This guide has been put together to help you to learn more about how you could be entitled to claim compensation for an injury that wasn’t your fault. Personal injury lawyers covering Barnsley can help you throughout the claims process so you can claim compensation from a third party that caused you to suffer a physical injury, psychological trauma or financial losses through a breach in the duty of care owed to you. Please read through the sections below and get in touch with us if you would like to try to start a claim or if you would like to ask any further questions.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Barnsley
- Work-Related Illness And Injuries In Barnsley
- Barnsley Road Traffic Accidents
- Bike Accidents In Barnsley
- Accidents In Public Places
- Tripping And Slipping Accidents
- Barnsley Council Duty Of Care
- CICA And Compensation Claims
- How Injury Lawyers Covering Barnsley Could Help Claimants
- Will Client Reviews Help You Choose The Right Lawyer?
- Typical Damages Which May Be Paid Out For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Barnsley
- How You Could Contact A Lawyer
This guide will cover some of the more common reasons why a person could be injured and be subsequently entitled to seek compensation. Hopefully, you will find a description matching your circumstances here and find the relevant section useful and informative. If not, don’t worry, if your specific circumstances aren’t described here, just call us up or send us a message and our team can provide you with advice.
The other factors addressed in this article are some of the details about finding a solicitor and making a claim. Some are facts that you should know about before making a claim, others are useful bits of advice that can help to make starting a claim easier. This guide is only intended as an introduction, so don’t worry if there are things that you want to know more about. It is our professional team of legal advisors job to answer all your questions and to give you advice about what to do next. You should direct your enquiries about seeking personal injury compensation to them.
Under UK law there are many different forms of health and safety regulations protecting employees at work, and they are all based on the legal principle set out in the Health And Safety At Work Act 1974, that the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the workplace rests with the employer. The employer in any given workplace has an obligation to do everything within their power to reduce the risk of preventable accidents as much as reasonably possible. Under this principle, any preventable accident that occurs in a workplace could potentially make an employer liable for paying compensation to the affected employee. This is especially the case if it is found that any other more specific workplace safety regulations have been violated.
If you have suffered an injury or developed an occupational illness because your employer did not fully meet their obligation to prevent workplace accidents you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Some of the circumstances in which an employer might be liable for paying compensation to an employee might include:
- Failing to provide you with the training needed for you to perform your job safely
- Failing to provide Personal Protective Equipment
- Failing to ensure that regular checks and maintenance of machinery and tools in use in the workplace.
- Failing to deal with workplace hazards like slipping or tripping hazards, noise hazards or fumes and particulates in the air.
Our advisors can answer any questions you might have about making a compensation claim for a work accident or work-related illness.
You have the right to drive or use the roads without the risk of having an injury inflicted on you by another drivers negligent driving. If you suffer an accident that was caused by another driver failing to pay attention to the road, or by speeding or driving under the influence or otherwise breaking road laws and driving dangerously, then you could be entitled to claim compensation from the driver who caused the accident.
You may also be able to make a claim against another party in cases where the accident was not caused by another driver, but rather by the conditions of the road. The authorities responsible for maintaining roads have a legal obligation to make sure that they do so sufficiently to ensure they are safe. If the state of the road is so unsafe that an accident occurs and someone gets injured, that authority could potentially be liable for paying compensation for any suffering caused.
Accidents When Using Public Transport
If you get injured because the operator of a public transport service failed to operate the service safely, such as by failing to maintain their vehicles properly or by failing to operate them safely, you could be entitled to claim compensation on the basis that a duty of care owed to you by the public service operator was not met which lead to you suffering an avoidable injury. If you want to learn more about making a claim for an accident on board a bus, a taxi, a train, a tram or a ferry or other form of public transport, you can read our guide to doing so here, and you can direct questions and receive free advice from our legal consultants.
Accidents When In A Car Park
Car parks are another example of a public place where the operators have a duty of care to make sure that the premises are safe. If the operator of a car park allows the road surfaces, pavements, lighting or barriers of their premises to fall into such disrepair through negligence that an accident occurs, a compensation claim could be made for which the operators could be liable. As always our team of advisors can answer any inquiries you may wish to ask.
Cyclists make up a disproportionate amount of those injured in road traffic accidents in the UK, this is partially because they have less physical protection from being injured compared to other road users. It is also because of the fact that they are much smaller than other road users and therefore less visible. It is very important that vehicle drivers fulfil the obligations of every road user to be aware of any oncoming cyclists when driving. If you have suffered an injury while cycling due to the negligence of another driver, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Similarly, compensation claims could be made against the authorities responsible for maintaining the road on which the accident took place if the accident occurred as a result of the condition of road infrastructure falling below acceptable safety standards, for example, if deep potholes have caused you to have an accident. For more information about making a cycling accident injury claim, read our guide or call our advice team.
Most public spaces will have some organisation or business which is responsible for its operation and upkeep. Such an organisation could be liable for paying compensation in the event that someone is injured on their property as a result of their failure to properly maintain the premises. You can find out more details about how to make a compensation claim for an accident in a public place here. In addition, in the following two sections we will look at some examples of the types of accident claims you could make against the operator of public space.
Park Injuries And Playground Accidents
Public parks and playing areas are the responsibility of their operators to maintain. Often, though not always, the local council. If you suffer an accident and an injury while in a park due to the poor condition of the park and the managements’ failure to carry out the correct maintenance you could be entitled to claim compensation. A number of different types of accidents could occur in a public park if repairs are not carried out. Littering, vandalism, wear and tear and plant growth could create accident hazards among playing equipment and public footpaths. It is quite possible that the condition of many public parks and play areas may get worse in the near future as some local authorities have experienced reductions in their budgets for operating public parks.
To learn more about making an accident injury claim against the operators of a park or public play area you can click here to read our guide as well as calling our team to ask any questions you may have about how personal injury lawyers covering Barnsley could help you.
Shopping Centre And Retail Accidents
A business which runs a shop or other retail space has a duty of care over their customers and members of the public. What this means is that they have a legal obligation to make sure that their property is maintained to a standard of safety that does not put people at risk. This means that if a person experiences an accident and is injured while in a shop because the shop was in a state of disorder or unsafeness then they could be entitled to make a claim for compensation against the shop’s owners on the basis that they failed to fulfil their obligation to ensure that their business was a safe place for their visitors.
Some examples of how a shop could become liable for paying personal injury compensation may include:
- Being injured by items falling off of a cart or pallet
- Being injured by items falling off of shelves
- Being injured by tripping or slipping and falling on a preventable hazard, such as wet floors without warning signs.
You can find more details about making claims for accidents in supermarkets and other shops by reading our websites page on shopping accidents, just click here. You can also direct any questions and enquiries about personal injury solicitors covering Barnsley by calling our specialist team of advisors.
One easily overlooked aspect of health and safety is preventing slips trips and falls. While they might not sound as dramatic as other kinds of accidents, trips and falls account for a lot of injuries in workplaces and other public spaces. Preventing trips and falls is one of many operators obligations towards the safety of their customers and any members of the public that use their premises. Trips and slips can be caused by various different failures in property operators responsibilities:
- Allowing floors to fall into disrepair, such as letting carpets become frayed or paving surfaces to become broken and uneven.
- Leaving slipping hazards such as wet or icy patches of floor unmarked or not dealt with
- Leaving tripping hazards such as rubbish, packaging or wiring strewn on the floor.
In order to learn more about making a claim for a tripping injury, you can read our guide and you can also get a free advice session from our team of legal advisors.
Barnsley council may operate many different services in your areas and also maintain many public spaces including; gyms and recreation centres, libraries, youth clubs, public parks and playing areas in addition to council services and office buildings themselves. If the local council is responsible for a property then they will have the same duty of care and legal obligation as any other public operator. In addition, local councils are often responsible for repairs and maintenance of roads, pavements and public footpaths.
Councils may have systems in place to regularly check and inspect areas so that they do not pose a risk to the public. Public liability claims can be challenging to say the least so it is always advisable to have a legal representative if you are thinking of pursuing a claim of this nature. Evidence will need to be compiled to ensure you have a solid case. For more information please do not hesitate to contact our team.
People who have been the victim of crimes could be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries, psychological suffering and trauma as well as the loss or destruction of their property or belongings. If you have recently been the victim of a crime, or if you have suffered physical or sexual abuse as a child, and there is proof of you having suffered an injury or from PTSD as a result, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The CICA is an executive agency of the Government. You can find out some more about how CICA works by visiting this website.
Even if there has not been a conviction or a positive identification of the person responsible, you could be entitled to claim compensation. You can find out more about how our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Barnsley can help you to make this type of claim by calling our team of advisors.
Rates Of Criminal Injuries In Barnsley
The table below shows figures, from official sources, for the levels of crime in Barnsley.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||2535|
|Other types of theft||2112|
|Burglary of residential property||1422|
It is a personal injury solicitors job to seek out and assemble the evidence to support your case, to work out how much compensation your situation could entitle you to and to represent your case. A good personal injury lawyer will assume most of the responsibility for making your case successful, although it is important to note that a legal representative is not a legal requirement to pursue compensation claims.
Streets In Barnsley Where Solicitors May Be Located
There are multiple solicitors offices in central Barnsley located along Regent Street and Eastgate.
Do You Always Need Assessments By Doctors?
Receiving a medical examination will provide medical confirmation for the court that you have received an injury, and clarify how severe it is in order to calculate the amount of compensation to which you should be entitled.
Do You Need A Locally Based Lawyer?
You do not need to work with a Barnsley personal injury lawyer. The ability to communicate and organise a case through video calls, phone calls and emails means that you can work with a solicitor regardless of where you live and where they are based.
You should definitely look out for client reviews, in other words, reviews that have been left by previous clients of personal injury solicitors and use them as a means of identifying which solicitors would be best for your case. You ought to look for solicitors whose reviews indicate that they have been successful at handling their previous cases and who have previously dealt with cases that are similar to yours, but more importantly, you should be keeping an eye out for solicitors whose reviews indicate that they are pleasant and easy to work with and who are good communicators with their clients.
Calculating compensation is done on a case by case basis, depending on the details of the client’s injuries, the physical and mental suffering they have experienced and the degree to which the client will experience a disability or a prolonged recovery from their injury. More severe injuries with more severe long-lasting effects will entitle claimants to larger amounts of compensation.
You can consult the table below to see some examples of the amounts of compensation you could be entitled to claim for various types of injuries. Not included in the figures in this table is the amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim in special damages, in other words, the amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim for the financial losses you have suffered as a result of the injury, such as medical costs or loss of income through being unable to work.
|Injury Type||Compensation Bracket|
|Moderate neck injury||£7,410 to £36,120|
|Severe neck injury||In the region of £139,210|
|Severe back Injury||£36,390 to £151,070|
|Shoulder injuries severe||£18,020 to £45,070|
|Arm Amputated at the Shoulder||Not less than £128,710|
We know that the thought of having to pay legal fees might be intimidating or discouraging to some potential claimants. All of the personal injury solicitors who are on our panel make No Win No Fee claims. That means that they will not charge you a legal fee before making the claim, nor will they charge you for a claim that does not succeed. However, in return, they will be entitled to receive a portion of your compensation if you do win, which will serve as their payment.
To reach our advisors for free advice or to find out how a personal injury lawyer covering Barnsley could help you, you can either call on 0800 408 7825, or post a message in our live support chat.
Medical Experts Who Cover Barnsley
|Khalid Mahmood||South Yorkshire Physio Centre
Day Street, Barnsley,S70 1NW
Barnsley Law Courts
|Barnsley Law Courts|
|The Court House, Westgate, Barnsley S70 2HW|
|Barnsley metropolitan Borough Council|
|1 Westgate, Western St, Barnsley S70 2DR|
Article by AA