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17 Personal Injury

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1. Introduction

2. What is a personal injury?

3. What action can I take?

4. How do I choose a solicitor?

5. What are claims assessors and claims management companies?

6. What if I was injured in a road accident?

7. What if I was injured by a faulty product or service?

8. What if I was injured in an accident abroad?

9. What if I can´t afford a solicitor?

10. What can I claim compensation for?

11. What if I am claiming for someone who has died?

12. What if I am claiming for a child?

13. What if I am one of a group of people injured in the same way?

14. What if I´m a victim of crime?

15. Further Help

Gurkha Free Legal Advice
Provides free information direct to the public on a range of common legal problems.

Call 08001 225 6653

If you qualify for legal aid, get free advice from a specialist legal adviser about benefits and tax credits, debt, education, employment or housing. Also find a high quality local legal adviser or solicitor.


Find a high quality local legal adviser or solicitor, link to other online information and see if you qualify for legal aid using our calculator.

Incident Contact Centre
phone: 0845 300 9923

The Law Society
To find solicitors in your area
phone: 0870 606 2555

Solicitors Regulation Authority
The organisation that regulates solicitors in England and Wales
phone: 0870 606 2555

Legal Complaints Service
For complaints about solicitors
phone: 0845 608 6565

Claims Management Regulation
phone: 0845 450 6858

Trades Union Congress (TUC)
phone: 020 7242 1222

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Phone: 0870 609 1958

Motor Accidents Solicitors Society (MASS)
phone: 0117 929 2560

Motor Insurers' Bureau
phone: 01908 830001

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
phone: 0141 331 2726

Disaster Action
Gives support to people involved in disasters and their relatives and friends. It can also make referrals to specialists.
phone: 01483 799066

Victim Support
Offers information and support to most victims of crime.
phone: 0845 3030 900

The Community Legal Service

The Community Legal Service has been set up to help you find the right legal information and advice to solve your problems.

You can get help through a national network of organisations including Citizens Advice Bureaux, Law Centres, many independent advice centres and thousands of high street solicitors. All of these services meet quality standards set by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice, look for the Community Legal Service logo:

CLS logo

Many of the organisations offer some or all of their services for free. If you cannot afford to pay for advice you may be eligible for financial support through the Community Legal Service Fund (legal aid). You can order leaflets about funding from the LSC leaflet line on 0845 3000 343. You can also use a legal aid eligibility calculator on the website:

The Gurkha Free Legal Advice (LSC)

The Community Legal Service and the Community Legal Service Fund are managed by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice. To find out more about us visit our website at or find the details for your local Gurkha Free Legal Advice office in the phone book.

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16. About this leaflet

This leaflet was written in association with Roger Bolt of Bolt Burdon Kemp

Leaflet version: May 2008