What is considered a personal injury case?

Claiming for a personal injury

How do you know if you have a personal injury claim?


Many injuries aren’t eligible for compensation – but if your accident was someone else’s fault then you could have a personal injury claim on your hands. The most common claims come from injuries sustained in road traffic accidents and public liability claims. The Department for Work & Pensions’ Compensation Recovery Unit reported 650,019 motor-related incidences were registered and 96,067 public liability claims were registered in 2017/18 alone. 

A personal injury can be physical or psychological. If you break your leg after slipping on a spillage in a supermarket then you have suffered a physical personal injury. However, if you had a car accident and experienced depression and anxiety, then this could be classed as a psychological personal injury.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any automatic rights to compensation if you’ve suffered a personal injury. An individual or an organisation must be to blame…and you must be able to prove it.

There are three quick questions you need to ask yourself to determine whether or not you have a personal injury case:

  • Can you prove your injury with the appropriate medical evidence?
  • Is there an individual or organisation to blame? For example, a hospital, the council, a driver or a supermarket?
  • Has your injury changed the way you carry out your day-to-day life? For example, unable to work, disturbed sleep or chronic pain stopping you from carrying out daily tasks.

Examples of personal injury claims

There are a number of types of personal injury claims including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Slips, trips and falls in a public place
  • Medical negligence
  • Workplace injuries
  • Criminal offences
  • Accidents abroad (holiday injuries)
  • Faulty technology
  • Accidents in the home

Details a solicitor needs for your personal injury claim

Your solicitor will need a few details about your personal injury before you can officially make a claim. Some of the information required will include:

  • A record of how the accident happened
  • The time and date the accident happened
  • Location of the accident
  • The type of injuries you sustained
  • The medical treatment you received
  • Name and contact details of anyone else involved in the accident
  • Name and contact details of any witnesses
  • Registration numbers of vehicles involved (if applicable)

We provide a personalised experience for all customers. After our initial free telephone consultation with you, we visit you and your family at home or the hospital. We find this is the best way to get to know our clients and take care of your immediate needs. After our assessment we’ll confirm whether or not you have a claim.

Do you think you may have a personal injury case? Please call us on 0800 614 722 or request a call back here.