Types of claims
- Accidents at work
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Public Liability Claims
- Faulty/dangerous products
- Medical/Clinical Negligence
- Industrial Disease
- Accidents on holiday
- Accidents with animals
- Hazardous substance claims
- Other accidents
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
This can be a claim that arises when you have been injured in a road traffic accident that involves a motor vehicle and you are not at fault. 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). It can also include a claim by an injured cyclist, motor cyclist or pedestrian. Read more
Public liability claims
These claims arise out of accidents occurring on public property and can include the following:
- Trip on an uneven pavement or road.
- Slip in a shop or restaurant or other 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.
Claims arising from the use of faulty or dangerous products
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.
- Or by using vibrating tools.
Your employer owes you a duty of care and compensation can be claimed wither directly from them or their insurers if your employment was years ago and they are no longer trading. Read more.
Accidents whilst on holiday
This type of claim can arise if you have had an accident or developed an illness whilst on holiday either in the UK or abroad. If your accident occurred whilst you were on holiday abroad, if your holiday is classed as a Package holiday in accordance with the regulations, you may still have a claim in UK Law.
Accidents involving animals
This type of claim can arise 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 then you should visit our back injury claims page;
- if you have injured yourself at the gym due to the use of defective equipment.