A Bizarre British History
of the Injury Claim

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History of Injury Claims

Peculiar and humdrum injury claims alike have scored big payouts throughout history.

When it comes to standing up for our rights, us Brits don't mess around. To prove it, we've dug through Aviva’s archives1 to bring you some of our winning (and at times, peculiar) injury claims filed over 100 years ago...

Take a look at our bizarre timeline below and find out how much your claim is worth today »

  • 1878

    A grocer from Lancashire slips whilst playing Blind Man’s Bluff – wins £15 (modern equivalent: £724!)

    An innkeeper from Birmingham drinks poison after mistaking it for sleeping medicine – wins £1,000 (modern equivalent: £48,310!)

  • 1885

    A pharmacist from Dublin trips on marble steps in a Turkish bath – wins £33 (modern equivalent: £1,594)

  • 1886

    An artist from Swansea is blown over by a gale of wind – wins £30 (modern equivalent: £1,796)

  • 1892

    A merchant from Essex hurts his eye throwing rice at a wedding – wins £50 (modern equivalent: £2,994!)

  • 1895

    A merchant from Glasgow is injured as he jumps out of bed to catch his fainting wife – wins £42 (modern equivalent: £2,575!)

  • 1900

    A shipbuilder from Great Yarmouth swallows a fish bone – wins £1,000 (modern equivalent: £57,000!)

  • 1904

    A travelling salesman from Belfast bumps his head on a pole whilst watching another accident from the top of a tram – wins £7 (modern equivalent: £401!)

The Modern Injury Claim

Injury claims in the modern day are not quite as frivolous as those our timeline victims suffered... In fact, 78%2 of cases filed in the UK are made by car crash victims with whiplash! Nevertheless, the law states that if you have been injured in any accident that was not your fault, you could be legally entitled to compensation »

If you are thinking about following in the footsteps of the Brits who have gone before, here are some top tips to help you get the justice you deserve:

  1. The quicker you claim, the more likely it will be a success
  2. Barring exceptional circumstances, you've only got 3 years to make your claim so don't let justice pass you by – make your claim enquiry for free today »

  3. Find the right lawyer for you
  4. Whether you've suffered an accident at work, on the road, or elsewhere, find a specialist lawyer who could secure you the maximum compensation for your injury »

  5. Don't be deterred from the money you deserve
  6. Our timeline victims prove that, no matter how unlikely it may seem, your injury claim could be worth thousands »

Through InjuryClaimsNationwide, you could find the right lawyer for you. It's quick, easy and free – simply fill in our short online enquiry form today »


1 www.theguardian.com 'Compensation Culture: a history of bizarre personal injury claims in Britain', 14th July 2011 (http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2011/jul/14/compensation-culture-personal-insurance-claims)

2 www.qualitysolicitors.com 'Personal injury claims: how to have the best chance of success', 29th July 2013 (http://www.qualitysolicitors.com/media-centre/social-media/blog/2013/07/29/personal-injury-claims-how-to-have-the-best-chances-of-success)

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