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Personal injury/accident claims statistics.

Below are some statistics taken from reliable sources indicating trends in personal injury, accidents and medical negligence claims in the UK.

Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) Statistics

Since 1990, the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) has required that all compensators must provide prompt notification to CRU of any claim for personal injury made against them. As a result CRU presently holds the most comprehensive and reliable data on the number of current personal injury claims. It is a potentially rich source of information. The following tables represent extracts from CRU’s data.

Table 1: Total number of claims notified since 2000 (Source: CRU)

Source: CRU

Table 2: Number of accident claims notified since 2000 (Source: CRU)

Source: CRU

Table 3: Number of disease claims notified since 2000 (Source: CRU)

Source: CRU

UK Bodily Injury Awards Statistics

Commissioned by the Association of British Insurers and by the International Underwriting Association of London, three successive reports have been published into claims received by insurers for compensation for personal injury resulting from use of motor vehicles.

The UK Bodily Injury Awards Studies show that claims paid by insurers have been rising by around 10% p.a. for at least the past twenty years. The upward trend is unlikely to end any time soon, according to one of the study’s authors, Mike Brockman. This study provides the best-ever snapshot of personal injury trends in the Motor sector. More than two million claims were analysed – some 75% of the total, rising to 90% in the most recent years. The data received was of a high quality. It was a fantastic industry-wide effort, and there can be no doubting the picture that emerges. It shows that the total cost of bodily injury claims rose by 9.5% p.a. in the past ten years. The annual average increase has been hovering around 10%.

Public Accounts Committee Statistics

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has revealed that medical negligence affects one in ten patients staying in UK hospitals. It is estimated that nearly a million people have suffered unnecessarily as a result of medical blunders made by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. It is not known exactly how many patients were involved in fatal accidents, but they are thought to number over 2,000. These blunders consisted of a range of incidents, including misdiagnoses, surgical errors, the administering of wrong doses of medication and falls.

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