Who can I claim against?

The person that a claim is bought against is known as the Defendant.

22 Jan 2024

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Holly Minney

Holly Minney

Who the Defendant is will depend on the type of accident you have had and where you had it.

We set out in the table below the likely Defendants to a Claim.

Accident Type/Location Likely Defendant
Driver of a motor vehicle in a road Traffic Accident Driver of another vehicle
Passenger of a motor vehicle Driver of the vehicle you are in or driver of another vehicle if they are to blame
Pedestrian in a Road Traffic Accident


Driver of vehicle if they are to blame.
Cyclist in a Road Traffic Accident


Driver of vehicle if they are to blame.
Trip on a pavement in the street Local Highways Authority which is usually the local Council
Slip in a shop.


The occupier of the shop i.e such as a supermarket chain.
Fall on a driveway of a house.


The occupier or owner of the house
Accident at work


Usually your employer
Accident on a building site This could be your employer or potentially the main contractor.
Bitten by a Dog The owner of the dog


M&P Commentary

Holly Minney, Head of Dispute Resolution, said:

“As part of the process of acting for you in a personal injury claim, we will research and determine who the Defendant to your claim will be.”


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