How To Sue A Company For Negligence

Would you like to know whether you could sue a company for negligence? Have you been injured at work or in public place? Has a healthcare professional breached their duty of care to you? If so, this guide on personal injury/medical negligence claims may provide you with beneficial information. 

Within this guide, we will cover what evidence you may need to make a successful claim. Furthermore, we will look at what kind of compensation you could receive for various injuries. Additionally, we will discuss how a solicitor from our panel may be able to help you on a No Win No Fee basis.

How To Sue A Company For Negligence Claims Guide

How To Sue A Company For Negligence Claims Guide

We aim to cover what you need to know about making a claim within this guide. However, if you have any questions after reading, we can help. Our advisors are available 24/7 to provide you with free legal advice about your claim.

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  1. How To Sue A Company For Negligence
  2. What Evidence Do I Need To Sue A Company For Negligence?
  3. Injury Payout Examples For The UK
  4. How To Sue A Company For Negligence With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  5. Ask Our Team About Suing A Company For Negligence And Get Advice About Your Claim
  6. Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

How To Sue A Company For Negligence

In order to sue a company for negligence, you must prove that because they breached their duty of care to you, you were injured. But what duty of care do various organisations owe you?

Accidents at Work: 

Per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), your employer owes you a duty of care in the workplace and when performing work-related duties. They must do all they reasonably can to prevent accidents from happening. They could do this by performing regular risk assessments and maintenance checks on equipment. An example of how an accident at work could happen due to your employer breaching their duty of care is:

  • Your employer has not replaced or repaired the defective bannister on the main stairwell. As a result, you fall down the stairs when the bannister completely comes away from the wall. You suffer a broken forearm and a broken finger.

Medical Negligence: 

All medical professionals must ensure that they are providing their patients with the correct standard of care to avoid unnecessary harm. If your medical practitioner were to act negligently, you could become avoidably harmed, for example:

  • A doctor prescribes you some medication that contains something you’re allergic to, and they were aware of this allergy. You then suffer a severe allergic reaction.

Public Place Accidents: 

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that anyone who is in control of a public space must do all that they reasonably can to keep members of the public safe whilst on their property. Your local council is considered an ‘occupier’ as they are in control of public spaces such as parks and footpaths. An example of how they could breach their duty of care to you is:

  • Your child is injured on a broken swing in a public park. It is later found out that the defective swing had been reported many times by members of the public but had still not been fixed. Your child suffers a broken ankle and broken foot injury as a result.

No matter who or what organisation you are making a claim against, you will need to prove that they breached their duty of care to you in order to make a claim. Additionally, you then must prove that because they acted negligently, you were harmed in an accident that could have been prevented.

For more information on liability and duty of care, speak with an advisor today.

What Evidence Do I Need To Sue A Company For Negligence?

If you are going to sue a company for negligence, you will need to provide sufficient evidence proving that you were injured due to them breaching their duty of care. Some examples of evidence you could provide are:

  • Photographic evidence such as pictures of the accident scene and your injuries.
  • CCTV footage of the accident.
  • A record of your accident in an accident book (if applicable).
  • Eyewitness contact details.
  • A copy of your medical records stating your injuries.

Call our team today for more information on what evidence you may need to provide for your specific claim.

Injury Payout Examples For The UK

If you decide to sue a company for negligence, your settlement may be split into general and special damages. General damages compensate you for your physical and emotional suffering. As well as the impact the injury has had on your quality of life. Special damages compensate you for the financial losses caused by your injuries.

You will need to provide evidence of your suffering in order to successfully claim for these damages. For example, you could provide a copy of your medical records to prove your physical suffering and a copy of your bank statements to prove financial loss.

To help you gain a clearer idea of how much you could potentially receive in general damages, we have created the following table. The figures are taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), a document solicitors in England and Wales often use to help value claims. However, you should only use these figures as a guide, as how much you may receive will depend on your specific claim.

Injury SeverityAmount
Brain and Head InjuryModerate (iii)£43,060 to £90,720
Brain and Head InjuryMinor£2,210 to £12,770
Foot InjuriesSevere£41,970 to £70,030
Other Arm InjuriesSubstantial Disablement£39,170 to £59,860
Injuries to the ElbowSevere£39,170 to £54,830
Wrist InjuriesPermanent Disability£24,500 to £39,170
Knee InjuriesModerate (ii)Up to £13,740
Ankle InjuriesModest Injuries Up to £13,740
Leg InjuriesLess serious (iii)Up to £11,840
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsLesser Injuries (ii)Up to £3,950

Speak with one of our advisors today for further information on how to make a compensation claim.

How To Sue A Company For Negligence With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you have a good solid claim, a solicitor from our panel may be able to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.

With a No Win No Fee agreement, it is agreed that you don’t have to pay solicitor fees if your solicitor doesn’t win your case. However, if they do win, you’ll pay a legally capped success fee. 

There are different variations of No Win No Fee agreements, such as a Conditional Fee Agreement.

For more information on how to sue a company for negligence with a No Win No Fee solicitor, call us today.

Ask Our Team About Suing A Company For Negligence And Get Advice About Your Claim

We understand you may still have some questions about how to sue a company for negligence after finishing this guide. If this is the case, our team of friendly advisors are here 24/7 to help you with your claim. They can answer any of your questions and offer you free legal advice regarding your personal injury claim.

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