In the United Kingdom, hundreds of thousands of personal injury claims are processed successfully every year. Insurers set aside tens of millions of pounds to pay compensation, and if you have had an accident that was not your fault, you could be owed thousands. But what are the most common injury claims in the UK? Here are the top three:
- Whiplash claims
In the UK, the most common injury claim is for whiplash. Whiplash is a debilitating injury caused by a severe jerk to the head. This damages the neck’s muscles and it can also stretch the tendons and ligaments. In the worst cases, it can result in musculoskeletal and neurological injuries as well. Whiplash is an injury usually caused road traffic accidents, and that is because a vehicle collision causes the head to move forwards, backwards and sideways sharply. Thankfully, most whiplash injuries take a few weeks to heal. If you have fallen victim to whiplash in an accident, you could be owed thousands of pounds.
- Slips, trips and falls
The second most common injury claim is for slips, trips and falls. In fact, slips, trips and falls account for over a third of all accidents in the workplace. However, they are also common on the high street. Usually, they result in only minor injuries and embarrassment, however they can result in serious injuries. Every year, thousands of people break a limb in a fall and slipping can cause one to bang their head and lose consciousness. The good news is if you have had a slip, trip or fall, you can make a claim for compensation. If you have had a slip, trip, or fall, then visit the Accident Advice Helpline site to see how much you could claim.
- Health and safety claims
Every year, over a hundred thousand people are injured in an accident at work – and that is taking out all of the slips, trips and falls. Most accidents (aside from slips, trips and falls) actually occur while using machinery and unfortunately these accidents can be incredibly serious. They can result in the loss of an entire limb, or even death. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees. Any lapse in an employer’s duty can be sufficient grounds to bring forward a personal injury claim. Your injury lawyer will ascertain who was liable for the accident and put in a strong claim for you.
So there we have it, the three most common injury claims in the UK. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, contact a law firm for free legal advice and to discover your eligibility to make a claim today.