Here at No Win No Fee Solicitors Co, we devote our time and energy to providing you with impartial advice that you can trust on a range of legal matters. 

Across our site, you can find free information on everything from the personal injury claims process to No Win No Fee agreements.

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We delve into detail on specific legal issues too, like the evidence needed to prove a claim and your legal rights if you’ve been injured at work, on the road or in a public space. 

If you have any questions at all when reading any of our guides, please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information. You can reach us by:

  • Calling the number at the top of this page
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  • Or chat with us now using our free live chat service

We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Our dedicated team of advisers will answer your queries and discuss your potential case with you. 

If they can see that you have good prospects of success, they can offer to connect you with our panel of personal injury solicitors, specialists in their field with decades of experience behind them. And determined to get you the justice and compensation that you deserve. 

What Types Of Cases Fall Under Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law is a broad area of law. It’s underpinned by the principle of negligence, which relates to a failure to take proper care of something. This may be your welfare at work or when driving on the roads. 

To succeed in a negligence claim, it’s necessary to prove three things:

  1. That the defendant owed you a duty of care;
  2. They breached that duty of care, and;
  3. As a result, you suffered an injury, illness or some form of damage

These criteria apply to all types of personal injury law, as well as medical negligence claims too. In particular, it covers:

  • Accident at work claims – this could involve accidents caused by a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), a failure on your employers’ part to conduct proper and regular risk assessments and maintenance checks, or a failure to provide adequate training.
  • Road traffic accident claims – such incidents can impact drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. They can be caused by failing to take proper care and attention on the road, carrying out dangerous manoeuvres, or driving under the influence.
  • Accidents in public spaces, like slips, trips and falls – not dissimilar to accidents at work, public liability claims relate to the duties owed by those in control of spaces open to the public. These duties involve keeping risks of harm to a minimum, so far as reasonably possible. One example may involve a supermarket cleaning up a box of dropped eggs. A failure to do so within a reasonable timeframe, or at least to secure the hazard, could see someone slip and fall. 

Our specialist panel of solicitors are able to help with any of these types of cases on a No Win No Fee basis, so do not hesitate to get in touch. 

What Do You Need To Prove Negligence?

We mentioned in the section above the need to prove the three criteria of negligence—duty of care, breach of duty and damage. In this section, we’re going to expand upon that.

Proving that a defendant owed you a duty of care is relatively straightforward. All employers owe their employees a duty of care to keep them safe from harm so far as reasonably possible. This is a legal duty contained in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Similarly, those in control of public spaces owe their visitors a duty to reduce any risks or hazards to the lowest level reasonably possible. This is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

All road users owe a duty of care under legislation like the Road Traffic Accident 1988 and guideline documents like the Highway Code. 

Proving a breach of this duty of care is often the hardest part. This is achieved through evidence. 

For example, in an accident at work claim, it will be necessary to establish that your employer failed to provide adequate training to a colleague who caused you harm by hitting you with a forklift truck they were operating. This can be proven by obtaining training records from your employer. 

So if you’re thinking of making a claim, the types of evidence that can really help your case include:

  • Photographs of the scene or the cause of the accident
  • The contact information of any witnesses to the accident
  • Records from any accident report book
  • Medical notes

If you need any help gathering evidence, please get in touch. We’d be happy to talk it through with you, and there won’t be any obligation on your part to proceed with a claim.

What Is The Personal Injury Claims Time Limit?

Personal injury claims, as well as medical negligence claims, have a set time in which the case can be made. This is contained in the Limitation Act 1980.

Here’s a breakdown of the rules:

  • You have 3 years from the date of the accident to issue court proceedings
  • In some cases, the date of the accident may not be the best time limit to go by, such as in industrial disease cases involving asbestos-related illnesses. So instead, you could have 3 years from the date you obtained knowledge that the accident at least partially caused you harm
  • In cases involving those under the age of 18, the time limit will be frozen until the injured person turns 18. They would then have 3 years from the date they turn 18 to make a claim. However, a litigation friend can make a claim on their behalf before this time. 
  • If an injured person loses or lacks their mental capacity, the time limit is frozen until they regain their capacity to represent themselves and make decisions. However, a litigation friend can represent the injured person. 

You can learn more about the personal injury claims time limit in our detailed guide.

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