If you suffer an injury following an accident, but another person is at fault, you may feel as though you are entitled to compensation. The good news is that you could pursue a personal injury claim for third-party negligence.
As this guide will explain in more detail, operators must keep the safety standards of numerous areas in public circulation at a reasonable standard. If not, you could make a compensation claim for an accident that results.
Whether you experience a Gravesend train station accident or an injury at work, a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Gravesend could help.
For free, impartial advice about your unique case, please contact our team on 0800 408 7825. Our experts are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Gravesend
- Injury At Work Lawyers Covering Gravesend
- Injuries Caused By Road Traffic Accidents
- Injuries Caused By Bike Accidents In This Area
- Injuries In Public Places And Open Areas
- Injuries Caused By Falling Or Tripping Up
- Injuries Caused By Local Authority Negligence
- Injuries Caused By Being Assaulted Or Attacked
- How Do Accident And Injury Claims Work?
- Choosing Between Different Lawyers And Law Firms
- Calculating Compensation For An Accident In Gravesend
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Gravesend
- How To Talk To A Lawyer
- Local Services And Claims Resources
This guide intends to explain several areas relating to compensation claims in a simple, easy to understand format. We’ll try to answer as many questions as possible, including:
- Am I eligible for a No Win No Fee agreement?
- What is public liability insurance?
- Can I claim compensation for a trip in Gravesend station?
- What should I do if I was injured in a public place?
- Should I rely on local solicitors?
But if you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Using the contact details at the bottom of this page, you can speak with our team at a time that suits you. What’s more, you’ll also receive a free, no-obligation consultation when you call.
Is There A Time Limit?
Whatever your claim is for, you must take action within the relevant limitation period. Often, solicitors will refer to this as a personal injury claims time limit.
You should note, the length of this period will likely differ between cases.
For instance, the criteria for claims as adults is as follows:
- The time limit that applies is 3-years.
- This can begin from the date of the accident.
- Or the date you obtained knowledge that your injuries were at least partially the fault of the defendant.
Whereas if the proceedings concern a child, they’ll likely differ from adult claims. In these cases, a parent/guardian represent their child’s case. If no one claims on their behalf before the child turns 18, the victim can represent themselves. However, a claim should be made within 3-years of their birthday.
The limitation period for victims who no longer possess the mental capacity for such proceedings can begin once the individual recovers. Alternatively, if recovery isn’t possible, a ‘litigation friend’ may act on their behalf; under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
For more information, please contact an adviser from our team.
Throughout our working lives, many of us will spend around 90,000 hours at work; not including overtime. As we spend a large proportion of our days at work, it’s safe to say a job could impact our quality of life immensely.
In the same vein, all employers must implement safe work practices to ensure staff are kept safe. For example, this includes:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments.
- Conducting routine inspections.
- Ensuring maintenance checks, repairs, etc. are prompt.
- Training staff correctly.
- Issuing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary.
Although you might be unaware, incidents in your workplace can occur at any given time. A study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were 581,000 reports of people sustaining injuries at work in 2018/19. An accident of this type could include inhaling toxic fumes from a machine because your employer didn’t issue the correct PPE.
If you want to file a lawsuit for an injury at work, you don’t need to rely on injury at work lawyers in Gravesend. Call our team today for more information.
As a road user, you’re no doubt aware of the manner you should conduct yourself per the Highway Code. But do you know your legal rights after a Gravesend road accident?
If you believe another driver was at fault for a road traffic accident, you should seek legal advice from a personal injury lawyer. Also known as an RTA, the term describes a collision between at least one vehicle or road user. An accident could occur in any number of settings, such as highways, country lanes, bridges or laybys.
Although some are more obvious than others, a large proportion of accidents could be eligible for compensation, including:
- Side impacts.
- Vehicle rollovers.
- Head-on collisions.
- Rear-end bumps.
- Multiple car pile-ups.
From motorways to A2 accidents, you could hold a valid claim. If another road user was at least partially at fault for a Gravesend road accident, please contact our team today.
Gravesend Train Station And Transport Passenger Accidents
You can also claim compensation for an accident at Gravesend stations, either as a passenger on transport or in the building itself.
As a passenger on busses, trains or taxis, you might be unaware of the potential threats these modes of transport hold. While public transport is generally safer than using a car, accidents can and do still occur.
With this in mind, there were 3,090 bus and coach casualties on Great British roads in 2019. Various scenarios may be eligible for a compensation claim, such as:
- A bus collides with another vehicle.
- You’re thrown off your seat after a train stops suddenly.
- The bus driver pulls away in a hurry, causing you to fall off the bus or become trapped in the door.
Although you should focus on recovering from your injuries, you should bear in mind the limitation period. As soon as you’re well enough to do so, you could seek legal advice about what steps you should take to claim compensation.
Whether you suffer from a Gravesend train accident or another form of transport, please contact our team.
Local Multi Storey And Other Car Parking Accidents
Whether they visit a supermarket or shopping centre, a large portion of road users will likely use a car park; at least once in their lives. In peak periods, these facilities can become increasingly busy; particularly once the Christmas season arrives.
Therefore, as with any other public space, car park must be kept safe from preventable harm. Whoever operates these areas must do so to the best of their abilities.
However, without the necessary safety procedures, the following could threaten public safety:
- Defective barriers.
- Weakness in structures (i.e. from weather hazards).
- Poor lighting.
It’s possible to hold both operators and drivers accountable for harm in these areas. For example, if another person hits your vehicle while reversing. Or a loose barrier falls onto your car as you enter/leave.
For more information about how to claim compensation for an accident at Parrock Street Car Park, please contact our team. Alternatively, click here to read our online guide.
Among the many users on our roads, pedal/motorcyclists are inherently more susceptible to serious injury. Unfortunately, due to their lack of protection and visibility, cyclists cannot help this.
A new analysis by a road safety charity emphasises this point. According to Brake, those on two wheels are 63 times more likely to suffer a severe injury or, in worst cases, be killed on the roads.
But if an accident in Gravesend wasn’t your fault, you could claim compensation for your injuries.
In many cases, these accidents result from the following causations:
- Inability to acknowledge oncoming road users.
- Careless/reckless driving.
- Midjudgement of another person’s speed/path.
- Poor execution of turns/manoeuvres.
If you experience an accident as a pedal/motorcyclist, but believe another road user is at fault, please contact our team. An adviser will be more than happy to explain how personal injury lawyers covering Gravesend could aid your case.
Over the following sections, you will find examples of accidents in public places. Because these incidents could occur in several areas, you should be mindful of what can cause these events. If the accident results from third-party negligence, a personal injury lawyer could help.
An essential piece of legislation that holds operators accountable for preventable harm is the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
When a victim brings forward a public accident claim, they’ll usually claim against the operator’s public liability insurance. In many cases, it’s possible to do so for a breach of health and safety legislation. However, if the company doesn’t have this cover, the proceedings can become tricky.
Instead of trying to handle these situations by yourself, you could seek help from a solicitor. While you focus on your recovery, a specialist will do all the hard work.
Call our claims team today for more information. Otherwise, continue reading the following sections for further advice on public injury claims.
Injuries In Parks And Open Public Spaces
Regardless of the open space in question, the operator should uphold a minimum standard of safety. Often, the responsibility of open public spaces can fall into various hands from town to town (e.g. the local authorities, business owners or private landlords).
However, over recent years there have been significant cuts in part department budgets across the UK. As a result, our favourite spaces could be vulnerable to numerous hazards, such as:
- Defective equipment.
- Faulty play apparatus.
- Overgrown tree roots.
Several types of accidents could occur in a park. For example, your child falls from a broken see-saw onto an area with ill-maintained protective surfaces. In such cases, the courts will require a parent/guardian to handle proceedings on the claimant’s behalf. For more information about child accident claims, please click here.
If you suffer an injury in Shrone Woods Country Park, please contact our team.
Injuries In Shops, Supermarket And Retail Spaces
Not dissimilar to private landlords, business owners also have a duty of care to protect employees, customers and other visitors to the premises.
In upholding reasonable safety standards, all shops in Gravesend should minimise preventable harm to the best of their abilities. When we talk about preventable harm, we’re referring specifically to:
- Spillages (i.e. liquids, weather hazards).
- Faulty equipment.
- Loose shelves.
- Poor installation of stairs, bannisters and other communal facilities.
For free, impartial advice about public injury claims, please contact our team. A specialist personal injury lawyer covering Gravesend could help you secure compensation for accidents in a public place.
Although slips, trips and falls are easily preventable, these accidents could happen at any given time. Any combination of contributing factors may cause an accident of this nature. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), some of these include:
- Slippery surfaces.
- Poor housekeeping.
- Trailing cables.
- Surface defects.
- Unsuitable floor coverings.
- Spillages (e.g. grease, liquid, weather hazards).
In the same report, the HSE states 95% of major slips result in broken bones. With this in mind, it’s vitally important that operators of public spaces keep all communal areas as safe as possible for those who use them.
If you believe a lack of due care lead to your injuries, please call our team. We could connect you with a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Gravesend.
Across Gravesend, the local council are responsible for a vast amount of areas. As there are so many spaces to keep safe, this could also mean there’s a significant amount of pressure to uphold this duty of care.
If an accident in Gravesend on council property causes you injury, you could claim compensation for third-party negligence. A wide range of defects fall under this term, including:
- Broken equipment.
- Raised kerbstones.
- Lack of structural integrity.
Your local council should acknowledge the above hazards before an accident unfolds. As well as implementing a system to report these defects, the local authority must also have in place a reasonable system of inspection.
No individual prepares for violent crime. But as thousands of people experience crime every year, you should understand what your legal rights are after an incident. If you suffer an injury, you could be entitled to compensation.
When there’s no other avenue for justice, the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) could help process claims.
As an executive body of the Government, the CICA could award compensation if you have been a victim of:
- Sexual assault.
Whether you are a victim of crime; trying to stop the crime, or from witnessing a crime, a specialist could help.
First, your claim must meet two basic requirements:
- You must begin proceedings within 2-years of the incident.
- Any criminal event must be reported to the police.
You may claim outside of the above limitation period in some extenuating circumstances. For example, in historical sex cases. Please call our team today for advice about your circumstances.
Kent County Crime Statistics
In the table below, you will find statistics which demonstrate the extent of crime in Kent County. These figures were taken from a report by the Local Government Association, ending 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
Before your solicitor begins work, they will require as much evidence as possible to support your claim. You must gather as much as possible, as more evidence means more proof of your argument.
If you’re unsure about what areas you should look at specifically, please consider the advice below. However, you will get a chance to discuss this with your solicitor too.
Once an accident happens, you’ll usually have a short window to act in before the authorities clear the scene. Specifically, you should photograph the cause, damage and anything else of importance. Although you can also take pictures of your injuries as they heal too.
- Medical Notes:
From minor cuts to life-altering brain damage, you must seek medical treatment for any severity of injuries. When you visit an A&E Department, GP or another practice, someone will record your attendance. As your solicitor will explain, these notes are useful pieces of evidence.
- Report It:
Should the accident take place at work, you must notify the appropriate person. More often than not, a senior manager/HR department will record these incidents in a report book.
- Witness Contact Details
Victims cannot take witness statements. Even if you do, the courts won’t recognise this as a credible piece of evidence. However, you ask for their contact details. Later on, your solicitor will be in touch later on for their account of the events.
What Happens When You Have A Checkup With A Doctor?
To calculate your final settlement amount, you must attend a medical assessment. During this appointment, an independent specialist will ask you various questions about your injuries, including:
- The effects your condition had on you.
- What your future prognosis might be.
From your answers, a specialist will compile a report. Your solicitor will then use this evidence to calculate your compensation amount.
Are Local Law Firms Always Best For Your Case?
With most modern claims, it’s no longer necessary to work with local solicitors. A large majority of firms offer alternative methods of communication, such as:
- Telephone calls.
- Or face-to-face meetings (if you’d prefer)
Which means if you feel the best personal injury solicitors are outside of Gravesend, you can use their services wherever they are. Instead of relying on lawyers on Wrotham Road, Gravesend, why not broaden your options?
You can find out more information about No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Gravesend by speaking with an adviser from our team. Call us today for more details.
When you begin your search for a solicitor, you’ll likely look at all your options online. More often than not, an online search may leave you with an overwhelming list of results.
Instead of wasting precious time looking through every single web page, there is an easier way to find a suitable personal injury lawyer. By reading reviews left by previous clients, you will find a lot deciding factors which can help you choose an appropriate representative.
Likewise, most personal injury law firms covering Gravesend will offer free telephone consultations to most of their clients; much like our claims team. You can take advantage of these to get more acquainted with your potential expert.
Call our team today for your free, no-obligation consultation. An adviser will be on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Naturally, you might be curious about the amount of compensation you could receive. While online personal injury claims calculators may tempt you, we strongly discourage the use of them. Often, the estimations from these tools will be misleading.
Instead, we have taken figures from the Judicial College Guidelines to create the table below. The purpose of this is to offer insight into the amounts the courts award to successful cases.
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Less Severe to Moderately Severe
|£3,710 to £56,180
|Damage Causing Some Continuing Disability to Total Removal Of One Lung
|£29,380 to £140,870
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,730 to £151,070
|Injuries To Pelvis/Hips
|Moderate to Severe
|£24,950 to £122,860§
|Very Minor to Significant Permanent Disability (some useful movement remains)
|£3,310 to £36,770
|Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg to Below-Knee Amputation of Both Legs
|£98,380 to £253,480
|Moderate to Most Serious
|£11,820 to (the region of) £36,060
Please note that the above information is for guideline purposes only. For a more accurate calculation of your unique circumstances, please contact our team today. A friendly adviser will evaluate your case for free.
Should you choose a personal injury lawyer covering Gravesend to handle your case, they may do so on a No Win No Fee basis. Of the many benefits, these agreements offer, you will gain access to legal services with significantly less financial risk than others.
As well as this, you’ll also benefit from:
- Zero payable kick-start fees to begin your claim.
- No surprise charges throughout proceedings.
What’s more, if the outcome of your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay for your solicitor’s fees. Whereas when they do secure damages on your behalf, you solicitor will take only a small percentage from the final amount. Also known as a “success fee”, this is capped by legislation.
For more information about No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Gravesend, please contact our team today.
Not only could our specialists answer any questions you have, but they can also help you begin your claim. It couldn’t be easier to connect with an adviser. You can reach our team via:
- Telephone: Dial 0800 408 7825 today.
- Live Chat: Speak with an online adviser using our instant messaging function.
- Call-Back: If you’d prefer to arrange a call at a more convenient time, submit your contact details here.
Remember, you must act fast before the personal injury claims time limit runs out. Call us today to connect with No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Gravesend.
Thank you for reading this online guide about No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Gravesend. We hope you found it useful. Within this final section, you will find additional resources which can be of further use.
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Contact Information For Medway Magistrates Court
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