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Personal Injury and Industrial Illness - claims and compensation

Personal injury covers any type of injury you may suffer, whether it’s a road traffic collision, in the workplace, on private property, or in a public setting in England and Wales or abroad. 

These injuries can range from the more minor, where there is a quick recovery, to life changing injuries – such as losing a limb or suffering a spinal cord or brain injury. However severe your injuries and wherever they were sustained, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim.

For injuries that occurred in a healthcare setting, please speak to our specialist medical negligence team.

Personal injury claims can involve physical and/or psychological conditions, when someone else is at fault for causing the injury. These injuries could arise from various circumstances, such as hitting a pothole when riding your bike due to the Highway Authority’s poor road maintenance, or whilst operating dangerous machinery at work where your employer failed to provide the proper training or safety equipment. 

At Leigh Day, our specialist personal injury lawyers act on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries that were not their fault. The department has a number of specialist teams, with the relevant experience and expertise to deal with specific injury claims.  

Ready to talk? Contact our specialist team of personal injury solicitors to discuss your case. Call 0800 6895854 or

What can you make a personal injury claim for?

You can bring a claim for almost any type of injury suffered that was caused by the fault of another party. It must be provable that the accident or incident that caused your physical and/or psychological injury was due to someone else’s fault.

The workplace is a common setting for many injuries. Workplaces within the construction and manufacturing industries - where heavy machinery and vehicles are commonly present - can prove a greater risk for injury. However, you can also make a claim for an injury sustained in an office environment.

Road traffic collisions and cycling incidents are some of the most common reasons for personal injury claims. Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, injuries sustained due to the negligence of other road users are usually grounds to make a claim. 

Types of personal injury

Personal injuries vary from having a minor impact on your life to significantly affecting your future. They can involve physical or psychological conditions. Some of the common injuries people make claims for include:
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Illness and disease
  • Psychological conditions

The causes of a personal injury can also vary greatly. It could be the direct result of another individual’s action – such as a road traffic collision – or the negligence / breach of statutory duty of an organisation, such as when defective equipment or safety policies result in injuries. 

Specialist areas of personal injury

At Leigh Day, we have specialist departments to represent those with different types of claims:
  • Asbestos – Recovering damages for individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, often due to exposure at work. 
  • Industrial illness and diseases – Representing people who have developed illness and diseases due to exposure to toxic or other dangerous substances at work. 
  • Cycling incidents – Handling claims for amateur and professional cyclists, including British Cycling and British Triathlon members.
  • Serious and fatal injuries – Covering the most serious injuries and fatal claims, wherever the injuries have occurred.
  • Road traffic collisions – Acting for victims involved in all types of road traffic collisions 
  • Workplace incidents – Specialising in a wide range of workplace injury claims. This includes helping those who have suffered injuries or fatalities due to inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their job.

Making a personal injury claim

To start a claim, contact our team of personal injury solicitors for a free initial consultation. They will listen to the details of your case, ask relevant questions in confidence for further information and assess whether you have a claim. Then they can offer advice on the next steps to progress your claim with Leigh Day.   

Before agreeing to take a claim forward, we will explain fully how your claim is funded. We will always advise you on the best way of funding your case. 

Many of our cases are taken on a No Win, No Fee basis and some are covered through home or other insurance, which may contain legal cover.

Who can make a claim?

Anyone who has been injured due to the fault of someone else, whether at work, in a road traffic collision, or in a public place for example, may be eligible to make a claim. 

You may also be a family member or carer for someone who was seriously injured and are looking after their best interests. You can make personal injury claims on behalf of:
  • Your child (under the age of 18); 
  • A loved one who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves;
  • The Estate or dependents of someone who passed away from their injuries.

Your claim will be against the individual or organisation responsible for the negligence and/or breach of statutory duty that resulted in your injuries. This will depend on the specifics of your case, the location where the injuries were sustained and the individuals involved. 

Often personal injury claims are brought against an employer, the local council or another road user. We will advise you who your claim should be made against and the appropriate steps to take. 

How long do you have to make a claim?

The time limit for a personal injury claim is usually three years from when you were injured or the date of a disease diagnosis. 

Some of our clients are considered Protected Parties where they have lost mental capacity to manage the litigation themselves. Special rules apply to time limits for children and Protected Parties.  
We have specialist personal injury lawyers who have experience representing children and those who lack capacity.

What do you need to make a claim?

To build your case and improve your chances of a successful claim, your personal injury lawyer will require supporting evidence. This will be used to prove the circumstances of an incident, the nature and prognosis of the injuries sustained and to determine who is responsible for the injuries caused. Supporting evidence can include:  
  • Medical records;
  • Police or HSE reports;
  • Photographs of the injuries sustained;
  • Witness statements – for example, from people who saw the incident, workplace colleagues and friends and family who have seen the impact of the injuries; 
  • Safety policy documents or equipment;
  • Maps or images of the incident location;
  • Financial records.

Speak to a personal injury lawyer today:
  • Call 0800 6895854 and talk to one of our team about your claim or


Personal injury compensation

Generally, the more severe your injuries and the greater impact they have on your daily life, the larger the amount of personal injury compensation you can expect to receive. 

You may be entitled to compensation for an injury to support your rehabilitation, cover the costs of any significant changes to your lifestyle, and for any pain and suffering you experience. 

Our team focuses on securing you a fair amount and can help with interim payments where required. Personal injury compensation is meant to put a person back into the position they were in prior to their injury (in so far as money can do so). It includes (but is not limited to) damages for the following:
  • Loss of earnings – whether temporary due to time off recovering or permanent with a loss of your livelihood.
  • Rehabilitation costs – including medication, therapy and other treatment.
  • Specialist equipment and care – to support your recovery or permanent life changes after an injury, such as requiring a wheelchair.
  • Accommodation – this could include needing to extend or adapt a property or having to move house as a result of your condition.
  • Expenses – the costs of travel to and from therapy sessions, hospital and any other related appointments.
  • Replacement equipment – any equipment, clothing or other items damaged as a result of an incident – such as your bicycle.
  • Funeral costs – in cases where a loved one has died from their injuries. 

Why Leigh Day?

Personal injury claims can be complex. People who have been seriously injured need legal support throughout their rehabilitation and as early as possible. At Leigh Day, our teams of specialist personal injury solicitors in Manchester and London will fight to obtain early interim payments to avoid you suffering financial hardship, on top of everything else you and your family are going through. 
We have been consistently rated in the top tier by the independent legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our reputation as specialists with significant experience in this field.  
For more than 30 years, our firm has specialised in the more complex areas of personal injury law, focusing our efforts on achieving justice for our clients.  

Contact Leigh Day to discuss any personal injury claims. Call 0800 6895854 or


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