Our Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Covering Basildon
Whether you’ve suffered whiplash in a Basildon car accident, have been hurt in a workplace accident, have been the victim of assault or suffered an injury in a public place due to no fault of your own, you may be wondering whether you could claim compensation for your injuries. This guide has been created to illustrate the types of cases a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could help with.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we have put together some useful insights into what kinds of situations could lead to you being able to make a personal injury claim, along with guidance on checking your eligibility and how to find an appropriate lawyer to help you, should you wish to have legal support with making a claim. We hope you’ll find the information in the sections below useful, but if you’re already ready to begin a claim, or would like a free eligibility check from our experts, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 408 7825 for support and guidance.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Basildon
- Accidents Occurring In The Workplace
- Basildon Road Traffic Accident Claims
- Cycling And Bicycle Accident Claims
- Public Space Accident Claims
- Falling And Slipping Accident Claims
- Council Injury Accident Claims
- Criminal Injury Accident Claims
- How Lawyers Could Help The Victim Of An Accident
- How Checking Reviews Of A Lawyer Could Be Helpful
- Calculating Typical Payouts For A Personal Injury Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Claims In Basildon
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In order to make a compensation claim for illness or injury with the help of a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon, you would have to fulfil certain criteria. You (and your lawyer if you chose to use one) would have to prove that:
- Someone had a duty of care towards you (this could be road users, employers, local councils or other businesses, for example)
- They breached their duty of care
- Their failure to act responsibly or their negligence led to you suffering harm
While it is not a legal requirement for you to retain the services of a legal professional to help you make a personal injury claim, many claimants find it beneficial to use the services of a solicitor in order to help them collect the relevant evidence and build a strong case against a liable party. They could then negotiate a compensation settlement with the liable party for your injury or illness and any expenses associated with it. If no agreement is reached, a personal injury solicitor could help you take your claim to the civil courts to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury law firms covering Basildon could help with a wide variety of cases, including:
- Trips, slips and fall claims
- Workplace accident claims
- Accidents in public places
- Claims against public liability insurance
- Criminal injury claims
Whatever type of accident in Basildon, Essex you’ve been injured in, if it wasn’t your fault, we could help you ascertain whether you could launch a claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer. We could provide such a case assessment free of charge, and without any obligation to use our services should we feel you have a valid claim.
Workplace accidents and illnesses are not uncommon. According to the HSE, in 2018/19 alone there were 246,000 new cases of work-related depression, stress and anxiety recorded, as well as 138,000 new cases of musculoskeletal disorders relating to work, and 581,000 workers were reported to have sustained a non-fatal injury in a workplace accident.
Causes of workplace accidents included:
- Slips, trips and falls on one level
- Carrying, handling and lifting
- Being struck by moving objects
- Acts of violence
- Falls from a height
Whatever the reason you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness, if your employer has failed in their legal duty to look after your health at work, for example by not training you, not providing you with PPE, or not removing hazards from the workplace, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries or illness suffered due to their negligence.
Making a claim against an employer could feel daunting, but a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could take on the necessary paperwork and negotiations for you. We should also mention that when claiming against an employer:
- You are protected from being treated differently because of your claim
- Your employer should have an insurance policy that covers workplace accident claims
- You could, by making a claim, prevent the same fate befalling other employees
If you’ve suffered an injury in a traffic accident near Basildon or in Basildon that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon, Essex.
Road traffic accidents are not uncommon, with 2018 statistics revealing that 1,784 people died in UK traffic accidents in that year alone. A further 25,511 people were seriously injured in the same time period, with 133,302 people suffering minor injuries.
Whether you suffered whiplash when someone ran into the back of you in an accident at Basildon traffic lights, or you were injured when a vehicle dangerously overtook you on the road, making a claim could help to compensate you for the pain/suffering you’ve experienced and could help you reclaim expenses such as wage losses, care costs and medical/travel costs associated with the accident and your injuries.
What Happens If I Was Partially At Fault?
Even if you were partially at fault for a road traffic accident, if another party was also to blame for the accident, you may still be able to claim compensation, although the amount you would receive would be reduced to reflect your involvement in the accident.
What Happens If I Can’t Find The Driver, Or They Were Uninsured?
A personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could still help you. In cases where the driver of a vehicle has fled the scene or is not insured, a claim could be made via the Motor Insurer’s Bureau for compensation.
Injured On Public Transport
Have you sustained injuries in an accident on public transport? Whether you’ve been injured in a Basildon bus crash, or in a taxi or train, you may be able to claim compensation if the accident you were injured in was not your fault.
Determining who could be held liable for your injuries could be tricky, though. In some cases, your claim may be against the other road user that caused the accident, whereas others could be against the taxi company, the rail operator, or bus company.
A personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could help you ascertain who could be held liable for your injuries and could launch a claim against them on your behalf.
Injured In A Car Park
While you might assume that, since speed limits are lower in car parks than on the road, you would not be likely to suffer serious injuries in a car park, this may not be the case. Whether someone has hit your vehicle at the barrier, or run into you while you were crossing the car park on foot, this could cause all manner of injuries ranging from minor to severe. No matter what injuries you’ve suffered, if the car park accident was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Bike users are some of the most vulnerable on UK roads. According to accident statistics from 2016, there were 18,477 reported injuries to cyclists on UK roads, with 3,499 of these being seriously injured or killed.
Whether you’ve been sideswiped on a main road, or dangerously overtaken by another vehicle, if someone else has caused you to suffer injuries in a cycling accident, you could claim compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon. If you’re not sure who was at fault for your accident, why not call us for a free case assessment to see if you could claim.
Public accident claims could be brought against a wide range of businesses and organisations. Depending on the nature of the accident you were injured in, and who has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of an environment, there are a wide variety of parties that could be held responsible for public injury claims. Examples could include:
- Premises owners/operators
- Local councils
If someone has a duty of care to make an environment safe for those using it, and they fail in that duty of care, which leads to a member of the public suffering an injury, they could be held liable for an injury claim made against them. Sometimes, however, it isn’t easy to work out who could be responsible. A personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could help you with this.
Injuries In A Park Or A Play area
If your child has been injured due to poorly maintained park equipment, or you’ve suffered an injury falling down unsafe steps at a park, the responsible party could be the local authority. Local authorities have a responsibility to the public to make public areas such as this safe, and if they have failed to do so, you could make a claim against them for injuries suffered as a result.
Injuries In A Shop Or Shopping Area
Have you slipped on a spillage in a supermarket, or been injured in a lift at a department store? If so, and the supermarket or store are found to have been negligent in keeping their premises safe to use, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Claims for accidents in a public place such as a shop or shopping area could be made against the business itself, the maintenance company that has a responsibility to keep the area safe, or even the local authority if it is their responsibility to keep public shopping areas safe for the public to use.
You may assume that falling or slipping injuries would be unfortunate instances and that they would not lead to you being able to make a personal injury claim. However, it could be wise to consider the reason behind your slip, trip or fall before you assume you would have no grounds to claim.
Slip, trip and fall prevention should be something taken very seriously by those who have a duty of care towards others. Negligence in this area could lead to a business/organisation being held liable for injuries suffered due to their negligence. Examples of claims that could be made could include:
- Claims against employers for slips, falls and trips due to unsafe workplaces
- Claims against retailers for slips on wet flooring that should have been signposted or cleared up
- Claims against councils for broken pavements that should have been cordoned off or fixed
If you’re unsure as to whether a fall, slip or trip could lead to a claim, we could help. One call to us could give you the information you need to claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall that could have been prevented if a responsible party had not been negligent.
Making a claim against a local council is also something a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could help with. No matter whether you have suffered an accident in poorly kept local authority housing, been injured in a council building, such as a library or jobcentre, or suffered injuries while in a public park or on a pathway, the council could be held responsible for your injuries if they have not lived up to their duty of care towards the public.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime and you have been injured as a result, you could make a claim for compensation, and a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon could help you. Whether you make a civil claim against the perpetrator of a crime or are claiming through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a lawyer could help take the stress of claiming from you, allowing you to remain in control of your claim without having to take on the work of fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Criminal injury claims could be made for incidents such as:
- Sexual assaults
- Sexual abuse
- Historical abuse
- Common assault
- Injuries sustained while attempting to stop a crime
If you are unsure whether you could make a claim, our team could help assess your case for free and provide you with guidance and support.
Rates Of Crimes Affecting Victims In Basildon
Crime statistics relating to the Essex area can be found below. The information in the table has been taken from LG Inform and relates to crimes in the year ending April 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against a person
As we have mentioned, it would not be a legal requirement for you to use a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon to assist with your claim. However, if you’ve been injured in an accident, you may feel that having a professional to support you as you make a claim might be less stressful than going it alone. Some of the benefits of using the services of a lawyer could include:
- Maximising compensation: A lawyer would be aware of what you could claim for and could ensure you don’t miss out on claiming for anything you are eligible for.
- Handling negotiations: Many personal injury claims don’t go to court and instead are settled via negotiation with the liable party. Your lawyer could take on these negotiations and fight for the maximum compensation for your claim.
- Helping you in court: If your claim does go to court, your personal injury lawyer could support you through the process and build a legal team to help fight your claim in court.
- Gathering evidence: In some cases, you might have to gather evidence such as accident reports or CCTV footage, for example. Your lawyer could help you with this, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery.
How Medical Assessments And Examinations Work
In any personal injury claim, you would be required to submit medical evidence. Simply visiting your GP or local hospital would not be sufficient. As part of your claim, your lawyer could help arrange an independent medical assessment so that the required medical evidence could be provided as part of your claim.
How The Location Of A Lawyer Does Not Affect A Case
When choosing a lawyer to help with your claim, you may be tempted to search for ‘personal injury lawyers in Basildon’. However, restricting yourself to using a lawyer in Basildon may not be the wisest idea. These days, most claims are handled via post, phone and email, so you are not restricted to using a local solicitor. A personal injury lawyer covering Basildon claims could be based anywhere in the UK, so you can widen your search to the whole of the UK to find the most appropriate solicitor for your case. We could help you with this search.
When you look for ‘the best personal injury lawyers covering Basildon’’, chances are, you’ll get a number of results all promising to offer you the services of the top personal injury lawyers in Basildon, but how do you know whether the law firms you see will deliver on their promises?
One way to help ascertain whether you’re likely to get a good service from the solicitor you’re considering using is to check their past reviews, to see what kind of service other claimants have experienced. Through reviews, you can get an idea of:
- A solicitor’s communication with their clients
- Their success rate
- The claims they’ve worked on before
- How well past clients think they have performed
Payouts for a personal injury claim vary wildly, depending on the specific facts of your case and the injuries you’ve sustained. This is why we have not chosen to include a personal injury claims calculator in this guide, as they could only give you a very rough estimate of how much your claim could be worth.
Instead, we have chosen to use some figures from the Judicial College Guidelines to help illustrate how much compensation could be appropriate for certain injuries. Further insight on other injuries could be given over the phone.
|JCG Guideline Bracket
|£40,410 – £205,580
|£18,020 to £45,070
|£90,250 – £122,860
|£36,770 – £51,460
|£26,050 – £36,790
Whether you’re claiming because you’ve lost a loved one in Basildon in a fatal accident that wasn’t their fault, or you’re claiming for your own injuries suffered in a workplace accident, public place accident or road traffic accident in Basildon, or for injuries sustained in victim-based crimes, you may be wondering if there’s a way to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer covering Basildon claims without paying legal fees until your case is concluded and compensation has been paid out.
There is a way in which you could do this. With a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Basildon, you could sign a Conditional Fee Agreement before your claim begins to promise the lawyer a small, legally capped success fee if your case successfully ends with a payout. If for some reason your claim is unsuccessful, your lawyer would not be entitled to this success fee, or to recoup their costs in pursuing your claim from you.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we believe that this provides a great opportunity for anyone in any financial situation to get the legal support they’re looking for to make a personal injury claim. If you’d like more in-depth information on how these claims work, or you’d like us to help you find an appropriate personal injury solicitor working on this basis to help you with your claim, please do not hesitate to call us.
Ready to get started with a claim? Or would you like to learn more about how retaining the services of a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Basildon works? Perhaps you’d like us to conduct a free case check to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation? Whatever you need, we’re here to assist. You can reach our professional, friendly team:
We’re here to offer our support and guidance with any aspect of making a claim. We look forward to hearing from you.
Falls And Trip Claims Against The Council – Claimants looking for information on making trip, slip fall claims against their local council may find this guide of interest.
Car Park Accidents – Claiming for a car park accident? This guide could offer some useful insight.
Public Road Accidents – Want to claim for an accident on a public road? This guide covers such claims in further detail.
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