From local playgrounds to supermarket car parks, we should expect reasonable standards of health and safety wherever we may be. All operators of these spaces have a legal duty to uphold in order to minimise risks and hazards. But sometimes, these responsible parties will neglect their legal obligation. As a result, you could suffer an injury.
If neglect to a duty of care leads to you suffering an injury, you could hold valid grounds for a compensation claim. As this guide will explain in further detail, there are several ways a victim can pursue accident claims.
For free, impartial advice about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Blackburn can help you with your circumstances, please call our claims team on 0800 408 7825. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, please continue reading this guide for more information.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Which Cover Blackburn
- Work-Related Injuries In Blackburn
- Blackburn Road Traffic Accidents
- Bicycle And Bike Accidents In Blackburn
- Accidents In A Public Space
- Trip And Fall Accidents
- Claims Against The Council For Personal Injuries
- Compensation After Assaults And Victim-Based Crimes
- How To Claim For An Injury Or Illness Someone Else Caused
- How Do I Use Reviews To Choose A Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Typical Examples Of Payouts For An Accident Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Blackburn
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There is an endless list of valid public accident claims, many of which may not feature in this guide. But this doesn’t mean your case is invalid. While we will endeavour to cover as many examples as possible, you need only call our team for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your circumstances.
On this page, you will find key information regarding various types of accidents. This guide will look at answering some pressing questions, including:
- “How do I choose a personal injury lawyer?”
- “Will a No Win No Fee agreement minimise the financial risk?”
- “What exactly is a public accident claim?”
- “Should I rely on local solicitors?”
In addition to this, we will look at how a claimant can benefit from personal injury lawyers covering Blackburn on a No Win No Fee basis.
Remember, you can call our team anytime for free, impartial advice about your potential claim. An adviser is on hand to take your call 24/7.
You must bring your claim forward within the relevant personal injury claims time limit for your claim to be valid.
Typically speaking, this limitation period is 3-years for accidents involving adults. The time limit will begin from the date of the accident or date you obtained knowledge of your illness/injuries.
For claims involving children, the limitation period differs slightly. As children cannot represent themselves, a parent or guardian must do so on their behalf. Once a child reaches 18, if no claim is made, they have 3-years from their birthday.
If the claimant has lost their mental capacity, then the time limit will begin once the victim recovers. Instead, a litigation friend can claim on the victim’s behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
An accident at work can lead to a number of physical or psychological injuries, depending on the severity of the incident. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, an employer should:
- Conduct regular risk assessments.
- Perform maintenance/repairs where necessary.
- Display HSE-approved material throughout the workplace (i.e. posters, flyers, etc.).
- Supervise dangerous tasks.
- Train employees efficiently.
- Issue suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
All employers are responsible for staff safety and welfare. Therefore, these parties could be held accountable for an accident which results from neglect in this duty. In 2018/19 alone, there were 581,000 reports of injuries/illnesses at work and in 2019/2020 111 fatalities from workplace accidents.
Call our claims team to find out how we can help you claim compensation for accidents at workplaces.
The law sees any collision involving a vehicle on a road or in a public space as a road traffic accident. All road users hold a duty of care. If there is a breach in this duty, then the victim could claim compensation for their injuries.
For your claim to be valid, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- Does the road user owe you a duty of care?
- Was this duty in breach?
- Did you suffer injuries as a result?
If the answer is “yes” to all of these questions, then you could pursue a personal injury claim.
What exactly causes a road traffic accident then?
Some common examples include:
- Drink driving.
- Panic stops.
- Reckless driving.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes).
A lot of road traffic accidents will vary in severity from case-to-case. For example, a rear-end collision may only lead to minor injuries. Whereas a head-on collision could result in a traumatic brain injury. Therefore, it’s important you seek guidance from a legal specialist.
Call our claims team today for advice about how to claim compensation following a Blackburn traffic accident.
Public Transport Traffic Accidents And Injuries
You can claim compensation for injuries as a passenger on public transport. These formats include:
- Private hire taxis.
Although public transport is one of the safest formats of travel, this doesn’t mean they are entirely risk-free. For example, the fatality rate per billion passenger miles by bus is the lowest of any transport. Though in spite of this, there were 3,090 bus and coach casualties in 2019.
For specialist support after a bus accident in Blackburn, please call our team.
Car Park Personal Injury Claims
All car parks should be kept safe for those who visit at all times. However, if this duty of care is in breach and a victim suffers, a car park personal injury claim could be made for negligence.
It can be difficult to hold the right party accountable, especially if you’re unsure of who operates the space. Therefore, it’s important you direct your claim towards the right party.
Unlike other motorists, cyclists can be more susceptible to serious injuries due to their lack of protection. In the evenings especially, pedal cyclists may be less visible to other road users.
These accidents occur far more often than you may think. In a report by Cycling UK, 99 pedal cyclist fatalities were recorded across Great Britain in 2018.
If another road user is at fault for a bike accident in Blackburn, a personal injury lawyer could help you retrieve damages for your injuries. Click here to read our online guide to cycling injuries.
The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 emphasises the legal obligation and requirement to keep public spaces reasonably safe for all visitors.
The Act encompasses a wide range of spaces in this duty, including:
- Public squares.
- Car parks.
For the most part, public injury claims can be quite straight forward. However, without the right legal support, the demands of these cases can be overwhelming for victims. Not only must the representative use multiple pieces of legislation, but disputes between organisations can be difficult to handle.
Claim For An Injury At A Park Or Playground
All local authorities should acknowledge and rectify any defects which may lead to accidents. But unfortunately, over recent years councils have seen significant cuts in park department budgets. As a result, this could mean a decrease in the due care and attention our parks receive.
If you or your child suffers injuries after a playground accident in Blackburn, a personal injury claim could be made for compensation. While adults are within their legal rights to represent themselves, there are restrictions for children doing so. Instead, the relevant parent/guardian will become a ‘litigation friend’. They will act on their child’s behalf and correspond with the solicitor/courts in certain dealings. Once an agreement is reached, the courts will manage the funds via a trust fund, until the child turns 18.
Claim For An Injury In A Shopping Space
The welfare of visitors should be of utmost priority to supermarkets, businesses and other retailers. If those responsible neglect this legal obligation, it could increase the chances of accidents in public places.
When we speak of visitors, we are referring to customers, employees, senior managers and other personnel on-site. An employer can implement a range of procedures to keep such people safe, such as by training staff correctly. But failure in doing so could leave the following hazards unattended:
- Obstructions on the shop floor (e.g. liquids, poorly built shelves, roll cage trolleys, etc.).
- Faulty equipment.
- Cross-contamination/poor food hygiene standards.
- Inadequate food labelling.
Find out how personal injury lawyers can help you claim compensation for injuries in public places by calling our advisers.
As one of the most common causes of major workplace injuries, slips and trips are a substantial threat to employee safety. These incidents can lead to further accidents, such as falls from height.
Your employer must uphold their duty of care and keep such hazards at a minimal. Of the many procedures employers can implement, some of these include:
- Housekeeping: regular clearance of obstructions, such as rubbish, trailing wires, uneven carpets and other hazards; particularly in public walkways and communal areas.
- Design/Maintenance: all environments should be safe for public use, i.e. wide walkways, level footpaths, stairs of consistent height, etc.
It’s imperative that these measures are upheld, otherwise, failure to do so could increase the risk of a work-related injury. In a recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report from 2018/19, a substantial 95% of slips, trips and falls resulted in broken bones. With this in mind, a settlement agreement could help ease your recovery period.
Click here to read our online guide to slip, trip and fall accidents.
It is also possible to make claims against the council for personal injury. Any area of council responsibility should be kept reasonably safe at all times for all those who visit. This means if you suffer an injury at a park as a result of defective playground equipment, for example, you could claim compensation for harm.
All local authorities are required to uphold health and safety measures for defective highways, footpaths, roads and other areas of the likes. This includes conducting regular inspections and maintenance repairs where necessary.
These cases can become increasingly tricky, which is why professional guidance is imperative. To find out how personal injury lawyers covering Blackburn can help you secure a settlement agreement for your injuries, please contact our claims team.
You could claim compensation after an assault, mugging or another incident as the victim of violent crime. In such cases, a Government-run agency known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) may handle proceedings.
These claims include a range of crimes, such as:
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Robbery, mugging or attempted robbery.
- Sex crimes.
A victim has 2-years from the incident date to claim through the CICA. It may be possible to claim beyond this time limit, such as in cases of historical sexual abuse.
Even if the criminal is never caught, you could still make a claim. Call our advisers today for more information about compensation claims for violent crimes.
Victim Based Crime Statistics In Blackburn With Darwen
Please find statistics regarding crime and disorder statistics for Blackburn with Darwen in the table below.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||1,726|
|Additional types of theft||1,530|
There are a few simple steps you can take to help gather supporting evidence for your claim.
- Take Photographs:
Although your mind may be elsewhere following an incident, it’s incredibly important that you take photos of the cause, scene and anything else you deem necessary.
- Seek Medical Attention:
Whether you visit A&E or a local GP, you should receive medical attention for any injuries/illnesses. You can use these records as evidence.
- Gather Witness Details:
If anyone saw the incident, your solicitor can contact them at a later date for an account of what happened.
- Photograph Injuries:
Even in your recovery period, you should photograph the progress of your injuries.
What May Happen At My Medical Appointment?
Your medical appointment will play a crucial role in the progress of your claim. In this assessment, an independent specialist will ask you questions regarding your injury/illness. From the answers you provide, a report will be written detailing the long-term suffering and future prognosis of your state. Your personal injury lawyer will use this as evidence in supporting your claim.
Will I Need A Lawyer From My Area?
If you feel the best personal injury lawyers for your claim are outside of Blackburn, then why waste your time with local solicitors?
Now more than ever, a large proportion of law firms are able to lend their services across the country. For the majority of your claim, your solicitor will communicate with you through telephone, email or post. In most cases, you will require a medical appointment. When you require a face-to-face meeting, this will take place as close to your home as possible.
Regardless of whether your accident took place on Blackburn roads or elsewhere in the country, we can help.
Your choice in solicitor could be the difference between a successful personal injury claim or a missed opportunity for damages. Therefore, it’s important you choose the right legal representative. But with so many options available, where do you start your search?
You could begin by reading online reviews. In these snippets, you can find out important information regarding your potential lawyer’s reliability and success rate. As a result, you can compare the top personal injury lawyers in or outside of Blackburn.
In addition to this, you can discuss your accident with an adviser over the phone. We recommend our clients to do so, as this will enable your legal representative to evaluate the circumstances at hand.
When you contact our claims team, you will receive a free, no-obligation consultation with a specialist. So why wait? Call us today for more information.
As every claim is entirely unique, it can be difficult to place the same settlement agreement on a group of similar cases. We advise clients to avoid personal injury claims calculators for this exact reason.
But to give you a general idea of how much you may receive, we have created the table below. These estimations are taken from Judicial College’s guidelines; an organisation which assesses amounts awarded by the courts.
|Brain Damages||Less Severe to Moderately Severe||£14,380 to £264,650|
|Psychiatric Damage||Moderate to Severe||£5,500 to £108,620|
|Neck Injuries||Minor to Moderate||£4,080 to £36,120|
|Back Injuries||Minor to Severe||£7,410 to £151,070|
|Shoulder Injuries||Moderate to Serious||£7,410 to £18,020|
|Knee Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£13,920 to £90,290|
|Foot Injuries||Moderate to Amputation||£12,900 to £102,890|
For a more specific evaluation of your potential damages, please contact our claims team for your free, no-obligation consultation.
Under this agreement, you will receive legal assistance on the basis that if no settlement agreement is reached, you won’t be liable for your lawyer’s fees. Other benefits include:
- No hidden fees.
- Zero start-up costs.
- A small, legally capped “success fee” taken from the final amount for your lawyer’s legal costs.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), this is known for its ability to reduce the financial risk of pursuing a personal injury claim. For more information about No Win No Fee agreements, please contact our advisory team.
The next steps towards a personal injury claim are to discuss your circumstances with a specialist. You can reach our claims team via:
- Telephone: Call us on 0800 408 7825.
- Live Chat: Our instant messaging function allows you to speak with an online adviser.
- Contact Form: Submit your contact details through this form to receive a call-back.
You can connect with a personal injury lawyer covering Blackburn for legal assistance with your public injury claim. Avoid delays and call our claims team today!
For more information about personal injury claims, please use the sources below.
Doctors We Work With
|Altaf Choudhry||Blackburn Enterprise Centre,
Blackburn Magistrates’ Court
|Blackburn Magistrates’ Court|
|The Court House,
Blackburn And Darwen Borough Council
|Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council|
|Darwen Town Hall,
|Blackburn Town Hall,
King William Street,
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