If you have been injured, or you have developed an illness or have suffered emotional and psychological trauma as a result of someone else’s negligent or unlawful actions, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. This is a type of legal case where you ask for compensation from the person or entity who had a responsibility for your safety and failed to provide it.
This article is about how and when you might be entitled to make such a claim, and how personal injury lawyers covering Bootle can support you. If there is anything that confuses you about this article, or if you feel that you wish to attempt to make a compensation claim, please call us on 0800 408 7825, to have a discussion with our team of advisors.
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- Council Injury Claims
- Injuries Caused By Crime In Bootle
- How You Could Make A Claim When Injured Or Made Ill
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This guide is going to cover the key information about how to make a personal injury claim when you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault. This will entail going through some of the different circumstances in which you could be injured and have grounds to make a claim. Then we will discuss some of the things that are important for you to know about how making a claim works, such as finding the best kind of lawyer for the claim you want to make and how you can fund it.
Laws exist which regulate health and safety in workplaces in the UK, these act as your legal protection from unsafe working practices and conditions being enforced or permitted by your employer. One of, if not the most important pieces of workplace health and safety legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This law puts the legal responsibility for the practice of safe working conditions and techniques in the workplace upon the employer. If you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident that you believe could and should have been prevented by better workplace safety then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against your employer.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident while driving in Bootle, while driving along Melrose Road for example, then you could be entitled to claim compensation if there is evidence that someone besides yourself was responsible for the accident occurring. Anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle has a duty of care over other road users, they have a legal obligation to bear in mind the safety of others while driving as well as following other traffic safety laws.
If the accident you experienced did not involve another driver and was caused by faults in the road, you could be entitled to claim compensation from an organisation responsible for road conditions, on the basis that these authorities have an obligation to keep roads and streets maintained and in a safe condition yet failed to do so and as a result caused you to suffer harm.
A Bootle Train, Station And Public Transport Vehicle Injuries
If you have been hurt in an accident while onboard or at a public transport station, such as a bus, a train or a tram station, for example, you could be entitled to claim compensation from the operator of the transport company if through negligence of safety laws they caused your suffering. Operators have a duty of care over their passengers, while a person is riding on public transport or is waiting at a station the operator is responsible for their safety. The vehicles and stations must not be left in an unsafe state due to a lack of maintenance, nor is it permitted for public transport vehicles to be driven or operated in such a way as to create the risk of an accident or of a passenger being harmed. To learn more, read our guide to making public transport injury claims or call our team.
Car Parking Area Injuries
Car parks are another area in which injuries could arise from accidents involving vehicles. In a car park, the owner or operator of the car park, which may be a private business or the local council, is responsible for the upkeep of the property and has a duty of care over those using the car park. If an injury befalls someone using the car park because the car park was in an unsafe condition, then an accident claim could potentially be made depending on individual circumstances. To learn more about this type of claim, we have a guide for you to read in addition to our advice team.
Everything that you read about road traffic accidents in the sections above still applies to accidents that occur while you are riding your bike or on a motorcycle. Cyclists make up a portion of the annual tally of those injured or killed in road traffic accidents that is out of proportion to the percentage of road users that they make up. This is mainly for two reasons, one is that they are more exposed than other road users who are inside vehicles, the other is that bikes and motorcycles are smaller than any other type of vehicle on the road, and can therefore be missed by drivers that aren’t being observant enough of their surroundings.
You should get in touch with us if you have been involved in an accident while riding your bike that wasn’t your fault that left you with a physical injury. You may be able to make a claim for compensation with the help of our panel of solicitors.
Anyone (or any business or public institution) that is responsible for public space has a duty of care over anyone that is on their property according to the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 and can be liable for any injuries that befall them as a result of any unsafe condition on their property. That is why all operators of public spaces should have public liability insurance so that they have the means to provide financial compensation in the event that they are made to pay compensation.
Shop And Retail Space Accidents
Shopping centres and retail parks are a good example of a public space where it is important that the entity responsible for them maintain their duty of care towards customers and visitors. Going to the shops may sound like a mundane and safe part of daily life, but if a shop or a retail park is not managed properly and with a view towards the businesses duty of care to its customers and visitors then there a number of different potential health and safety issues that could arise and put people in danger.
Just a few examples of the kind of issues we are talking about:
- Items falling off of shelves due to being placed carelessly by staff
- Shelves or displays falling over due to being poorly assembled or faulty
- Trolleys or carts being faulty
- Slips, trips and falls caused by wet floors, broken flooring or the state of pavements or car parks outside the shop.
Park And Open Public Space Accidents
Public parks and playing areas are a good example of outside public spaces. Public parks have to be maintained to a decent standard of safety by those responsible for managing them. Failure to do this correctly can lead to visitors suffering injuries from:
- Overgrowth of plant life
- Broken or uneven footpaths
- Rubbish left uncleared in the park.
- Faulty or broken playground equipment.
An injury caused by any of the facilities or grounds of a public park being in a state of unsafe disrepair could be grounds for bringing a compensation claim against the operators of the park. You can learn more from our specific guide to making public park accident claims here, or you could call our advice team for a free consultation.
Tripping and falling over may sound like a trivial matter to bring a compensation claim over, but in reality, it is no joke. Slips, trips and falls can lead to potentially serious injuries, especially if the victim falls from a height or hits other objects on the way down. According to the official national authority of workplace health and safety, trips, slips and falls account for more workplace injuries than any other type of accident.
A duty of care exists on the part of any organisation that owns or runs a property open to the public to ensure that their property is kept clear of tripping or slipping hazards. This means things like; loose wires, wet patches of floors, unmarked drops or steps, broken footpaths or the like. If you do have an injury from falling over on a hazard like this in a public place or in a private business, you may be entitled to make claim for compensation. To find out more, you could call our team.
Sefton Council may be responsible for a number of different properties and public utilities around Bootle. These can include council buildings and council chambers themselves, they may also include things like gyms, sports centres, playing fields and libraries. A council has a duty of care over anyone on their premises or making use of their services. Another important duty that a local council has in many areas is the maintenance of pavements and streets. They have a legal responsibility to make sure that they are maintained to the point that they do not pose a danger to those who make use of them.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident involving council property that was not adequately maintained to a safe standard, you should consider calling our advice team or reading our guide to bringing a claim against a local council for more information on these types of cases.
Personal injury lawyers covering Bootle can also help if you have been injured in a crime as well as if you have been injured in an accident. Making a compensation claim for a criminally inflicted injury through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority CICA works a little differently to making a personal injury claim. The CICA is a government-funded organisation, part of the Ministry of Justice, which handles claims for compensation and funds compensation when it is decreed to be awarded.
If you have recently suffered a physical injury or demonstrable psychological harm as a result of being the victim of, or a witness to a crime, or have suffered from physical or sexual abuse during your childhood if there is no other avenue you could be entitled to claim compensation from CICA. There is comprehensive information on how CICA claims work on the Gov. website, and you can also consult our team of advisors for more information as well.
Merseyside (including Bootle) Crime Statistics
The table below shows victim-related crime in Merseyside, of which Bootle is a part. You can see for yourself in more detail here.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||14862|
It is important when making an injury claim to find the right personal injury solicitor, the one who is right for you. Although it is not a legal requirement to have a solicitor represent your case they can take most of the work off your hands allowing you to recuperate. The issue of finding the right solicitor for the job can make the difference between succeeding in your case and failing. The following three sections will delve into some of the important aspects of finding and working with the right solicitor.
Where You Could Find A Lawyer In This Area
Bootle is a relatively large area so there are a number of different locally based law firms you could potentially contact about your case. These are based mainly along, or close to, the main road running through Bootle; Stanley Road. If these solicitors in Bootle do not feel like the right ones for your case, then you could also consider consulting with solicitors from anywhere in the country.
Why You Do Not Need A Lawyer From This Area
You do not need to work with a solicitor in Bootle or even one anywhere in Merseyside. Working with a solicitor can be performed through phone calls, video meetings and emails. This has the potential to greatly expand your options when it comes to choosing which solicitor to work with since you will not be limited to working with a lawyer based in or near your own geographical location.
Why You Need To Have Supporting Medical Evidence
You need to have supporting medical evidence about your injury because, just like any other legal case, there has to be reliable proof of an allegation in order for the case to go ahead successfully. In the case of a personal injury claim, the evidence would come from a medical examination. This medical examination serves not only to provide evidence for your claim for compensation but also can help to clarify the actual extent of your injuries and provide an assessment of how severe the long term impact of the injuries will be, this will help you and your lawyer to ascertain how much compensation your claim will seek. We can help you to make arrangements to undergo a medical examination even if you have already been seen by a doctor.
One of the better ways for comparing and assessing the qualities of the different lawyers on offer would be to read reviews posted online about different lawyers by their previous clients. Reviews can tell you a lot about a solicitor, such as how successful they are at winning cases of course, but also about more personal and specific details, such as how their previous clients felt about their lawyer’s personal conduct and about their working relationship with their lawyer.
It isn’t really possible to say at this point with certainty how much compensation you would be entitled to claim for if you did make a claim. There would first have to be an assessment of the severity of your injuries in a medical examination, and then there would have to be a calculation of how much you would also be entitled to claim in special damages. Special damages are a form of compensation you can receive in order to compensate you for the loss of ability to work, lost earnings or financial expenditures brought on by your injury.
The table below shows the rough estimates of the financial worth of various different examples of injuries, not including potential special damages. These numbers are based on figures produced by the Judicial College.
|Moderate brain damage||£40,410-£205,480|
|Less severe brain damage||£14,380-£40,410|
|Loss of wrist function||£44,690-£56,180|
|Loss of thumb||£33,330-£51,460|
It is important to consider what financial arrangements you are making for your claim, especially as you cannot assume that your claim will result in compensation being awarded. You most certainly want to avoid the possible outcome of paying legal fees and subsequently failing to receive any compensation. One of the best ways to do that is by making a No Win No Fee claim agreement with your solicitor.
A No Win No Fe agreement will mean that if your case is successful, not all of the compensation awarded will be yours to take, as the conditions of a No Win No Fee claim mean that your solicitor will be entitled to a minority portion of your compensation as their payment. If your case fails, but you had a valid basis for making one in the first place, then your solicitor would not charge you legal fees under a No Win No Fee agreement.
This kind of arrangement is good for claimants who wish to make a claim without incurring heavy upfront costs or taking a significant financial risk. If you have any questions about how No Win No Fee Claims work please feel free to call up our advice team and they will be happy to assist.
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Local Medical Experts We Work With
|Gill Dabek||Crosby Chiropractic Suite, 134 College Road|
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|The Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts
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Article by AA