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We work in partnership with National Accident Helpline, the UK's leading personal injury experts.

Personal Injury Types

Anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence is entitled to make a compensation claim. Some of the most common situations leading to a personal injury claim include road traffic accidents, accidents at work, medical negligence, accidents in public and criminal assaults.

Your injuries do not have to be devastating and life-changing to have a valid case, but they cannot be as minor as stubbing your toe. In this guide, we have outlined some of the most common injury types that solicitors handle on behalf of claimants.

If you would like to start a claim or learn more about your right to compensation, call 0800 678 1410 today or request a callback. You will receive a free consultation with a friendly legal adviser, which is provided with no obligation to proceed. If you have a valid claim, you will be connected with an experienced no win no fee solicitor who will help you claim the compensation you deserve.

What are the most common types of injuries in personal injury claims?

Over the years, we have helped people claim compensation for a wide range of different injuries and illnesses. Some of the most common types of injury for which you could claim compensation include:

Soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries, such as strains, sprains and whiplash, can result from various accidents, including road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, and sports trauma. These can also develop over time due to overuse, repetitive motions and awkward postures. They often cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility and take several months to recover. Examples of soft tissue injury claims include:

Fractures and broken bones

Fractures and broken bone injuries are common in accidents involving falls from heights, vehicle collisions, accidents in public and workplace accidents. Broken bones can vary in severity from minor fractures that require minimal treatment to multiple breaks that need surgery and long-term rehabilitation. Severe fractures can cause long-term pain and mobility issues. Some examples of broken bone compensation claims include:

Back and spinal cord injuries

Various accidents, such as pedestrian accidents, bus accidents, falls, and accidents at work, can cause back and spine injuries. These can range from mild sprains and strains to slipped discs and spinal cord trauma. Based on their severity, back injuries can heal within several weeks or months or cause long-term chronic pain, loss of sensation and mobility issues. Related claims include:

Head and brain injuries

Head injuries can range from minor cuts and bumps to concussions, skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries. These can be due to trauma following a road accident, workplace accident, criminal assault or fall. Brain injuries can lead to long-lasting cognitive, behavioural, and physical impairments, affecting the victim’s ability to work, communicate and perform daily tasks. Examples of personal injury claims include:

Upper and lower limb injuries

These encompass a wide range of injuries that affect the legs or arms, ranging from minor cuts and lacerations to severe fractures and amputations. Based on their severity, these can cause pain, mobility issues, disability and loss of function, affecting your ability to work and engage in daily activities. You can find more information about claims related to limb injuries by visiting the following pages:

Burn injuries

Burn injuries can result from fires, explosions, chemical exposure, electrical accidents, and hot liquid spills. They can vary widely in severity, from superficial injuries that only affect the skin’s outer layer and heal completely to full-thickness burns that extend into the underlying tissues, such as fat, muscle, or bone. Burns can cause severe pain, scarring, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. In the most severe cases, they will require amputation of the affected body part. Related claims include:

Industrial injuries

Industrial injuries can result from exposure to hazardous substances or unsafe working conditions, such as asbestos, dangerous chemicals, heavy machinery, vibrating tools and manual handling. These can cause ongoing pain, mobility issues, chronic health problems, disability and premature death, leading to compensation claims against employers. The different types of personal injury claims you can make if your employer has failed to protect your health and safety include the following:

Psychological injuries

Psychological and emotional injuries can result from traumatic events, such as severe accidents, assaults, medical negligence and abuse. They can have profound effects on a person’s mental health, relationships, workplace and ability to function in daily life. Compensation claims for psychological injuries include:

Facial injuries

Facial injuries encompass a wide range of traumas affecting the structures of the face, including the skin, soft tissues, eyes, bones, and teeth. They can result from various causes, such as accidents, falls, assaults, sports injuries, and medical conditions. Depending on their severity, facial injuries can have a significant physical, emotional, and functional impact. Related claims include:

Medical injuries

Medical injuries refer to harm or adverse outcomes resulting from substandard medical care and treatment. These can be due to medication errors, surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, infections acquired in healthcare settings and other types of negligence. Compensation claims for medical injuries include:

Fatal injuries

Fatal injuries can occur in various contexts, such as road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, medical errors, falls and criminal assaults. They have devastating effects on the victim’s families, causing emotional distress, financial hardship and loss of services and companionship, which can be claimed by any dependents of the deceased. You can read more about making a claim for wrongful death by following the link below:

These and other injuries could entitle you to make a compensation claim if they were at least partially caused by someone else’s negligence. To learn more about the claims process, please refer to the section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the section below, we have answered some of the most common questions we receive from people who want to start a claim for compensation following a personal injury. For more information about personal injury types or to start a claim, please call 0800 678 1410 or use our claim form to request a call back.

Will I need to have my injuries assessed by a doctor?

When you make a personal injury claim, your solicitor will usually arrange a free medical assessment on your behalf. That could be with a dentist, a neurologist, a cardiologist, or another type of specialist. They will request a copy of your medical records from your GP or the hospital that treated you to get a full understanding of your condition and the treatments you received.

The medical examiner will also ask you about the events that caused your harm and verify that they are consistent with your symptoms. Giving them accurate information about your injury without minimising or exaggerating your symptoms is essential.

The assessment will typically take around 20-30 minutes, at the end of which the medical specialist will determine:

  • How long it will take for you to recover;
  • Whether there is any long-lasting or permanent damage;
  • Your future care and rehabilitation needs.

This medical assessment is essential to support your claim and calculate a fair compensation award for your pain and suffering.

How is compensation calculated?

The compensation for a personal injury is calculated based on two types of damages:

  • General damages cover the pain, suffering and loss of amenities caused by the harm you suffered. Examples include physical pain, emotional distress, lowered quality of life and inability to pursue a hobby. General damages are based on expert medical evidence and statements from you and your loved ones, and their value is assessed according to the guidelines of the Judicial College.
  • Special damages cover the financial losses and out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to the injury, such as private treatments, care costs, lost wages, and future medical needs. They are easier to calculate and are based on physical evidence like receipts, medical bills, payslips, and invoices.

Can I claim for multiple injuries?

Yes, your solicitor will include all your injuries in your compensation claim. For example, these could be a head injury and a fractured bone after falling from a height or whiplash, spinal damage and PTSD following a road accident. While all your injuries will be included in your claim, it is essential to understand how the compensation award for them will be calculated.

You might think that your solicitor will calculate each individual injury and then add their values together, but that is not the case. Instead, they will first calculate the most severe injury and then add an additional amount for the other less severe injuries. Looking at the examples above, if you suffered a severe brain injury valued at £150,00 and a fracture valued at £25,000, your claim could be settled at £165,000.

What is the time limit to start a claim?

The time limit to start a compensation claim is typically three years under the Limitation Act 1980, starting from:

  • The date of the accident that led to your injuries; or
  • The date your condition was diagnosed (date of knowledge).

If you do not start your claim within this timeframe, it will become statute-barred, and the court will no longer accept it. Different time limits may apply in the following situations:

  • With child injury claims, the three years begin on the child’s 18th birthday. Before that, a suitable adult could seek compensation for the child at any time.
  • There is no time limit if the claimant lacks their mental capacity due to a brain injury or another condition like PTSD, Down syndrome or Alzheimer’s.
  • There is a two-year time limit to start a criminal injury claim through the CICA.

How will my injuries impact the claims process?

The type and severity of your injuries can impact a personal injury claim in several ways. Some examples include:

  • They will determine the amount of compensation you can receive for general damages – the more severe your injuries, the more you will receive for pain and suffering;
  • They will affect the award for special damages – more severe injuries require more extensive treatment and will result in more lost income and other expenses;
  • The time it takes to recover will impact the timeframe of the claim – your solicitor cannot begin to negotiate your compensation until they know the full extent of your injuries;
  • They will determine the complexity of your case – multiple injuries or injuries that have a long-term impact on your life will take longer to assess and negotiate compensation for.

Can I claim if I have a pre-existing condition?

If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can make a claim even if you suffer from a pre-existing condition such as chronic back pain, a previous fracture or a repetitive strain injury. In such cases, you can still claim damages for the additional harm caused to you.

Your solicitor will consult with medical experts to determine the extent to which your chronic injury or illness was aggravated by the accident. It is essential to disclose any pre-existing conditions before starting your case. If you fail to do so and they are later discovered, it could substantially impact the strength of your case.

To learn more about the injury types for which you can claim compensation, get in touch with us today by calling 0800 678 1410 today or entering your details here to request a call back. You will receive a free consultation with a legal adviser who can help you claim on a no win no fee basis.

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