Have you sustained a physical injury or psychological trauma due to the negligent actions of a third party? Are you searching for how a personal injury lawyer covering Bishop’s Stortford could assist you? If so, then this guide will be extremely beneficial to you, as it aims to outline how the personal injury claims process works, what compensation claims you can make and how personal injury solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis can pursue your case.
Throughout this guide, you will find plenty of information relating to various types of claims, such as:
- Road traffic accidents.
- Slips, Trips and Falls.
- Cyclists-related incidents.
- Public place accidents
- Claims against councils.
Once you have read this guide to the very end, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process. More specifically, you will understand how a personal injury lawyer covering Bishop’s Stortford could assist you throughout the claims process.
If you have any questions relating to the content with this guide, or if you have a question regarding your case, why not call our team on 0800 408 7825.
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- Workplace Accidents
- Bishops Stortford Road Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
- Public Space And Public Liability Accidents
- Fall Incidents And Accidents
- East Herts Council Complaints
- Victim Compensation For Assaults
- Can I Make An Accident Or Injury Claim?
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- How You Could Be Compensated For Your Injury
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Nobody suspects or anticipates to be involved in an accident of any nature, much less an accident caused by a negligent third party. However, there are unfortunate cases where a third party could breach their duty of care, causing an innocent individual injury or harm in the process.
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- How can a personal injury lawyer benefit my case?
- Must I begin my claim in a specific time frame?
- If I am injured in a public place, who is at fault?
You will have the answers to the questions listed above, plus many others, after reading this guide to the very end. However, if you would like to access further information and free legal advice, why not speak to one of our advisers? Our claims team are more than happy to talk with you. Contact our team using the number at the top of this page.
Time Limitation Period
For a personal injury claim to have a successful outcome, some criteria must be met. A prime example of this criteria is the personal injury claims time limit. For instance:
- A personal injury claim must be made within 3-years from the date of the accident.
- Alternatively, a 3-year time limit would begin from the date of the diagnosis.
Please note that there are exceptions to the time limitation period. In most cases, the exceptions apply to cases involving children under the age of 18 and those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves.
- A parent or guardian must handle the case on the child’s behalf.
- Should the parent or guardian fail to make a claim, then the 3-year time limit would come into action on the date of the child’s 18th birthday — meaning that they can pursue their case.
- If someone lacks the mental capacity to handle their claim, then a litigation friend can be appointed to handle the case — which would fall under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
As we progress through this guide, we will touch upon the criteria listed above concerning the claims process. However, if you are unsure whether your case meets the requirements listed above, then please speak to one of our advisers.
As stated by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers are obligated to enforce reasonable safety measures. In doing so, safety measures can prevent workplace accidents from occurring, whilst also ensuring employees have a safe working environment.
While there is no definitive list to outline the measures an employer could take, here are a few examples:
- Offer all employees training.
- Conduct risk assessments.
- Routinely inspect the workplace.
- Provide members of staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Should your employer fail to enforce reasonable safety measures, their negligent actions could ultimately lead to a workplace accident — causing an employee injury or harm. For instance, without routine inspections of the workplace, tripping hazards such as spilt liquids or trailing cables could go unacknowledged. In return, this could cause an employee to trip over and injure themselves.
Understandably, claiming against your employer might be something you are worried about, especially if you are still an employee. Please note that there are laws and legislation set in place to protect you from being treated differently due to your claim.
With the support of a personal injury lawyer covering Bishop’s Stortford, they can provide support and guidance throughout the process. Please click the icon on the right side of the page to access our live chat.
A road traffic accident (RTA) is an unfortunate and often unpredictable event, and numerous factors could contribute to an RTA, such as:
- Failing to comply with the rules of the road.
- Loss of control.
- Distracted driving.
- Not stopping a red light.
- Failing to judge another road user’s speed.
If you are injured in a road-related incident that wasn’t your fault, then you might question whether you can take legal action. Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Bishop’s Stortford could offer to handle your case.
Within the coming sections, we outline various types of road traffic accident claims which personal injury solicitors could assist you with. As always, our claims team are standing by if you have any questions.
A Bishop’s Stortford Train Accident And Other Public Transport Incidents
You are also owed a duty of care when using public transportation, such as buses, coaches, trains and taxis. For instance, when using taxis, the driver should:
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Ensure the vehicle is insured
- Ensure the vehicle is road safe before every use.
Failing to obey the rules of the road, such as the speed limit could ultimately cause a roadside collision.
Injuries At The Car Park
Car parks are places with a lot of vehicles in a contained location, and in some cases, accidents can occur. In most cases, car park accidents are often minor. However, there are circumstances where a third party’s negligence could be at fault.
There are generally two types of accidents that could occur within a car park, a vehicle accident concerning another road user or another vehicle in which the fault party would be liable for paying compensation. Alternatively, there could be a public liability claim if an injury occurs to a car park visitor due to the disrepair and poor state of the premises meaning the occupier could be liable.
Cyclists do not have access to safety features found in other vehicles, such as airbags, seatbelts, and even the shell of the car. Therefore, when accidents occur, they can have a devastating outcome.
Unfortunately, there are cases where a cyclist-related accident could be caused by negligence. For example, a casualty of this nature could be caused by:
- A road user failed to check their blind spots.
- Reckless driving.
- Poor manoeuvres.
If another road user were to neglect their duty of care, they could knock you off your pushbike. In doing so, this could ultimately cause a variety of physical and psychological trauma. So if the accident was not your fault, please contact our team to discover how a personal injury lawyer covering bishop’s Stortford could support and assist you.
When discussing public place accidents, it is essential to acknowledge that various places could be regarded as a public place, such as parks, libraries, and leisure centres.
The responsibility of a public space can often vary from landowners, businesses, to the local authority. Operators of public spaces are obligated to ensure that the spaces they are responsible for are safe for the public to use this can be achieved through measures such as routine inspections and risk assessments.
Evidence is crucial in public liability claims always take images of the cause of the accident, seek medical attention and have the incident reported in the organisation’s accident logbook in which you could ask for a copy of.
Open Space, Park And Play Area Accidents
Those who live in the area may visit Swonder’s Field or Castle Garden, for many different reasons and those of all ages could use these spaces often that is why it is so important that they are maintained to a safe standard.
If open spaces, playing fields and parks are not maintained properly and repairs carried out the following could fall into disrepair and create preventable hazards;
- Faulty play equipment.
- Damaged outdoor furniture — such as benches.
- Poorly maintained outdoor gym equipment.
- Missing or a lack of safety features.
Calling our advisors can give you access to a free no-obligation consultation where your case can be assessed for free. You will receive free legal advice about your options going forward.
Shopping Area Accidents
No matter if you are a visitor or an employee, all stores are obligated to have reasonable safety measures set in place. In doing so, these actions ensure the space is safe for use. Failing to comply with this lawful obligation could result in an innocent person being harmed.
For instance, you could have grounds to pursue a claim if you have been injured by one of the following:
- Spillages with no warning signs.
- Obstructed pathways and poor lighting causing a tripping accident.
- Allergic reaction through labelled foods.
- Food poisoning.
Businesses have a responsibility to the health and safety of visitors to their premises. If they fail to adhere to legislation in accordance with health and safety a person who is injured on their property could be entitled to seek compensation. To access free legal advice, please contact our team.
A slip, trip and fall could happen in a variety of places and due to several reasons. If you have fallen and nobody was at fault, then you will not be able to take legal action. However, if a negligent third party breaches their duty of care, ultimately causing your accident, then you could have grounds to make a claim for any harm suffered.
Councils have responsibilities not only for roads and footpaths but for many public buildings such as libraries, leisure centres even youth clubs not to mention social housing and Council buildings within Bishop’s Stortford. Having systems in place that routinely inspect, maintain and repair any defects to remove hazards that could cause accidents is crucial.
Councils will usually have a system in place for inspecting and repairing footpaths and roads so that the following do not occur;
- Broken kerbstones causing trip accidents
- Potholes or sinkholes causing obstructions.
Wanting to pursue a public liability claim can be challenging as you will need evidence to back up your claims in the form of images of the cause of the accident, evidence to show the extent of your injuries and proof of financial losses if wanting to claim special damages. Please contact our claims team today to discover how a personal injury lawyer could be of assistance.
If you have been affected by violent crime, then you might not be aware that you could take legal action. While compensation cannot erase the suffering you’ve experienced, it could help with any unexpected costs you’ve encountered, such as medical expenses.
When there’s no other path to take, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) could be of assistance. As an executive branch of the Ministry of Justice, the CICA can factor in various types of crime, such as:
- Assault of a sexual nature
- Domestic abuse
- Hate crime
You could still have grounds to pursue a CICA claim if the perpetrator hasn’t been caught or identified. However, it would be best if you began your case within 2-years from the date of the incident, and it must have been reported to the police. Failing to meet these criteria could potentially hinder your right to claim through the CICA.
A personal injury solicitor covering Bishop’s Stortford could offer to handle your claim and assist you throughout the claims process. For more information, please contact our claims team today.
Crimes Affecting People In East Hertfordshire
We have created a table to outline victim-based crimes in East Hertfordshire and their frequency. LG Inform provided this information.
|Top Reported Crime
|Violence against the person
Within the following sections, we outline some crucial aspects of the claims process you must be aware of, such as:
- Is a medical assessment needed?
- Do I need a local solicitor to handle the case?
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Could I be awarded compensation?
Before we delve into the questions listed above, we have taken the time to include some measures you could take if you are involved in an accident. Within the days and weeks following an accident, collecting evidence is crucial. There are various ways you can collect evidence, such as:
- Take photographs and videos.
- Report the incident to a relevant party — such as your employer.
- Visit a medical professional — such as your GP or the A&E department at Herts and Essex Community Hospital.
- Collect any contact witness details.
Will I Have A Checkup Of My Injury?
A medical assessment is a critical part of the claims process, as it ensures the correct amount of compensation is awarded for the injuries you’ve sustained. All medical examinations will be arranged as close to your hometown as possible.
Upon attendance, the professional conducting the assessment will ask you a series of questions regarding your injury, examine its impact, and determine whether there are future implications. The information collected from the medical evaluation will be documented in a report, which will then be used to value and support your case.
Do I Need A Law Firm Based Close To Me?
Through the power of the internet, claimants are no longer limited to the solicitors based on Market Square and Hadham Rd. Instead, a claim can be handled remotely. For instance, you can keep in contact with your solicitor in one of the following ways:
- Over the phone.
- Or in-person.
When searching for a legal representation, many claimants turn to the internet, more specifically, client reviews. When reading client reviews, they can offer extremely valuable insight into the firm’s services. For instance, a client review can highlight:
- Whether the firm has communicated well with clients.
- How successful the firm has been.
- Whether the service they provide is effective and professional.
When calculating an estimated compensation figure, the unique elements, such as the injury type and its severity, play a critical role. Therefore, instead of using a personal injury claims calculator to offer an estimated figure, we have used the Judicial College Guidelines to create a compensation table.
|£2,300 to £7,410
|An injury of this nature would make a full recovery without the need of surgery – typically between 3 months to two years.
|£85,470 to £151,070
|An injury of this nature would result spinal cord and nerve roots damage. It would lead to combination of very serious consequences that are not normally found in back injuries.
|£7,410 to £12,900
|A neck injury that would result in accelerated or exacerbated a existing condition.
|In the region of £139,210
|An injury of this nature would result in incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic.
|Loss of both hands
|£132,040 to £189,110
|An injury of this nature would result in serious injury with extensive damage to both hands. It would result in both hands being practically useless.
In addition to the compensation you could receive for physical and psychological trauma, you may also be awarded compensation for any financial losses you’ve experienced. You must keep a well-documented list of receipts, bank statements, and any other form of financial document to outline your loss clearly. Examples of financial loss include:
- Loss of earnings.
- Replacement costs.
- Medical expenses.
- The cost of care.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Bishop’s Stortford
Our panel of personal injury solicitors can offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.
Should a solicitor offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement, then you will have access to the following benefits:
- Zero upfront fees, allowing you to begin your case as soon as possible.
- No hidden fees or unexpected costs while the claim is on-going.
- You are not obligated to pay your solicitor’s legal fees should the claim have an unsuccessful outcome.
Please note that if the claim is successful, a small success fee will be taken from the final settlement. The fee covers your solicitor’s legal expenses for handling the case. However, by law, the fee is capped, so you do not have to worry about losing a significant portion of your settlement.
You can reach our claims team in one of the following ways:
- Telephone: Call our team on 0800 408 7825.
- Online Form: Please click here to fill out an enquiry form.
- Live Chat: Click the icon in the right-hand corner of the page to access the live chat feature.
Within the final selection of the guide, we have included some additional materials to further your understanding of the claims process. Below, you will find relevant links to directories, plus tables that outline local courts, city council information, and doctors that can cover the area.
We hope you have found this guide helpful. If you have any questions regarding how a personal injury lawyer covering Bishop’s Stortford could help you please contact one of our advisers.
Please click here to read our Public Transport guide.
To read our Shopping Accident Claims guide, click here.
Click here to read our Public Park claims guide.
Where You May Have A Check-Up
|15a Codicote Road, Welwyn,
How To Contact Hertford Magistrates’ Court
|Hertford County Court
|Shire Hall, Fore St, Hertford SG14 1BY
How To Contact Bishop’s Stortford And East Herts Councils
|Bishops Stortford Town Council
|The Old Monastery Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2ND
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