Around three million people suffer personal injuries every year, and in the UK alone workplace injuries and ill health cost society an estimated £13.4 billion in the years 2010 and 2011*. On a personal level, it can be a very upsetting time when you are affected by an accident. Despite the Citizens Advice Bureau saying it’s a “civil and legal right” to make a claim for an accident when it isn’t your fault, 69% of people don’t bother to do so.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has set out the five most common types of injury claims: road accidents, accidents at work, clinical negligence, work related illnesses, and trips or slips. Now that you know what the remaining 31 per cent of people are most commonly claiming compensation for, it might be helpful for you to read more about specific incidents that are the cause of these injuries. That way, if you are ever in a similar position, you’ll be more confident in going through the claims process with a company like First Personal Injury Accident Claims Solicitors.
Being involved in a road traffic accident
There are many cars, lorries and other vehicles on our roads these days, therefore it isn’t surprising to learn that accidents frequently occur. When someone hits you through no fault of your own, it is within your rights to claim compensation for a resulting injury. This is the case whether you’re a driver, passenger, cyclist, pedestrian, etc. Of course if this was to happen, you should always alert the police to the incident as well as your insurer. It is also important to see your doctor and collect as much evidence as possible.
Using unsafe machinery in the workplace
Businesses in the UK do have health and safety guidelines, but sometimes incidents can still occur that can result in serious injury or death. Manufacturing plants and factories rely on their staff to operate machinery, and if something breaks it could have devastating circumstances. The HSE is the national independent watchdog for accidents such as these so specific incidents must be reported to them even if you decide to claim compensation.
Receiving an incorrect diagnosis
If you went to the doctor or to a consultant about a health complaint, you would expect to have it properly diagnosed. In some cases, a misdiagnosis occurs which means proper treatment can’t be given for the real problem. This could result in a worsening of the condition which could have been avoided with a correct diagnosis. That’s why medical negligence is a common type of claim; it could result in long term poor health or even death when not picked up on quickly.
Slipping in the supermarket
When you’re in a public place, you expect the environment, building or flooring to be looked after and maintained. Yet mistakes occur, or problems aren’t noticed instantly; this can create hazards which ultimately can lead to accidents. Wet floors are a big culprit, sometimes caused by a leak or spillage; when they’re not cleaned up and well highlighted by a sign, you’re not to know that there is a potential danger waiting ahead.