Have you been the victim of an accident in Dudley that was not your fault? Were you injured in that accident and are now looking for information regarding making a personal injury claim? Public Interest Lawyers are here to help.
This free online guide that aims to educate you about how a personal injury lawyer covering Dudley could support you. We will examine some of the common reasons you may have for making a personal injury claim, and how solicitors covering the Dudley area could process such a claim on your behalf.
Just give our team of claim advisors a call on 0800 408 7825 to have any questions you have answered.
Choose A Section:
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Dudley
- Injury Claims For Accidents At Work
- Road Traffic And Vehicle Accidents In Dudley
- Claims For Accidents On A Bicycle
- Injury Claims For Accidents In Public
- Compensation Claims For Slip And Fall Accidents
- Injury Claims Against Dudley Council
- Assaults, Attacks And Other Criminal Injuries
- How To Make A Personal Injury Claim With A Lawyer
- Find The Right Lawyer For Your Case With Reviews
- Calculating Average Settlements For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyer Covering Dudley
- How To Contact A Lawyer
- Supporting Information And Resources
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Dudley
This guide will focus on using personal injury lawyers covering Dudley offering No Win No Fee services. That being said, a lot of it will apply to any compensation claim. This guide aims to provide you with information you need about making personal injury claims so that if you have had an accident in Dudley, you know how to proceed. The first handful of sections of this guide, each relate to a specific type of incident that could lead to a claim, and this includes:
- Workplace accidents, and also industrial illness claims.
- Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims of all types, including cyclists and pedestrians.
- Accidents that take place in a public space operated by either your local council or a private company.
- Claims for slip, tripping or falling over, these are very common claims.
- Making a claim for an assault, rape, sexual assault, or some other criminal injury.
The last sections of this guide move away from explaining different types of claims, to looking at some of the facts related to the process of making a claim. We give some advice on finding the right solicitor, and why using a local legal firm might not be the only choice. Also, we’ll explain how reviews can be a good source of information about legal firms as well.
There is also an example compensation table, listing different injuries and the level of damages they could attract. Finally, you will learn the significant benefits of using a solicitor who is willing to work under a No Win No Fee arrangement.
Claims For Accidents At Work
Your employer has to, by law, provide you with an environment that is both healthy and safe to work in. This legal requirement is enforced by legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and health and safety directives issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Compliance is required, and breaches in compliance can result in sanctions against the company. When compliance fails, this could result in an employee such as yourself being exposed to a hazard, which in turn could cause an accident. In such cases, you could be able to claim for compensation.
Furthermore, your employer might expose you to a health hazard, toxic fumes, for example. This health hazard could cause you to become ill. Once again, in such cases, a claim may be possible.
Suppose you were exposed to a health hazard some time ago, potentially years ago while working for a previous employer. In that case, you could possibly still claim if your medical condition has only been recently diagnosed, using the services of a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers handling Dudley cases.
Road Traffic And Vehicle Accidents In Dudley
Road traffic accidents can happen anywhere, an accident on Dudley bypass for example, and at any time. They range in severity from a trivial accident, to a fatal accident in Dudley. It isn’t just drivers that can claim compensation if they are harmed in an accident caused by another road user. Anyone can, for example:
- A motorcyclist or their pillion passenger harmed in a motorbike accident in Dudley.
- A car driver, or the driver of any other vehicles such as a lorry, tractor, van, etc.
- Passengers of vehicles, either private vehicles or public transport.
- Other road users, such as horse riders or cyclists.
- Pedestrians and people using a mobility scooter legally on public roads.
Any road user who is injured by a third party’s actions could potentially be able to claim compensation if they can prove that the third party was to blame for the harm they suffered.
Dudley Bus Accidents And Public Transport Injuries
If you are injured while travelling on public transport, such as a Dudley bus accident, you could be able to make a claim. You may also have a valid claim if you are injured in an accident at Dudley bus station, but are not on a bus, if you can prove that the bus company has been negligent, causing the accident.
The same holds for all types of public transport, including taxis, minicabs, coaches, trains, etc. Who you make a claim against will depend on who was at fault, for example:
- If you’re injured on public transport and the hazard that caused the accident was the transport company’s responsibility or one of its employees, you would claim against the transport company.
- Or injured on public transport in an accident caused by a third-party road user, you would claim against that road user.
Not sure who you can claim against? Our team of experts can help. Get in touch with us today!
Accidents And Injuries In Car Parks & Multi-Story Car Parks
Not all road traffic accidents happen on public roads. Some, for example, can occur in a car park. This could be a public car park provided by the local council or a privately operated car park. Who you claim against will depend on who caused the accident, you could claim against:
- If the accident was caused by a hazard such as a faulty entry/exit barrier then you would make a public liability claim against the car park operator.
- A third-party road user, if they were responsible for causing the accident.
If you don’t know who you could make a claim against, you can call and explain your situation to our team. They will let you know who could be liable in your case.
Injury Claims For Accidents On A Bicycle
Riding a bicycle, you have far less protection than the drivers of other types of vehicles. You are also a lot harder to see and hear. Because of this, you could face some specific road hazards that cyclists frequently fall foul of, such as:
- Being blown off the road by a lorry that overtook you too fast.
- Being forced off the road by a car that didn’t leave enough space overtaking you.
- Riding across a pothole that causes you to lose control of your bicycle.
Here, we can see that road hazards that are clearly out of your control, can cause you to be injured in an RTA riding a bike. In such cased, a personal injury solicitor could be able to process a claim against the liable party for you.
Injury Claims For Accidents In Public
Whenever you are in a public place, somebody is responsible for keeping it safe for use. This might be your local council, in the case of somewhere like your local park, or it could be a private company, such as a shopping mall.
Every publicly accessible place should legally be kept in a safe state of repair, and any potential hazards for the public must be mitigated. If this is not done, and you were to suffer an injury caused by such a hazard, the, you may be able to claim compensation for an accident in a public place.
Accidents Or Injuries At The Park
There are many attractions when it comes to Dudley especially Dudley Zoo or Dudley Castle. Places where you can spend quality time as a family.
Your local council likely provides several parks, green spaces and playgrounds for your enjoyment. Additionally, plenty of other local leisure facilities operate independently. When accidents in public places occur at a leisure facility, who you make your claim against depends on who is responsible for keeping the public place safe. For example:
- Councils may be responsible for parks, playgrounds, and other council operated leisure facilities such as swimming pools and leisure centres.
- For privately operated premises with a playground attached, such as a supermarket with a child’s play area, the premises’ operator would be liable.
You may not be sure just who you could have a claim against, and we can help with this. Talk to our team to learn who to pursue for compensation today.
Accidents Or Injuries At Shops Or Retail Parks
If you are avoidably injured in a shopping mall, then who you make a claim against will depend on where and how the accident took place, for example:
- If you are inside the mall, but not inside a retail shop when the accident happens, you would likely claim against the mall operator. For example, if you are injured on a faulty escalator.
- If you are inside a retail shop inside a mall when the accident occurs, then it is the store operator you will likely pursue for compensation. For example, if the poorly stacked stock falls off a shelf and injures you.
To find out exactly who you will need to claim compensation from if you are injured in a public place, talk to our team of claims experts to find out.
Compensation Claims For Slip And Fall Accidents
Some of the most common types of accidents that people claim for in the UK each year are for falls, trip and slips, caused by simple hazards such as:
- Torn carpets or cracked tiles.
- Uneven pavements or broken paving stones.
- Spilt liquids that should have been cleaned up.
If you fall, trip or slip overdue to the negligence of a third party, then you may well have a reasonable cause to claim compensation. Speak to our team members to learn how.
Injury Claims Against Dudley Council
Dudley Council may be responsible for keeping all local council-run facilities and infrastructure safe for your use as a member of the public.
Councils usually operate the roads and pavements, your local library, the council offices, and any other place operated by the council. Making a claim against the council may not always be straightforward that is why using a personal injury solicitor to represent you may be a good idea.
Call our advisors today for free advice through a no-obligation consultation. If they can see that you have a valid claim for compensation they could refer you to a panel of personal injury solicitors that can cover the Dudley area.
Assaults, Attacks And Other Criminal Injuries
Suppose you are the victim of a violent or sexually related crime. In that case, it is possible that you never knew the identity of your attacker and that they were never apprehended.
You can still claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in situations such as this. A Government-run organisation that provides compensation for victims of violent crimes. No Win No Fee solicitors handling Dudley claims could be able to help you to make such a claim.
Rates Of Victim Based Crimes In Dudley
The table below shows crime statistics for the local area:
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How To Make A Personal Injury Claim With A Lawyer
If you can find the right solicitors covering the Dudley area, then making a claim should be pretty straightforward. Your solicitor will help you prepare any evidence that they think you need to submit to support your claim.
They will also value your claim for you, and advise you on how much compensation you should try to claim, and the kinds of damages you will claim for. Your solicitor will process the claim, and attempt to achieve a positive outcome, representing you in court if they have to.
Why Medical Evidence May Be Important To Your Case
Your solicitor if you decide that you want to use one will invite you to go for a medical assessment. This is very important, as it means your injuries and the impact they’ve had on your day to day life will have been confirmed by a professional. It also means you’ll have proof that your injuries were in fact a result of the accident you suffered and not the result of any pre-existing medical conditions.
A medical report can go a long way in you potentially winning the maximum compensation you could be owed. For further information regarding medical evidence or anything else to do with making a claim for compensation, get in touch with our friendly team today.
Should I Find A Lawyer Based Near Me?
You don’t need to use a personal injury lawyer in Dudley for your claim. You might be limiting your chances of a successful claim not finding the right solicitor for your case. Thanks to the internet and technology you are no longer required to use local solicitors if you do not want to. Solicitors covering Dudley can help you with your case remotely. The location of your legal team is a tertiary consideration at best.
Find The Right Lawyer For Your Case With Reviews
You can check reviews to help select a personal injury lawyer covering Dudley. Make sure that any review you read is recent, and covers a claim similar to your own. Collate many reviews to shortlist a number of potential legal firms.
Calculating Average Settlements For Personal Injury Claims
You may be aware of online personal injury claims calculators, and how they give you a chance to figure out what you might be owed financially. Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we recommend that you resist the temptation to use them. Why? Because they may not be accurate and could result in disappointment.
Every case is different, and the finer, more subtle details of each case can go a long way when it comes to estimating your potential final settlement. This is why we’ve put together a table containing awards, based on the Judicial College Guidelines. You can view it below:
Injury Severity Notes Compensation
Ankle Very Severe We might include in this bracket, very severe injuries to the ankle, a transmalleolar fracture, for example, that would cause significant soft tissue damage as well. The injury would not heal properly, resulting in some form of deformity or loss of function of the ankle, and it may be that the victim loses their leg below the knee at some stage in the future. £46,980 to £65,420
Foot Severe We might include in this bracket, severe injuries to the foot. For example, significant fractures of the heels on both of the feet. This would result in some loss of mobility and potentially chronic pain for the foreseeable future. The foot may heal deformed, and a brace may be required. £39,390 to £65,710
Foot Moderate We might include in this bracket, moderate injuries to the foot. For example. A deformed foot that has been caused by a poorly healed metatarsal fractures. The victim would suffer an affected gait for their entire life. £12,900 to £23,460
Neck Minor We might include in this bracket, minor injuries to the neck. This could be injuries such as cuts, grazes and other flesh damage, as well as minor whiplash, and soft-tissue damage. The victim would recover in full eventually. Up to £7,410
Back Minor We might include in this bracket, minor injuries to the back. This could be injuries to the flesh and skin, such as cuts, grazes, and also cases of minor whiplash, sprains, strains, etc. The victim would recover completely in time. Up to £11,730
An advisor from our team can provide a more accurate estimation of your potential compensation payout. They would be more than happy to discuss this or anything else you’ve read so far further. Additionally, they could put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor covering Dudley. Give us a call today to find out more.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Dudley
Under a No Win No Fee agreement, your solicitor won’t ask for a fee to be paid until your claim has been won. What this means is:
- No fee will be taken upfront.
- You won’t be charged ongoing legal fees while the claim is being processed.
- If the claim fails, then your solicitor won’t collect a fee at all.
A legally limited success fee will be due if the claim is resolved successfully. It will be taken from your compensation payout, leaving the bulk of it for you.
How To Contact A Lawyer
Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you believe that a personal injury lawyer covering Dudley could help you to make a compensation claim? If so, contact us on 0800 408 7825 and our team of advisors can help you with this.
Supporting Information And Resources
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Where Doctors May Assess Your Injuries
These local doctors could perform a medical examination:
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Dudley Magistrates’ Court
Contact details for the local court:
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Dudley District Council
Contact details for the local authority:
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