In the eyes of the law, a personal injury that can be raised as a valid claim only has to fall under a simple condition – proof that the pain and suffering of the person or persons resulted from the negligence of another. In that sense, it doesn’t really matter what circumstances your injury falls under.
The burden of proof to accurately identify someone at fault is all a court really needs to see, and typically all a defendant might need to see to not pursue fighting against a claim most times. With over 90% of claims being settled outside of court, the reality is that if the evidence is strong enough, you’ll never even set foot in a courtroom.
There are a set of much more common personal injury claims that occur thousands of times a year. You can seek specialist support for them, and lawyers who have handled many similar cases throughout their careers. Understanding some of these common claims, and the underlying priorities you as a claimant should have for them can be invaluable should you suffer some everyday misfortune.
Road accidents are one of the most common types of injury claims, with some studies showing up to 80% of claims are related to accidents whilst driving or on highways. In any claim, evidence like video footage or photos can be incredibly helpful in justifying your version of events.
The difficulty with road accidents is that both road cameras and attaining photos is rarely guaranteed depending on where you are on a stretch of road. Communicating with authorities and attending medical teams at the scene can be a route to getting hold of these sorts of evidence.
Something else to consider is that there are plenty of other people on the road beyond drivers. Under most highway codes, if you’re walking by a road, riding as a passenger, using a bicycle or motorbike, riding a horse, or any other alternative form of transport, you’ll fall under a definition known as a ‘vulnerable’ road user. This can mean changing the type of claim you’re making and contains different rights that apply to you as a vulnerable claimant, so picking a specialist road accident lawyer is a good choice.
Accidents in the workplace
Some industries, like industrial, construction, or manufacturing, are often tied to injuries in the workplace, for obvious reasons. However, office workers are still potentially able to suffer pain and suffering like back strains if their workstations aren’t sufficiently prepared for extensive use.
In a simple sense, your employer owes you a duty of care to carry out your job without risk of injury, outside of your own actions. Just under 10% of claims relate to workplace accidents and the most difficult part of these claims is the relationship to your employer that, naturally, is now likely to be strained. Courts will want to award compensation to cover all forms of suffering, including lost, potential earnings. These sorts of cases can take longer to resolve if an employer – and a typically larger set of resources – choose to fight a claim