Nobody can prepare or anticipate being involved in an accident, much less an accident that is caused by the negligent actions of a third party. However, if you’ve been involved in such an incident and find yourself searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis, this online guide will be extremely useful.
Throughout this guide, we will discuss personal injury claims in greater detail, outlining how a third party could breach their duty of care, and how you could potentially make a claim. Throughout this guide, we will cover a range of topics, such as:
- Criminal injury claims
- Road traffic accidents
- Public place incidents
After reading this guide to the very end, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process and how a solicitor could be of assistance. However, if at any point you have a question relating to the content within this guide or your potential claim, why not speak to our claims team? One of our advisers would be more than happy to talk with you in greater length. Call our team on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Bognor Regis
- Cases Of Being Injured At Work
- Bognor Regis, West Sussex Roads And Travel Accidents
- I Was Injured When Riding A Bike, Could I Make A Claim?
- Public Space Accident Claims
- Tripping Over Pavement Compensation Claims
- Cases Of Being Injured By Bognor Regis Or West Sussex Council
- Could I Make A Claim If I Have Been Affected By Assault Or Criminal Injury
- How The Process Of Claiming Compensation May Work
- Is It Important To Look At Client Reviews Of A Law Firm?
- Is There A Typical Amount Paid Out In Compensation?
- No Win No Fee Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Bognor Regis
- How Do I Talk To A Lawyer?
- Where Do I Learn More?
Should the negligent actions of a third party cause you injury or harm, then you might question whether you could make a compensation claim. Throughout this guide, we shall discuss how a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could potentially handle your claim and offer support and guidance.
We will cover a range of topics and answer numerous questions, such as:
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Am I limited to a solicitor based in Bognor Regis?
- Are client reviews relevant?
- What is a personal injury claims calculator?
- Can I use the internet to find a solicitor?
After reading this guide, you will have the answers to the questions listed above and many more. However, if at any point you have any questions relating to this guide or your potential claim, our team is standing by to take your call and support you. Contact us on the number at the top of the page or use the live chat feature to reach our team.
Time Limitation Period
For your claim to have a successful outcome, it must meet the following criteria:
- You must begin your claim within 3-years from the date of the incident.
- Alternatively, you have 3-years from the date you obtain knowledge of a sickness or disease caused by the negligence of another.
There are exceptions to the time limits listed above. Those exceptions apply to cases involving children under the age of 18, or those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In both cases, a litigation friend could be appointed to handle the claim. The obligations of a limitation friend involve:
- Making decisions in the best interests of the party.
- Doing everything possible to convey the party’s wishes and feelings.
If you are unsure whether your claim meets the applicable time limitation period, then please speak to one of our advisers.
When at your place of work, it is more than understandable to expect a certain level of safety. After all, there are measures your employer can take to create a safe space.
The Health and Safety at Work. etc Act 1974 lays down an employers’ duty of care and outlines numerous measures they can implement to help create a safer working environment, such as:
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Offering training
- Implementing routine inspections
- Offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Implementing slip, trip and fall prevention
While the measures listed above can create a safer space for employees, should employers breach their duty of care, it could lead to an accident. For example, if an employer fails to carry out a risk assessment, a slip and trip hazard could go unacknowledged, which in turn could cause an employee to hurt themselves.
If you can provide evidence that shows your employer breached their duty of care, resulting in you suffering injuries, a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could be of assistance. With their support, they could help you seek compensation for the trauma inflicted and help you seek justice.
For more information, please contact our claims team.
Road traffic accidents (RTA) are unexpected incidents that can cause a vast array of injuries – from physical, psychological, and damage to personal property. In some scenarios, an RTA could be caused by the negligent actions of a third party. For example, if another driver were to speed over the legal limit, or carry out dangerous manoeuvres like weaving in and out of traffic, their actions could cause an accident.
Within the sections that follow, you will find more information relating to different types of RTA’s. However, if you have any questions, please speak to an adviser.
Station, Train, Bus Or Taxi Accidents
You are owed a duty of care when using public transport that ensures you reach your destination safely. From buses, trains, to taxis, all operators of public transit are required to implement safety measures to ensure they are safe from preventable harm.
For example, a bus driver must:
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Follow the speed limit.
- Ensure the bus is safe for use.
Should a bus driver fail to obey the rules of the road and speed past the legal limit, they may have to brake suddenly, which could cause you to fly out of your seat or fall if you’re standing up. In doing so, this could cause you injury or harm.
If the scenario described above sounds familiar, then you could be searching for legal support. Call our team to access free legal advice and to discover how a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could be of assistance.
Hotham Car Park And Other Car Park Accidents
The operators or owners of a car park are required to enforce reasonable measures that ensure the area is free from preventable harm. For example, they must ensure:
- Clear markings for pedestrians and vehicles are provided
- Ensure all fixtures and structural elements are secure, such as bollards
- Provide adequate lighting
- Tend to any road defects, such as potholes.
If the third-party responsible for the car park fails to maintain the area it could lead to harmful conditions such as broken stairwells in a multi-story car park or slippery flooring. As a result, this could cause a customer to slip and fall, injuring themselves in the process.
If you believe the owner or operator of a car park has neglected their duty of care and caused you harm, please speak to one of our advisers.
Unfortunately, cyclists are at a natural disadvantage on the road with their distinct lack of protection. When road traffic accidents involving cyclists occur, they can have a devastating outcome, which is evidenced by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) stats. The DfT found that 99 cyclists died on British roads in 2018, and various factors contributed to these accidents, such as:
- Reckless driving
- Failing to uphold the rules of the road
- Performing incorrect manoeuvres
- Failing to judge a cyclist’s speed
- Neglecting to check blind spots
If you or a loved one have been injured in a cyclist-related accident due to the fault of another, you might consider pursuing a compensation claim. Public Interest Lawyers could connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel covering Bognor Regis who can offer you all the support you need. Simply speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, please click here to read our guide that discusses cyclist claims in more detail.
From Hotham Car Park, Bognor Regis station, South Bersted, to Marine Park Gardens, an accident in a public setting could take place in numerous places. The obligation and responsibility of a public space can fall into the hands of multiple parties, such as private landowners, business owners, and the local authority of Bognor Regis. But no matter who is in charge, there must be reasonable safety measures set in place to prevent accidents from occurring. Failing to do so could lead to an innocent individual suffering harm.
If you can provide evidence that shows the operator of the public space was at fault, then a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could be of assistance.
Park And Public Gardens Accident Claims
Parks and public gardens are spaces allocated for people to roam care-free, so one of the last things you might expect is to be injured or harmed. If an accident in a public park or garden were to cause you or a loved one damage, then you might question whether you could make a claim?
The responsibility of a park or public garden can fall into the hands of numerous parties, such as landowners and the local authority. For a claim of this nature to have a successful outcome, having evidence will be critical, as it will help determine whether the party that operates the space is at fault. For example, if you can provide photographic evidence of a raised kerbstone that caused you to slip and fall, this will significantly help your case.
Please give our team a call to access free legal advice.
Shopping Centre And Shop Accidents
Business owners are required to carry out safety precautions to ensure their retail space is safe for both their employees and their customers. For example, a business owner must carry out risk assessments to ensure any hazardous conditions, such as faulty equipment or slipping hazards, have been acknowledged and prevented.
However, should a business owner neglect their obligations and cause an accident, they could be held accountable. For more information, give our team a call.
Slip and trip-related accidents are prevalent, and unfortunately, accidents of this nature can cause a wide variety of injuries that range from physical to psychological. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), three common factors often cause slips, trips and falls. These include:
- Inadequate housekeeping – such as wet floors without the correct warning signs.
- Obstructed pathways – such as trailing cables and clutter being left on the floor.
- Poor design and maintenance – poorly installed carpets, uneven stairs.
Various measures can be implemented to prevent accidents of this nature from occurring. However, should a third party neglect their obligations or fail to implement suitable measures, it could lead to an accident.
If you have slipped or fallen due to the actions of a negligent third party, then you might question whether you could make a claim. If you can provide evidence that shows the third party at fault, then a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.
The local authority of Bognor Regis is required to implement reasonable safety measures to ensure the spaces which they are responsible for – such as parks and roads – are free from preventable harm. For instance, if the local authority of Bognor Regis fails to perform risk assessments or routine inspections of Hotham Park, then hazardous conditions, such as broken pathways, could go unacknowledged. As a result, this could cause an innocent person injury or harm.
If you can provide evidence that clearly shows that the local authority of Bognor Regis breached their duty of care, which caused you injury or harm as a result, then you could have grounds to make a claim. With the support of a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis, you could recover compensation for the trauma you’ve endured.
For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Nobody ever expects to be involved in a situation where they are directly affected by violent crime. Unfortunately, violent crime can cause life-altering physical, psychological and financial implications.
While a monetary payment cannot erase the pain and suffering you have endured, it could help alleviate some of the stresses and costs you may have experienced – such as medical expenses or the cost of replacing property. When there is no other path to take, The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) could be of assistance.
A CICA claim could be made if you’ve experienced:
- Gun and knife crime
- Sexual assault
- Gang violence
- Domestic violence
- Hate crimes
If you’ve been the victim of any of these crimes, or others, you could be entitled to compensation. Importantly, to make a successful CICA claim you need to commence proceedings within 2 years from the date of the incident. The crime must also have been reported to the police.
Our team can offer you free support with a CICA claim. Simply get in touch on the number at the top of this page to take advantage.
West Sussex (Including Bognor Regis) Crime Rates
Within this section, you will find a table that outlines the top reported crimes in Bognor Regis from 2019/20. The information has been taken from LG Inform.
|Top Reported Crime
|Violence against the person
Within this section, you will find measures you could take to support your potential case. Most of them relate to obtaining evidence, which can prove crucial to your prospects of success.
- Visit a Medical professional
Visit your GP or the A&E department at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, as they will be able to tend to your injury. They will also document your injury in your medical file, which can be accessed at a later date to support your claim.
- Take a photograph
If the likes of a damaged pathway or faulty equipment have caused you harm, then taking photographic evidence is extremely important. Having documented proof to support your claim will only strengthen your potential case. The pictures must be taken before the accident cause is repaired, replaced, or removed.
- Collect Witness Details
If someone was witness to your accident, either you or someone close to you should try and collect their contact information. Your lawyer may contact the witness at a later date to collect a witness statement, which can help your case.
- Report the Incident
If you are injured at your place of work or in a public park, report the incident to the appropriate party. They are obligated to document the accident in an accident log-book, which can you get a copy of to use as evidence.
Why Solicitors And Lawyers Locations Do Not Matter
When searching for a lawyer to represent your claim, you are not limited to solicitors on High Street, Sudley Road, or Nyetimber Lane. The internet has empowered claimants to find the best lawyer to handle the case, regardless of their location.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we could connect those searching for legal support to a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis from our expert panel. There are numerous ways you can keep in contact with a solicitor, such as:
- Over the phone
- Via email
- Or in-writing
So as you can see, the location of your lawyer doesn’t really matter at all.
What Is The Role Of Medical Evidence?
If you have been injured by the negligent actions of a third party, then you will be required to attend a medical assessment. The professional conducting the assessment will ask you a series of questions and evaluate the extent of your injuries. The information will be documented in your medical files, which can be requested at a later date and used to value your case.
With our service, we ensure that all medical appointments will be conducted as close to your home as possible.
If you are searching for a solicitor to handle your claim, then you might be slightly overwhelmed. After all, a quick internet search will bring up pages upon pages of results, making your decision all the more difficult.
When searching for a lawyer that is best suited to handle your claim, reading past client reviews can inform you and ensure you are making a well-informed decision. Look out for details of success rates, how well they communicate and anything else relating to the service offered.
Many claimants tend to question how much compensation they could be awarded should they pursue a claim. To offer an estimated amount, some firms might opt to use a personal injury claims calculator, but we have chosen to do something slightly different.
Using the Judicial College Guidelines, we have created a table that offers insight into the compensation valuation process. Within the table, it outlines various types of injuries, their severities, and the compensation awarded.
|An injury of this nature would result in fractures, ligamentous tears, and would cause less serious disabilities.
|£12,900 to £24,950
|An injury of this nature would result in transmalleolar fracture with extensive soft-tissue injuries. It may also cause deformity and risk of serious issues.
|£46,980 to £65,420
|An injury of this nature would result in fractures, deformity, and continuing pain from traumatic arthritis.
|£12,900 to £23,460
|An injury of this nature would produce permanent and severe pain. The risk of full amputation and serious exacerbation of a back problem and cause limited mobility.
|£78,800 to £102,890
|Fractures of Cheekbones
|Serious fractures that require surgery will have lasting consequences, such as paraesthesia in the checks, lips, or disfigurement.
|£9,570 to £14,810
|Fractures of Jaws
|An injury of this nature will result in serious fractures followed by prolonged treatment and permanent consequences.
|£28,610 to £42,730
It is worth noting that a claim could take into account any form of financial loss you’ve experienced because of your incident. For example, you could have grounds to claim for the following:
- The loss of potential earnings
- Medical expenses
- The cost of care
- Replacement costs
It is important to note that all claims are unique. For a more precise estimated figure of what you could receive, please speak to one of our advisers.
If your case has good prospects of success, then a personal injury lawyer could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement. The key benefit to this type of contract is that if the claim fails, you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees.
There are numerous other benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement too, such as:
- Zero fees required to begin your case.
- No payable fees while the claim is on-going.
If the claim is successful and compensation is awarded, then your solicitor will deduct a small fee to cover their legal expenses – this is also referred to as a success fee. It is capped by law so you won’t lose a large chunk of your compensation.
For more information on No Win No Fee agreements, please get in touch.
If you have any questions or concerns, why not contact our claims team? They can offer free legal advice of no obligation and answer any questions you may have.
You can reach our team in one of the following ways:
- Call us on 0800 408 7825.
- To enquire online, please here to fill out a form.
- Or to use the live chat feature, please click the live chat icon.
You can reach an adviser in one of the following ways:
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. If you have any questions how a personal injury lawyer covering Bognor Regis could support your case, please speak to one of our advisers.
In the final section of this guide, you will find additional resources that could be of use, such as additional guides and relevant links.
If you have been involved in a public accident, please click here to read our guide.
For more information relating to council accidents, please click here to read our guide.
Where Medical Checkups Could Take Place
|The Priory Ticehurst,
Closest Magistrates Court To Bognor Regis – Worthing
|Worthing County Court
|Christchurch Rd, Worthing BN11 1JD
Local Authorities Providing Services In Bognor Regis
|Local Authorities Providing Services In Bognor Regis
|Town Hall, Clarence Rd, Bognor Regis PO21 1LD
Guide by IR
Edited by II