Negligence claims


Negligence is defined in law as falling below a specific standard of care, and this standard is set by law depending on the situation. This can result in damages, which is compensation awarded by the court for a loss or injury caused to the claimant by the defendant.

Damages are awarded in many different types of law suits, from personal injury to employment disputes to breach of contract litigation, and a solicitor will help you claim for this.

Bringing a compensation claim

The amount of negligence compensation depends on the injury which has been suffered. The amount will be determined by the amount of economic losses suffered, which may include:

  • Potential loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses
  • Non-economic losses such as pain and suffering

As with most types of law, the case law relating to negligence is vast. Furthermore, there are many different types of situations in which negligence compensation may be available. Examples include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Medical-negligence claims
  • Accidents at work

Personal-injury lawyers who deal with claims for negligence must have detailed knowledge of the area and provide access to justice whilst ensuring they maintain the fairness of the judicial system. For this reason, it is important that if the situation arises where you may wish to claim negligence compensation, you obtain legal advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor.

Duty of care

Individuals who have suffered wrongdoings at the hands of public authorities can bring negligence claims against them. Some of the public authorities that negligence claims can be brought against include:

  • The police
  • The fire service
  • The health service

There are time limits for bringing a claim which must be observed.

Winning negligence claims against public authorities can prove difficult. The law on negligence is designed to protect public authorities from civil action being brought against them. In order for a claimant to bring a negligence claim against a public authority, they must prove that:

  • The public authority owed them a duty of care
  • There was a breach of this duty
  • The breach caused them to suffer injury

The challenges

When bringing negligence claims against the police it is particularly difficult to prove that the police owed the claimant a duty of care. In order to prove this, it is settled law that the claimant must show that a ‘special relationship’ between them and the police existed.

Proving that such a ‘special relationship’ existed is not easy. This is a complex area of law which has attracted a body of case law. This emphasises the need to instruct a specialist solicitor with detailed knowledge in this area.

Negligence claims that are brought against public authorities are usually strongly defended. If you do not present your case in the best possible way there is a chance that the courts may prevent you from bringing a claim.

If you have been injured and are seeking damages, negligence claims may help you achieve that goal. In many cases you are able to have your case evaluated by a professional for free and bring your claim without any out-of-pocket expense.

Do you have a negligence claim against a private or public body? Contact Law can put you in touch with a specialist negligence solicitor that deals in the area of law your case is concerned with. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

0800 1777 162
or fill in the form
Our trained advisor contacts you
Your chosen specialist solicitor calls you
Quick enquiry form
Area of law:
What our clients say about us
"This was the first time I've been to court, which was a nerve-racking experience for me. However, I felt very prepared, I understood my case and representation - this was down to you."
Gavin, criminal motoring, Oct 15
"Your service, and the prompt call back from your recommended firm was very good. I would not hesitate to call again or recommend your service."
Ian, employment law, Truro, July 15
"The firm were excellent, could not have been better! They are exactly what I need right now."
Linda, criminal defence, Thames Ditton, Jul 15
"Your contact and service was immediate and utmost professional, 10/10."
TF, conveyancing, Dudley, Jun 15
"I appreciate the service that you provide. I found you to be courteous, efficient and reassuring at a time when my confidence in justice is completely negative."
Patrick, litigation, Pontypridd, Jun 15
"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the speed of which you came back to me in. If anyone else can benefit from your help like I have done, it would make my day."
Gail M, family law, Potters Bar, Jun 15
"Your assistance was extremely helpful. Particularly to someone who in 40 years of business has never experienced this sort of issue."
TD, commercial litigation, Galashiels, Apr 15
"It is difficult to express the value Contact Law has to someone like me who had very little understanding of the law and how to proceed forward with my case. Thank you for the service you provided."
AE, defamation law, Worthing, Apr 15
"Thank you for the efficient service I received. I was contacted by your solicitor on the same day as my request. Your quick response to my situation made me feel secure."
AN, employment law, London, Apr 15
"Your service was excellent, very fast and informative. I never got the impression of being pressurised at all. The solicitor you recommended was also excellent – very knowledgeable and supportive."
JHD, Motoring law, Liverpool, Apr 15
Contact Law supports the endeavours of STAE and commends all the work they are undertaking to assist in the plight of the Asian Elephant


We use cookies on the Contact Law site to help us improve it.

If you would like to allow our cookies, please click 'Continue' or carry on browsing. For more information on cookies and how to change your settings, click 'More info'.