf in a shop
- Injuries as a result of a seat you were sitting on in a restaurant or hotel collapsing
Faulty or Dangerous Products Claims
The Consumer Protection Act 1987 states that whenever a product is sold to consumers it must be safe for its intended use. You may have sustained injuries as a result of using a defective or dangerous product, for example:
- Injuries due to a car accident caused by you having purchased a car with defective brakes.
- Injuries to your teeth as a result of biting into a pre-packed sandwich which contained a piece of plastic in it.
- Lacerations caused by cutting yourself on a sharp unfinished edge on a tin of food or a defective bottle. Read more.
If you receive negligent medical, dental, nursing or midwifery treatment you could be entitled to compensation. Our in-house doctor can provide immediate expert advice on whether you have a claim for compensation. Read more.
Industrial Disease Claims
Compensation can be claimed if you develop a disease or injury as a result of your work, for example:
- As a result of exposure to asbestos
- Exposure to excessive noise
- Contact with hazardous substances
- As a result of using vibrating tools
Your employer owes you a duty of care and compensation can be claimed whether directly from them or their insurers if your employment was years ago and the company is no longer trading. Read more.
Accidents Whilst on Holiday
Accidents can happen anywhere, even when you are on holiday. If you have had an accident or developed an illness whilst on holiday either in the UK or abroad, you could claim compensation. If your accident occurred abroad, if your holiday is classed as a Package holiday in accordance with the regulations, you may have a claim in UK Law.
Accidents Involving Animals
You could make a claim for compensation if you have been injured by an animal. For example, you may have:
- been bitten by a dog
- thrown from a horse whilst attending a riding centre
- been injured by livestock whilst walking on a public footpath running through a field where farmers have permission to keep cattle
Hazardous Substance Claims
You may have suffered injuries or diseases as a result of being exposed to hazardous substances, for example, carbon monoxide poisoning whilst living in rented property.
If you have sustained an injury due to the negligence or fault of someone else a claim for compensation may arise and can include many claims that do not fall under the categories listed above. For example:
- if you have received negligent treatment at the beauty salon or hairdressers resulting in personal injury
- if you have suffered a back injury
- if you have injured yourself at the gym due to the use of defective equipment
For further information about other types of accidents, you could claim compensation for, please visit our Other Accidents page.
If you would like an estimate on how much your personal injury claim could be worth, please use our Claimometer.