Throughout the week, we may visit a number of public spaces without realising it. Whether you visit the local supermarket for your weekly shop or jog through the park for daily exercise, you should be kept safe wherever reasonably possible.
But if you suffer an injury following an accident that was not your fault, you could claim compensation for third-party negligence. As this guide will explain, a personal injury lawyer could help ease the claims process and support your case.
From slips in The Peel Centre to rear-end collisions in The Avenue Car Park, you will find expert advice about accidents in a public place on this page. What’s more, you will also discover how personal injury law firms covering Bracknell can provide an outstanding service wherever they’re based.
Call our claims team today on 0800 408 7825 for your free, no-obligation consultation. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Bracknell
- Accidents In Bracknell Workplaces
- Bracknell Traffic Accident And Injury Claims
- Bicycle And Motorbike Accidents In Bracknell
- Accidents In Public Places
- Tripping And Slipping Accidents
- Accident And Injury Claims Against Bracknell Council
- Assault And Criminal Injury Claims
- How Injury And Accident Claims Work
- How Do I Use Reviews To Find The Right Lawyer?
- Calculating Typical Compensation Payouts In Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Bracknell
- How To Contact An Injury Claim Lawyer
- Supporting Reference Information
As a victim of negligence, you could claim compensation for a number of accidents. On this page, we will cover as many common areas as possible. For example, this will include:
- Bracknell road accidents.
- Motorbike accidents in Bracknell.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Public transport incidents (i.e. Bracknell station)
- Criminal injuries.
But if you can’t find your circumstances, please do not fret. It’s important to remember that every case is entirely unique. Therefore, your claim could still be valid.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our team on the number above. Alternatively, carry on reading for more information about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Bracknell can help you today.
Before your solicitor begins work on your claim, you will need to determine what personal injury claims time limit applies. For many, this will depend on the circumstances of your case.
Typically speaking, an adult has 3-years to pursue a claim from the accident date. Otherwise, a claim can be made from the date of knowledge that your injuries were at least partially the defendant’s fault.
Whereas when an accident involves a child, the limitation period differs slightly. All minors under the age of 18 cannot represent themselves in court. Instead, a parent/guardian must do so on their behalf. But if no claim is brought before the child turns 18, they can bring forward a claim within 3-years of their 18th birthday.
Moreover, if the claimant loses their mental capacity, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides other alternatives. The limitation period will only begin once they recover or, if no recovery is made, a ‘litigation friend’ can conduct the case on their behalf.
In some extenuating circumstances, it may be possible to claim outside the above limitation periods. For more information, please contact our specialist team.
As the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states, all employers must retain reasonable health and safety standards throughout the workplace. Consequently, if an employee suffers following the neglect of such legislation, the organisation could be held liable.
Any severity of physical/psychological injuries could result from a workplace accident. But it’s important you seek legal advice in order to follow the correct procedure.
As the Act states, an employer can carry out specific procedures to help minimise hazards within the workplace. For example, any senior manager or responsible body should seek to implement some of the following procedures:
- Supervision of dangerous tasks.
- Implementing maintenance checks/repairs.
- Regular risk assessments.
- Displaying of HSE-approved material (i.e. flyers, posters, books).
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
You should ensure someone makes note of the accident in the relevant report book; as your solicitor will require this as evidence.
With this in mind, these accident types can arise at any given moment. In a report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 581,000 workplace injuries arose in 2018/19. The same report also saw 111 fatal workplace accidents in 2019/20.
Please contact our advisers for more information about workplace accidents.
A collision between any amount of cars is seen as a road traffic accident or RTA. Regardless of where this takes place (whether on a road or in a public space), all users owe each other a duty of care.
Sometimes, any amount of the following factors can contribute to a breach in this duty:
- Rash, careless or reckless driving.
- Violation of rules.
- Failure in understanding signs.
- Panic stops.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
Accidents On Public Transport
A case of this nature encompasses a wide range of transportation methods, including:
- Private hire taxis
Although public transport is significantly less hazardous than cars or motorcycles, they’re not entirely risk-free. According to a 2019 Government report, there were 3,090 reports of bus and coach accident casualties on Great British roads.
If your injuries stem from a public transport accident you could claim compensation. Call us today to discuss minor, moderate or fatal accidents in Bracknell.
Vehicle And Pedestrian Accidents In A Car Park
As with the aforementioned spaces, car parks are also bound by legislation to keep these areas safe. But it’s important to distinguish between the correct operators. Without this knowledge, proceedings can become increasingly difficult.
There are numerous ways an accident can take place. For example, if another driver fails to look properly or give way. Or if you are hit by a faulty barrier.
If you were injured in a car accident or from a substandard of safety in a car park, our team could help. Call us today for more information about how a specialist personal injury lawyer could support you.
You can also click here for more information in our guide.
Unfortunately, cyclists are significantly more susceptible to serious injuries on the roads. Unlike drivers of cars, vans, lorries and other larger vehicles, pedal and motorcyclists lack visibility and an outer layer of protection. They primarily rely on their helmets, leathers and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
A recent Cycling UK report found there were 4,106 reports of serious injuries and 99 pedal cyclists fatalities on Great British roads in 2018. Further from this, the same report found most accidents to result from:
- Reckless, careless or rushed driving.
- Poor manoeuvres/turnings.
- Neglect while looking for oncoming road users.
- Failure to judge another person’s speed/path.
You can claim compensation for:
- an accident on A329 Bracknell
- Motorcycle accidents on the M4 in Bracknell.
- Any collision on the Berkshire Way.
- Incidents on the A322.
As long as the accident was caused due to a breach in the duty of care owed to you as a road user.
Call our team today for free, impartial advice about Bracknell traffic accidents.
Public places are held responsible for safety standards. For example, this includes:
Call our team to find out how personal injury lawyers could help you following an accident in or near Bracknell. You can also find important information about other areas of public injury claims in the sections below.
Accidents And Injuries In Parks
We visit our local parks whether for exercise, socialising or as a shortcut to our final destination, we do so without fear of suffering an injury. However, over recent years our local authorities have seen significant cuts to park department budgets. As a result, these outdoor areas may harbour more hazards than ever.
Whether you use the park for exercise, relaxation or socialising, you could claim compensation for your injuries if cause by maintenance negligence. While a number of accidents can occur in a park, some are significantly more common than others. For example, you could suffer from the following:
- Defective play equipment.
- Lack of maintenance to paths, equipment or other surfaces.
- Unsafe designs of paths, steps, playgrounds, etc.
Please note, if your child is the victim, a parent/guardian must conduct the claim on their behalf. Once the courts reach an agreement on the settlement amount, they will manage the payout via a trust fund until the child turns 18.
Accidents And Injuries In Retail Parks And Shopping Areas
As a visitor to Princess Square Bracknell Shopping Centre, you should be kept safe from harm. The same can be said for any shop, supermarket or shopping centre in Bracknell. In many ways, it’s possible for the responsible parties to adopt some simple procedures to avoid such accidents.
Through correct staff training, employees can spot hazards prior to an incident unfolding. For example, liquids, stock and other obstructions on the shop floor are all hazards. As a result, the risk of harm is significantly reduced.
Although all public spaces should be kept safe, incidents occur on a regular basis in public areas. The HSE recognises slips, trips and falls as one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. As a result, these incidents may develop into further threats to employee safety (i.e. falls from height).
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 95% of major slip and fall accidents lead to broken bones in 2018/19.
Under the employer’s legal duty of care, your working environment should retain reasonable expectations of safety standards at all times. Therefore, all risks should be kept to a minimum as much as possible.
The following methods can help operators abide by their legal obligations, including:
- Design/maintenance: any communal area of public use should be kept safe through particular attention to the width and height of walkways, stairs, etc.
- Housekeeping: there should be regular inspections for trailing wires, rubbish, uneven surfaces, slippery surfaces and other such hazards.
- Walkways: all common areas should be well-lit, tidy and safe for use.
In the eyes of the law, an accident in a public place that causes an injury could be valid grounds to seek financial compensation upon—as long as another party is at fault and that party owed you a duty of care.
In order to validate your claim, it must be proven the local authority was at least partially liable for the incident in question. For example, if the council ignores a sunk paving stone, which results in a trip and fall injury.
You can find more information in our online guide, click here.
If you suffer following a criminal assault, you may be able to claim for damages. When there is no other avenue for compensation, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) offers assistance for victims of crime.
A victim of the following crimes can utilise these services:
- Sex Crimes.
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Robbery, mugging or attempted robbery.
Unlike public accident claims, the criteria differ slightly for the CICA.
- The victim must report the incident to the police/
- Only a 2-year time limit applies. Although there are exceptions.
Call our claims team today for more information about CICA compensation claims.
Rates Of Victim Based Crimes In Bracknell
For statistics about crime and disorder in Bracknell, please consider the table below.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
It’s no surprise you will want the best personal injury lawyers, whether in our outside of Bracknell, for your case. Therefore, you should dedicate a portion of your time in selecting the right legal representative.
Before you begin the claims process, however, there are some key pieces of evidence you can gather yourself. To lend a helping hand, you can do the following:
- Take Photos:
It’s important you take swift action in order to photograph the cause, damage and anything else of importance before they are removed.
- Seek Medical Treatment
It’s important you visit a GP or A&E department, no matter how minor your injuries may seem. Your attendance will be recorded by the facility, which will be a useful piece of evidence.
- Witness Contact Details:
If anyone is in the vicinity when the accident takes place, you should note down their email, telephone or any other communication methods. Your representative will contact them at a later date.
- Photograph Your Recovery
Even during your recovery period, it’s important to document the progress you make. Again, your legal specialist will use this as evidence for your claim.
Why You Need Medical Evidence
As a solicitor will emphasise, your medical appointment is an important part of the claims process. You will need an independent specialist to identify your injuries, assess your prognosis. Not only will this form a crucial part of your supporting evidence, but it will also determine how much compensation you might receive.
Why Local Lawyers Aren’t Necessary
When you begin the process of searching for a legal representative, your first thought may be to look at local solicitors. But what happens when solicitors in Arlington Square or Market Street are not quite what you are looking for? Do you have a choice?
You shouldn’t limit your options if you’re unhappy with local services. As the internet offers a wealth of law firms, you can bring forward a case without ever meeting your solicitor. In most cases, you can opt for regular updates about your case via:
- Phone calls.
- Or in-person (if you would rather meet your lawyer).
In some eventuality, your time will be required in person for a medical assessment. But a specialist can conduct this appointment as close to your home as possible. Thus, reducing the amount of necessary travel for you.
Call our claims team today for more information about how personal injury law firms covering Bracknell can help with accidents claims in Bracknell, Wildridings, Easthampstead or anywhere else in the area.
When you search online for a personal injury solicitor, you may find an overwhelming wealth of options. Your choice in solicitor could make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim. Therefore, it is important to select the right legal representative.
But with so much added pressure on top of your current state, you could be left worrying about whether or not you made the right choice. Is there an easier way to find the top personal injury lawyers in and outside of Bracknell?
Luckily, there is. By reading online reviews, you can gather crucial information about the quality of your potential solicitor. You can compare each review against one another for a more accurate representation of each specialist.
In addition to this, we advise you should speak with an expert over the phone. A quick and easy telephone consultation will allow you to gain a better understanding of your personal injury lawyer.
When you bring a claim forward, you may be curious about how much compensation you could receive. But as each case is entirely unique, it’s seemingly impossible to place the same amount on a similar group of claims.
In the same vein, we discourage the use of online personal injury claims calculators. More often than not, these tools provide misleading estimations.
Your final settlement amount will be made up of two forms of loss: general damages and special damages. It may be possible to claim back any expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, known as special damages. A claimant can recover costs for:
- Loss of earnings (linked to the injury).
In the table below, you will find general damages taken from the Judicial College’s guidelines. This organisation is responsible for training judges in County, Crown and higher courts in England and Wales.
|Less Severe to Very Severe
|£14,380 to £379,100
|Moderate to Severe
|£7,410 to (the region of) £139,210
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,730 to £151,070
|Less Severe to Complete Loss of Function
|£11,820 to £56,180
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,820 to £122,860
|Below-Knee Amputation of One Leg to Loss of Both Legs
|£91,950 to £264,650
|Moderate to Very Severe
|£12,900 to £102,890
For a more accurate figure, contact our team today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
After your telephone consultation, an expert will explain how a personal injury solicitor covering Bracknell can manage your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. The fundamental attraction of these agreements is unless your claim is successful, you won’t be held liable for their fees.
What’s more, you can also benefit from:
- No start-up fees.
- Zero hidden charges.
- A small “success fee” taken from the final amount to cover your legal costs —capped by legislation.
Further from this, a No Win No Fee (or Conditional Fee) agreement is widely known as a method of reducing financial risks found in public injury claims. Call our team today to discuss your options.
We have a team of legal advisers who specialise in helping victims of third-party negligence. Please use one of the following contact methods to begin your public accident claim:
- Call Us: The number to dial is 0800 408 7825.
- Contact Form: Click here to receive a callback.
- Instant Messaging: Speak with an online adviser using the live chat function in the bottom-right corner of this page.
Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our specialists today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Bracknell can help you claim compensation.
You can use the sources below to find out more about public injury claims.
Report RTA – Thames Valley Police
Medical Experts We Work With In Bracknell
East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court
|East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court, Slough
Off Windsor Road,
Bracknell Forest Council
|Bracknell Forest Council
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