Accidents happen every day. They can happen just about anywhere including at work, in a park, walking down the street or while driving. If the accident is caused by somebody else’s mistake, it’s possible that you might want to seek compensation from them if you’re injured. In order to make a valid claim, the person responsible must have owed you a duty of care in which they breached through negligence. That’s why we’ve written this article about finding a personal injury lawyer covering Canterbury who could support you through this process. We will review different types of accidents that could occur, who might be liable for any injuries you sustain and what amount of compensation could be paid.
If you are thinking about starting a claim, we could help you to begin. Our team of friendly advisors will offer free legal advice during a no-obligation telephone consultation. Once they’ve reviewed the evidence, they could refer you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. If the case is accepted, it will be on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you’re happy to start your claim now, please call 0800 408 7825 today. If you’d like to know more about how a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Canterbury could help, please read the rest of this guide.
Choose A Section
- A Guide About Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Canterbury Claims
- Compensation For An Injury At Work
- Canterbury Car And Vehicle Accidents
- Accidents When Riding Your Bike
- Accidents Which Happened In Public Spaces And Places
- Accidents Involving Slipping Or Falling Over
- Accident Claims Against Canterbury City Council
- Criminal Violence Against The Person
- FAQ’s On Making A Claim For Injuries
- What Is The Best Way To Compare Different Lawyers?
- How We Calculate Injury Claims Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Canterbury Claims
- Speak To An Expert
- Helpful Contacts And Guides
A Guide About Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Canterbury Claims
It’s important to state that not every accident entitles you to compensation. To be eligible to seek compensation, you’ll need to prove that:
- The person responsible for the accident had a duty of care towards your safety.
- That they breached that duty of care which resulted in an accident.
- And you suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
If you’re able to show that each of those points is true, you could ask a lawyer to help you.
While the general personal injury claims limit of 3-years seems like a large amount of time, we’d advise you to seek legal representation sooner rather than later. It’s so much easier to recollect what happened in weeks following an accident. The longer you leave it, the harder it becomes to recall all of the facts. Also, your solicitor will need time to conduct enquiries and gather evidence, so the sooner they can begin, the better.
Once you’ve absorbed the information in this article, please get in touch if you decide to claim. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, speak to an advisor who’ll provide free advice on whether you can claim.
Compensation For An Injury At Work
Employers of all sizes are responsible for the safety of their workforce. That generally means that they need to keep the workplace as safe as possible by removing dangers they identify during risk assessments. Failure to make such changes could mean you’re entitled to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in an accident at work.
You might therefore be eligible to claim for a workplace injury caused by:
- Faulty, damaged or poorly maintained equipment or machinery.
- Inadequate or missing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- A lack of proper rest breaks.
- Inadequate training related to your tasks or safety procedures.
Canterbury Car And Vehicle Accidents
When a collision on the A2, A28 or even in a small cul-de-sac occurs in Canterbury, you could claim against the responsible driver’s insurance policy if you sustained any injuries. Following any form of Road Traffic Accident (RTA), we’d advise you to:
- Photograph the scene before vehicles are moved where it’s safe to do so.
- Get your injuries treated at A&E.
- Swap details with the other driver.
- Ask any witnesses for their details.
- Secure any dashcam footage that’s available.
Then, once you’re able to, contact our team of advisors for a free assessment of your case.
Canterbury Train, Bus And Rail Accidents
Any public transport user could claim compensation for injuries sustained in an RTA. Depending who was at fault you would either claim against the operator of the bus, taxi, coach or train you were using or if the accident was caused by a third party driver you would claim against their insurance policy.
You might also be entitled to claim if you’re injured while using the service by damaged seating, tables or handrails.
Let us know how you suffered, and we’ll review your claim for free.
Local Car Park Accidents
A collision in a car park will usually be handled in the same way as an RTA i.e. you’ll claim against the driver responsible for the accident. However, other accidents in a car park could lead to a claim against the operator if you sustain injuries. For example, injuries caused by the following might entitle you to ask for compensation:
- Defects in the road or paths within the car park.
- A faulty car park barrier that strikes you.
- Damaged barriers or bollards.
- Sharp edges on payment machines or signposts.
Accidents When Riding Your Bike
Cyclists are perhaps the most vulnerable road users because of the lack of protection if they’re hit by another vehicle. Even when wearing a helmet, very serious injuries are possible, even in low-speed accidents. If you’ve been injured while commuting to work, exercising or visiting friends because of another road user’s error, please contact us and we’ll review whether you could make a claim.
Accidents Which Happened In Public Spaces And Places
Next up, we’re going to look at claims for accidents in public places. The important thing with these types of claim is to identify who’s responsible. That might be tricky as it could be the owner, operator or tenant. Once you’re ready to begin, let us know where the accident took place and we’ll help you identify who the claim needs to be directed at. In most cases, the responsible party will have a public liability insurance policy which the claim will be made against.
Park And Public Garden Or Play Area Accidents
The first type of public places we’ll look at is playgrounds and parks. Public places could include; Westgate Gardens or Toddler’s Cove Playground. If you or someone with you is unfortunate enough to be injured in a park, your day can be ruined.
If you or your child are injured at a park through poor maintenance and upkeep you could be able to claim against the park’s operator if the accident was caused by damaged furniture, broken outdoor gym equipment, defected and faulty playground equipment, or missing safety equipment. For more advice on starting a claim for a park accident, speak to us for free today.
Shopping And Retail Accidents
Shopping centres could include Whitefriars or Marshwood Close retail park.
Every retailer and shop operator has a duty to try and protect you while shopping. In order to make a claim against a retailer or supermarket, it must be proven that you were injured through negligence on their behalf and that your suffering could have been prevented.
For example, a claim might be possible for injuries caused by:
- Falling signs, mirrors or furniture.
- Damaged racking or shelving.
- Slippery floors with no warning signs.
- Items of stock litter around the store.
Accidents Involving Slipping Or Falling Over
It’s quite possible to suffer serious injuries from an innocuous fall caused by slipping or tripping. In fact, some injuries can be so serious that a full recovery might never happen. When the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligent act, you could be able to ask them for compensation.
For instance, injuries caused by any of the following could mean a claim is possible:
- Wet or slippery floors where warning signs weren’t used.
- Trip hazards that were difficult to see because of inefficient lighting.
- Broken handrails.
- Extension cables laid across a walkway.
Accident Claims Against Canterbury City Council
Canterbury City Council could potentially responsible for many of the public spaces we’ve already discussed like car parks, playgrounds or on public highways.
Most councils have a legal duty to maintain some of the roads, paths and highways in their region. That means they need to have a programme of assessment and then a system for repairing any damage that they identify. Therefore, if you’re injured by any of the following, you could possibly be eligible to begin a claim:
- Potholes or sinkholes in paths or roads.
- Uneven paving slabs.
- Damaged, missing or loose kerbstones.
- Raised paths caused by tree roots.
Try to photograph any defect that’s caused you to be injured and include a ruler or tape measure in the picture to show its width and height. Then, let us know what happened so we can check your claim.
Criminal Violence Against The Person
Crimes including ABH, GBH, sexual assault, historical abuse or rape could entitle you to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA scheme is operated on behalf of the government to compensate violent crime victims where there’s no other method of making a claim.
The amounts paid aren’t generally as high as normal claims and there are different criteria involved. For instance, the crime for which you’re claiming must have been reported to the police and the time limit is usually 2-years from the date of the crime (though this can be extended for cases where the victim was unable to report the crime till later on in life).
If you’d like us to help you start a claim through the CICA scheme, please contact us with details of the crime and your injuries.
Crime And Disorder In Canterbury
For your information, we’ve included the data below from the Local Government Association showing the most prevalent crimes in Canterbury for the year ending March 2020.
|Crime Types||Total Number of Reports|
|Violence (against individuals)||1,632|
|Shoplifting (retail theft)||1,483|
|Thefts (other types)||1,374|
FAQ’s On Making A Claim For Injuries
Now we’re going to discuss some of the work your solicitor will do during your claim and how you should go about choosing them. We’ll consider online reviews, the location of the solicitor’s company and when you’ll need medical evidence to support the claim.
While we offer this advice to help you, we could make the process of finding a personal injury solicitor covering Canterbury much easier for you. Simply call one of our team members today, let them review what happened, and they could refer you to one of the personal injury solicitors from our panel.
Why Local Lawyers May Not Be Best For Your Case
You might think the easiest thing to do when searching for a lawyer is to approach a legal firm based in Castle Street, Rose Lane or Watling Street, Canterbury. However, you don’t have to use local law firms. You’re free to pick and choose as you wish. In reality, where the solicitor’s office is shouldn’t really concern you. What’s more important is whether the law firm you’re considering specialises in personal injury claims or has experience of cases like yours. Therefore, expanding your search might mean you find a solicitor best suited to your case.
What Checkup Might A Doctor Need To Perform?
When asking for compensation, you’ll need to supply enough evidence to show the level of injuries you sustained. Without it, the defendant’s lawyers could argue that you didn’t suffer as badly as you said, or the injuries weren’t caused by the accident. Therefore, during your claim, your lawyer will make an appointment for you to see a local medical specialist. They will assess your injuries by reviewing notes, asking questions and examining you. Then they’ll put a report together with details of injuries, the impact they had and if any of them will remain in the long-term.
What Is The Best Way To Compare Different Lawyers?
It’s almost inevitable these days that when you research a new product or service, you’ll end up looking at online reviews. They’re really useful when looking for a personal injury lawyer covering Canterbury because you’re able to see what previous clients thought of any particular law firm.
We’d also advise that you speak with any particular personal injury solicitor you’re considering as well. That will give you the opportunity to discuss things not covered by reviews such as how they’ll support your claim and how much compensation might be paid.
How We Calculate Injury Claims Payouts
What you’re probably now thinking is, “How much compensation will I be paid?”. The honest answer is that it’s impossible to tell you the amount in this guide because every claimant suffers differently. What we can do is show the table below that lists some example compensation amounts for different injuries. These figures are from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Solicitors use the JCG to compare your injuries against different examples so that the correct compensation amount is awarded.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Compensation Bracket||Additional Guidance.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£8,550 to £19,690||Injuries to the eye(s) which result in minor but permanent impaired vision (double vision, sensitivity to light etc).|
|Neck||Severe||£42,680 to £52,540||Severe damage to soft tissues, fractures or dislocations which cause a significant disability along with chronic conditions which are permanent.|
|Back||Minor||£2,300 to £7,410||Strains, sprains and soft tissue injuries of the back where there is a full recovery within three months and two years without the need for an operation.|
|Arms||Less Severe||£18,020 to £36,770||In this bracket, injuries will have been significant but there will have been a good amount of recovery (or it is expected).|
|Elbow||Severe||£36,770 to £51,460||An injury which is severely disabling will fall into this compensation bracket.|
|Leg||Amputation||£91,950 to £124,800||An injury which leads to a below the knee amputation of the leg. Relatively straightforward cases without complications would receive a figure towards the bottom of the bracket. More complex issues would result in a higher payment.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Tears of ligaments in the ankle or fractures which cause disabilities like irritation caused by metal plates or trouble ascending stairs.|
Further to the amounts listed, additional compensation can sometimes be claimed that reimburses any expenses you’ve incurred because of your injuries. This is called a special damages claim which can include payments for lost income, travel costs, property replacement costs, medical expenses, care costs and future lost earnings.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Canterbury Claims
There’s a good chance that if you’re considering claiming through a personal injury solicitor covering Canterbury, they will offer a No Win No Fee service for claims they agree to take on.
To offer such a service, the solicitor will first need to check the claim has a chance of success. If it does, and both parties agree to work together, you’ll receive a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
The CFA will be used to fund your claim and provides many benefits including:
- No fees are charged upfront and that means the claim can start quickly.
- There will be no need to pay any solicitor’s fees during the claim.
- If your claim isn’t won, you won’t be expected to pay any solicitor’s fees at all (hence the phrase, No Win No Fee).
To pay the solicitor if they win your case, your compensation will have a success fee deducted. This is listed clearly in your CFA, so you’ll know how much is payable from the start and, by law, success fees are capped.
Speak To An Expert
You’ve now completed this article about selecting a personal injury lawyer covering Canterbury. Hopefully, the information we’ve provided has made it clear whether you’re able to claim or not. If you are considering doing so and would like us to help you, why not reach out to us by:
- Calling a specialist claims advisor on 0800 408 7825.
- Asking us to contact you when it’s convenient by filling in this form.
- Providing information about your claim to an online team member using our live chat facility.
The claims process is quite straight forward. In the first instance, an advisor will look at what happened with you and consider the evidence you have to substantiate your claim. If they are of the belief that your claim is strong enough, they’ll pass it to one of the specialist solicitors from our panel. Finally, if the claim is accepted, you can fund it using a No Win No Fee agreement.
Helpful Contacts And Guides
This is the last part of our article on choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Canterbury. In case you require more information about making a claim, we’ve added some further guides and links that may help you below. Should you have any additional requests, please ask one of our advisors.
Car Accident Claims – If you’ve suffered injuries in a Canterbury car accident, this guide will explain more about claiming.
Public Place Accidents – Advice on when accidents in public places need to be reported and to whom.
Public Liability Insurance – Information about seeking compensation via the responsible party’s liability insurance.
The Highway Code – Read the rules and responsibilities for road users in England, Scotland and Wales.
Whiplash Information – NHS advice about how ‘whiplash is diagnosed and treated.
Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 – Information about the insurance that all employers must take out to cover injuries to employees.
Doctors Who You May Be Asked To See
|Shahid Mehmood||Greenfield Clinic,
Canterburry, CT1 1BL.
|Soran Saeed||Upper Bridge Street,
Canterbury, CT1 2NF.
|Marta Molinero||Upper Harbledown,
Canterbury, CT2 9HX.
Canterbury Magistrates’ Court Contact Details
|Canterbury Magistrates Court|
Canterbury, CT1 2UE.
Canterbury City Council Contact Details
|Canterbury City Council|
Canterbury, CT1 1YW
Article by RA