If you’ve been injured in an Andover accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be experiencing physical and psychological damage, as well as financial loss. If third-party negligence was accountable for your injury, you could be able to make a personal injury claim against them. For a third-party to be held liable, they must have been in breach of a duty of care to you. From employers to local authorities, there are many different bodies owing a duty of care. To establish negligence against one of these bodies, your situation has to meet the following criteria:
- Did the third-party owe you a duty of care?
- Was the third-party in breach of this duty?
- Were you injured as a result of this breach?
This article aims to give you a foundational knowledge of personal injury claims, covering everything from how to value your case to how to find a solicitor (in our experience, it’s always best to seek legal help if you wish to give your claim the best chances of success). Please speak to one of our friendly advisors today and see how personal injury lawyers covering Andover could help you:
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If you’re injured in an accident in Andover that was caused through a negligent breach in the duty of care owed to you, we advise you to seek immediate medical attention. Next, you may want to take the following steps if you are attempting to make a personal injury claim;
- Make a record of the accident to evidence your claim
- Photograph the scene
- Obtain contact details from any witnesses
- Consider seeking a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Andover
- Give your claim the best chances of success by seeking legal help (it’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor)
In making a personal injury claim, you can expect to find two heads of damage that can be claimed: general and special damages. General damages account for any physical and psychological harm you suffered, whereas special damages can be additionally claimed to cover injury-related costs, including:
- E.g. prescription fees
- Loss of earnings
- E.g. predicted loss of future pay
If you’d like to learn more about personal injury claims, please continue reading or contact one of our specialist advisors today for a free assessment of your situation.
Personal injury claims have a time limit dictating how long you’re entitled to make a claim. If you don’t claim before the appropriate limitation period expires, you risk losing the compensation you deserve. The limitation period differs according to factors such as the claimant’s age and their ability to represent themselves.
If you’re over 18, the limitation period is typically 3 years from the date of the accident or the date you became knowledgeable.
However, if a minor wishes to make a claim, they must wait until they turn 18 (at which point the 3-year time limit will begin). In the meantime, the limitation period is frozen, and they have the opportunity to appoint a parent or guardian to claim on their behalf as they cannot legally represent themselves.
The limitation period also varies to account for claimants lacking the mental capacity to make a claim themselves. According to the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the limitation period is frozen until they are able to claim themselves, or they can appoint a ‘litigation friend’ to do so if recovery is unlikely.
In 2019, the Health and Safety Executive HSE reported over 581,000 injuries were sustained in the workplace. The report noted the most common types of workplace accidents as:
- Slipping, tripping, and falling
- Handling, lifting and carrying
- Being struck by a moving object
However, did you know that employers owe a duty of care to their employees to ensure safety in the workplace? This is covered under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, measures could be put in place to prevent accidents from happening, such as:
- Displaying necessary HSE-approved signage
- Conducting regular risk assessments and repairs
- Providing employees with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
If there is a breach in this legislation and you’re injured as a result, you could potentially hold your employer liable for their negligence. To see whether you have a claim, please contact one of our specialist advisors today to receive a complimentary consultation. Personal injury lawyers covering Andover could help you in the process of making a compensation claim.
A road traffic accident, commonly referred to as an RTA, is a term used to describe any collision involving another road user or vehicle. In 2018/9, these accidents were responsible for over 157,000 casualties on Britain’s roads. From car crashes to bike accidents, RTAs were most commonly caused by:
- Misjudgement of another road user’s actions
- Failure to pay appropriate attention
- Poor manoeuvres
- Loss of control
If you’ve been involved in an Andover road accident, you could be entitled to compensation if a third-party was responsible for your injury. For example, if you were injured in an Andover car accident because another driver wasn’t paying attention and caused a collision, you could claim against their insurance for breaching the Highway Code.
Whether you want to make a claim or simply learn more about your entitlement, please get in touch with our advisors today. Our team of specialist advisors can give you a free assessment of your situation and are available 24/7 to take your call.
Taxi, Bus, Train And An Andover Station Accident
In 2019, a government report found travelling on public transport to be statistically safer than travelling in cars. But did you know that there were over 3,090 casualties from bus accidents in that year alone? If you’ve been injured in an Andover bus accident, or while travelling on any other mode of public transport, you could be entitled to compensation. However, a third-party must have been responsible for your injury. For example:
- If you were injured because faulty train doors closed on you unexpectedly at an Andover Station, you could potentially be able to claim.
- Alternatively, if you sustained whiplash because your taxi driver made a dangerous manoeuvre resulting in a collision, you could be able to claim against their insurance.
For more information on public transport accidents, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today and see how personal injury lawyers covering Andover could help you.
Car Park Accidents
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, car park operators must ensure safety on-site as much as reasonably possible. If they fail to do so and are found to be in breach of their duty of care, you could be entitled to compensation if you’re injured as a result. If regular maintenance checks and repairs are not carried out, hazards can arise, commonly including:
- Faulty machinery (e.g. barriers and payment machines)
- Surface damage (e.g. potholes and uneven footpaths)
You may even be involved in a vehicle accident in Chantry Centre Car Park or George Yard Medium Stay Car Park, that was the result of another road user in which case you would claim for any injuries sustained against their vehicle insurance policy. Our specialist advisors offer free consultations and are available 24/7.
Without the protection of cars’ outer shell, cyclists are more exposed. However, they are often forced to share the roads with larger vehicles, making them one of Britain’s most vulnerable road users. With one of the highest casualty rates per mile travelled, it may come as no surprise that ROSPA reported over 17,550 cycling casualties in 2018. Common causes of cyclist accidents include:
- Negligence of other road users (e.g. carelessness)
- Poorly maintained surfaces (e.g. potholes or faded cycle lane markings)
- Manufacturing issues (e.g. defective bike or helmet)
Have you been injured in an Andover bike accident and want to make a claim? Are you wondering how much compensation you could receive after being injured in an Andover motorcycle accident? Whatever your circumstances, call our team for a free consultation, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today.
Parks, shops, restaurants and salons are just a few examples of public places that fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. According to this legislation, those in control of these public places have a duty of care to help ensure visitors’ safety. Therefore, if you’re injured in an Andover public place accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation if third-party negligence was responsible. Here are some examples where grounds for a public liability claim could potentially be established:
- Slipping on a spillage in a supermarket aisle that has not been signposted or cleared up
- Cutting yourself on cracked swimming pool tiles at an Andover swimming baths
Public liability claims can be particularly challenging to make. For more information on public liability claims, please continue reading or contact one of our advisors today to see how a personal injury lawyer covering Andover could help you.
Public Parks And Open Spaces Accidents
There are many parks in Andover such as Anton Lakes and Beech Hurst Park that people may use for enjoyment, exercise or even a day out with the children.
As public parks fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, owners and operators are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the area ensuring they are as safe as they could be. If open spaces and public areas are not maintained they can quickly fall into disrepair. Potential examples of public park accidents in Andover include:
- Tripping on a pothole while jogging along footpaths.
- Being injured by outdoor gym or play equipment in a poor state of repair.
Supermarket and Shop Accidents And Injuries
Retail environments such as shops and shopping centres also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Therefore, retailers could be held liable if you’re injured as a result of their negligence. If you are injured in a shop or shopping centre and feel that it was due to the retailer’s negligence there are steps you can take to gather evidence in case you decide to make a public liability claim. For example, takes images of the cause of the accident, seek medical attention and have the shop or supermarket record it in their accident book.
In 2018/9, a report by the Health and Safety Executive found slips, trips, and falls to account for a third of all major workplace injuries. Furthermore, they discovered that over 95% of major cases resulted in broken bones, showing how severe these accidents can be. But did you know that you could be entitled to compensation if you were injured in one of these accidents and a third-party was responsible? If you’d like a free assessment of your slip, trip or fall accident to see whether you could claim for your injury, please contact one of our advisors today.
Local authorities, including Test Valley Borough Council, also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Councils have many responsibilities over many different areas. Local councils may be responsible for footpaths, roads, libraries, leisure centres and even some schools.
To prevent hazards from causing accidents, safety measures can be implemented and systems put in place to inspect and identify risks. If safety measures are not carried out the following could potentially occur;
- Potholes of significant depth
- Paving stones that are cracked, sunken or risen causing tripping accidents
If you are unsure whether or not you have a valid claim that meets council criteria call our advisors they can connect you to person injury solicitors covering Andover who can assess your case, view your evidence and provide free legal advice on your options.
In addition to physical damage, did you know you could also claim for psychological harm? If you’ve witnessed a crime or even been unfortunate enough to fall victim to one, the resulting trauma you may be experiencing can have lasting effects. Through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), claims for psychological damage can be made to compensate this suffering. In order to qualify, your situation must meet the following criteria:
- The crime is reported to the police
- Legal proceedings are made within 2 years of the crime date – this may vary.
To see if you could have a claim, please contact one of our specialist advisors today for a complimentary consultation.
Crime Rates In Test Valley, Including Andover
If you’d like recent crime stats for the Test Valley area, please see the table below:
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||986|
Though claims are unique they can be expected to follow a similar structure once a solicitor (if you choose to use one) is appointed:
- Evidence is collected and reviewed
- The third-party is notified of the claim against them
- Liability is either accepted or denied
- A settlement is agreed upon
If a claim is disputed, there’s a chance it could end up being resolved in court. However, this only happens in rare cases. To ensure you have the best chances of winning the compensation you deserve, we advise you to seek help from personal injury solicitors covering Andover. Please speak to our team of friendly advisors to learn more.
Parts Of Andover Where Lawyers Could Be Found
From London Street to Bridge Street, Andover has a selection of law firms available. But by confining your search for a solicitor to the local area, you could be limiting your claim’s chances of success.
Do You Need A Lawyer From Your Local Area
With technological development, communication can be conducted remotely. In this sense, the locality of your solicitor should not be your priority, but the quality of the service they provide. Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Andover has years of experience working with clients across Britain. To see how we could help you, please contact one of our advisors today for a free consultation.
What Happens When A Doctor Checks Your Injury?
Your solicitor will ask you to undergo a medical assessment with an independent expert. At your appointment, you’ll receive a physical examination as well as a series of questions about your injury. Not only does the resulting report help corroborate details you provided about how you sustained your injury, but it allows your solicitor to value your claim. Therefore, it’s vital that you attend your appointment to ensure you have solid evidence in your bid for compensation.
If you’re looking to make a personal injury claim after an accident in Andover, we advise you to seek help from a legal professional to handle your claim for you. Not only could this boost your chances of compensation but ensure you receive the maximum payout you deserve. In our experience, we know how daunting the prospect of choosing a solicitor can be. To help ease this process, we recommend online reviews. Providing you with first-hand experiences and recommendations of past clients, online reviews give you an insight into which service best suits your needs.
If you’ve been injured in an Andover accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s natural to wonder how much compensation you could be entitled to. In our years of experience valuing claims, we know that every case is unique. Therefore, we advise against online personal injury ‘compensation calculators’. The figures they provide as estimates are often inaccurate, as they don’t consider individual factors of each case, instead opting for generalisation.
If you’re looking for a consultation that you can rely on, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Our specialist advisors can give you a free assessment of your situation and offer impartial advice on your circumstances. In the meantime, please see the table below for compensation estimates, based on figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (an organisation responsible for training Britain’s court judges):
|Neck (minor)||Full recovery, typically taking 1-2 years||
£4,080 to £7,410
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (moderate)||Prognosis of near to full recovery, without grossly disabling effects||
£7,860 to £21,730
|Back (moderate)||Injuries including compression/crush fractures, resulting in osteoarthritis, pain and discomfort||
£26,050 to £36,390
|Shoulder (severe)||Includes damage to the brachial plexus causing significant disability||
£18,020 to £45,070
|Loss of both hands||Extensive damage to the hands rendering them useless or requiring amputation||
£132,040 to £189,110
If you’re feeling deterred from making a personal injury claim because of the financial risk associated, a No Win No Fee agreement could be your solution. No Win No Fee solicitors want claimants to be able to access legal help regardless of their financial situation. They don’t charge fees unless they win your case. At this point, you’ll pay them what’s called a ‘success fee’, which is a small percentage of your compensation. Don’t worry about losing much of your payout though, as this fee is capped by law and there aren’t any hidden costs either.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Andover always work on a No Win No Fee basis. This way, you can focus on your recovery while they handle your claim for you and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about the services they offer, please speak to one of our advisors today.
If you’re interested in making a personal injury claim after an Andover accident, please contact one of our specialist advisors today for a consultation, free of charge. Why not see how we could help you win the compensation you deserve today?
- Call 0800 408 7825
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Thank you for reading our guide to personal injury claims. Here, you can find some additional information:
Who May Carry Out Your Injury Assessment
|Philippa Keech||Basepoint Andover,
East Portway Business Park,
Nearest Court Contact Details
|Winchester Combined Court Centre|
|Winchester Combined Court,
The Law Courts,
Test Valley Council Contact Details
|Test Valley Borough Council|
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