Have you recently been injured in an accident in Dewsbury through no fault of your own? If third party negligence is responsible, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your suffering.
Given that every accident is unique, the claims process and types of compensation vary on a case to case basis. Legal proceedings can be complex and expensive to navigate, particularly without the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor. But how do you know which service is right for you?
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury could help. Offering a nationwide service, we have years of experience in accident claims and always strive to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
You can contact our team today on 0800 408 7825 if you’re ready to make a claim or would simply like a free consultation. One of our advisors will be ready to take your call. They’re also available 24/7 on our website’s handy live chat feature.
If you’d like more information about injury claims, this helpful guide explains everything from establishing grounds for a claim to finding the best legal help.
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- A Guide To Using Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Dewsbury
- Dewsbury Work Accidents
- Dewsbury Road Traffic Accidents
- Injuries Due To Bicycle Crashes
- Injuries In Public Places
- Pavement Trip And Other Fall Accidents
- Injuries On Kirklees Council Facilities Or Property
- Victim Based Criminal Injury Claims
- How To Claim Damages For Your Accident Or Injury
- Should I Look At The Experiences Of A Lawyer’s Previous Clients?
- Calculating How Much Your Injury Claim Could Be Worth
- No Win No Fee Injury Claims Lawyers Covering Dewsbury
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After being injured in an accident in Dewsbury, you may be wondering whether you could be entitled to compensation.
However, it helps to try and establish whether you have grounds for a valid claim. Typically, the claim needs to meet the following criteria:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care
- The responsible party breached this duty
- This breach resulted in your injury
Once grounds for a claim are established, the next step is determining what you need to claim for. These commonly include:
- Injury (including damage to your physical and/or mental wellbeing)
- Care (concerning anyone who had to assist you as a result of your injury)
- Financial shortfall (including loss of earnings from unpaid sick leave, as well as travel or medical expenses relating to your injury)
It’s always wise to rely on the experience of a personal injury lawyer, otherwise, you may miss out on crucial compensation. That’s where we can help. Get in touch today for a free personalised assessment of your situation, or read on to learn more about injury claims.
Limitation Periods on Personal Injury Claims in Dewsbury
Did you know that personal injury claims can expire if they aren’t made within the relevant limitation period?
If you’re over 18 and you want to make a claim, you must do so no more than 3 years after the accident date. In the case that you discover your injury was caused by third party negligence after the accident date, then the 3 year limitation period will start at the point you obtained that knowledge.
Since minors cannot represent themselves in court, a parent or guardian could do so on their behalf. Alternatively, once they turn 18, the limitation period will come into effect for them to make the claim themselves.
In cases where the victim lacks the mental capacity to make a claim, the limitation period is frozen until they recover. If recovery is unlikely, a ‘litigation friend’ could claim on their behalf, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
According to the Labour Force Survey, over 581,000 people were injured in the workplace between 2018 and 2019. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work in Dewsbury that wasn’t your fault, then you’re not alone, and you may be entitled to compensation.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their employees in the workplace. If you are injured as a result of your employer breaching this duty, you could be able to make a claim.
In an attempt to uphold this duty as much as reasonably possible, certain procedures must be implemented, such as:
- Conducting regular risk assessments and maintenance inspections
- Supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Displaying HSE-approved signage
Whether you were burnt by harmful chemicals because you weren’t supplied with PPE or you fell from a height because you were provided with a defective ladder, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury today to see how much you could claim.
In 2019, a government report found that there were 157,630 casualties in road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Britain’s roads that year. Defined as any collision involving one or more vehicles or other road user, RTAs are most commonly caused by:
- Failure to look properly (accounting for 32%)
- Failure to judge another road user’s speed or intention
- Poor turns or manoeuvres
- Loss of control
If you’ve been injured in an accident on a Dewsbury road that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Whether you’re unsure or you’d like to make a claim, it’s always best to rely on the experience of a legal professional to guide you through the process. Speak to one of our advisors today to see how one of our No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury could help you.
Dewsbury Taxi, Bus And Train Passenger Accidents
Although public transport is statistically safer than cars (which accounted for 58% of RTA casualties in 2019), accidents still happen.
Owners and operators of public transport have a duty of care to their passengers. If their failure to uphold this duty results in your injury, then you could have grounds to make a claim against them for your suffering.
Whether your taxi driver caused a crash by making a dangerous manoeuvre or you slipped on an ungritted platform in Ravensthorpe station, get in touch with one of our advisors today. Offering a free assessment of your situation, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury could help you make a successful claim.
Car Park Vehicle And Pedestrian Accidents
With so many vehicles in close proximity to each other, accidents in car parks seem inevitable.
Whether you lost control behind the wheel due to a hazardous pothole or a faulty barrier struck you unexpectedly, you could make a claim against the car park if they’re responsible for your injury.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, owners and operators of car parks owe a duty of care to their users. Certain practices must be followed to ensure safety on-site, including regular maintenance checks and repairs. However, hazards may still arise, such as:
- Damaged surfaces (e.g. potholes)
- Faulty machinery (e.g. defective barriers)
If you’ve been injured in a car park accident and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Determining third party liability and the extent of their negligence can be tricky, but this doesn’t have to be the case. With help from our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury, you could win the compensation you deserve.
In 2018, ROSPA reported that over 17,411 cyclists were injured on Britain’s roads that year.
With this figure in mind, it may be no surprise to hear that cyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users. Lack of appropriate cycle paths often means that cyclists are forced to share the roads with larger vehicles, despite lacking both the protection and visibility of the cars around them.
Cycling accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Roads or cycle lanes in a state of poor repair (e.g. faded road markings)
- Negligence of another road user (e.g. dangerous manoeuvres)
- Manufacturing faults to bikes or safety equipment (e.g. defective helmet)
Whether you’re a pedestrian hit by a cyclist while using a zebra crossing or you’re a cyclist yourself involved in a collision that wasn’t your fault, a personal injury lawyer covering Dewsbury could help you make a claim against the responsible party.
For free and impartial advice on your situation, contact a member of our team today.
If you’ve been injured in an accident in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, it can be confusing to determine who’s to blame.
Whether you tripped on a cracked paving slab or slipped on ungritted library steps, you could be entitled to compensation.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those controlling public places – such as gyms, parks and shops – have a duty of care. This means they must follow certain procedures to uphold visitors’ safety as much as reasonably possible. This includes implementing measures such as undertaking regular maintenance checks and repairs, but hazards still arise nevertheless.
However, if you’re injured as a result of a third party breaching this duty of care, you could be able to make a claim. Since public liability insurance isn’t compulsory, entering into the claims process without the help of a legal professional can be confusing.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury can take the stress out of your bid for compensation, putting their years of experience to use by ensuring you receive the maximum settlement you deserve. Contact us today to see how we could help you.
Injuries In Play Areas And Public Parks
Visiting a local park is a relaxing and integral part of many people’s day. Whether you’re meeting up with friends, walking the dog, or simply getting some fresh air, you may not realise that parks are one of the most common sources of public place accidents.
Accidents in parks are commonly caused by:
- Poor maintenance (e.g. playgrounds in a state of disrepair)
- Natural hazards (e.g. tree roots and potholes obstructing walkways)
So, whether you tripped in a pothole while jogging through Dewsbury Country Park or your child was injured by dangerous playground equipment, you could be entitled to compensation.
To learn more about public liability claims, speak to one of our advisors today and see how a personal injury lawyer covering Dewsbury could help you.
Injuries In Retail Settings And Shops
Another public place falling under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 is shops. Those in control of retail environments must undertake measures to ensure customers’ safety as much as reasonably possible.
Whether you slipped on a wet floor with no hazard sign in The Mill or tripped on loose stock obstructing the aisle in the supermarket, you could be entitled to make a claim. Providing that the duty of care was breached and your injuries were suffered as a result, you could be compensated for the harm caused through a public liability claim.
For a free assessment of your situation, contact our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury today and see how much compensation you could claim.
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common and dangerous accidents that can happen. A 2019 report by the Health and Safety Executive found that they accounted for over a third of all major injuries that year, with 95% of cases resulting in broken bones.
Whether you fell from a height in the workplace because you were provided with a defective ladder or you tripped on a cracked paving slab, you could make a claim if someone else is responsible for your injury.
To see whether you could be entitled to compensation, speak to one of our advisors today. Whatever your situation, our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury could help you.
Since local authorities also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they have a duty of care to ensure safety in places under their control.
As mentioned in the above sections, those responsible for public places like local parks are required to undertake procedures to uphold reasonable health and safety standards. Maintenance checks and inspections can help identify defects before they become hazards, but accidents still happen.
Public roads, highways and footpaths account for much of a local councils’ responsibility, requiring regular maintenance. If you tripped on a cracked paving slab or lost control behind the wheel due to a dangerous pothole, these types of accidents could be the local authorities’ responsibility. As a general rule of thumb, if a defect is more than an inch in size then it could establish grounds for a claim.
Providing that a breach in the duty of care resulted in your injury, you could be entitled to make a claim against your local council for their negligence.
If you’re wondering whether you could be entitled to compensation from Kirklees Council, contact one of our advisors today for a free assessment. Our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury have years of experience in accident claims and could help you make a successful claim.
If you fall victim to a crime or even bear witness to one, the experience can be deeply traumatic. But did you know that you could claim compensation for psychological harm, not just physical?
Through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you could make a claim for your suffering, provided that your situation meets the following criteria:
- The crime is reported to the police
- Legal proceedings commence within 2 years of the crime
Whether you’d like some advice and support or would like to learn more about making a criminal injury claim, speak to one of our friendly advisors today. Our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers could help you receive the maximum compensation settlement you deserve.
Rates Of Victim Based Crimes In Dewsbury
Please see the following table for recent crime stats in the Kirklees area:
Top Reported Crimes
Violence against the person
In our experience, we’ve learned that every accident is unique, no matter how similar the circumstances are. Therefore, every claim is different, varying in accordance with factors such as:
- The severity of your injury
- The extent of the third party’s negligence
However, the claims process typically follows a similar structure:
- A solicitor is appointed to your case
- Evidence is collected and reviewed, including a second opinion from an independent medical expert who’ll produce a report to support your case
- The third party is notified of your claim against them
- The third party either accepts or denies liability
- A settlement is decided, either resolving your claim or disputing it (in which case your claim could end-up in court, but note that this is unlikely)
Before you make any legal proceedings, please ensure that you seek immediate medical attention, treating your injury and logging the accident in your medical records. Once this is done, seek to make a record of the accident to evidence your claim such as in the accident book of the responsible party, and gather contact details of any witnesses. Finally, seek help from a personal injury lawyer covering Dewsbury.
Areas In This Town Where You Could Local Legal Firms
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Dewsbury, your first instinct could be to look for solicitors on Bond Street.
However, have you considered whether you’re limiting your claim’s chances of success by confining your search to the local area?
Should You Choose To Claim With A Local Legal Firm?
Instead of concerning yourself with whether your solicitor is based locally, prioritise whether their service is best for you. Could you receive better service outside of Dewsbury?
Since all communication can be done over the phone and via email, you don’t need to worry about the locality of your solicitor. Our panel of personal injury lawyers has clients nationwide, all receiving regular updates on their claims and even offering face to face meetings if they’d prefer.
If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer covering Dewsbury, speak to one of our advisors today to see how we could help you.
What Is A Medical Examination And Do I Need One?
In building your case, your solicitor will ask you to undergo a medical assessment with an independent specialist, who’ll be based locally to you.
You can expect to be physically examined as well as questioned about your injury. Not only can this help them understand your situation by evaluating the impact of your injuries, but the prognosis is a vital piece of information in determining the value of your case. Therefore, it’s important to attend.
When looking for legal help after an accident, many victims can feel intimidated by the number of personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury all claiming to be the best.
Online reviews are a reliable source of information, covering everything from first-hand experiences of past clients to solicitors’ success rates. Ultimately, you can see whether they recommend their service or not.
It’s a common mistake to assume that you can get a ‘quick fix’ settlement estimate, also called a ‘personal injury compensation calculator’.
In our experience, we know that every case is unique, meaning compensation settlements can vary dramatically. Rather than being disappointed down the line by false estimations, speak to one of our advisors today for a free consultation.
In the meantime, check out our helpful table below, which uses reliable data from the Judicial College Guidelines, an organisation responsible for training Britain’s judges.
Injury Notes Award
Full recovery within 1-2 years £4,080 to £7,410
Full recovery within 3 months Up to £2,300
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (moderate)
Recovery likely, with effects not grossly debilitating £7,680 to £21,730
Symptoms including dislocation or torn cartilage, resulting in minor instability £13,920 to £24,580
Symptoms including fractures or ligament tears, resulting in difficulty walking or standing £12,900 to £24,950
From loss of earnings to medical expenses, many victims suffer financially after being injured in an accident. Combined with the high cost of solicitors’ fees, this can put many people off making a claim.
If you know you weren’t at fault, then you should be able to claim the compensation you deserve.
No Win No Fee agreements are a compassionate response to this worry from solicitors willing to take a risk on your case. Unless they win your case for you, you don’t pay their fees. In addition, there aren’t any hidden upfront or ongoing fees either.
If your solicitor wins your case, they’ll take a ‘success fee’ to cover their costs from your compensation award. However, this is nothing to worry about, as the amount is capped by law.
If you’re interested in making a claim or you’d simply like some advice on your situation, contact our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Dewsbury today. Our advisors are available 24/7 to take your call or via the handy live chat feature on our website:
- 0800 408 7825
- Get in touch using the live chat feature, bottom right.
- Or drop us an email to tell us about your case by clicking here.
The following resources provide additional information for the Dewsbury area:
- Accidents in a Public Park
- Accidents on Public Transport
- Cycling Accidents
- Find NHS Services
- West Yorkshire Police
Where To Find A Doctor In This Area
|David Pontefract||Wellfield House
33 New Hey Road,
|David Pearce||Carlton House, 3-5 Alma Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2AD|
Huddersfield And Kirklees Magistrates Court
|Kirklees (Huddersfield) Magistrates Court|
Kirklees Council – Responsible For Services In This Area
|Dewsbury Customer Service Centre, Walsh Building, Town Hall Way, Dewsbury, WF12 8EE|
Guide by LA
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