On a daily basis, an accident may take place in one way or another. From trips due to a broken kerbstone to head-on motorbike accidents in Aldershot, these events often range in severity. But if you sustain an injury from an accident, you could hold the responsible party liable for negligence if they had an obligation towards your health and safety.
In this guide, you will find impartial advice about how to pursue a personal injury accident claim. We will look at how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Aldershot can help with a number of cases, wherever they take place.
What’s more, we’ll also look at how you can significantly cut down the financial risks of bringing such a claim forward. For more information, please contact our team on 0800 408 7825 today. Our lines are open 24/7 with a friendly adviser waiting to take your call.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Aldershot Cases
- Accidents Injuring People In The Workplace
- Aldershot Traffic Accidents
- Cyclist And Motorbike Crashes
- Public Space And Public Place Accidents
- Tripping Or Slipping Accidents
- Injury Claims Against Local And Borough Councils
- Victim Based Crime And Crimes Against The Person
- Understanding How Injury Claims Could Work
- Selecting The Right Person To Handle Your Case By Looking At Reviews
- Typical Compensation Payouts In Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Handle Aldershot Cases
- Get In Touch With A Lawyer Covering This Area
- What Other Resources Do You Need?
Throughout this guide, we will simplify the technical jargon often found in public injury claims. You’ll find common issues relating to accidents in public places, such as:
- Aldershot traffic accidents.
- Defects in parks.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Public transport accidents at an Aldershot station.
- Criminal injuries,
For free legal claims, advice of no-obligation call our claims team whenever you feel ready they can answer any question you have and provide a free eligibility check.
Is There A Time Limit?
If your case is valid, you will need to begin proceedings within a strict limitation period. Also known as a personal injury claims time limit, the duration will often depend on your circumstances.
For instance, an adult victim has a 3-year window to claim within. Often, this will begin from the date of the accident. Although sometimes the court will allow this time limit to begin from the date you obtained knowledge.
Whereas child victims will require a parent/guardian to handle proceedings. But if no claim is made, the victim can start their own claim within 3-years of their 18th birthday.
Furthermore, sometimes an accident can cause the victim to suffer a loss of mental capacity. If this happens, the courts will allow the limitation period to begin once the victim recovers. However, a ‘litigation friend’ may act on their behalf instead. This extension falls under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
For more information about limitation periods, please contact our team.
Throughout our lives, many of us will spend around 90,000 hours at work. With so much time allocated to our careers, it’s important employers prioritise our health and wellbeing at all times.
No matter what type of job you have, you should be kept safe from preventable harm. From factories to offices and building sites, the same rule applies to all.
Implementing some simple measures (i.e. routine inspections, risk assessments, etc.), can help to create a safer working environment. However, if they neglect their duty of care, they may be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
As a result, an accident may happen. Some examples of these incidents include:
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Inhalation of toxic fumes.
- Harm from faulty equipment/lack of PPE.
- Falls from height.
In 2018/19, a study by the HSE found that 581,000 people sustained injuries at work.
If you need accident at work advice, please contact our claims team.
No matter how often you use the roads, you’re no doubt aware of what hazards to look out for. But if an accident in Aldershot takes please, do you know your legal rights?
A collision between at least one vehicle or road user is seen as a road traffic accident (or RTA). In many cases, these accidents don’t just happen on public highways. A collision could occur on country lanes, laybys or even in the Aldershot town centre. For example, a rear-end bump while waiting at a traffic light.
Often, the causes of these incidents are:
- Panic stops.
- Rash, careless or reckless driving.
- Violation of rules.
- Failure in understanding signs.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
Whether you suffer an accident on Aldershot roundabouts or the A331, you may be eligible for compensation if your road traffic accident was caused by third party negligence and you suffered an injury as a consequence. Please call our team for further information about car accidents in Aldershot.
Public Transport Vehicle Accidents And Passenger Injuries
Whether you regularly use buses, trains, coaches or private hire taxis, you are owed a duty of care by the drivers and the operators.
Although the fatality rate per billion passenger miles by bus is the lowest of any mode, accidents do still occur. For example, in 2019 there were 3,090 bus and coach casualties on Great British roads.
If you suspect another party is liable for your injuries, you should seek legal advice; as soon as you’re well enough to do so.
Click here to read our online guide on public transport accident claims.
Vehicle Accidents And Pedestrian Injuries In A Car Park
A lot of public facilities will often provide car parks for customers. From supermarkets to leisure centres, these facilities can become increasingly busy at peak times.
Although these areas may seem fairly basic in structure, there are still a set of safety standards to be met by the operator. Without these measures, any amount of preventable harm could threaten the safety of those who use it. For example, this includes:
- Structural defects.
- Loose barriers.
- Poor lighting.
Claims can also be made if you are hit by another driver in a car park because they were not paying due care and attention and as a result, you suffer a car park injury.
Find out how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Aldershot can help you claim compensation for a car park accident. Call our team today.
On our roads, pedal/motorcyclists are susceptible to serious injuries. Not only do these road users lack sufficient protection. But they’re also significantly less visible at night.
Unfortunately, the statistics only emphasise this point. According to a new analysis by Brake, those on two wheels are 63 times more susceptible to being killed or seriously injured.
An Aldershot motorcycle accident could happen at any given time. A report by Cycling UK states the most common causes are:
- Misjudgement of another person’s speed/path.
- Careless/reckless driving.
- Poor turns/manoeuvres.
- Inability to recognise oncoming traffic.
If you suffer an injury as a cyclist, you don’t have to search for ‘lawyers near me’ to get the best legal advice. Click here to read more about cyclist accident claims.
Accidents in a public place aren’t limited to outdoor areas. Those who have a responsibility towards our health and safety must ensure areas they are in control of are safe for the public to use. A crucial piece of legislation in such cases is the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
All areas in public circulation are bound by such legislation, such as:
- Aldershot park.
- Rowhill nature reserve.
- Alpine Snowsports, Aldershot.
- Basingstoke Canal.
As the following sections will elaborate on, a wide range of difficulties may arise in a public liability case. First of all, it’s vital for the correct party to be held liable, as disputes often arise over the boundaries of such settings. Secondly, if operators may not have public liability insurance, then you may experience some issues. This is where the specialist help from a legal representative can come in hand as they will have the experience and knowledge needed.
If you were injured in a public place, please call our team today.
Parks And Play Area Accidents
Any open space should uphold a minimum standard of safety, wherever possible. In most cases, the party responsible for outdoor spaces can fall into various hands. As mentioned above open spaces and public places can include; Rowhill nature reserve or Aldershot park.
An injury could result from:
- Defective equipment.
- Faulty play apparatus.
- Unstable benches.
- Overgrown tree roots.
Over recent years, a vast number of significant cuts have been made to council park departments. A repercussion of this could be a lack of due care given to our favourite outdoor spaces.
Aldershot And Basingstoke Retail Space Accidents
Even retail spaces can become increasingly busy at peak times throughout the day. Therefore, it’s particularly important for business owners to uphold reasonable safety standards for those on-site. This includes, but is not limited to, employees, customers and contractors.
Any type of preventable hazard could arise in these settings, including:
- Spillages (i.e. liquids, weather hazards).
- Loose shelves.
- Poor installation of facilities (e.g. stairs, bannisters).
- Faulty equipment.
Please call our claims team today for more information about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Aldershot can help you with accidents in public places.
Although easily preventable accidents, slips and trips are a major cause of serious injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports the necessary controls to avoid such accidents as:
- Prevention of contamination.
- Effective matting systems.
- Design of workplace.
- Specification of appropriate flooring.
- Effective training and supervision.
- Management of spillages/cleaning regimes.
- Choice of suitable footwear.
- Effective training/supervision.
In the same report, the HSE states that 95% of major slips result in broken bones. As these accidents can happen at any given time, it’s important all communal spaces are kept safe from preventable harm.
If a slippery, defective or unsafe surface is the cause of your injuries, you could seek help from a personal injury solicitor. Please call our team today for more information.
All local authorities are responsible for numerous areas throughout their respective borough. With this in mind, a council will likely hold responsibility for various frequently used areas, such as foot pathways and parks.
If public spaces such as roads and highways are not maintained and repaired in regular intervals the following hazards could present themselves:
- Broken equipment.
- Defective structures.
- Raised kerbstones.
It is vital that councils operate a system to acknowledge defects in order to make the area safe for public use as they have a duty of care to uphold.
Call us today for more information about accidents in public places.
Nobody prepares for a violent crime. But when the unfortunate takes place, you might suffer an injury as a result.
With no other avenue for compensation, you could seek resources as a victim of violent crime through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The CICA is an executive agency of the UK Government. Even if the offender isn’t caught, you can claim compensation for injuries as a victim of crime; while trying to stop a crime; or as a witness to:
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Sex crimes.
However, there’s a basic requirement that must be met first:
- The victim must report the crime to the police.
- A claim should be brought forward within 2-years of the incident.
In extenuating circumstances, a claim can be made outside of the above limitation period. For example, in historical sex cases.
Hampshire Crime And Disorder Statistics
To emphasise the extent of crime in Hampshire, we have included the table below.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Additional types of theft
While you may search for the best specialist to represent your claim, you should also set aside time to gather as much crucial evidence as possible.
Below, you will find advice about what classifies as crucial evidence:
They say a picture can tell a thousand words; which is especially true in this case. You should take photos of the scene, cause, damage and anything else that reflects the incident. As the scene will likely be cleared quickly, it’s important you act fast before you lose out on crucial evidence.
- Seek Medical Advice:
Your attendance notes from an A&E department or GP practice is a crucial piece of evidence. Therefore, it’s important you do so; no matter how minor your injuries seem.
- Report It:
Wherever your accident takes place, you should report it to the appropriate person (i.e. senior manager, HR department, etc.). Often, these departments will own a report book for such events.
- Gather Witness Contact Information:
You can ask for their contact details. At a later date, your legal representative will ask anyone at the scene for an account of the events.
Do Claimants Need To Have Injuries Assessed By Doctors?
Alongside the above evidence, your attendance to a medical appointment is equally as important. In this assessment, an independent specialist will examine your injuries. You will answer questions relating to:
- Your injuries.
- The effects they’ve had on your wellbeing.
A specialist will then compile a report based on your answers. The purpose of this is to determine your recovery time, or prognosis, along with calculating your final settlement amount.
Do Claims Have To Be Handled Locally?
While your first thought may be to seek help from local solicitors, you are not limited to local firms. If the best personal injury lawyers are outside of Aldershot, why limit yourself to anything less?
With modern technology, a solicitor can handle your case from almost anywhere in the country. Likewise, instead of meeting in person, you can opt for regular updates via:
- Or if you’d prefer, in-person.
If solicitors on Victoria Road do not specialise in your case, call us today. We can connect you with specialists covering your area.
A simple online search for a personal injury solicitor can present numerous results. With such a short time limit to begin proceedings within, you should be mindful of how much time you spend choosing a legal representative.
However, there is an easy, time-saving method you can use to help with this process. By reading online reviews left by previous clients, you will be able to find out an array of important qualities about each solicitor. For example:
- How reliable they were.
- What their success rate is.
- Whether the client was satisfied with the service.
- Their level of professionalism.
With this in mind, you should also discuss your case with a specialist over the phone. We strongly recommend this method. A simple telephone consultation will give you a chance to get to know your solicitor better.
Call our team today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Aldershot could manage your case.
How much your final settlement amount is will depend on two forms of loss: general damages and special damages. What falls under ‘special damages’ are any expenses you incur because of your injuries. For example, this may include:
- Loss of earnings (linked to the injury).
- Travel costs.
Whereas general damages look primarily at your injuries. You can find examples of compensation payouts in relation to various injuries in the table below. As every case is unique, it can be difficult to place an exact sum on a similar group of claims. This may be used as an alternative to a personal injury claims calculator.
|Less Severe to Very Severe
|£14,380 to £379,100
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Moderately Severe to Severe
|£21,730 to £94,470
|Fractures of Jaws
|Simple Fractures to Very Serious Multiple Fractures (followed by multiple treatment/permanent consequences)
|£6,060 to £42,730
|Other Arm Injuries
|Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement to Severe Injuries
|£36,770 to £122,860
|Less Severe to Complete Loss of Function
|£11,820 to £56,180
|Above-knee Amputation of One Leg to Loss of Both Legs
|£98,380 to £264,650
|Minor to Serious
|£6,820 to £23,460
The above data has been taken from the Judicial College’s guidelines—the organisation responsible for training judges in County, Crown and higher courts in England and Wales.
If you would like an accurate estimation of your potential settlement amount, please call our team. You will receive a free, no-obligation consultation.
A public and personal injury claim can be made for any number of accidents. No matter what your claim is for, a personal injury solicitor covering Aldershot may lend their expertise on a No Win No Fee basis. Among other benefits, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing you won’t be held liable for your solicitor’s fees if they’re unsuccessful.
Plus, many claimants also value:
- No surprise payments the duration of your proceedings.
- You won’t pay any upfront costs to kick-start your claim.
- The risks of losing out financially are significantly reduced.
- Only a small percentage is taken from the final settlement amount. This will help cover your solicitor’s fees.
Also known as a success fee, this percentage is legally capped by legislation. You may hear people refer to these agreements as Conditional Fee Agreements (or CFAs).
Please use one of the contact methods below to discover how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Aldershot could help you claim compensation for harm.
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. We hope you found it useful. Now, let’s get started with your claim, shall we? Below, you will find three ways of communicating with our team. Our lines are open 24/7, which means you can contact us at a time that suits you.
- Pick Up The Phone: Call us today on 0800 408 7825.
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In this section, you can find additional materials relating to injury claims. Alongside these guides, you will also find information regarding the locations of courts, council buildings and medical specialists.
Doctors Who Handle Assessments Of People In This Area
|George Curl Way,
Contact Information For Aldershot Justice Centre
|Aldershot Justice Centre
|The Court House,
Contact Details For Rushmoor Borough Council
|Rushmoor Borough Council
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