How to Start a Personal Injury Claim

The Step-By-Step Personal Injury Claim Process

Click the link to view our simple but informative infographic on the Personal Injury Claim Process.

Am I Eligible to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

If you are unfortunate to have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. You may make a claim regardless how minor your injuries are, and even if you are partially to blame.

The two most important criteria that MUST be met to make a personal injury claim are:

  1. Your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or rash behaviour
  2. Your accident occurred 3 years ago. If you are a minor, 3 years from when you turn 18 years old. This is a significant criterion as you may be statute barred from bringing the claim if you do not do so within 3 years from the date of accident or 3 years from when a minor turns 18 years old.

What Evidence do I Need?

The key to a successful personal injury claim is clear and compelling evidence that proves the defendant’s negligence caused your injury.

It is important to be completely honest with the evidence you provide to your solicitors as any false or misleading information can lead to a claim for fundamental dishonesty against you.

The following presents a good checklist of information/evidence to obtain:

  1. The date of the accident
  2. The time of the accident
  3. The location of the accident
  4. How the accident occurred
  5. The contact details of any witnesses
  6. The injuries sustained
  7. Name and contact details of the Defendant (the person you are making a claim against)
  8. Any financial loss you (or your family members) incurred because of the accident. This includes loss of earnings, travel expenses while attending medical appointments, medical treatment costs, any care costs either by a friend, family member or medical practitioner
  9. Vehicle information
  10. Vehicle damage (include photographs if possible)
  11. Name of your GP practice and any hospitals where you have been treated

What Medical Evidence do I need?

You should seek medical attention as soon as possible from the date of your accident. Although you may think your injuries are minor, you should still seek medical attention as some injuries are not visible such as psychological and/or whiplash injuries. The purpose of the medical assessment is to prove that your injuries sustained stemmed from the accident itself and not other factors.

Who is responsible?

It is important to note that a personal injury claim is quite wide, and the following could potentially be responsible for your accident:

  1. A driver, cyclist, motorcyclist – Road Traffic Accidents
  2. Your employer – Employers Liability / Industrial Diseases and Illnesses
  3. A hotel, cruise line, tour operator – Holiday accidents and sickness abroad claims
  4. A local authority – Slip and trip accidents in public due to poor maintenance of public areas
  5. A product manufacturer – Defective products
  6. Ministry of Defence – Military claims
  7. Criminal Injuries – Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Need Help?

Here at Law Lane Solicitors, we have the experience and expertise to advise you on your personal injury claim. If you would like to speak to one of our Personal Injury specialists, please call us on 0207 870 4870 today.


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