Accidents happen every day and lead to victims suffering injuries. In some cases, where the victim was to blame, they just have to brush themselves off and move on. However, in accidents caused by the negligence of somebody else, you might want to consider claiming compensation from them for your suffering. Therefore, we’re going to provide information in this guide on how a personal injury lawyer covering Grays could support you.
To help make the process easier, you could call our team of advisors for free legal advice. After a no-obligation consultation, your advisor could refer you to a specialist personal injury solicitor from our panel who’ll help you on a No Win No Fee basis if they take the claim on.
To start your injury claim right away, please call us on 0800 408 7825 today. Otherwise, please continue reading to find out more about how we can help with your claim.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Grays, Essex
- Accidents In The Workplace
- Grays Highway And Vehicle Accidents
- Accidents When Riding A Bike Or Cycling
- Accidents Which Happen In Public Spaces
- Trip On Pavement Accidents
- Accident Claims Against The Council
- Grays Crime Rate And Criminal Injury Claims
- How Does The Process Of Making A Claim Work?
- Are Injury Lawyer Reviews Useful?
- Calculating Example Damages Claim Awards
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Grays, Essex
- Consult With A Lawyer Covering Your Local Area
- Useful Resources For Claimants
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Grays, Essex
It’s a good idea to have a specialist on your side as they will have the experience and expertise your claim may need. Your defendant’s solicitor will review all of the evidence supplied and they could either deny liability or claim the injuries you sustained weren’t as serious as you’ve said.
To help counter any arguments from the defendant, your solicitor will use evidence such as medical reports, photographs and witness statements. The process of obtaining this evidence can take some time so we advise that you begin your claim as soon as you’re able to. By doing so, everything about what happened will still be easy to recall and you’ll allow your solicitor to work within the personal injury claims time limit. This is a 3-year period from the date the accident took place or from date of knowledge of your injury (in most circumstances).
This guide will explain the best methods of choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Grays, but we could save you a lot of the work. Once you’ve read the guide completely, why not let us review your case, for free, and connect you with a specialist solicitor from our panel?
Accidents In The Workplace
Employers of any size are duty-bound to try and ensure their staff’s safety in the workplace. While there will never be a completely safe workplace, employers need to carry out regular risk assessments and take steps to remove any dangers. If they don’t, and you’re injured in an accident at work, you could be entitled to seek compensation from them.
If you sustain an injury in an accident caused by the following, you could be entitled to claim:
- Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Insufficient rest breaks.
- Broken, damaged or unmaintained equipment.
- Inadequate job training or safety training.
Don’t be afraid to claim against your employer as it’s illegal for them to sack you or treat you differently for doing so. Our team can advise you further on starting the claim so please let us know why you’ve suffered today.
Grays Highway And Vehicle Accidents
All road users owe each other a duty of care to try and keep each other safe. That means if you’re involved in an accident on the A13, the A1012 or on the street outside your house, you could be allowed to claim against the other driver if their negligence caused you to become injured.
After a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) has happened, you should try to capture the scene in photographs, swap details with others involved, gather witness details and seek medical treatment for your injuries. Finally, give us a call to explain what happened and we’ll consider your chances of making a successful claim
Injuries At Grays Station And On Public Transport
If a collision happens while you’re using public transport, you could be entitled to claim compensation from the operator for any injuries you suffer or a third party who have caused the accident to happen. We can help you claim for injuries sustained while using a bus, taxi, tram, train or coach so please get in touch.
Furthermore, you could be eligible to claim if you’re injured because of damaged furniture on buses, coaches or trains. If that happens, try to take a photograph of the damage and gather details of any witnesses who saw what happened. Finally, report the accident to staff where possible.
Injuries At Local Car Parks
A collision in a car park would usually be dealt with in the same way as other RTAs and you’d claim against the other driver if they were at fault. However, some negligent acts by car park operators could mean you’ll need to claim against their public liability insurance for any injuries you sustain. Here are some examples of what could entitle you to claim:
- Being injured after slipping on unsalted pathways in icy conditions.
- Being struck by a faulty barrier which injures you.
- Becoming stuck in a poorly maintained lift.
- Cutting yourself on damage bollards or barriers.
Accidents When Riding A Bike Or Cycling
As well as other road users, cyclists could be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in an RTA that was not their fault If you’d like to seek compensation for an accident caused by another road user while you were cycling, please let us know about the injuries you’ve sustained and our team will explain your next steps.
Accidents Which Happen In Public Spaces
There are lots of different circumstances in which someone could be injured in a public place. We shall explore some of these in this section and the following sections below. Here you could briefly look at public place accidents and public place injury claims.
Things to discuss:
- What is public liability and how could this liability be breached?
- The owner/operator may be liable.
- Claims are (generally) made against their public liability insurance.
Injuries At Parks
A trip to Grays Chalk Quarry Nature Reserve, Grays Beach Riverside Park or Grays Town Park could be for all sorts of reasons. The trip could be potentially spoiled somewhat if a member of your party is injured in an accident at the park.
Some injuries at a park could be compensated for if they were caused by a negligent act. For instance, the following scenarios could lead to a claim:
- Cuts and lacerations caused by damaged furniture.
- Soft tissue damage caused by faulty outdoor gym equipment.
- Suffering caused by missing safety apparatus such as soft floor tiles.
- Injuries caused by poorly maintained play equipment.
If you’d like to claim, please reach out to us today. Our advisors can also help if you’d like to claim on behalf of a child injured in a park.
Injuries At Shopping Centres Or Other Retail Spaces
When you visit Grays Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Bluewater or Lakeside, you could be there as a visitor, shopper, maintenance repair or even an employee.
If an injury was caused by a retailer or a shopping centre’s negligence, you could potentially be entitled to ask for compensation. You could claim for injuries caused by:
- Damaged racking or shelving.
- A wet or slippery floor due to a leak, spillage or cleaning with inadequate warnings.
- Falling merchandise.
- Stock or items littered across the floor.
Trip On Pavement Accidents
Any accident where you trip, slip or fall can lead to quite serious injuries. For instance, a broken wrist or finger is a common injury when you place your hand out to break your fall. Head injuries, ligament damage and back injuries are also common and can take many months, or years, to recover from.
If your fall resulted from negligence, you could be entitled to claim for your injuries. For instance, the following might all entitle you to claim:
- Tripping on electrical cables trailed across a pathway.
- Slipping on a wet or polished floor where warning signs weren’t provided.
- Falling down a flight of stairs because of a broken handrail.
- Tripping on a carpet or doormat which has risen.
Accident Claims Against The Council
Council accident claims are sometimes possible where a council has breached its duty of care in some way that causes an accident and results in you suffering an injury.
The local authority has a duty to regularly check some roads, paths and highways for defects. That duty also requires them to record defects and repair the more serious in a timely manner. If they fail to meet their duty, you could claim compensation for an injury caused by:
- Uneven paving slabs.
- Kerbstones that are missing or damaged.
- Potholes and sinkholes.
- Tree roots that have broken through the surface of a path.
Grays Crime Rate And Criminal Injury Claims
You might think that personal injury claims aren’t possible for injuries caused by criminal acts. In some cases, where the criminal doesn’t have the means to pay compensation, you could be eligible to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
CICA claims are possible for physical or psychological injuries that result from violent crimes. The CICA scheme has a different set of criteria to other types of claim though. For instance, you have to have told the police about the crime and you’ve only got 2-years from the date of the crime to claim in most circumstances.
If you’d like help making a CICA claim, please let us know. In some cases, you may still be able to apply after the 2-year period. An advisor will be able to advise you if that’s the case in your scenario.
Thurrock, Essex Crime Rate
The following table shows crime figures for Thurrock (including the Grays crime rate) for the year ending March 2020. The data is taken from statistics provided by the Local Government Association.
|Most Reported Crimes||Number of Occasions|
|Retail / Shoplifting||1,657|
|Violence against an individual||1,507|
|Other theft-related offences||1,128|
|Burglary (home / business)||728|
How Does The Process Of Making A Claim Work?
How do you go about choosing a solicitor for your case and what medical evidence will they need to use to prove your injuries? Although it is not a legal requirement to have a solicitor they can be very beneficial. Over the coming sections of this article, we’ll provide advice on solicitor reviews, their location and medical assessments they use as evidence.
There is an easier way to choose a solicitor though. We have a panel of personal injury solicitors covering Grays who provide a No Win No Fee service for any claim they take on. You could avoid the hassle of trying to find a solicitor by letting our panel, who’ve got decades of experience handling claims, help you claim. Please get in touch if you’d like us to review your case and connect you with an appropriate solicitor.
Are Local Lawyers Best Placed To Handle Your Case?
There’s absolutely no reason to only look at personal injury law firms in Grays when researching which solicitor you’ll use. Most personal injury claims are handled over email, on the phone, online and in writing which makes the solicitor’s office location trivial.
When you widen your search out to nationwide services, it’s possible to find solicitors who’ve got more experience or specialise in claims that match yours. There’s no reason to only stick to Grays solicitors based on High Street, Orsett Road or Stanley Road.
Are Examinations Of Your Injuries Always Necessary?
The method used to calculate compensation amounts requires your solicitor to prove the severity of your injuries. That’s why, during the course of your claim, the solicitor will book an appointment with a local medical specialist.
During your assessment, the specialist will ask questions regarding the effect your injuries have had on you. Then they’ll review your medical records. Once that’s all been done, they’ll write a summary of what injuries were sustained, the impact they caused and if any injuries will lead to long-term suffering.
Are Injury Lawyer Reviews Useful?
If you’re an avid online shopper, there’s a high chance you’ve found yourself reading online reviews in the past. If you’ve searched for the best personal injury lawyers covering Grays, no doubt you’ve found some reviews. We believe they provide a great starting point where you can read how clients rated the service they received, the time a claim took, and the amount of compensation paid.
In addition to reading reviews, we always advise you to contact potential law firms in person. That way, you’ll get a feel for how you’ll work with the solicitor in question and be able to ask them how they plan to handle your claim (which an online review won’t be able to tell you).
Calculating Example Damages Claim Awards
A compensation claim for personal injuries is usually made up of two parts. The first is for general damages that cover any pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have suffered because of your injuries. To demonstrate how much you could receive, we’ve listed some compensation figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) in the table below. The JCG is used by lawyers to help calculate settlement amounts.
|Body Part Injured||Severity||Bracket||Additional Comments|
|Cheekbone||Serious||£9,570 to £14,810||Fractures of the jaw which are serious enough to leave some disfigurement or cause lasting paraesthesia in the lips or cheeks.|
|Nose||Fracture||£9,990 to £21,700||Multiple or serious fractures which require multiple operations or injuries which cause permanent airway damage or cause difficulty breathing.|
|Neck||Minor||£4,080 to £7,410||These injuries (such as whiplash injuries) will affect the soft tissue in the neck. They'll resolve without any surgery within 1-2 years.|
|Collarbone||Fracture||£4,830 to £11,490||This bracket compensates for a fractured clavicle. The amount paid will depend on the nature of the fracture, residual symptoms and whether the injury will be permanent.|
|Arms||Less Severe||£18,020 to £36,770||Injuries which causes substantial disabilities but where there has been, or is expected to be, a good level of recovery.|
|Knee||Moderate||Up to £12,900||Twisting, bruising and lacerations of the knee are covered by this bracket as well as less serious dislocations.|
|Ankle||Modest||Up to £12,900||Sprains, ligament damage and minor or displaced fractures of the ankle are covered by this bracket.|
The second part of your claim is for expenses you’ve had to pay for due to your injuries. They’ll vary from case to case but could include damaged property costs, travelling expenses, medical expenses, care costs and lost income or benefits. Please contact us today to check what you could be entitled to claim for.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Grays, Essex
Choosing solicitors that provide a No Win No Fee service for all claims they handle could reduce the financial risk. Not only will your stress levels be reduced, so will your financial risk when using this service.
Obviously, your solicitor will need to check that your case is strong enough before agreeing to take it on. Once they’ve reviewed it, and you’re both happy to continue, you’ll be provided with a contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
The CFA funds your claim and provides you with many benefits including:
- You don’t have to pay any fees upfront. This allows your claim to commence ASAP.
- You’ll not be asked to cover any solicitor’s fees while the case continues.
- In the event that your claim is lost, you won’t be liable for any of your solicitor’s fees whatsoever.
The solicitor will need to be paid if they win your case, but you don’t need to send payment though. Instead, a small portion of your compensation will be retained to cover their costs and effort. The amount you’ll pay, the ‘success fee’, is legally capped and listed in the CFA.
Consult With A Lawyer Covering Your Local Area
There are many ways to reach out to us including:
An advisor will walk you through the process and review your case and provide free legal advice. If they believe the claim has strong grounds, you’ll be connected to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. So that your claim is less stressful, if the solicitor takes it on, they’ll work on a No Win No Fee basis.
Useful Resources For Claimants
We’ve linked to some extra resources and guides below.
Furthermore, you’ll find details for your local council and magistrates’ court as well.
If you need any further information, please do let a member of our team know.
Cycle Path Accidents – Here is a guide that could help you claim if injured on a public cycle path.
Pavement Defect Accidents – Advice on suing for injuries caused by defects on a pavement or footpath.
Accidents In Schools – This guide informs you of the process where children or staff could claim for injuries sustained in an accident at school.
How To Report A Pothole – A government portal where you can report a pothole by entering its location.
Whiplash Guidance – This NHS guide provides advice on the symptoms and treatment of whiplash.
Health And Safety RIDDOR – These are the workplace accidents which must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
Where Your Injuries Could Be Checked Over
|Andrew Akiri||KTB Physiotherapy,
Dartford, DA5 1QL.
|Kaleem Siddiqui||Masthead Close,
Crossways Business Park,
Dartford, DA2 6QF.
|Salman Baig||Victory Way,
Dartford, DA2 6QD.
Bexley Magistrates’ Court Handling Cases In Grays
|Bexley Magistrates' Court|
Bexleyheath, DA6 7ND.
Thurrock Council Providing Services In Grays, Essex
Grays, RM17 6SL.
Article by RA