If you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault and you are looking for how personal injury lawyers covering Chelmsford could help you this guide could be very useful. We are also here to help if you are still trying to make up your mind about what to do next. Read this guide, and then please feel free to make use of our free consultation and advice service by calling 0800 408 7825 or sending a message to our live support chat.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Chelmsford
- Lawyers Handling Work Injury Compensation Cases
- Lawyers Handling Chelmsford Traffic Accident Compensation Cases
- Lawyers Handling Cases Of Bicycle Accidents In Chelmsford
- Lawyers Handling Cases Of Being Injured In Public
- Lawyers Handling Trip And Fall Cases
- Lawyers Handling Negligence Cases Against The Council
- Lawyers Handling Victim Based Criminal Injury Cases
- How You Could Make A Personal Injury Claim
- Reviews And Factors To Consider When Choosing A Lawyer
- What Is A Typical Payout Awarded For A Personal Injury Claim?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Chelmsford
- Consult An Accident Claim Lawyer
This guide will cover a variety of different circumstances in which you could be entitled to claim compensation for suffering an injury that was not your fault. This guide is just an introduction, so if there is anything which you read about here which you want to know more about, or which you feel does not match with your own experiences, please get in touch so that our team of advisors can help clarify things for you.
This guide will also contain important information about the role of a good personal injury lawyer, how to find one and how to work with one on a No Win No Fee basis.
You are entitled to a workplace that has been made as safe as reasonably possible from the threat of accidents and injuries. This is a right set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This same piece of legislation also makes it clear that the responsibility for making sure this principle is carried out in practise lies with the employer. Your employer, therefore, has a legal duty of care over you while you are in the workplace. If this duty of care is broken and you suffer an injury or other health condition then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against your employer.
Here, briefly, are some of the circumstances in which making a claim against your employer could be made:
- Injuries stemming from faulty or badly maintained workplace equipment
- Injuries stemming from inadequate training
- Injuries stemming from inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Illnesses stemming from exposure to hazardous materials
- Mental health/stress-related problems stemming from overwork or workplace issues.
If you want to learn more about making a workplace injury claim, just call us for free advice and consultation on starting a claim.
All drivers have a duty of care over other road users. They must drive safely, attentively and in accordance with the law. Drunk driving, driving a vehicle with mechanical faults which render it non-roadworthy and driving over the speed limit are all examples of conduct that could violate this duty of care. If somebody is injured in an accident caused by this sort of irresponsible driving then they could be entitled to claim compensation from the driver’s insurance in a personal injury claim.
Chelmsford Bus And Public Transport Accidents
Operators of public transport have a duty of care over the passengers who use their services, this includes buses, trains, trams, taxis and coaches. Millions of people use public transport every day, most without incident. Poor driving or a lack of maintenance are both ways in which a person could be injured as a result of negligence while using public transport.
For more details about how you could be able to claim compensation for an injury onboard public transport, get in touch with our advice team.
Car Park Crashes And Accidents
Car parks are another example of a space where accidents and injuries could happen if those responsible for operating it do not do so in a responsible manner and fail to make sure that everything reasonably possible has been done to make sure that the premises are safe for use. Failure to properly maintain a car park can lead to accidents caused by, potholes, ice, poor lighting or faulty barriers and railings. For more information about making a compensation claim for an accident in a car park, you can read our guide and call our team for further advice.
Drivers have a particular responsibility to drive safely around cyclists and to be observant and aware of any nearby cyclists at all times. This is because cyclists are much smaller than other road users in vehicles and drivers could easily be tempted to pay more attention to cars, buses, lorries and other vehicles than to cyclists. As well as being easier to miss, cyclists are also afforded less physical protection than vehicle drivers in the event of a crash.
If you have been injured while riding your bicycle as a result of a drivers negligence you could be entitled to claim compensation. Compensation claims could also be made against the local council if you have suffered an accident on the pavement or on the road while riding your bike as a result of the poor surface conditions, i.e. potholes or broken pavements.
If you have any more questions about how making personal injury claims for being injured while riding a bike works, or if you wish to inquire about making a claim, please call or contact our advisors, they will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.
Operators or owners of public spaces or premises open to the public should have public liability insurance. Public liability insurance is intended to cover compensation costs in the event that a business or organisation is made to pay damages to someone who is injured on their property as a result of the unsafe conditions of said property. This is because when a person, a business, a public body or any organisation owns or operates premises that are open to the public they have a duty of care over those in or making use of that space. This means that they have an obligation to make sure that the property is kept is as good and safe a condition as reasonably possible to reduce the risk of injuries.
The following subheadings are just some examples of public spaces in which a person could be injured as a result of the operator’s negligence.
Claim When Injured In A Public Park
Public parks require maintenance in order to be a safe environment. In most cases, the operators of a public park will be the local council, the operators of a park, whoever they are, have a legal responsibility and a duty of care to maintain the park to as safe a standard as reasonably possible. Failing to maintain a public park to a safe standard could lead to someone getting injured and a personal injury claim being made against the operator of the park. There are a number of ways in which someone could suffer an injury in a poorly maintained park.
- Children being injured by faulty or unsafe playground equipment, i.e. slides, roundabouts
- Tripping over broken or uneven paving
- Tripping on overgrown plant life or tree roots
If you have been injured while in a public park and you believe it was caused by the condition of disrepair in the park and you would like to know more about your options for making a claim, please get in touch with us and we’ll see if our team of professional legal advisors covering Chelmsford can help you.
Claim When Injured In A Supermarket Or Shop
Millions of people go to the shops every day in the UK. For most of us going out and doing some shopping is a safe, ordinary experience, but if a shop is allowed to fall into disrepair or is not operated safely by the business that runs it, there is the risk of being hurt in an accident. If someone is injured while on their premises a shop could be liable for a personal injury claim if the accident occurred because of disrepair to the premises. Some examples of how people could be injured in accidents in shops include:
- Slips and falls due to spillages or wet floors that have not been cleared up
- Trips due to bad flooring or items left in the walkways
- Items falling off shelves due to being poorly stacked or the shelving being faulty
- Being struck or knocked over by a car or trolley due to it being mishandled by a member of staff.
If you would like to know more about making a personal injury claim against a shop for an injury you have sustained then our personal injury claim advisors will be happy to offer you a free consultation. Just give us a call or send us a message using the contact details provided.
It might sound like a trivial thing, but an organisation which owns or operates a property open to the public has a duty of care to make sure that there is as little risk as possible of people being hurt in trips and falls. This means things like:
- Clearing up spillages as soon as possible when they occur
- Maintaining the flooring (i.e. carpets, linoleum, floor panels)
- Ensuring outside paving is in good condition, free from large cracks and potholes.
- Clearing away ice in winter
Falls can lead to severe injuries, especially among the elderly. Falls account for most of the accidents in workplaces and are such a severe issue that the HSE even has a devoted guide to preventing them.
Local councils have many responsibilities for the upkeep and safety for various premises and types of infrastructure. They have a duty of care over everyone who enters and makes use of council property and premises. Councils can be made to pay compensation to those who are injured on council property or while using something which the council is obliged to maintain if the injury is due to the poor condition of the premises.
Matters which the council is responsible for can include:
- Gyms, libraries and youth centres
- Pavements and roads
- Public parks.
Accidents can occur in all of these spaces, often involving tripping accidents. Due to many councils experiencing budget cuts in recent years the risk of such accidents may be increased. Click here for more details about making claims against councils, or call our advice team.
Crime affects thousands of people every year. If you are the victim of a violent crime and suffer an injury you could be entitled to compensation. Your claim may be processed by the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority CICA.
The CICA is a body funded by the government and overseen by the Department of Justice. The CICA could award you compensation if you have been the victim of an assault, have been injured during the course of a crime or have suffered mental or emotional trauma as a result of a crime.
Compensation could be awarded even in the absence of a criminal conviction or even a positive identification for the person responsible, so long as there is proof that the crime occurred and that you were the victim. For more information about criminal injury claim cases, you can call our team for free advice. You can also visit the government website for CICA here.
Statistics Which Highlight Victim Based Crimes In Chelmsford
The table below shows the levels of recorded crime in 2018/19 in Chelmsford.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Public order offences||1,019|
Having a good solicitor improves your chances of winning, potentially could increase the amount of compensation you are awarded and can make the experience of making a claim through the courts easier, less time consuming and less stressful.
When Do I Need A Medical Appointment?
Medical examinations are an important part of making a claim for a number of reasons. One is that they confirm that you have indeed suffered an injury in the manner you are claiming for and provide an official medical record to back up that fact. Secondly, they provide an assessment of how severe the injury is and the prognosis for your recovery or future symptoms, this is important for calculating how much compensation you are entitled to as we will discuss later.
Arrangements can be made for you to undergo an examination with a doctor based locally to you, or at least as nearby to you as can be managed. For more information about how medical exams work and how they can be arranged, call up our team for free advice.
Where Should My Lawyer Be Located?
It is not necessary to work with a solicitor based permanently in your area. Claims can be done online working from home. During your claim, it will be necessary to have meetings and discussions with your solicitor, however, all of these can be done over the phone, through video calls or via emails. This is important to remember as it means you can choose from solicitors that are not based in your area and it may prove to be much easier and convenient for you.
You should think carefully about what kind of lawyer you want to work with on your claim and what kind of attributes you want them to have. Make sure that you look online for reviews of solicitors to find the ones that suit your requirements. Be prepared to have high standards and remember that you do not automatically have to choose one based in your area.
Look for solicitors whose reviews show that they are experienced and successful in the field of claims relevant to your situation. Find the ones which have reviews praising their ability to communicate well with their clients, rule out the ones which come across as having been unsuccessful or which did not impress their clients with their personal conduct.
This page cannot state for you now how much compensation you could be entitled to, that is a matter that can only be decided after you have undergone a thorough medical check and have had a consultation with your personal injury lawyer. Compensation is decided on a case by case basis depending on the needs and circumstance of the claimant involved. The amount of money is awarded depending on the severity of the injuries and their effects.
Additionally, special damages can be claimed for in situations in which the claimant has also suffered financial losses, such as the loss of or damage to personal possessions or property. Special damages can also be awarded if the injury has impacted the claimant’s financial situation, for example, if they have been temporarily or permanently unable to work and earn an income.
Below is a table showing the amounts of money that can be awarded for certain types of injuries according to figures provided by the Judicial College. Note that these are just examples and should not be taken as a means of calculating your own injury compensation.
|Shoulder||Severe||£18,020 to £45,070|
|Shoulder||Serious||£11,980 to £18,020|
|Shoulder||Moderate||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Back||Minor||£2,300 to £7,410|
|Ankle||Very severe||£46,980 to £65,420|
Dealing with the financial implications of a personal injury claim can be stressful. Legal fees can cost a lot of money and if a claim is unsuccessful it could leave the client in an even worse financial situation than before. This might be enough to put many people off from trying to make a claim.
Personal injury lawyers that operate on a No Win No Fee basis, means:
- Clients will not be charged for legal fees before the claim begins.
- Before starting the claim they will be asked to discuss a share of their compensation they would be willing to split in the event that compensation is awarded for a successful claim.
- If the claim is successful a minority portion of the compensation will go to the legal team as payment for their legal fees.
- If the claim is not successful then there are no legal fees to pay.
If you have any questions about any of the issues discussed in this guide please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our legal expert advisors.
Our phone number is 0800 408 7825, alternatively, you could send a message via our live chat which you can find at the bottom of this page.
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