This guide will look into the evidence needed for a personal injury claim and offer guidance on the steps to take when starting your claim. Have you suffered an injury from an accident at work, a road traffic accident or an accident in a public place? If so, then you may be entitled to compensation provided that the accident was caused by negligence.
In order to make a personal injury claim, you need to prove someone with a duty of care towards you was at fault for your injuries. We will explore this in more detail within this guide. We have also provided some examples of guideline compensation brackets for various injuries, which may help you determine how much you could be owed.
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A personal injury claim allows you to seek compensation after suffering an injury due to third-party negligence. The settlement amount you receive depends on the severity of your injuries and whether there is any lasting damage that will affect your life moving forward.
Accidents which are wholly your fault are not eligible for a personal injury claim. Strong evidence is vital to winning your case. This includes evidence showing the severity of your injuries, as well as evidence of the accident being caused by negligence.
Different types of personal injury claims can include:
- Accidents at work – Warehouse machinery malfunction accidents, injuries resulting from lack of protective equipment and slip, trip and fall accidents in office buildings caused by poor housekeeping could all form the foundation of a claim provided they were caused by negligence.
- Road traffic accidents – These can include car accidents, accidents on public transport and bike and cycle accidents.
- Accidents in public places – Shopping centre accidents, accidents in supermarkets and accidents in gyms and leisure centres could all potentially form the basis of a claim.
For more information on the evidence needed for a personal injury claim, speak with one of our advisors today.
If the duty of care is breached in your place of work and an accident occurs, you may be eligible for compensation. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines this, stating that your employer must do all reasonably possible in the workplace to keep you safe. It’s the central piece of health and safety at work legislation in Britain.
For example, the following tasks should be completed to reduce the risk of accidental injury:
- Carry out health and safety checks and risk assessments regularly
- Ensure good housekeeping is maintained
- Any safety risks must be signposted e.g., wet floor signs put up where there are spillages
- Provide all staff with relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their jobs safely
The Limitation Act 1980 states that there is a general three-year time limit to start your claim. However, exceptions apply; our team of advisors can let you know more about exactly what these exceptions are.
Our advisors can also help you understand whether you have a valid claim for compensation and tell you more about the evidence needed for a personal injury claim. If you do have a valid case, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to work on your case.
It’s important that you prove your employer or a third party is negligent in order to gain compensation. Strong evidence is needed for a personal injury claim, and this can include:
- CCTV footage of the accident
- Pictures of the scene of the accident or the hazard that caused it to occur
- A log of the accident in the workplace accident book. An accident book is legally required if your workplace has 10 or more employees.
- The contact details of witnesses that saw the incident happen
- Photographs of your injuries both after the accident and during the healing process
Keeping doctor’s notes, hospital reports and records of your prescriptions is also important to support your claim. This can further prove how damaging your injuries are, as well as the impact they’re likely to have on you in the future.
Independent medical assessments can also be significant in strengthening your claim. The report from an assessment can be used to help value your claim. If you choose to work with a lawyer from our panel, then we might be able to arrange one of these for you in your local area.
Alongside building evidence, seeking legal representation may be beneficial to you when making a claim. We discuss the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor further on in this guide. However, you can also get in touch at any point for free legal advice about the evidence needed for a personal injury claim.
Compensation can be split into two heads:
- General damages. These relate to the psychological and physical damages you sustain from the injury
- Special damages. These relate to any financial losses suffered in relation to your injuries
Legal professionals use a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to value claims. This is a set of guideline compensation ranges for a number of different injuries. Here are some examples from the JCG brackets in the table below:
|Amputation of Both Arms||£240,790 - £300,000||The effect reduces a person to a state of considerable helplessness|
|Amputation of one arm (i)||Not less than £137,160||Amputation at the shoulder|
|Amputation of one arm (ii)||£109,650 - £130,930||Amputation above the elbow|
|Amputation of one arm (iii)||£96,160 - £109,650||Below-elbow amputation|
|Severe arm injuries||£96,160 - £130,930||Extremely serious injuries such as brachial plexus|
|Injuries Resulting in Permanent Arm Disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||Serious fractures to both or one forearm with residual disability|
|Loss of Both Legs||£240,790 - £282,010||Both legs lost above the knee. Amount varies on phantom pain, the success of prosthetics and degenerative changes in hips and spine|
|Below-Knee Amputation of Both Legs||£201,490 - £270,100||Award depends on the severity of phantom pains, side effects such as backache and associated psychological problems|
|Severe Leg Injuries (i)||£96,250 - £135,920||Includes extensive degloving of the leg, fractures not uniting and extensive bone grafting|
|Severe Leg Injuries (ii)||£54,830 - £87,890||Injuries lead to permanent mobility issues, extensive treatment and serious deformity|
Special damages can include things like a loss of earnings, the cost of care and the cost of medication and other medical treatments. You will need to provide evidence, such as invoices and receipts, to show how much you have spent.
For a more accurate understanding of what your claim could be worth, contact us today. If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
No Win No Fee agreements allow you to experience the benefits of legal representation without any upfront fees. There’s also nothing to pay as they work on your claim.
If you are awarded compensation, you will pay a success fee to your lawyer. This is legally capped and comes from your awarded compensation settlement. However, your No Win No Fee solicitor will discuss this with you before you commit to a conditional fee agreement.
Our advisors can connect you to a solicitor if they believe your claim has a chance at success, and all the lawyers on our panel can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. Contact our team today for more information on funding legal representation through a No Win No Fee agreement.
To take the first steps to make your claim, you can contact our advisors. They are available to offer free legal advice at any time that suits you. You can get in touch through the following details:
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If you still need more information regarding the evidence needed for a personal injury claim, we’ve included more useful guides and websites attached below.
Learn More About Evidence In Personal Injury Claims
We’ve included the below resources from other sites:
The NHS have medical advice if you suffer from a broken arm or wrist.
Support regarding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is available on the government website.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers guidance on reducing accidental injury.
We’ve also included links to more guides from our website that may help you with your claim:
Thank you for reading this guide discussing the evidence needed for a personal injury claim. We hope it has been of use to you in starting your claims process.
Writer Jess Angler
Publisher Fern Stringer