When you’re injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to ask them for compensation. To make the process of claiming easier, you can engage the services of a solicitor who specialises in personal injury claims. In this guide, we’re going to look at claiming for an accident at work, road traffic accident, public place accidents and injuries caused by criminal acts against you. Specifically, we’re going to show you how a personal injury lawyer covering Birkenhead could help you begin your claim. For each type of claim, we’ll look at when you might be eligible to claim and we’ll also consider how much compensation could be paid.
As well as providing you with as much information as possible in this guide, we can also help you begin a claim if you contact one of our specialist advisors. They’ll provide you with free claims advice and also offer a free assessment of your claim.
To talk to us today about making a claim, please call an advisor on 0800 408 7825 for free advice on your options. Alternatively, please carry on reading to find out how personal injury lawyers could support your claim.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Birkenhead
- Workplace Accidents And Injuries In Birkenhead
- Traffic Accidents In Birkenhead
- Cycling Injuries And Accidents
- Accidents And Injuries In Public Places
- Trip And Fall Accidents And Injuries
- Council Accidents And Injury Claims
- Assaults And Victim Based Crimes In Birkenhead
- How Lawyers Covering Birkenhead And The Wirral Could Help You
- Check If Your Lawyer Is Rated And Reviewed
- Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Birkenhead
- Consult A Lawyer
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Birkenhead
If you are considering making a claim, you’ll need to provide some evidence to prove what happened, who was to blame and how you were affected. Getting the right evidence is important as it can affect how much compensation you’ll receive. We believe that having the right legal representative on your side can really make the claims process easier and could help ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation.
As we progress through this guide, we’re going to look at the different situations that could mean you are eligible to make a compensation claim. While we will look at different types of claims such as road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, public transport accident and accidents in shops, we won’t be able to cover every scenario here. Don’t worry if you don’t see an accident like yours in this guide, we could still help you. In general, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim if:
- The person responsible for your injury had a duty of care to protect your health and safety.
- They breached that duty of care; and
- You suffered an injury in an accident as a result.
If you are thinking of making a claim, we’d suggest you start as soon as possible. Every claim has a limitation period associated with it. The personal injury claims time limit is generally 3-years. If you fail to claim within that time period, your claim may be rejected, and you won’t receive the compensation you might’ve been entitled to.
Evidence To Support A Claim
Following any type of accident, we advise you to seek medical attention, photograph the accident scene, gather any witness details and report the accident where possible. By doing so, your solicitor should be able to gather evidence such as accident reports, medical reports and witness statements to help prove how the accident happened and who was liable for your injuries.
Workplace Accidents And Injuries In Birkenhead
When you’re employed, the company you work for has a duty of care to try and keep you safe in the workplace. This usually means that they need to carry out risk assessments to identify any problems and remove any dangers they find. If they fail to do so, you could be entitled to seek compensation from them.
For instance, you might be able to claim for injuries sustained in an accident caused by a lack of training, faulty equipment, unsuitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or even tiredness caused by a lack of rest breaks.
You shouldn’t worry about claiming against an employer because it is illegal for them to discipline you, sack you or treat you differently for doing so. Also, the company will have insurance in place to cover such claims.
Traffic Accidents In Birkenhead
All road users have a duty of care to protect each other. That means, if a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist is negligent and causes an accident to happen, you could be entitled to seek compensation from them.
When a road traffic accident occurs we advise you to remain calm and begin collecting evidence if you’re able to do so. You should photograph the accident scene before vehicles are removed, swap details with anybody else involved and report the accident to the emergency services if there are any injuries. Whilst doing so, you should try to avoid saying anything that could be construed to be an admission of guilt.
Birkenhead Bus And Public Transport Crashes
In the same regard, if you’re a passenger on public transport and an accident happens, you could claim for any injuries as well. However, while the claim could be against another road user, you might also be entitled to claim against the company operating the public transport if their driver was to blame for the accident. You’ll find more details about public transport accident claims here.
Car Parking Crashes And Accidents
There are many different types of car park accidents which could lead to a compensation claim. As well as collisions with other vehicles, which are dealt with in a similar way to other road accidents, you could be injured by:
- Being hit by a faulty barrier.
- Tripping over road defects like potholes or raised kerbstones.
- Cutting yourself on damaged equipment or bollards.
Cycling Injuries And Accidents
Even when cyclists take precautions like wearing a helmet, a collision at any speed can cause serious, and sometimes life-threatening, injuries. Broken bones, head injuries (like concussion), neck and back injuries are common.
Even though you may not have insurance as a cyclist, if you’re injured because another road user collides with you or causes your accident, you could be entitled to seek compensation from them. The compensation could be used to cover pain and suffering caused as well as any property, including your bike, that was damaged in the accident.
You’ll find more information about cycling accident claims in this guide.
Accidents And Injuries In Public Places
If you’re injured in a public place, the site owner, business operator or other entity responsible for the place could be liable. Places like shopping centres, train stations, car parks, gyms or even footpaths can all be deemed public places. The list is too long to list here but essentially, we’re talking about anywhere you’re allowed to be without asking permission.
One of the hardest parts of beginning the claim can be identifying who’s responsible. If you’re unable to identify who’s to blame, speak with our advisors to see if they can use their experience to help you.
Accidents And Injuries In Parks And Play Areas
Parks are meant to be fun places where children can have fun with friends, enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise. However, in some cases accidents can happen in parks which can be quite traumatic for the child and their parents.
If the accident was caused by the negligence of the site owner, you could claim compensation from them. For instance, claims might be possible for cuts caused by damage equipment, injuries caused by damaged outdoor gym equipment or where protective floor tiles were missing.
If your child is injured in an accident in a park, you can claim at any point on their behalf before they turn 18 (although we’d suggest claiming as soon as possible). Otherwise, they have a 3-year time limit for claiming which starts on their 18th birthday.
Accidents And Injuries In Shops
Retailers have a duty to protect customers in the same way as other public places. Therefore, if you’re injured during an accident in a shop, caused by the business owner’s negligence, you could be eligible to seek compensation.
Trip And Fall Accidents And Injuries
If you’re injured in a slip, trip or fall, you could be entitled to claim compensation if it was caused by negligence such as:
- Cables trailed across a walkway.
- A faulty handrail.
- Wet floors without warning signs.
- Uneven flooring.
Council Accidents And Injury Claims
All local authorities, including Wirral Council, are tasked with maintaining some public highways. Their responsibility starts with assessing paths and roads regularly and then repairing any faults they identify.
If you can show that you were involved in an accident because the council had breached their responsibilities, you could be entitled to claim. The types of defect that could lead to a claim include raised paving slabs, missing kerbstones, pothole and tree roots growing through concrete.
Assaults And Victim Based Crimes In Birkenhead
If you’re the victim of a violent crime, and the criminal is unable to compensate you themselves (or even if they’re not caught or identified), you could claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
They are a government body who manage a scheme designed to provide some compensation when it’s not available from any other source. To be eligible to claim, the crime must’ve have been reported to the police. There is also a 2-year time limit, but this might be waived in extreme circumstances such as historical crimes.
For more information on making a CICA claim, please speak with an advisor today.
Wirral Victim Based Crime Statistics
For your information, we’ve included the table below which shows the most common crimes reported to police in the Wirral area for the 12 months ending in the first quarter of 2020 (source)
|Crimes Reported||Total Number Reported|
|Violence against individuals||2,857|
How Lawyers Covering Birkenhead And The Wirral Could Help You
In the next few sections of our guide, we’re going to look specifically at how a personal injury lawyer covering Birkenhead could support your claim. We’ll consider how you choose the best lawyer for your case, why you need to have a medical assessment and how much compensation you might be entitled to.
As well as reading the rest of this guide, you could contact our team of advisors for free claims advice. They’ll be able to tell you if you’ve got a chance of success.
What Is A Medical Report For A Lawyer?
As part of the personal injury claims process, your solicitor will arrange for a local medical assessment to be conducted. The doctor or medical specialist will review your medical notes and ask several questions during the appointment. They’ll then produce a report which details what injuries were sustained, how you’ve been affected by them and if any of the symptoms are going to be long-term.
The report is important because it proves the true extent of your injuries. As you’ll see later on, compensation amounts are determined by the severity of your injuries. Therefore, the medical report can be used to determine exactly how you suffered so that your solicitor can try and ensure you’re compensated fairly.
Do I Need To Choose A Local Lawyer?
It’s quite common to begin any search for a service provider locally. However, there’s no need to limit your search to personal injury lawyers in Birkenhead. If you do, you could miss out on finding one who’s got more experience or expertise in handling cases just like yours. The location of the solicitor’s office doesn’t matter too much because, due to modern technology, claims are generally handled over the phone, via emails and over video conferencing too.
Check If Your Lawyer Is Rated And Reviewed
When you search for a personal injury lawyer covering Birkenhead, you’re likely to look at online reviews. We think they’re a great place to start as they allow you to see what clients thought of compensation amounts, the service they received and how long the whole process took.
On top of reading reviews, we’d advise you to call any potential law firm directly. By doing so, you’ll get a good idea of whether you can work with the solicitor in question. That might be important when you consider that some claims can take many months to be finalised. Also, you’ll be able to find out information not contained in reviews such as how they solicitor plans to deal with your case and what amount of compensation they hope you’ll receive.
Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
In this section, we’re going to consider how much compensation you might receive. The important thing to remember here is that every claim is unique. That’s why, instead of a personal injury claims calculator, we’ve listed some example compensation amounts in the table below. When you reach out to a solicitor, they’ll be able to provide you with a more accurate compensation estimate after they’ve assessed your claim. The figures below are examples of amounts listed in a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is used by courts, insurers and solicitors to help determine compensation amounts.
|Injury Type||Severity of Injury||Compensation Amount||Detailed guidance|
|Jaw||Fractures (serious)||£28,610 to £42,730||Very serious multiple fractures of the jaw which require prolonged treatment and result in permanent consequences.|
|Neck||Moderate||£23,460 to £36,120||Fractures or dislocations of the neck that result in immediate and severe problems and could lead to spinal fusion.|
|Neck||Minor||Up to £4,080||Soft tissue injuries, such as those seen in whiplash situations where full recovery takes place between one and two years.|
|Back||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,390||A compression or crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae which increases the risk of osteoarthritis is a good example of an injury which this bracket covers.|
|Shoulder||Fracture||£4,830 to £11,490||This bracket covers a fractured clavicle. The amount awarded will depend on the nature of the fracture, the residual symptoms and whether suffering will be permanent or temporary.|
|Arm||Fracture||£6,190 to £18,020||This bracket is used to cover injuries such as a simple fracture of the forearm.|
|Knee||Moderate||Up to £12,900||Includes injuries such as dislocations, cartilage tears, lacerations, twisting and bruising of the knee.|
|Ankle||Modest||Up to £12,900||Sprains, ligament injuries and minor displaced fractures of the ankle are covered by this bracket.|
The figures shown are known as general damages compensation. They are designed to cover the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries. On top of general damages, your personal injury solicitor can claim for another head of loss known as special damages. This is compensation designed to recover any financial loss you’ve incurred because of your injuries. Special damages claims can include medical expenses, care costs, travel-related costs and lost income. For longer-term injuries, it might be possible to claim for future lost earnings as well.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Birkenhead
It’s common for people to worry about the costs involved with making any type of personal injury claim. A No Win No Fee service not only gives important access to justice, the amount of stress and financial risk is greatly reduced too.
The process begins when the solicitor reviews your case with you. If they’re happy that there’s a chance of claiming successfully, they’ll prepare a No Win No Fee agreement for you called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
The CFA is your contract with the solicitor and is used to fund your case. The main benefits of claiming with a CFA are:
- There’s nothing to pay upfront so your claim can begin right away.
- You won’t be asked for any solicitor’s fees while the claim is being processed.
- If the claim fails, you don’t have to pay any solicitor’s fees whatsoever.
If the case is won, your solicitor will retain a percentage of your compensation to cover their time and effort. This is called a success fee. Don’t worry too much though because the success fee will be listed in the CFA clearly and is legally capped.
Consult A Lawyer
Thanks for reading this guide about choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Birkenhead. We hope you’ve found the information useful and you’d like to talk to us about beginning a claim. If that’s the case, here’s how you can get in touch:
- Call a member of our team to discuss your claim directly on 0800 408 7825.
- Use our live chat facility to discuss your claim with an online advisor.
- Send details of your claim to a member of our team via this online form.
When you get in touch, an advisor will carefully listen to what’s happened and provide free claims advice on your options. Any claim they take on will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis to help make the process less stressful.
Thanks for visiting this page about finding a personal injury lawyer covering Birkenhead. To provide further assistance, we’ve linked to some additional guides and resources in this final section and also provided contact details for some local services that you might need to contact.
Broken Bone Information – Information from the NHS providing advice to help you determine if you’ve fractured a bone.
Roadside Insurance Checker – A useful tool that lets you check if a vehicle is insured following an RTA.
The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 – The legislation that helps to govern workplace safety.
Local Authority Claims – This guide provides more information on when you could sue the council if their negligence has left you injured.
Public Park Accident Claims – A more detailed look at the reasons you might be eligible for compensation following an accident in a park.
Restaurant Injury Claims – Guidance on when you might be entitled to claim compensation following an accident in a restaurant.
Doctors Carrying Out Assessments In Your Area
Here is a list of medical specialists or doctors that you could be referred to if you need a medical assessment as part of your claim:
|Medical Specialist / Doctor||Location|
|Gill Dabek||Hoylake Road,
Wirral, CH46 6DF.
|Mark Middleman||Whetstone Lane,
Birkenhead, CH41 0DD.
|Jayne Holland||Park Road North,
Birkenhead, CH41 0DD.
Magistrates Courts In The Wirral
|Wirral Magistrates' Court|
Birkennhead, CH41 5HW.
|PO BOX 290,
Wallasey, CH27 9FQ.
Article by EA