There are a few principles that govern all personal injury compensation claims.
In general, to be successful in a personal injury action you must show:
In other words, that someone had a responsibility to take care of you, but negligently allowed you to be hurt.
These principles have been developed by the courts over many years, but there are some areas where the Government has decided that more detailed protection is necessary, either to close a loophole in the law, or to protect a certain section of the public.
The most widely known of these type of rules is the Health & Safety legislation, brought in to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace.
A more recent example is the Pleural Plaques Act, which was brought in by the Scottish Government to ensure that people who are diagnosed with pleural plaques, as a result of negligent exposure to asbestos, are entitled to raise an action for damages.
Other areas where special regulations apply include:
If you need advice about making a claim, our personal injury compensation solicitors will be happy to advise you. Just give us a call on 0800 0891 331 or complete the form below.