As a victim of third party negligence, you may be left with severe injuries and uncertainty about where you stand legally. Where do you begin with public accident claims? What if the best personal injury lawyer is based outside of Bolton?
You will find answers to all these questions and more in this online guide. As we will explain in further detail, there are multiple incidents which could make a valid personal injury claim. What’s more, you could do all of this on a No Win No Fee basis. All you have to do is act fast as there are time limits that apply to make claims.
Whether you were injured in a public place or in a Bolton traffic accident, a sizable settlement amount could be waiting for you. Call our claims team today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Bolton can help you. The number to dial is 0800 408 7825. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Bolton
- Accidents In The Workplace
- Bolton Traffic Accident Claims
- Accidents And Injuries When Riding A Bike
- Injuries At Public Places
- Slip And Fall Accident Cases
- Local Authority And Council Accidents And Injuries
- Criminal Injuries Caused By Assaults And Violent Crimes
- How Do I Choose A Lawyer To Handle My Case?
- Do Personal Injury Lawyer Reviews Help You Choose Who To Handle Your Claim
- Typical Examples Of Compensation Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Bolton
- Talking To A Lawyer Covering Bolton
In this guide, you will find free, impartial advice about common public injury claims. While we will cover as many areas as possible, there may be a chance your circumstances could be left out. But this doesn’t mean your claim is invalid.
We will answer some of the pressing questions our advisers hear on a daily basis:
- “What is public liability insurance?”
- “How long is the personal injury claims time limit?”
- “Are there different types of accidents in a public place?”
- “Could I make a claim for slip and fall accident cases?”
If you have any questions regarding the information on this page or you feel ready to begin your claim, please contact our claims team. Not only will you receive a free, no-obligation consultation about your claim, but a specialist personal injury lawyer could also begin proceedings that very same day.
A personal injury claims time limit will be one of many factors which validate your case.
For accidents involving adults, the typical time limit is 3-years from the accident date or knowledge that your injuries were at least partially the fault of the defendant.
In comparison, accidents which involve children differ slightly. As children cannot represent themselves in court, a parent/guardian will need to do so. If no claim is made before the child reaches 18, they have 3-years from their 18th birthday to pursue a claim.
Moreover, if a claimant doesn’t possess the mental capacity to claim, the time limit will begin once the victim recovers. Alternatively, a ‘litigation friend’ can conduct the claim on their behalf. This scenario falls under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
If you seek justice outside of this time frame, you may not be able to claim. However, there are certain extenuating circumstances which may allow you to do so. Find out more about this by contacting our claims team.
As part of their legal obligation, all employers must uphold reasonable standards of health and safety within the workplace. Any neglect in this duty could give rise to hazards, which may lead to an accident.
There are a number of physical and psychological injuries that could result from a workplace accident. How severe these injuries may be will depend on the extremity of the accident. To avoid such occurrences, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 suggests the following practices:
- Regular risk assessments.
- Maintenance checks/repairs.
- Displaying Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved material in the workplace (e.g. flyers, posters, leaflets).
- Train staff effectively.
- Supervision of dangerous tasks.
- Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
In a report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 581,000 injuries at work were recorded in 2018/19. Further from this, the same report found 111 worker fatalities in 2019/20.
The general duties and responsibilities of an employer are not limited to the above list. Find out more about employer negligence by speaking with an adviser from our team.
Whether the incident involves one or more cars, the law deems any collision involving a vehicle as a road traffic accident. These are likely to take place on a road or in a public space.
All road users owe a duty of care to one another. But there are several ways this duty can be breached. For example, this could be through:
- Drink driving.
- Panic stops.
- Reckless driving.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floors).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
To make a valid claim, you must be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:
- Were you owed a duty of care?
- Was there a breach in this duty?
- Did your injuries stem from the breach?
The severity of a road traffic accident is likely to vary from case-to-case. While some rear-end collisions may only result in minor injuries, a head-on collision could lead to a traumatic brain injury. But regardless of how severe an accident is, you should seek legal guidance from a personal injury lawyer.
For help following a Bolton traffic accident, please contact our claims team. A sizable compensation amount could be waiting for you.
Personal Injury Claims For Public Transport Accidents
If you were a passenger on public transport, you could also claim compensation for your injuries. The term ‘public transport’ encompasses a wide range of formats, including:
- Private hire taxis (e.g. Uber).
Many experts regard public transport as one of the safest transportation methods. The fatality rate per billion passenger miles by bus is the lowest of any transport. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they are entirely risk-free. In 2019, for example, the same Government report found 3,090 bus and coach casualties in Great Britain.
Personal Injury Claims For Car Park Accidents
As with other public spaces, all car parks should be kept safe for those who visit. But if you suffer an injury following an accident, you could pursue a personal injury claim against a car park.
However, if you are unsure of who operates the space, these cases can be particularly difficult to manage by yourself. You could be dealing with a private firm or the likes of a supermarket. But with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you could sit back and relax while they handle proceedings.
Click here to find out how a specialist can help you claim compensation for an accident in a car park.
The advantage of driving a car, van or other large vehicle is that you’re significantly more visible on the roads—particularly in the evenings. What’s more, motor vehicles tend to have an outer layer which provides additional protection.
Unlike other motorists, cyclists are more susceptible to serious injuries due to this lack of protection/visibility. The same can be said for motorcyclists. In a recent Cycling UK report, the top reasons for cycling accidents were:
- Failure to look properly.
- Failed to judge another person’s path/speed.
- Careless, reckless or rushed driving.
- Poor turning/manoeuvres.
Call us today for expert, impartial advice on how to claim compensation following a Bolton traffic accident involving a motorcycle or bicycle.
Whether you are taking your children to a public park or visiting a supermarket for your weekly shop, the premises should retain reasonable health and safety standards.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 emphasises this legal requirement. A wide range of spaces must implement safety measures to uphold this duty. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Public spaces.
- Car parks.
- Public parks.
You could seek compensation for injuries you suffer following an injury at a public place. In the following sections, you will find further information regarding public accident claims. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team.
Public Park And Playground Injury Lawsuits
When you visit your local park, you should expect the area to be safe from hazards. However, while all local authorities are required by legislation to uphold such standards and minimise risks as reasonably possible, this may not always be the case.
In recent years, there have been significant cuts in council park department budgets. As a result, our parks and playgrounds are receiving less attention than before.
Regardless of your age, it’s possible to pursue a playground injury lawsuit, although the procedure may differ slightly between accidents involving adults and children. A parent/guardian must become a ‘litigation friend’ to represent their child in court proceedings. Once the courts reach an agreement and the amounts are sufficient, they will manage the settlement agreement via a trust fund. The child will receive their payout when they turn 18.
Shopping Area And Retail Lawsuits
Even shops, businesses and retailers are no exception to this rule. Anyone who visits these spaces—from senior managers to customers and contractors—must be kept safe from harm.
Any number of procedures and policies can help minimise hazards in the workplace. For example, this may include:
- Clearing obstructions (e.g. stock, liquids, etc.).
- Conducting maintenance/repairs (e.g. faulty roll cage trolleys, poorly built shelves).
- Upholding food hygiene standards (to avoid cross-contamination)
- Adequately labelling food (to avoid allergic reaction cases)
In these cases, you will likely claim against the responsible party’s public liability insurance policy. But these cases can become difficult if the organisation doesn’t have insurance. In addition to this, most organisations will dispute the boundaries between public spaces too.
Find out how personal injury lawyers covering Bolton can help you claim compensation for accidents in public places by calling our claims team today.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slip and fall accident cases are one of the most common causes of major workplace injuries. As a substantial threat to employee safety, these incidents are potential contributors to further accidents (i.e. falls from height).
To uphold their duty of care, your employer could implement any of the following procedures:
- Regular housekeeping: clearing of uneven carpets, trailing wires, rubbish and other similar obstructions.
- Design/maintenance: ensuring all communal areas are wide enough, clear and generally safe for public use.
- Walkways: performing regular checks to ensure that walkways are well lit, tidy and usable.
A 2018/19 report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states 95% of major slip and fall accident cases at work lead to broken bones. If you suffered a similar injury, you could claim compensation for damages.
Call our claims team today or click here to learn more from our online guide.
If you suffer an injury on council property, you could also claim compensation. The local authority can be held accountable for defects, hazards and other areas of neglect in any public space that falls under their remit.
The legislation which holds councils’ liable extends over a variety of spaces. This includes, but is not limited to, public highways, footpaths, and roads. There are many ways in which a valuable personal injury claim could be made against the council.
For example, you may be able to claim compensation for damage against your vehicle inflicted by a road—particularly potholes and other such defects. You can contact the relevant organisation to tell them:
- What the damage was.
- Why you think they are responsible.
- The location of where the damage took place.
- The date and time.
You can seek legal advice from our claims team for help and guidance with this. Call us today to find out more.
If you’re a victim of assault, mugging or another form of violent crime, you could claim compensation. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency of the UK Government. When there is no other avenue to seek compensation, the CICA can help victims pursue justice—even if the criminal is never caught.
The CICA extends help for a range of crimes, including:
- Robbery, mugging or attempted robbery.
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Sex crimes.
Please note the limitation period is slightly different for claims made through the CICA. Where personal injury claims time limits are 3-years, a CICA claim only allows the victim 2-years from the incident date. You must also report the crime to the police.
There are some circumstances which may waiver this limitation period. For example, in cases of historical sexual abuse. For more information on CICA claims, please get in touch with our team.
Bolton Crime Statistics
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It is important you take due care when choosing a personal injury lawyer. Their level of expertise and professionalism could have a huge impact on the outcome of your claim. Therefore, it is vitally important to consider all of your options.
Prior to this, however, you should consider the following steps to help gather important evidence which can be used to help your case succeed:
- Photograph The Accident:
As long as you are well enough to do so, you should photograph the scene, cause of the accident, and anything else of relevance at the earliest convenience. More often than not, the local authorities will clear the scene as quickly as possible or make repairs to hazards. Consequently, you will need to act quickly to gather this evidence.
- Receive Medical Attention:
Many injuries which result from an accident will require medical attention. Whether you visit A&E or a local GP, your attendance will be recorded by the facility. Your solicitor will then use these records as evidence.
- Gather Witness Contact Info:
You cannot take a witness statement by yourself. But your solicitor can. If anyone was at the scene of the incident, gather their details. Your lawyer will contact them at a later date. Their evidence could prove crucial.
- Take Photos Of Your Recovery:
After you receive treatment for your injuries, make sure you document your recovery period. Again, this will be crucial evidence in supporting your claim.
Should I Visit A Doctor To Get A Medical Assessment?
You will require a medical assessment at some point in your public injury claim. An independent practitioner will ask you a series of questions about your injuries, long-term suffering and future prognosis. The report a specialist compiles from this will play a crucial role in the progress of your case.
Should I Find A Lawyer Based In Bolton?
If local solicitors are unsuitable for your claim, why waste your time?
Sometimes the top personal injury lawyers are not always found in Bolton. But that’s okay. With most modern day claims, you can receive regular updates about the progress of your claim from the comfort of your home. You can choose to receive these via telephone, email or post.
When you need to attend a medical appoint, we can organise this at a location as close to your home as possible. Thus minimising any unnecessary travel on your behalf.
Call our claims team today to find out how personal injury law firms covering Bolton can help you secure a settlement amount.
When you come to choose the right legal representative, you may be lost in a sea of options. Especially with the amount of online legal services available. In some cases, you could be sceptical of the information you find online.
By reading online personal injury lawyers reviews, you can save time and effort sifting through all of your options. Instead, you can compare the genuine accounts of previously satisfied clients against each other—you may find the best personal injury lawyer isn’t based in Bolton.
We advise our clients to also discuss their case with a specialist over the phone. Your potential solicitor can use this conversation to evaluate your state of affairs and propose their plans.
We strongly recommend that claimants avoid personal injury claims calculators. As every claim is entirely unique, these online tools fail to take into account key factors which determine your final settlement agreement.
Furthermore, it can be difficult to place an exact amount on a group of similar cases for this exact reason. However, in the table below you will find estimations of settlement agreements. These amounts were taken from guidelines produced by the Judicial College, the organisation responsible for training judges in the County, Crown and higher courts in England & Wales.
|Moderately Severe to Very Severe
|£205,580 to £379,100
|Moderate to Severe
|£7,410 to (the region of) £139,210
|Less Severe to Severely Disabling
|£14,690 to £51,460
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,730 to £151,070
|Moderate to Severe
|From around £12,900 to £90,290
|Moderate to Very Severe
|£12,900 to £65,420
|Moderate to Serious
|£12,900 to £36,790
For a more exact sum central to your unique circumstances, please contact our advisers for your free, no-obligation consultation.
An expert personal injury lawyer covering Bolton will lend their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This agreement simply states that you will not be held liable for your solicitor’s fees if they are unable to secure a settlement agreement on your behalf.
You will also benefit from:
- No hidden fees or start-up costs.
- A small “success fee” taken from the final amount. This percentage is legally capped and will cover your solicitor’s costs.
Also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (or CFAs), many experts acknowledge that No Win No Fee agreements reduce the financial risks associated with personal injury claims.
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. We hope you were able to find the information you need. If you have any questions or would like to begin proceedings, please contact our claims team using one of the following methods:
- Phone Consultation: Dial 0800 408 7825 to speak with an adviser
- Call-Back: Our experts will contact you, simply fill out a contact form.
- Live Chat: Use our instant messaging function on this page to connect with an online adviser.
Contact us today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Bolton can help you.
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