When you are at work, driving, going shopping or are just going about your day in public, you have a right not to have your health and safety endangered by the irresponsibility of those with a duty of care for you. If you have been hurt and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
With the help of no win no fee personal injury lawyers covering Blackpool, you could begin a personal injury claim. We have written this useful guide to explain the basics of how personal injury claims work. Once you have read through it, don’t forget to contact us for more advice and information or to inquire about making a personal injury claim.
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We have written this guide to introduce you to the knowledge you need to have about making personal injury claims. That means that most of the sections contain information about various different types of personal injury claims and how where and when you could make them. There will also be links throughout this article to other handy resources both on our website and on other sites.
We will also go into some detail about how starting a claim with a personal injury lawyer works. This will include how and why medical exams are performed in personal injury claims and how No Win No Fee claims work. Reading this article is just the start if you have anything else you want or need to know, or if you want to get started on a claim right away, please get in touch with our advice team for a free consultation session.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 your employer has a duty of care for their employees. This duty of care is to make sure that everything reasonably possible has been done to protect their employees from any foreseeable workplace injuries. If an injury is sustained in an accident at work and there is a proven link between it and failures to maintain proper health and safety measures, then a personal injury claim could be made against the employer.
There are many different circumstances in which an employee could get hurt and have grounds to make a personal injury claim against their employer. Figures gathered by the Health and Safety Executive’s RIDDOR report found that in 2018/19 69,208 people reportedly suffered injuries in the workplace.
These are just a few of the different circumstances which could justify making a personal injury claim.
- Being injured as a result of faulty or improperly maintained equipment or machinery.
- Being injured as a result of not being properly supplied with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Developing an occupational illness, such as asbestosis or Vibration White Finger (VWF) due to lack of protection
- Slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
Being injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault could be grounds for making a personal injury claim against the person or organisation responsible for the accident. As with all personal injury claims there must be three criteria met in order to have grounds to make a personal injury claim, these are that:
- The other party in the claim had a duty of care
- This duty of care was breached by their negligence
- That this breach of the duty of care resulted in you suffering an injury
Drivers have a duty of care for other road users, anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle is obliged to be observant and to drive safely. This duty of care can be violated, causing an accident, by;
- Driving over the speed limit
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving a vehicle with mechanical faults that render it unroadworthy
- Driving without operating lights or indicators.
Road accidents can also be caused by the poor condition of the roads. Roads and motorways in the UK are maintained by either the local council authority of that area or by Highways England (in England). These organisations are legally responsible for the maintaining of the roads to a safe degree. Failure to do so can lead to accidents in numerous different circumstances;
- Crashes occurring because of potholes on the road
- Crashes occurring because of ice on the road
- Crashes occurring because of debris on the road, such as tree branches or debris from previous crashes.
- Crashes occurring because of a lack of proper road signage
- Crashes occurring because of a lack of adequate street lighting
If you suffer an injury in a car accident that was caused by the conditions of the roads, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against the authority responsible for the maintenance of the roads.
To find out more about making personal injury compensation claims for injuries suffered in road traffic accidents, you can read our guide. You can also receive a free consultation from our team of professional expert legal advisors.
Public Transport Accident Claims
You could also make a personal injury claim if you have been injured while using public transport. Public transport includes:
- Hired coaches.
In cases of claims for accidents on public transport, the claim could possibly be made against the operator. This would be the case if the accident was caused by the poor or unsafe driving of the vehicle or by the unsafe condition of the vehicle, for example, if the vehicle crashed due to a mechanical fault or if an injury is caused by disrepair inside the vehicle, such as faulty seats or steps. To find out more about making an accident claim over an injury onboard public transport, read our guide and get in touch with our professional advice team.
Car Park Accidents
There are no official records are kept nationally specifically dealing with road traffic accidents and collisions in car parks. If an injury occurs in a car park that is caused by the disrepair and mismanagement of the premises, then a person could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the operators of the car park. In some cases this could be a car park management company, in others, the car park might be owned by the business to which it is attached.
Cyclists make up just 1% of road users, yet they are 5.5% of fatalities and 14.5% of serious injuries in road traffic accidents. This is for two main reasons. One is that they lack the protection offered to vehicle drivers by the vehicle itself, making them more exposed to injury in collisions. The other reason is that given their relatively smaller profile they are less visible to other drivers, particularly because other drivers may be more concerned with keeping an eye out for other cars.
Drivers have a duty of care to other road users, and this extends to drivers in regards to cyclists especially. You could start a personal injury claim against a driver that has caused you to suffer an injury while riding a bike with the help of personal injury lawyers. You can ring us to find out more, and you can read our dedicated article.
Accidents can happen almost anywhere, there is at least a slim chance of being injured whenever you go out in public. When you are in any public place there is likely to be some organisation or a third party with a duty of care. If you get injured in an accident that occurs in a public place as a result of a third party’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
The local authorities would be responsible for the upkeep of the streets and the road. If you were to suffer an injury in an accident, such as a slip trip or fall due to ice or a pothole, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Carry on reading below to read more about different types of public place accidents, and read our dedicated guide to public place personal injury claims for more information.
Injuries Caused By Accidents In A Public Park
If an organisation, usually a local authority but in some cases a private entity, is the operator of a public park they are responsible for maintaining it to such as degree that it is reasonably safe for the public to use the facilities. Examples of accidents that could be grounds for making a personal injury claim against a park operator include.
- Injuries caused by faulty slides, swings, roundabouts and other fixtures
- Injuries caused by tripping on broken pavements
- Injuries caused by broken glass or other refuse in the park.
You can find out more about making personal injury claims for injuries in public parks on this page of our website and by calling our advice team.
Injuries Caused By Accidents In Shops
If a shop is not maintained and ran properly then there is the possibility of someone getting badly hurt in an accident. Shops have a duty of care to ensure that this does not happen by making sure that their businesses are safe for the public. That means doing things like:
- Keeping floors clear of slipping and tripping hazards
- Ensuring that display stands are secure and safe
- Ensuring that items on display are stacked safely and neatly and will not fall off.
Shops can be held liable for a personal injury claim if their negligence has led to someone getting injured. Businesses should have public liability insurance for this sort of eventuality. For more information about public liability claims against businesses, see this page of our website.
Slips and trips can be deceptively dangerous for causing severe injuries. A minor accident like slipping on a wet patch of floor or tripping on a loose section of carpet could lead to someone falling from a considerable height, falling downstairs, striking an object or dropping something heavy or dangerous that they are carrying (i.e. a pan of hot water.)
Any organisation or institution that operates premises open to the public has a legal responsibility to make sure that everything reasonably possible has been done to make their premises safe, that includes making sure that the flooring and paving for which they are responsible are in good condition.
If you want any more information about whether you could be entitled to claim compensation for your falling injury, then get in touch using the contact details provided and read our advice page on making slip and trip claims.
Much of the infrastructure in any given area is often the responsibility of the local council. This can include roads and pavements on certain streets as well as public parks, gyms, youth clubs and libraries. If these services are operated by the local council then the local council has a duty of care to ensure that these services and infrastructure are well maintained and do not pose any avoidable threat of causing an injury.
There are multiple ways in which a local councils failure to properly maintain their services could lead to a potential injury:
- Trips and falls on broken pavements and potholes on the roads
- Slips on ice on pavements and roads
- Injuries in public libraries or community centres, caused by trips or by falling shelves, etc
- Injuries in public swimming baths or gyms caused by faulty equipment.
If an injury occurs because a local council authority has not been properly maintaining its services and local infrastructure, then there could be grounds for making a compensation claim. To find out more, read our guide to suing local councils or get in contact with one of our advisors.
You could be entitled to claim compensation from the CICA, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the body ran by the Ministry of Justice to oversee and fund compensation claims for the victims of criminal violence.
In addition to awarding compensation for those deliberately targeted for criminal violence, the CICA can also process claims made by those who have suffered injuries or emotional trauma as a result of being unintentionally involved in a crime, for example witnessing a violent crime. People who have been injured while attempting to subdue or apprehend a suspect or an offender can also be entitled to claim compensation through the CICA. There are some exceptions to some crime victims right to claim depending on if they have a criminal record or any outstanding convictions. It should also be noted that the limitation period for CICA claims is shorter than that for ordinary personal injury claims. That means that the deadline for starting a CICA claim is two years as opposed to three. For more detailed information about whether or not you could claim, call our advice team.
Blackpool Victim Based Crime Statistics
See the table below for the latest 2020 figures for crime in Blackpool.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||2934|
|Additional types of theft||2537|
A representative can make the difference between winning and losing your case and whether or not you are able to receive the full amount of compensation you should be entitled to. When you work with a good personal injury solicitor, they will be the one to take up most of the work, while also keeping you regularly updated and answering questions about the progress of your claim.
What Happens When You Have A Medical?
Having a medical exam is an important part of the process of making a personal injury claim. Undergoing a medical exam will provide the evidence you and your lawyer will need to prove that you have been injured and to what extent you have been injured. This is necessary in order to start a claim as well as calculating how much compensation you are entitled to receive. A medical appointment can be arranged with a doctor as close to you as possible.
Do You Always Need A Local Lawyer?
You do not need to work with a personal injury lawyer based in your area in order to make a personal injury claim. Sometimes the best personal injury lawyers covering Blackpool may not be actually in Blackpool. You can work with them however, via video messaging calls, phone calls, texts and emails. This not only enables you to expand your options outside of Blackpool itself but also could be much more convenient for you as it would allow you to work from home on your claim.
You wouldn’t choose a holiday or a new car without first reading reviews and ratings online, and you shouldn’t choose a personal injury lawyer without doing that first either. Be on the lookout for reviews which indicate that the lawyer you are looking at is well qualified and experienced in working with cases like yours. Make sure they are a lawyer who comes across as well regarded on a personal level by their previous clients and as someone who communicates well.
Personal injury compensation is calculated based on how serious the injury or psychological trauma you have suffered is and the degree to which your life will be affected in the long term by it. More serious and long-lasting effects will entitle a claimant to larger amounts of compensation than less serious ones.
We cannot tell you with any certainty at this point what level of compensation you could be entitled to. That will have to wait until you have had a consultation with a professional legal advisor and with a personal injury lawyer. But in the meantime, you can read through this table of compensation amounts that we have provided below. Its numbers reflect the outline of amounts of compensation that can be awarded for different types of injuries based on figures from the Judicial College.
|Neck Injuries||Minor to Severe||£4,080 to (the region of) £139,210|
|Back Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£26,050 £151,070|
|Shoulder Injuries||Minor to Serious||£4,080 to £18,020|
|Arm Injuries||Less Severe to Severe||£18,020 to £122,860|
|Leg Injuries||Moderate to the Most Serious (Short of Amputation)||£26,050 to £127,530|
|Knee Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£13,920 to £90,290|
|Achilles Tendon||Moderate to Most Serious||£11,820 to (the region of) £36,060|
A No Win No Fee claim is a good way of making a personal injury claim. There are three basic principles behind a No Win No Fee claim.
- You will not be charged upfront legal costs when you start the claim
- You legal representative will be entitled to receive a portion of your compensation as their payment if compensation is awarded.
- You will not be charged your legal fees if the claim is unsuccessful.
Getting in touch with an advisor to talk about making a claim is easy, just call us on 0800 408 7825 or send us a message on our live support chat function at the bottom of the page.
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