A Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Covering Cheltenham
All public spaces should uphold reasonable health and safety standards at all times. From public highways to local supermarkets, every operator has a duty of care over these areas.
In spite of this legal obligation, sometimes these parties will breach their duty. As a result, a victim could suffer an accident and, further to this, serious injuries.
This is a guide for victims of negligence in search of legal advice. If your injuries were the result of neglect, you could pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. As this page will explain in further detail, there are multiple ways a claim can be made. Whether you were involved in a public playground accident or motorcycle accident in Cheltenham, you will find impartial advice here. But if your circumstances aren’t on this page, please do not hesitate to contact our claims team.
Find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Cheltenham can help you secure a settlement amount. Call us today on 0800 408 7825 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Cheltenham
- Work Injury Damages Claims
- Vehicle And Road Accidents In Cheltenham
- Bicycle And Bike Accidents In Cheltenham
- Injured In A Public Place Compensation
- Trip And Fall Accidents
- Claims Against The Local Council In Cheltenham
- Criminal Compensation Claims
- How Personal Injury Lawyers Could Help You
- Choosing A Good Personal Injury Lawyer Using Reviews
- Typical Amounts Which Could Be Claimed In Personal Injury Cases
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Cheltenham
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In this guide, we endeavour to cover as many areas relating to personal injury claims as possible. For example, some of these include:
- Road traffic accidents (e.g. motorbike accidents in Cheltenham).
- Trip and fall at work claims.
- Claims against the local council.
- What to look for when choosing a good personal injury lawyer.
- How No Win No Fee agreements can minimise personal injury lawyer costs.
However, as every claim is unique, the list of potential claims could be endless. Therefore, if you cannot find an example that relates to your claim, please do not worry. You need only call our claims team for a free, no-obligation consultation of your circumstances.
Remember, our lines are open 24/7 with a friendly adviser waiting for your call.
For your claim to be valid, you must begin proceedings within the relevant personal injury claims time limit.
Generally speaking, this is 3-years for claims involving adults. The limitation period will begin either from the date of accident or date you obtained knowledge of your injuries that you knew was at least partially the fault of the defendant.
Whereas accidents which involve children are slightly different. As children are exempt from representing themselves, a parent or guardian must do so on their behalf. If no claim is made before the child reaches 18, they have the right to claim compensation within 3-years from their 18th birthday.
Further, if the claimant has lost their mental capacity to claim, then the time limit will only begin once they recover. Alternatively, a “litigation friend” can represent their claim under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Your employer must uphold health and safety standards within the workplace at all times. The law expects all employers to uphold their duty of care and keep staff safe as much as reasonably possible.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 emphasises the need for such practices within a working environment. This primary piece of legislation sets out the general duties and responsibilities, such as:
- Conducting regular risk assessments.
- Performing maintenance checks and repairs.
- Displaying HSE-approved material in the workplace (i.e. flyers, posters, etc.).
- Supervising staff (particularly for dangerous tasks).
- Issuing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
However, employers do not always meet their legal obligations. For example, in 2018/19 there were 581,000 reports of injuries at work by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In the same report, 111 workers were sadly found to have lost their lives in fatal workplace accidents in 2019/20.
If you would like to hear more about compensation claims for work injury damages, please contact a member of our claims team.
In the eyes of the law, any collision involving a vehicle or other road user, either on a road or in a public space, is classed as a road traffic accident. In order to make a claim, there are three factors which must be met:
- Did the road user owe you a duty of care?
- Was there a breach of this duty?
- Were your injuries the result of this?
If the answer is “yes” to all of the above, then you could claim compensation for an accident on Cheltenham roads.
A road traffic accident could result from a number of causes. Some of these include:
- Drink driving.
- Panic stops.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes).
- Reckless driving.
From whiplash to minor bumps, you could conduct a personal injury claim for a variety of injuries. Find out how personal injury lawyers can help you claim compensation after a car accident in Cheltenham.
Please continue reading the following sections for additional details of road traffic accidents.
Public Transport Injury Claims
You don’t have to operate a vehicle in order to claim compensation for a road traffic accident. If you suffer an injury as a passenger in a public transport accident, such as a Cheltenham bus accident, you may also be eligible to claim.
The criteria for such claims encompass a wide range for transports, including:
- Private hire taxis (e.g. Uber).
Many perceive these modes of transport are among the safest. However, this doesn’t mean they are entirely risk-free. According to Government statistics, there were 3,090 bus and coach casualties in 2019.
Car Park Personal Injury Claims
The operator of a car park has a duty of care over those who visit. However, this duty is not always upheld.
In such claims, it can often be difficult to determine who exactly operates the space. You could be dealing with a supermarket or a private firm. But it is crucial the right party is held responsible, as sometimes there will be disputes as to whom this may be.
If you require assistance for a car park personal injury claim, please contact our team.
A cyclist is seen as a “vulnerable road user” due to their lack of protection, unlike much larger, heavier modes of transport which tend to have an outer shell of protection. At night particularly, it may be difficult to spot cyclists and motorcycle users in comparison to cars, vans and lorries.
According to a report by Cycling UK, there were 4,106 serious injuries and 99 pedal fatalities on Great British roads in 2018. It’s possible to take legal action for such incidents.
Whether you require assistance for a motorcycle or pedal bike accident in Cheltenham, our claims team can help. Call us today for more information.
Even public spaces must be kept safe for visitors. Whether you are running through the local park or doing your weekly shop, the responsible party must uphold their duty of care.
The legal requirement for safety measures in public places is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. A wide range of areas may be classed as a public space, including:
- Public squares.
- Car parks.
If you suffer an injury in a public place, compensation could help ease some of the difficulties in your recovery process. But in some cases, organisations will dispute the boundaries between spaces. Therefore, it is important you seek legal advice following an accident.
In the following sections, you can find more information regarding such areas.
Injured In A Public Park
Whether your case involves an adult or a child, you could claim compensation if you were injured at a public park.
All local authorities should implement reasonable procedures to repair and maintain public parks and playgrounds. However, in recent years numerous councils have seen significant cuts in their budgets for such departments.
If your child is the victim of an accident, they won’t be able to represent themselves. Instead, a parent/guardian must become a ‘litigation friend’ and act on their behalf. The litigation friend will correspond with the solicitor and courts. Once an agreement is made and a sufficient settlement is agreed, the court will manage the monies via a trust fund until the child turns 18.
Injuries In A Shop In Cheltenham
All shops, businesses and retailers are no exception to this legal duty of care. A visitor to these premises could include staff, customers, senior management and other personnel.
By training staff correctly, employers can help minimise the chances of an accident in Cheltenham occurring. However, failure to do so could increase these risks. For example, if staff members fail to notice obstructions on shop floors or faulty shop equipment (i.e. poorly built shelves), then a serious injury for those on-site could result.
You will likely claim against the business/organisation’s public liability insurance for your injuries. However, the proceedings for these claims can become quite tricky if the relevant business/organisation doesn’t have insurance. Regardless, we can help. Get in touch with our team to find out how.
A substantial threat to employee safety is slips and trips. As one of the most common causes of major workplace injuries, these incidents can sometimes lead to further accidents (i.e. falls from height).
It’s possible for employers to keep these threats to a minimum. For example, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests the following practices:
- Housekeeping: clearing of rubbish, trailing wires, uneven carpets and other such obstructions from public walkways and communal areas.
- Design/maintenance: ensuring all public areas are safe for use (i.e. wide walkways, consistent stair heights, level footpaths, etc.).
- Walkways: ensuring all those in use are suitable, well lit and in the right place.
In a 2018/19 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report, it was found that 95% of major slips, trips and falls at work resulted in broken bones.
You can read our online guide to slip, trip and fall accidents by clicking here. Alternatively, for free advice and legal support, get in touch with our team.
Any area of council responsibility should be held to reasonable safety standards at all times. If those who visit suffer an accident on these sites, then claims against local councils can be made.
The legislation extends over highways, footpaths, roads and other such areas. A personal injury claim could be made for a number of different scenarios. For example, if the local authority fails to acknowledge and repair complaints of potholes or raised kerbstones and someone suffers an injury.
A claim against the local council will require a great deal of evidence. Therefore, expert advice is vital. Find out how personal injury lawyers covering Cheltenham can help you by calling our team today.
If you were a victim of violent crime, you could pursue a criminal compensation claim through an executive agency of the UK Government. Known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the purpose of this agency is to help victims of crime secure settlement agreements—even if the criminal is never caught.
Under the CICA, a victim has 2-years from the incident date to begin their case, and the crime must have been reported to the police. A wide range of crimes are eligible for such action, including:
- Robbery, mugging or attempted robbery.
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Sex crimes.
In some circumstances, it may be possible to claim beyond the 2-year limitation period. For example, in cases involving historical sexual abuse.
Victim Based Crime Statistics For Cheltenham
You can find statistics for crime and disorder in Cheltenham in the table below.
Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Violence against the person 1,243
Other theft 990
Vehicle offences 864
Sexual offences 226
To help gather evidence for your claim, there are a few simple steps you can take following an accident:
- Take Photographs:
Most local authorities will try and clear the scene of an accident or make repairs as quickly as possible. However, providing you are well enough, you should photograph the cause, scene and anything else of importance.
- Seek Medical Attention:
You should receive treatment for any injuries you suffer from an A&E department or local GP. The records from this visit will form important evidence in your claim.
- Gather Witness Details:
You cannot take witness statements yourself. However, you can gather contact details from anyone who saw the event. Your solicitor will contact these witnesses at a later date for their account of the incident.
- Photograph Injuries:
Even while you take time to recover, you should photograph the progress of your condition. Again, your legal representative will use this as evidence.
Do I Require A Medical Assessment?
A crucial step in your personal injury claim is a medical assessment. An independent specialist will evaluate the effects, long-term suffering and future prognosis of your injuries. From the answers you provide, the specialist will then compile a report for your lawyer to use as evidence.
Appointments can be arranged for as close to your home as possible. Call our team to find out more.
Do Cases Require Local Lawyers?
Sometimes, the best personal injury lawyer isn’t always found in Cheltenham. Instead, your perfect legal representative could be on the other side of the country. But how can solicitors handle claims if they’re outside of your local area?
With the use of the internet, most lawyers can handle compensation claims without meeting face-to-face. You can receive regular updates about your case via letter, email or post. When you need to attend a medical appointment or court tribunal, this can take place as close to your local area as possible.
Find out how personal injury lawyers covering Cheltenham can help you by calling our claims team today.
It is important you choose a suitable personal injury lawyer to represent your claim. Your choice could be the difference between a successful claim and a missed opportunity for damages. Therefore, you could feel added pressures on top of your current situation.
But this process doesn’t have to be difficult.
By reading online reviews, you can discover how reliable, successful and professional a lawyer is. What’s more, you can then use this information to compare the top personal injury lawyers in and outside of Cheltenham.
Further from this, we also advise claimants to speak with their chosen law firm over the phone. Usually, this will allow your legal expert time to assess your unique circumstances.
You will receive a free, no-obligation consultation from a specialist when you call our claims team. To avoid delay in your public injury claim, call us today.
When you make a personal injury claim, you could be curious about how much compensation you may receive. However, it can often be difficult to place the same settlement agreement on a group of similar claims. Therefore, we advise our clients to avoid personal injury claims calculators, as these tools cannot take into account your unique situation.
Instead, we can give you a general idea of how much you may receive. In the table below, you will find estimations taken from Judicial College’s guidelines. This is an organisation that evaluates amounts awarded by the courts.
Injury/Illness: Notes: Amounts:
Brain Damage Moderate to Very Severe £40,410 to £379,100
Neck Injuries Minor to Moderate From around £2,300 to £36,120
Back Injuries Moderate to Severe £11,730 to £151,070
Shoulder Injuries Moderate to Serious £7,410 to £18,020
Pelvis/Hip Injuries Moderate to Severe £24,950 to £122,860
Knee Injuries Moderate to Severe From around £12,900 to £90,290
Foot Injuries Moderate to Amputation (one foot) £12,900 to £102,890
An adviser could provide you with a more specific sum after a free, no-obligation assessment of your circumstances. Call us today for more information.
A personal injury lawyer covering Cheltenham on a No Win No Fee basis could help you take legal action while significantly reducing some of the financial risks. This agreement is sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA). You could benefit from a range of key benefits, such as:
- No hidden/start-up costs.
- You won’t be held liable for your solicitor’s fees if your claim fails.
- A small, legally capped “success fee” taken from the final amount to cover your lawyer’s services if your case is successful
Call our advisory team today for additional advice regarding No Win No Fee agreements.
Contact our claims team today for free, impartial advice about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Cheltenham can help you. You can reach us via:
- Phone Call: Dial 0800 408 7825 to speak with an adviser.
- Live Chat: Message an online adviser using our live function on this page.
- Call-Back: Fill in our contact form and we’ll call at a time that suits you.
Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remember, be sure to act fast before the personal injury claims time limit runs out.
The sources below are there to provide you with more information about public accident claims.
Doctors Who Conduct Medical Assessments
|Anna Ross||Leckhampton Chiropractic Clinic,
2 Brunswick Buildings,
Cheltenham Gloucester Magistrates Court
|Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court|
St Georges Road,
Cheltenham Borough Council
|Cheltenham Borough Council|
Guide by OA
Edited by II