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Accident Compensation Claim Process For All Types Of Personal Injury In The UK And Abroad

Discover the accident compensation claim process for all manner of personal injury suffered in the UK and overseas.

This article sets out in plain English the steps to making a personal injury accident compensation claim from beginning to end – each accident type is listed alphabetically with links to each of the relevant articles summarized underneath.

Choose the accident type from the list below and click the link to view the stage of the claims process you would like to read more about or see our most recent accident claim articles by alphabetical category type.

Table of Contents


When you are first considering an accident compensation claim you will have a number of initial questions you might wish the answer to. See our accident compensation claim basics summary, click the heading below (with article summary underneath) of interest or follow our articles in order for a complete picture.

Considerations Immediately Following An Accident

Need To Attend At Hospital / GP

Why it is important to a successful personal injury claim that you should attend at the hospital or the GP immediately following your accident.

Records You Should Keep / Checks You Should Make

Whether you decide to use a solicitor to help you claim, are trying to make the claim yourself or simply deciding whether to claim – find out the important records you should keep to support a future claim and checks you should make before deciding how to proceed with a claim.

Process Of Claiming Compensation For Personal Injury In The UK And Overseas

How To Make A Claim

Find out the best approach to making a claim for personal injury.

Which Country  In The UK To Start Your Claim In

Find out the different legal jurisdictions that make up the UK and how to claim from the UK for certain types of accidents abroad.

Personal injury Solicitor’s Help

Accident Solicitor Free Help

How to obtain free help from a UK lawyer to make your compensation claim even if you decide to make the claim yourself.

Kevin Bolton Solicitors Expertise

The personal experience and legal expertise of our founder Kevin Bolton.

Personal Injury Solicitor Required

Find out whether you can make a claim yourself or whether you should seek the assistance of a specialist personal injury lawyer.

Select UK Personal Injury Solicitor

When you have an accident anywhere in the UK – discover which part of the country to choose your lawyer from and how to find the best lawyer to contact.

Is “free legal advice” on the internet or otherwise what it is advertised to be? Find out why often it is not “free” and not true “advice”.

Choice Of Court

Compensation Claim Scotland

Discover how to make a claim following an accident in Scotland.

County Court Claims

This articles explains when will your solicitor will commence your personal injury claim in the county court and which part of the country the county court will be in.

Small Claims Court

Find out when a personal injury claim is considered a small claim and learn some key tips in making a small claim.

Litigation Solicitor UK

Choose a lawyer who is familiar with winning personal injury claims at court.

Find complicated legal words and phrases explained in plain English with a definition request facility for any terms not included within the dictionary.

Allocation Questionnaire

How the allocation questionnaire is used to decide the track your personal injury claim will proceed in – from low value small claims to how quantum claims in the multi track.

Calderbank Offer

How does a Calderbank offer can limit the legal costs your solicitor can claim in pursuing your claim.

Case Management Conference

The importance of a CMC court hearing to your personal injury claim.

Civil Court Cases UK

The documentation which is necessary to commence a civil claim at court.

Default Judgment

Find out what happens when the Defendant does not provide a Defence to your personal injury claim after the matter has been issued at court.

Denial Of Liability

What happens when the person you believe was responsible for your injury denies fault and how your solicitor can use the court process to ensure you recover compensation.

Disclosure List Of Documents

The list setting out all the documents both you and the person at fault have in your possession that provides evidence to support or contradict your claim.

Going To Court

What does the phrase going to court actually mean, how the court process decides who was at fault together with how much compensation should be paid.

Issue Court Proceedings

If the persona at fault for your accident or the liability insurer refuses to pay you compensation – the issue of court proceedings will be necessary to ensure a resolution.

Letter Of Claim

How to notify the person at fault of your claim for personal injury.

Litigation Friend

When do you need a litigation friend to claim compensation, who can be the friend and how are they appointed.

Part 36 Offer

How to attempt to formally settle your claim, either by your solicitor or by the Defendant together with the risks of a Part 36 offer.

Without Prejudice Offer

What is a “without prejudice offer” or an offer made with “no admission of liability” and should you accept it?

Businesses And Scams To Be Careful Of

Businesses That Are Not Solicitor Firms

How accident claims companies compare with personal injury solicitors direct.

Scams To Watch Out For

There are many businesses that attempt telephone and online scams – find out a few things that you should be careful of when approached directly.

construction work accident compensation claim
Construction Work Accident Compensation Claim


Follow the links under the headings below, or use our employer’s liability claim summary of all of our work accident articles setting out an overview to the UK claims process.

Immediate Steps Following An Accident At Work

Workplace Accident Compensation Claim Records

What you must do following a workplace accident so you can maximise the compensation you are entitled to and ensure proper records are made by your employer of your accident circumstances and injuries.

Evidence Your Employer Should Keep Of Your Work Accident

Following an accident at work your employer is legally bound to keep certain records immediately following an accident, which can be accessed by your solicitor in support of your claim.

Proving Employer Fault

Accident At Work Claim – Employer Responsibility

How to prove your employer is legally responsible for your accident at work – includes employment records you can access to support your case.

Injury At Work – Carelessness

The implications to your compensation claim if you contributed to your injury at work through your own carelessness or you consented to the risks of your injury.

Starting Your Work Accident Claim

Starting Your Work Injury Claim

Find out the two main approaches to starting a work injury claim against your employer.

Employer’s Liability Insurance

Payment of your claim will be made by your employer’s liability insurance, which must be in place as a matter of law.

Work Injury Pre-Action Protocol

Find out when you claim is considered of low value and how your solicitor should use the pre-action protocol to start your work injury compensation claim.

Accident At Work Compensation

A description of the various different types of accident at work compensation you are entitled to claim from your employer following a workplace injury.

Common Accidents At Work

Building Site Accident

How to claim compensation for the most common building site accidents.

Construction Accident Claims

Injuries on construction sites are common – both to workers and to members of the public. Find out how you can claim compensation for construction site injuries.

Dangerous Machine Injury

Use of machinery at work is inherently dangerous – find out how failure with health and safety laws can result in a compensation claim against your employer.

Defective Work Equipment Compensation

How injury from defective work equipment can lead to successful work compensation claims from your employer.

Forklift Injury Claims

Discover the typical injuries that can be caused by a forklift truck in the workplace.

Ladder Fall Accident

Find out how your employer should ensure your safety when using a ladder in the workplace.

Work Platform Accident

The Work At Height Regulations 2005 set out specific duties on your employer to ensure your safety when working on a platform above ground and to avoid objects falling from the platform. Find out how to use the law to make a claim if you suffer an injury at work.

Common Types Of Work Injury Claims

Index of the most common types or work injury from industrial accidents, miner claims to accidents in the office or in the workplace,

Choosing Your Work Accident Solicitor

Work Accident Solicitor Costs

How to ensure your employer pays your lawyer’s fees of making a compensation claim.

How to find a top accident at work specialist lawyer to make your claim.

No Win No Fee / Conditional Fee Agreements

How to fund your workplace accident claim using a no win no fee of conditional fees solicitors legal fees agreement.

Workplace Accident Process Summary

Work Accident Claim Overview

A summary of the steps and considerations to making a work accident claim.


Follow the links to our criminal injury articles under the headings below, or see our criminal injuries index page setting out the criminal injury compensation process for the UK and abroad.

Immediate Steps Following Criminal Injury

Criminal Injury Claim Types

This page describes the types of criminal injury you can claim compensation for and how a criminal injury claim is different from an accident claim.

Criminal Injury Compensation Authority

Discover what the Criminal Compensation Authority is and the steps you must take to allow you to make a CICA claim.

Starting Your Criminal Injury Claim

Commence Compensation Claim For Criminal Injury

The options available for claiming criminal injury compensation, including using the CICA procedure and trespass to the person.

Criminal Compensation Claim Despite No Conviction

How to claim criminal injury compensation even when the offender is not prosecuted for a crime.

Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme

The process you must follow when claiming compensation via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Injury Overseas

Criminal Injury Compensation Abroad

If you have suffered an injury overseas – find out how the CICA in the UK can help you make a claim.

How Much Criminal Compensation

Criminal Compensation Awards

How to calculate the amount of criminal compensation you should receive for your claim.

Choosing Your Criminal Injury Solicitor

Criminal Injury Lawyer

Find out how to choose the best personal injury lawyer to help you make a claim.

Funding Compensation Advice

Discover how to meet the legal cost in receiving compensation advice from a specialist criminal injury solicitor.

Criminal Injury Overview

Criminal Injury Guide

Our short guide gives a quick description of all the stages of the criminal injuries claim process.


Follow our articles setting out a step by step guide to claiming compensation following a fatal accident or see our summary to the fatal accident claims process in the UK.

Fatal injury Claim First Steps

Fatal Accident Coroner Inquest

Find out why a coroners inquest must take place following a fatal accidents and the information that might be used from the inquest to support your claim.

Type Of Fatal Injury Loss And Amounts Of Claim

Types Of Fatal Accident Claim

The most common types of accident that can lead to a fatality.

How Much Fatal Accident Compensation?

The amount of compensation you can claim for fatal accidents.

How Long To Claim For Death

Time Period For Death Accident Claim

The time period allowed in UK law to start a claim following death.

Fatal Accident Claims Solicitor

How to find a solicitor with sufficient experience to make your claim.


Find out how to claim compensation whilst on holiday overseas, on a plane, whilst travelling or working abroad.

See our personal injury overseas article for a summary of the steps you will need to take to make a claim.

Holiday Claim Terms

UK Citizens Abroad

Discover the terminology used when you suffer an accident overseas.

Types Of Holiday Claims

Package Holiday Claims

Package holiday claims are subject to special rules which allow you to trace your claim back to the holiday company that sold you your package holiday.

Travel Accidents Overseas

How to claim compensation if you have made your own travel arrangements as an independent traveler.

Road Traffic Accident Europe

Claims for a road traffic accident can be made in your country of residence under new European laws.

Bulgaria Road Accident

Discover the types of Bulgarian road accident claim which can be made from the UK.

Czech Republic Road Accident Claim

How to claim from the UK if you are involved in a road traffic accident in the Czech Republic.

Road Accident Poland

Claiming from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for injury in a Polish RTA.

Aircraft Accident

Who will meet your compensation claim if you have an accident whilst travelling on an aircraft.

Flight / Baggage Delay Compensation

What are the rules relating to baggage delay and loss on flights.

Criminal Injuries Overseas

Find out how to claim compensation if you have suffered an overseas criminal injury.


See all our our articles explaining the process in the UK to claim compensation following an industrial injury or check out our occupational injury claims summary article..

Immediate steps following suspicion of occupational illness

Industrial Disease Claim Types

The most common types of industrial disease and how they are caused in the workplace are set out on this page.

Industrial Injury Claim – Employer Reports

Industrial injuries often take some time to show symptoms in the victim – find out why this is the case and how to ensure your injury and symptoms are properly reported to your doctor and employer.

Industrial Accident Claim – Employer Records

Your employer must keep certain records by law which you can access when you make an industrial accident claim – find out what these reports are and how they can be used to win you compensation at court.

Winning your industrial disease claim

Asbestos Compensation Claim Dust Inhalation Dangers

How inhalation of asbestos fibres in the workplace can lead to diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Find out why the inhalation of dust can lead to all manner of industrial injury claims.

Mesothelioma / Asbestosis Compensation Claim

Learn how to show that your employer is legally responsible for a mesothelioma, asbestosis or other industrial disease claim.

Repetitive Strain Injury

Find out how to show your employer is legally responsible for a workplace repetitive strain injury and how your employer might attempt to avoid paying you compensation.

Industrial Deafness Claim

Learn how to prove your employer is legally responsible for a noise induced hearing loss claim.

Noise induced hearing loss audiogram

Find out about the audiogram and other medical evidence your solicitor will need to prove you are suffering from hearing damage due to exposure to noise at work.

Dermatitis skin disease claims

How to show your employer is legally responsible for occupational dermatitis.

Symptoms of Asthma at Work

Find out the occupational asthma symptoms you are likely to suffer from due to inhaling air borne irritants at work, when you are likely to first experience the symptoms and how long you have to start a compensation claim.

Tinnitus claim

Find out what causes tinnitus in the workplace, why it is related to occupational hearing loss and how to claim from a former or current employer for noise exposure.

Starting your industrial injury claim

Employers Liability Insurance

How your solicitor can trace your employer’s liability insurance details, so as to commence a claim and ensure that you will recover compensation if you win your work injury claim even when you exposure took place many years ago and your former employer is no longer in business.

Commencing an industrial injury claim

Find out how to start a compensation claim for industrial injury, which employer to make your claim against, the various national compensation schemes for UK disease claims and how long there is to start your claim before it is too late.

Industrial deafness claim time limit

Find out why you can only claim for exposure to excessive noise in the workplace as from 1963; how the requisite noise level threshold has dropped from 90DB to 80DB and how to calculate when your three years statutory limitation period starts to run from date of knowledge of noise induced hearing loss.

Pre-Action Protocol for industrial disease claims

If your claim is considered of a low value – your solicitor should follow the procedure set out in the pre-action protocol to start your claim. There are a number of exceptions for industrial disease claims.

How industrial injury much compensation

Industrial injury compensation insurance

Find out about the types of insurance your employer should have in place to meet your industrial injury compensation claim.

Asbestos compensation amounts

The amount of money you can claim in compensation for asbestos diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Industrial deafness compensation

This page gives examples of the amount of money you can receive in compensation for industrial deafness.

RSI compensation

See examples of the amount of compensation you can expect to receive for workplace repetitive strain injuries.


Follow our step by step guide setting out all our articles describing how to claim compensation for a child – a person under the age of 18 years. See our claiming compensation for children summary for a quick overview of the claims process.

Types of child claims

Accident At School

Discover the most common types of school accident your child might be able to claim compensation for in the UK.

Accident Child Claim – Injury Whilst Trespassing

Children are often injured in places they should not be – even if a child is trespassing it is quite often the case that the law will protect them and allow them to claim compensation for their injuries.

Starting a claim for a child

Child Accident Claim Process

Making a compensation claim for a child differs in many ways to a claim for an adult – find out what these differences are and the correct procedure that should be followed if your are a parent or litigation friend.

Litigation Friend Needed To Claim Compensation

How to select and use a litigation friend to make a claim on behalf of a child.

Accepting compensation for your child

Parental Indemnity -v- Minor Settlement Hearing

How to conclude a compensation claim on behalf of your child.

Payment Of Compensation Following Death Of A Parent

How payment of child compensation monies are apportioned when a child was financially dependent on a parent killed in an accident.


Follow the medical negligence claim process guiding you to all our articles explaining each step you should take to make a claim.

Alternatively – our clinical negligence compensation summary article guides you through all the articles we have written setting out how to make a medical negligence claim.

Immediate steps following suspicion of medical negligence

Common Typed Of Clinical Negligence Claims

What is clinical negligence and what are the most common types of claim?

Medical Malpractice Claim Due To Action And Inaction

Find out how an action or inaction can lead to a medical malpractice claim with reference to online sources of information and free online specialist solicitor help.

Starting your medical injury claim

Medical Negligence Claim Process

Find out what you should do if you are unhappy with the medical treatment you have received and how your medical notes can often provide the key to winning you compensation.

How much compensation for medical injuries

Medical Negligence Compensation Amounts

Learn how your solicitor can value the amount of compensation you should receive for your medical negligence claim – examples are provided of the amount of damages you might receive for different injuries.

Choosing your clinical negligence solicitor

Medical Negligence Solicitor

Find how to choose a top specialist medical negligence solicitor to contact to help you make your claim

No Win No Fee Clinical Negligence

Find how you can fund your clinical negligence claim including using a no win no fee agreement.

Types or medical negligence claim

The importance of medical consent before an intrusive medical procedure takes place – how to claim if consent not given.

MRSA Claim

Find out how to claim compensation from an hospital if you develop MRSA.

Still Birth Miscarriage Neo Natal Death Claim

Claim compensation for the death of a new born baby or a baby still in the womb


See our public liability injury claims process overview or follow the claim process below set out under convenient headings with links to the relevant articles.

Types Of Accidents In Public Places

Club Accident Compensation Claim

Find out how to claim compensation for injuries in the most common types of drinking establishments – nightclub’s, bars and pubs.

Highway Slip Trip Fall Accident Claim

Discover how to claim if you are injured from a slip, trip or fall on a road, pavement or other public highway.

Kart Crash Accidents

Common types of indoor and outdoor karting accidents – with an explanation how to prove liability and claim compensation.

Shop Injury Compensation Claim

Common shop accidents that cause injury together with the process to claiming compensation.

Supermarket Accident Compensation Claim

Typical customer accidents in supermarkets for both customers and shop workers, including food poisoning.

Starting Your Public Liability Claim

Pre-Action Protocol For Low Value Claims

Find out the when your solicitor should follow the procedure set out in the pre-action protocol for low value public liability claims.


Use our convenient headings below grouping our road accident claim articles by the stage of the claims process.

Alternatively, our road accident claim overview describes the steps to making a road traffic accident claim.

Immediate Steps Following A Road Accident

Road Accident Claim Initial Steps

Find out the practical steps you should take immediately after you have suffered a road accident.

Motorcycle Accident Claim / RTA Evidence

The evidence you can rely on to show how your RTA happened – using a motor bike accident as an example.

The Details You Should Exchange At The scene Of A RTA 

Find out the details should be exchanged by both the person at fault and the injured party at the accident scene. Discover what can be done if you have not been provided with these details or you leave the accident scene before giving the requisite details.

Winning Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim

Proving Car Accident Claim

How to show a driver is legally responsible for your vehicle accident.

Cyclist Injury Claims

Find out the specific laws that can be relied on to show a driver is responsible for injuries to cyclists on the road.

Starting Your RTA Claim

Motor Vehicle Accident Process

Find out how to claim compensation following a motor vehicle accident as well as the time period to start your claim in the UK.

Vehicle Accident Car Insurance

Discover why all drivers are required to have vehicle insurance to pay compensation claims in the event of an accident and how you can still claim compensation via the Motor Insurers Bureau were no insurance is in place.

Bicycle Injury Claims

The steps to claiming compensation when you are a cyclist injured by a motor vehicle, claims that could be considered against you by injured pedestrians and the risks that your claim could be reduced if you contributed to the accident through your own negligence.

Finding A Driver’s Details From A Registration Number

Sometime you might only have the vehicle registration number of the driver at fault – find out how to establish the driver’s personal details, his motor insurer’s identity with help from the Motor Insurers Bureau if the driver is uninsured or untraced.

Road Accident Small Claims Limit Since 31 May 2021

How the law changed in 2021 to adjust the amount of compensation that is required to be above the small claims limit and allow the use of a solicitor to help with your claim.

Passenger Injury Claims

Why passengers in motor vehicles typically have the ability to claim compensation for injury, the risks to a claim of your own negligence, the vehicle is not insured and a criminal act was taking place.

How Much Compensation For Injury In A Road Accident

Kinds Of Traffic Accident Compensation

Learn about the different types of compensation you can claim for your RTA.

How Much Car Accident Compensation

Examples of the amounts of compensation you should receive for different types of car injuries including whiplash.

Motor Bike Accident Compensation Amounts

Examples of the amounts of compensation you should receive for different types of motorcycle injuries.

Choosing Your RTA Solicitor

Choosing Personal Injury Lawyer

Find out the best way to choose a top solicitor to help you make your claim, including how to check a lawyer’s expertise and experience with the Law Society.

Funding Claim – No Win No Fee

Find out the cheapest ways to fund the legal costs of making a personal injury claim including no win no fee agreements and legal protection insurance.

Overview Of The Road Accident Claims Process & Most Recent Articles

Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claims Process

The process from start to finish to claim personal injury suffered in accidents on the road.

Road Traffic Collisions Summary

This article describes in brief form the process of claiming compensation.

Our Most Recently Published RTA Articles

See our most recent articles explaining different stages of the road traffic accident claims process.


Follow our step by step process to claiming compensation if you are injured in a slip, trip or fall accident.

Alternatively, see a summary of all our slip and trip articles explaining how to make a slip, trip or fall personal injury claim in the UK.

Immediate steps following a slip, trip or fall accident

Recording Your Trip Slip Fall Compensation Claim

The immediate steps you should take following a slip, trip or fall accident.

Types Of Highway Trip Slip Accident Claim

Find out the different defects that can cause you to have a trip, slip or fall accident.

Winning your claim

Proving Highway Trip Slip Compensation Claim

How to show that the council or other public body is responsible for your trip slip accident.

How much compensation for injury in slip trip fall accident

How Much Compensation For Slip Trip Personal Injury

Examples of the amounts of compensation you can receive for different types of trip, slip or fall injury.


Key considerations you must take into account when making a claim for compensation in the UK courts.

Essential Consideration Before Claiming Compensation

Choosing An Accident Claim Solicitor

Find out when it is important to use a specialist accident solicitor to help you claim compensation following an accident.

How Long To Make A Compensation Claim

How long you have to start a claim for injury following an accident, industrial disease or medical injury.

When Is It Cost Effective To Use A Personal Injury Solicitor

When it is cost effective to use a solicitor to make a claim for compensation following an accident.

Summary of accident compensation claim types

On this page you have seen a description of each accident compensation claim type listed alphabetically with each stage of the claims process to make that type of claim.

We recommend you see our specialist solicitor free online / telephone help to select from the free legal assistance our website offers including asking your own accident compensation claim question.