When an accident happens and you sustain an injury, it can be annoying, inconvenient and mean you end up out of pocket. If the accident was caused by somebody who was negligent and owed you a duty of care, you might want to consider seeking compensation from them. Our guide is going to explain how a personal injury lawyer covering Batley could support you. We’ll look at when somebody else might be liable, how long you have to claim and what amount of compensation might be possible.
We can help you begin the process of claiming by providing a no-obligation assessment of your claim as well as free legal advice.
To discuss what happened with an advisor today, please call us on 0800 408 7825. Otherwise, please carry on reading to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Batley could support your claim.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Batley
- Accident Or Injury Claims When Injured At Work
- Road Traffic Accidents In Batley
- Accident Or Injury Claims When Riding A Bike
- Accident Or Injury Claims For Being Harmed In A Public Place
- Accident Or Injury Claims Involving Tripping Or Slipping Over
- Accident Or Injury Claims Against Kirklees Borough Council
- CICA And Civil Claims For Criminal Injuries
- I Had An Accident Or Injury In Batley, How Do I Make A Claim?
- Why Reviews Can Be Important When Choosing A Lawyer
- Calculating How Much Compensation You Could Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Batley Cases
- Contact Our Legal Team
- Further Resources
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Batley
It’s quite normal to feel aggrieved when you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, especially if you suffer an injury and your property is damaged. If that’s the case, you could pursue justice and hire a personal injury lawyer covering Batley.
Having an experienced specialist on your side can make all the difference and could help ensure you receive the right amount of compensation. They’ll guide you through the claim and work with you to gather evidence to support the claim. This might include medical records, accident reports and witness statements. All of these things can take some time though, so we advise you to begin your claim as soon as you’re able to.
That’s because there is a personal injury claims time limit. It is a limitation period of 3-years, generally, which must be adhered to though there are exceptions. If you make your claim outside of the time limit, it will become statute-barred. That means you won’t be able to claim any compensation you might’ve been eligible for.
When you’ve digested the information in this guide, please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about starting a claim. Our advisors provide free legal advice and won’t pressure you into making a claim.
Accident Or Injury Claims When Injured At Work
By law, employers of all sizes need to try and keep their staff safe at work. That means conducting regular risk assessments of the workplace and taking steps to remove any dangers they find. If they fail to do so, and you suffer an injury as a result, you could be entitled to seek compensation.
You could claim for an injury that happened because of:
- Machinery that’s not maintained properly.
- A lack of rest breaks.
- Insufficient training on safety procedures.
- Missing or damaged Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Road Traffic Accidents In Batley
Road traffic accidents (RTAs) can happen for many different reasons including:
- A driver not paying attention.
- Driving too fast.
- Drink driving or drug driving.
- A driver ignoring road signs or signals.
- Road rage.
However the accident happens, if you’re injured in an RTA which wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to begin a claim. In most cases, the claim will be against the other driver’s insurance policy.
At the scene of the accident, you should collect evidence including witness details, photographs and details of the other vehicles involved. We then advise you to contact one of our specialists so they can check whether you’re eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.
Station, Train, Bus Or Taxi Transport Accidents
Passengers using public transport which is involved in an accident could either sue their driver or the driver of another vehicle involved if they’re injured in an RTA.
If you’re involved in a collision while using a taxi, bus, coach, tram or train and you sustain injuries, contact us to find out if you have a valid claim.
Car Park Accidents
Car park operators have a duty of care to try and keep anybody who uses their facilities safe. If an accident happens because they are negligent, and the victim suffers an injury, they could be entitled to compensation.
Here are some scenarios which could lead to you making a claim for a car park accident:
- Slipping in icy conditions because the car park wasn’t gritted.
- Being injured when a faulty barrier hits you or your vehicle.
- Cutting yourself on damaged bollard or payment machines.
- Tripping on defects in the car park’s surface.
Accident Or Injury Claims When Riding A Bike
Cyclists (and motorbike riders) are particularly vulnerable when they’re involved in an RTA. The only protection they have from a fall is their helmet (if wearing one) and their clothing.
If a cycling accident is caused by another road user’s negligence, then the cyclist could claim compensation from them. If you’ve been injured while riding a bike, because of somebody else’s error, please speak to a member of our team today.
Accident Or Injury Claims For Being Harmed In A Public Place
We’re now going to look at some examples of accidents in a public place that could lead to a claim. We’ve provided scenarios involving accidents in a park or shop but the same criteria could be applied to other public places like gyms, train stations or even public footpaths.
When making a claim of this type, identifying who’s liable can be tricky. It might be a local authority, a business owner who is a tenant at the public place or even the owner of the place. Our advisors can help with this process and once the responsible party has been found, you might be eligible to claim against their public liability insurance.
Claims For Being Injured In A Park
When an accident happens in a public park, such as Batley Memorial Park, the operator might have to pay compensation for your injuries if their negligence caused the accident. For instance, you might be allowed to claim if the accident happened because of:
- Damaged fencing or gates.
- Poorly maintained play equipment.
- Damaged outdoor gym equipment.
- Missing safety tiles.
- Damaged park furniture.
Please get in touch with us if you’d like us to consider helping you begin a claim for a public park accident on a No Win No Fee basis.
Claims For Being Injured In A Shop Or A Supermarket
If you’re injured in a shop or supermarket in Batley shopping centre or the Mill Outlet & Garden Centre, you could be entitled to claim compensation from the retailer if they were responsible for the accident.
Here are some examples of shopping accidents which could lead to a claim:
- Slipping on an item of stock that’s been dropped on the floor.
- Cutting yourself on damaged shelving or merchandise.
- Slipping on a wet floor due to a leak, cleaning or a spillage.
Accident Or Injury Claims Involving Tripping Or Slipping Over
Slips, trips and falls can result in very minor scuffs and scrapes or very serious injuries which might take months to recover from. If the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then you might be able to sue them for compensation.
Examples of accidents which could lead to a compensation claim include:
- Falling over because a trip hazard was difficult to see due to poor lighting.
- Slipping on a wet floor with inadequate warning signs.
- Falling because a handrail was broken.
- Tripping over a cable that has been trailed across your path.
- Items obstructing pathways.
Accident Or Injury Claims Against Kirklees Borough Council
You may be entitled to claim against Kirklees Borough Council if you’re injured, in a place they’re responsible for, because of an accident caused by their negligence. One of the most common types of claim is for injuries caused by road defects.
Claims against the council could be possible for injuries caused by:
- Missing or broken kerbstones.
- Loose paving slabs that have risen.
- Potholes or sinkholes.
- Tree roots which have broken through tarmac or concrete.
The law places a duty of care on Kirklees Council to have a reasonable inspection system in place to monitor roads regularly. They also need to have a system for repairing any defects they identify. Please call today to find out the options available to you.
CICA And Civil Claims For Criminal Injuries
Did you know that if you’re the victim of crime, you could claim compensation even if the criminal doesn’t have the funds to pay you themselves? That’s because the government operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to provide compensation in such cases (even if the criminal hasn’t been caught or identified).
The scheme is only used when there’s no other way of being compensated and it has its own eligibility criteria. These include:
- Claims must be made within 2-years (not the normal 3-years).
- You must have reported the crime to the police.
In exceptional circumstances, you can claim after the 2-year limitation period. For advice on doing so, please speak to an advisor for free support today.
Rates Of Crimes Affecting Victims In Kirklees Borough
The following table is provided for your information. It contains details of reported crimes in Kirklees (including Batley) for the 12-months leading up to the end of the first quarter of 2020. The data comes from statistics released by the Local Government Association.
|Most Frequent Crimes||Total Number|
|Violence against individuals||4,325|
|Other theft (non vehicle-related)||3,363|
I Had An Accident Or Injury In Batley, How Do I Make A Claim?
In the following sections of our guide, we’re going to provide information that should help you choose a personal injury lawyer covering Batley. We’ll look at the location of your law firm, how medical reports can help and whether you should refer to online reviews.
To make the process easier, you could simply call us for a free assessment of your claim. If your advisor thinks your claim could be successful, they’ll connect you with a specialist solicitor from our panel to save you the hassle of looking for one.
What Is The Role Of Medical Evidence?
During the claims process, your solicitor will arrange for a medical assessment with a local specialist. The reason they do this is that they need to prove how serious your injuries were to try and ensure you’re compensated correctly. During the appointment, your medical records will be reviewed, and you’ll be asked to explain how you’ve been affected by your injuries.
Then a report will be produced that explains:
- What injuries you sustained.
- Whether any of the injuries will cause long-term issues.
- How you’ve been affected by the injuries.
Why Local Lawyers Are Not Always Best
Although we’ve listed some of the areas in Batley where you might find a potential solicitor, you’re not obliged to use a local firm. Therefore, you don’t need to limit your search to solicitors in Brunswick Street, Technology Drive or Track Road. That’s because claims can be handled over email, the telephone, online and in writing which means the location of your solicitor’s office doesn’t really matter. By expanding your search to include nationwide services, you might identify a personal injury solicitor with more experience or expertise regarding claims like yours.
Why Reviews Can Be Important When Choosing A Lawyer
When you research anything on the Internet these days, you’ll quite often end up reading online reviews. With regards to choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Batley, they’re a great way to find out how previous clients claims have been dealt with.
However, reviews don’t give you all of the information you’ll need. That’s why we advise you to call any law firm you’re considering as well. By doing so, you can ask the solicitor to tell you how they plan to manage your case. While you’re discussing that with them, you should get an idea of how well you’ll both work together. That might be an important consideration as some claims can take months to be finalised.
Calculating How Much Compensation You Could Claim
Due to the fact that each compensation claim is unique, we don’t provide a personal injury claims calculator to work out how much you could be entitled to. Such tools can be misleading and result in confusion. Instead, the following table shows some example compensation amounts taken from the Judicial College Guidelines which is a document used by solicitors to help calculate settlements.
|Injury Type||Severity||Compensation Range||Related Information|
|Fatal Injury||Full Awareness||£11,770 to £22,350||Fatal injuries where the victim was fully aware of their condition for a short period followed by fluctuating periods of consciousness followed by death between a couple of weeks to 3 months later|
|Jaw||Serious||£16,860 to £28,610||A seriously fractured jaw where permanent symptoms remain such as problems opening the mouth and struggling to eat.|
|Neck||Minor||£4,080 to £7,410||Soft tissue damage of the neck (such as whiplash injuries) which fully recover, without surgery, in around 1 to 2-years.|
|Back||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,390||This bracket covers injuries such as a compression fracture of the lumbar vertebrae which causes a serious risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Shoulder||Serious||£11,980 to £18,020||This bracket is for injuries such as a dislocation of the shoulder as well as damage to the lower brachial plexus which results in neck and shoulder pain.|
|Arms||Serious||£36,770 to £56,180||A serious fracture of one or both forearms which leads to a permanent functional or cosmetic disability.|
|Wrist||Fracture||Up to £6,970||This compensation category covers simple Colles' fractures of the wrist.|
|Legs||Severe||£36,790 to £51,460||Includes a combination of serious comminuted fractures of the leg, injuries to ligaments or joints causing instability, a long period of non-weight bearing and where there's a near certainty of arthritis|
Your personal injury lawyer will explain what you could be eligible to claim once your claim has been assessed properly. As well as the figures in the table, which aim to compensate you for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, you can also claim for financial losses linked to your injuries. These could include medical expenses, home modifications, care costs, travel expenses and lost income.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Batley Cases
The most common reason people put off making a compensation claim is that they’re worried about how much it will cost. To lessen the financial risk and stress associated with claiming, you could claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
The first thing that will happen is a solicitor will review your claim to ensure it has a viable chance of success. If they’re happy, and you want to proceed, you’ll be provided with a Conditional Fee Agreement to sign (or CFA). This is the No Win No Fee agreement that will be used to fund your claim.
When you use a CFA, you’ll benefit because:
- Your solicitor won’t require any upfront payments which allows your claim to commence immediately.
- There won’t be any solicitor’s fees to pay while the claim is processed.
- If your claim fails, you don’t have to cover any of the solicitor’s fees.
When the solicitor goes on to win your case, they’ll retain a small part of your compensation to cover their time, effort and costs. This is legally capped and known as a success fee. So that you know how much you’ll pay, the success fee is clearly listed in your CFA.
Contact Our Legal Team
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide about selecting a personal injury lawyer covering Batley. We hope that you’ve found the material useful and if you’ve decided to begin a claim, we hope you’d like us to support you. If so, here are our contact details:
- You are able to call an advisor on 0800 408 7825 for advice 24-hours a day.
- Use our online chat feature to connect to a member of our team
- Send us information about the type of claim you’d like to make here.
You’ve now completed this guide about choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Batley. Should you require any additional information, please get in touch with a member of our team. To finish our guide, we’ve included some additional links, guides and resources that we hope you’ll find helpful.
NHS Service Finder – An online tool from the NHS which allows you to locate services in your area.
Motor Insurer’s Bureau – The organisation you could turn to if you’re involved in an RTA with a non-insured driver.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Guide – Detailed information regarding CICA claims.
Road Traffic Accident Claims – Advice that could prove useful if you are involved in a collision on the Bradford Road (A652).
Footpath Injury Claims – Information on making a claim against Kirklees Council if you’re injured on a pathway that they maintain.
Locations Of Medical Experts We Work With In This Area
|Rehana Rehman||Thornton Lodge Surgery,
Thornton Lodge Road,
Huddersfield, HD1 3SB.
|Vikesh Kashyap||Fitzwilliam Street,
Huddersfield, HD1 5PH.
|David Pontefract||Wellsfield House,
New Hey Road,
Huddersfield, HD3 4AL.
Kirklees (Huddersfield) Magistrates’ Court Covering Batley & Dewsbury
|Kirkless (Huddersfield) Magistrates' Court|
Huddersfield, HD1 2NW
Kirklees Council Covering Batley
3 High Street,
Huddersfield, HD1 2TG
Article by OE