I Sustained An Injury In Altrincham, How Do I Make A Claim?
If you have sustained an injury in an accident in Altrincham that wasn’t your fault, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Altrincham could help you to make a claim for compensation against those responsible.
We can do that through our team of legal advisors, through our panel of lawyers covering Altrincham and through articles like this. Please read through this page if you are looking for information on how to make a claim for compensation and how finding a good lawyer can make a claim easier.
Get in touch with us by calling 0800 408 7825 when you are finished if you’d like to know further information, or if you feel that you want to begin the claims process.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Altrincham
- Cases Of Work Injuries
- Cases Of Injuries Due To Altrincham Traffic Accidents
- Cases Of Injuries Due To Bike Accidents In Altrincham
- Cases Of Injuries Due To Accidents In Public
- Cases Of Injuries Due To Slips, Trips And Falls
- Cases Of Injuries Due To Negligent Local Authorities
- Cases Of Assaults And Knife Crime In Altrincham
- Understanding How The Injury Claim Process Works
- Understanding How To Choose The Best Lawyer For Your Case
- Are There Typical Payouts In Injury Claims? – Calculator
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Altrincham
- Consult A Lawyer
- Local Area Resources And Guides
This guide aims to make the process of making a claim simple and easy to understand. It contains information about how some of the common forms of personal injury claims work, and when and how you could be entitled to make them.
There are also sections which detail important information about how working with a personal injury lawyer works and some of the things you should know about choosing lawyers for your case.
This guide also includes links to other resources which might come in handy that you may also wish to take some time to read.
You have legal protection under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 from unsafe workplaces and work practices. This law makes it the responsibility of the employer to make sure that all potential injury hazards in the workplace have been identified and that measures necessary to counteract them are enforced in the workplace.
If an accident occurs in the workplace and an employee is injured due to a demonstrable failure for the principles laid out in the act the employer could be held liable for paying compensation.
If you want to find out if you could be entitled to claim compensation for an injury you have suffered in the workplace, call our team for advice. Be sure to check out the link at the bottom of this page to the Health and Safety Executives website on how to report a workplace accident.
There are laws governing the safe and correct manner of driving while in a vehicle, laws which require drivers to follow the speed limit, to never drive while under the influence and to be aware of other road users at all times.
Following these laws is a duty of care that drivers have over all other road users. If a driver is found to have been involved in a car accident as a result of their failure to abide by this duty of care then they could be liable for any injuries that were sustained by other parties.
Accidents on the road are not always caused by vehicles and their drivers. Some accidents can occur due to faults in the condition of the road. Faults such as large potholes, patches of ice, absent or faulty street lighting or reflectors or debris being in the road.
The authorities which carry out road maintenance have a legal responsibility to ensure that these responsibilities are met to the point that the roads they cover do not fall into a dangerous state of disrepair. Depending on the type of road the authority responsible will either be the local council or Highways England.
Public Transport Injuries
Using public transport is generally very safe, millions of journeys by public transport happen every year entirely without incident. However, there can always be the risk of accidents or injuries if the service isn’t being operated in a safe manner.
Unsafe operation of a public transport service could include dangerous driving of a vehicle like a bus, a train, taxi or a coach, and it could also include a lack of maintenance of the stations to the point that they are unsafe.
Examples of this could include wet floors, broken flooring and lack of lighting. To learn more about making a personal injury claim against a public transport operator, see this guide.
Car Parking Injuries
A car accident might occur in a car park as well as on the roads. One of the reasons why an accident could occur in a car park might be if the car park was in a state of disrepair and was therefore unsafe.
Issues with the road surface like potholes or patches of ice might cause an accident. In multi-storey structure car parks faults with lighting, ramps, barriers or even with the structural integrity of the building itself might potentially lead to harm.
Any of these things could constitute a breach of the owner of the car park’s duty of care and therefore be grounds for making a personal injury claim.
You are welcome to call our advice team at any time for more information.
It is much easier for a cyclist or a motorcyclist to be injured in a road traffic accident than it is for other types of road users. This is largely because cyclists have less protection from the impact of an accident than other drivers do, given that they operate their vehicle from the outside.
They also can be less easily spotted than other vehicles, so drivers have a legal duty of care to be extra careful while driving to keep an eye out for cyclists and motorbike. If a driver causes you to have an accident while you are riding a bike or motorbike, you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against them.
Again, because bikes are smaller, lighter and the riders more exposed, cyclists and motorcyclists are at greater risk of suffering an injury as a result of an accident caused by issues with road conditions such as potholes, ice or objects on the road. You could be entitled to make a claim against the authorities responsible for maintaining the road if you have such an accident.
More information on making a compensation claim over an accident you have had while riding a bike can be found here or by speaking to our advice team.
Whenever you go out in public you will likely find yourself in a place where someone, or some organisation, has a duty of care over you. Whether it’s because you go onto the private property of a business, or because you are walking along pavements repaired and maintained by the local council.
That’s why if you ever have an accident that isn’t your fault anytime you are out in public, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against those who you think are responsible.
Parks, Public Gardens Injuries
Public parks and gardens are places intended for the public to spend time and engage in activities. Therefore the owners or the operators of a public park have a duty of care to maintain a park or a garden to the point that preventable accident hazards, wherever reasonable, have been removed. This means things like repairing faulty playground equipment, repairing broken footpaths or removing plant overgrowth where it may pose a risk to public safety.
If you think that you have suffered an injury while in a park because these sorts of requirements were not met, then you may have grounds to make a personal injury claim and you get in touch with our advice team.
Retail Park And Shop Injuries
If a business runs a shop, then they have responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of their customers. If a person injures themselves while in a shop as a result of a preventable safety hazard that the management and staff of the shop could have prevented, then the business could be liable for being made to pay compensation.
Examples of these kinds of hazards may include:
- Faulty shelves that might collapse
- Slipping hazards like wet floors
- Tripping hazards like discarded packaging
- Items haphazardly arranged on shelves that could fall.
To learn more about making compensation claims against shops, read our guide and contact our team.
Any business or public authority responsible for a property, as a part of their duty of care over their customers and the public, must ensure that their property does not carry the risk of slips, trips and falls.
This means that things like keeping floors clear of rubbish and other tripping hazards, keeping floors and floor coverings in good repair and clearing away slipping hazards such as spilt liquids and ice both inside and outside a building are a legal safety requirement, not just a matter of cleanliness and appearance.
A compensation claim could be made if you have suffered an injury by tripping or slipping and falling over on a preventable hazard while in a public place, see more about this type of claim in our fall claims guide and don’t forget to contact our advice team for further information.
Altringham falls under the constituency of Trafford council, meaning Trafford council will have a number of responsibilities in Altrincham. There may well be a number of public services in the town funded and managed by the council, such as local public libraries, recreation centres and playgrounds.
Part of the council’s responsibilities in managing these services is making sure that these facilities are safe for the public to use and are not in a state whereby people making use of them could injure themselves.
If a council-run service or facility is unsafe and you suffer an injury as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation. As mentioned previously in the sections on car accidents and cycling accidents, local councils are responsible for maintaining many of the roads and pavements in the local area, so an accident on a road or a pavement could be grounds for making a claim against the council.
Crime can also be a reason for someone who has been injured to potentially be entitled to seek compensation. If you have experienced an assault or any other form of crime that has left you with a physical injury or with emotional trauma, then you may be entitled to seek compensation.
Compensation in criminal injury cases is not sought from the person or entity responsible as in personal injury cases, but rather from a state-run and funded authority known as CICA, the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.
CICA claims do not require you to be able to prove who was responsible for your injuries, there only needs to be proof that the injury has occurred in order for you to be eligible to claim compensation.
There are other differences in the details of how making a criminal injury claim works. The best way for you to learn about them would be for you to talk to our team about making a claim or to visit the CICA website.
Trafford Crime Statistics – Covering The Altrincham Area
In the table below you can see the statistics for some of the most serious types of crimes in Trafford as recorded in official figures in 2018/19.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
The next few sections will go into some detail about the important aspects involved in the process of making a claim, such as how to find a good solicitor and how working with a solicitor might work.
Locations Where Lawyers May Be Found
There are dozens of solicitors offices in Altrincham. Many of them are located along Ashley road as it passes through the centre of town, others are located along or close to Market street, which is also located in the town centre. However, these solicitors may not be the best available to you. We’ll consider this more below.
Why Visiting A Doctor Is Necessary
It is necessary as part of making your claim for you to be seen by a doctor. Only a medical report by a doctor can serve as evidence for the existence of your injuries.
Also if you wish to claim compensation it is required that you have a clear and thorough idea of how severe the injuries are, how badly they will impact your health and for how long in order to know what amount of compensation you will be seeking to claim.
Is The Location Of My Lawyer Important?
No, the location of your lawyer is not important. Your lawyer could potentially be based anywhere in the country since you do not actually have to meet them in person in order to make a claim.
Instead, a personal injury claim can be arranged through phone calls, emails and video calls. Do not limit yourself to only working with a lawyer based in Altrincham.
Understanding How To Choose The Best Lawyer For Your Case
You should be careful about which solicitor you choose to work with. One thing you should definitely consider doing is reading reviews of solicitors, the kind that you can find online, written by the solicitors’ former clients.
Reviews can tell you a lot about what kind of lawyer the solicitor you are looking at is. Are they a particularly successful lawyer? Are they a good solicitor to work with on a personal level, or have their previous clients described them as being difficult in some way?
These are important, and you should take the time to look at these matters before choosing a solicitor.
The amount of money involved in a compensation claim can vary greatly from case to case. The severity of the injury and how badly it will affect your health, your life and your ability to work all influence the compensation award.
An injury with relatively mild effects will entitle you to less money than a very serious one. In addition, financial losses brought on by the injury such as loss of ability to work could also be included in your compensation claim in what’s known as special damages.
The table below lists some examples of injuries alongside an estimation based on numbers from the Judicial College Guidelines of what that sort of injury could entail in terms of compensation. These numbers do not include special damages.
|£304,630 to £379,100
|£205,580 to £266,740
|Severe psychiatric damage
|£51,460 to £108,620
|£56,180 to £94,470
|£40,410 to £61,710
If you are worried about whether or not legal fees would make a personal injury claim an unwise financial move, you can relax knowing that all of the lawyers in our panel make No Win No Fee personal injury claims.
This is a type of claim that requires no upfront payments and no payments of legal fees in the event of an unsuccessful claim. This is because in a No Win No Fee claim the lawyer receives their payment out of the compensation awarded to the claimant, therefore the payment of the lawyer’s fees is conditional on winning the case.
The payment your lawyer receives if your claim is successful is referred to as a success fee, and this is legally capped.
There’s nothing complicated about getting started with a claim with our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Altrincham.
- Just call us on 0800 408 7825
- Write to us by clicking here
- Send a message to our live chat to speak to our advisors and they will take things from there.
Thank you for reading our guide to the services of our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Altrincham. We hope you’ve found it useful. You can find more guides below!
Doctors Helping Assess People In This Area
|Premier Inn Manchester Airport South
Altrincham, M90 5DL
Contact Information For Warrington Magistrates Court
|Warrington Combined Crown & Magistrates Court Centre
|The Law Courts, Legh St, Warrington WA1 1UR
Contact Information For Trafford Council Covering Altrincham
|Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH
Guide by AA
Edited by II/LC