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Injury Claim Compensation: Rise In UK Cases Causes Concern At NHS, AA, LGA

By Fred Givens

In the last few years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases of personal injury claim being dealt with by UK courts. Many UK people will be involved in a painful and debilitating accident every year. They may be hurt in a car crash, injured at work, or a victim of negligence in hospital. They may just fall while walking to the shops.

UK wide organizations including Local Government Association, NHS and Automobile Association (AA) have all expressed concern about the rise in personal injury compensation claims.

Some people in the UK say that there is a growing compensation culture. They say victims of fairly minor injuries are now making claims. Unscrupulous firms of no-win no-fee accident lawyers encourage victims with minor back pain or whiplash to make inflated claims. Is this a valid concern?

Or is it simply that, at last, the legal profession and the courts are now making it possible for innocent victims of accidents to get the compensation they deserve? Victims who often have suffered from other negligence including careless driving, medical negligence and lack of proper safety procedures on work-sites.

According to Inside Out (a BBC TV program) councils in the West Midlands dealt with over 35,000 claims in just five years. The councils paid out damages amounting to 60 million pounds. One lady claimed for very severe injuries to her young son. The three week old child had suffered a skull fracture and a hemorrhage when his mother tripped over a broken paving slab. The council had to pay 3,500 pounds. And they had to repair the paving slab.

Other payouts in the same council area were 8,200 pounds, 10,395 pounds and 15,728 pounds. Interestingly the injuries in the other cases were less severe than those suffered by the child, but as the victims were adults their injury claim can include an element for loss of earnings.

Compensation claims can also follow on from workplace accidents. By law employers are responsible for the safety of employees and site visitors. In an accident the fault may lie with supervisors, colleagues or simply inadequate training. One man fell and hurt his lower back. He was awarded 32,000 pounds damages. He had only received one week of training for his job operating a machine. Another man had back strain, caused by lifting heavy bags of coins. He received 13,500 pounds.

Other sectors of the economy are also affected. In January the AA reported a year-on-year increase of 18.7% in comprehensive insurance premiums. The representative claimed that insurers were struggling to cope with increased settlement costs and personal injury claims. Many people were now willing to pursue claims for minor injuries such as mild whiplash pain which in the past they would not have bothered claiming for. People were encouraged to do this by injury claim lawyers whose marketing emphasizes that the full legal costs would be met by the insurer.

In the UK now there are many such lawyer firms. They advertise that they can help win damages for people who suffer accident injury that was not their fault. Usually there is a free advice line which the accident victim can call. The firms will take these cases on a no-win no-fee basis if they believe their client has a good case. Under the usual arrangements any legal fees get awarded against the defendant so the claimant gets to keep all the damages awarded.

You can get important information on the steps you need to take to file a personal injury claim today. When you have an injury claim, working with a professional who has expertise and knowledge in your type of injury will help you to resolve the matter quickly!

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Givens, Fred "Injury Claim Compensation: Rise In UK Cases Causes Concern At NHS, AA, LGA." Injury Claim Compensation: Rise In UK Cases Causes Concern At NHS, AA, LGA. 30 Jun. 2010. 15 Feb 2016 <>.

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Givens, F (2010, June 30). Injury Claim Compensation: Rise In UK Cases Causes Concern At NHS, AA, LGA. Retrieved February 15, 2016, from

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