Did you have an accident shopping in Market Gates Shopping centre that wasn’t your fault? Perhaps you were involved in a road traffic accident on the A47 Great Yarmouth road? Or even whilst out and about enjoying the river Yare and St George’s Park? Accidents can happen anywhere and some are just accidents that could not have been prevented but when injuries are caused due to a breach in the duty of care you may question if you could have grounds to make a compensation claim?
Finding top personal injury lawyers covering Great Yarmouth may not always be easy but this guide is here to help.
Please read our guide and if at any point you have a question, feel free to contact our team today by calling us on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your case.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Great Yarmouth
- Workplace Injuries In Great Yarmouth
- Great Yarmouth Traffic Accident And Injury Claims
- Motorbike and Bicycle Accident And Injury Claims
- Public Liability Claims
- Broken Pavement And Slip Accident And Injury Claims
- Council Accident And Injury Claims
- Criminal Injury Claims
- How Does A Personal Injury Claim Work?
- Are Reviews The Best Way To Choose A Lawyer?
- Typical Settlements In Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Great Yarmouth
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Accidents could occur anywhere, but the workplace, the roads and public places are the three main areas covered by the law to ensure that your personal safety is protected as much as is reasonably possible. Tripping and slipping can account for a large percentage of accidents created by avoidable things such as spillages not being cleaned up or damaged pavements not being repaired.
On the roads, the overwhelming amount of accidents are caused by reckless and negligent driving. In public places, if there are lapses in the legal care of duty that binds local authorities or private operators it could potentially cause hazardous environments to the unwitting pedestrian or user.
The impact of an accident that was not your fault can be particularly distressing. Our guide explains how No Win No Fee lawyers are skilled at helping people see a clear pathway to the compensation they deserve.
A staggering 581,000 people were injured to one degree or another in the workplace in 2018/19 according to government statistics. Employers have a duty of care to keep you as safe as reasonably possible while in the workplace.
If you are injured in work through a breach in health and safety legislation then your employer may be liable in paying you compensation for the suffering caused as well as financial loses.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is a set of laws governing the responsibility of employers’ to your safety at work and its guidelines are very clear. If you believe you might have a claim against your employer, call our advisors today and through a free no-obligation consultation they can assess your case and advise on your next options.
Great Yarmouth enjoys proximity to other cities that can make the roads busy here. With the many shopping and leisure areas, the fairgrounds and seafront, the roads can see more than their fair share of traffic. Perhaps you were involved in a road traffic accident due to the reckless driving of someone else? If your unsure about making a claim for your injuries consider this:
The Highway Code outlines a ‘duty of care’ to other road users, obliging them to exercise due diligence and care at all times. The code even extends to road users having to anticipate that others’ may not exercise the requisite level of care and ability and that you should act accordingly to anticipate that.
Even if the other road user is uninsured or cannot personally compensate you for the accident they caused, a No Win No Fee lawyer can show you how to seek damages through the Motor Insurance Bureau. Call our advice team today and see how personal injury lawyers covering Great Yarmouth can assist you.
Accidents At The Station Or On Public Transport
Statistically much safer than private cars, accidents can potentially still occur on public transport including boats and ferries. Any public or privately operated mode of transport is covered by exactly the same expectation set out in the Highway Code.
If there is negligence to this duty the following may occur;
- Whiplash as a result of a collision between a car, bus or coach
- Slipping, tripping or falling over on a bus that pulls away too quickly
- Broken bones, fractures, bruising and cuts as a result of a train derailment
- Any personal injuries sustained by defective fittings of a bus, coach, taxi or ferry.
- Untreated ice at station platforms causing slips
Did you slip or trip on an unmarked hazard at any of the local stations in Great Yarmouth? All of these areas have CCTV now, so it’s a relatively simple process to validate your claim with footage of your accident. Evidence like this is very compelling in a case and we recommend your collect as much as you can to support your case.
The responsible party in a public transport accident in which caused you an injury could be;
- Negligence on your own behalf
- Negligence of the driver and operator of the public transportation
- Negligence of a third party.
If you are unsure who is at fault for your injury while travelling on public transport or while waiting at a station please call our advisors with their years of experience dealing with personal injury claims they will be able to determine, if any. the fault party.
Accidents At The Car Park
Great Yarmouth’s car parks are places covered by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 meaning that operators have a responsibility to the visitors of their car parks, as they must keep them safe as reasonably possible.
Pot-holes and poorly maintained groundworks can cause to trip and suffer an injury. If the operator is found to be failing in their duty of care and this caused your injury you may have grounds to make a public liability claim.
Other motorists reversing or pulling into spaces too eagerly and not paying sufficient attention to other users or pedestrians is a big cause of accidents, which can subsequently cause injuries and make them liable for the accident.
A No Win No Fee lawyer can explain how this process works in greater detail, allowing you to really break down the cost implications of the accident. Their insights may allow you to access a compensation payout you hadn’t previously imagined was possible.
Unprotected by a steel vehicle body like other road users, motorcyclists and bike riders are especially vulnerable to accidents. RoSPA statistics state that over 17,000 cyclists were injured in 2018.
If you were the victim of someone else’s reckless or aggressive driving that resulted in knocking you from your motorbike or bicycle, it’s very likely you suffered extensive injuries and you may be entitled to claim compensation for the medical care you needed.
We examine this type of accident on our website here, but personal injury claims involving cyclists can work the other way as well. With the increase in food delivery services, there are more cyclists moving at high speed on our streets, and regrettably, pavements, than ever before. They are obliged to conform to the Highway Code along with everyone else.
Public liability refers to the legal safety requirements of anyone who operates a service that can be used by the public. This includes shopping centres, hotels, leisure centres, entertainment venues, train stations, bus terminals, restaurants and cinemas. The council and local authorities have the same duty of care as well so that liability includes any municipal buildings, council offices, libraries, parks and common ground.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 places a strict duty of care on anyone operating public or private business premises to ensure, to the best of their ability, the safety of anyone who uses their facilities.
All the myriad tasks that are needed to keep the public safe must be adhered to and if they are not, and it causes your injury, you may be able to claim compensation. Speak to our advisors today for more information.
Park And Beach Accidents
Although natural spaces may feel as if they are ‘self regulating’ they are managed and operated by either the local council or a private company, both of whom have legal responsibilities to ensure, (as practicably as possible) your safety. There are numerous potential hazards, that could cause your personal injury if these places are not correctly maintained;
- Tripping over unclearly marked or low lying barriers
- Lack of adequate safety signage
- Fairground rides improperly assembled/used
- Tree roots protruding through the ground causing trip hazards
- Broken playground or leisure facilities
Our website provides further reading on the potential personal injury hazards in these areas and can be read here.
Similarly, you might have encountered an accident whilst shopping or at an outdoor market, boot fair or retail park. You may of experienced or witnesses some of the following:
- Escalators not working properly causing very serious accidents
- Precarious visual merchandising displays falling on you
- Slipping on wet floors and unattended spillages
- Tripping over packaging, cables or other obstacles
- Being struck by objects falling from over-stocked shelves
- Injuries from sharp-edge shelving or poorly maintained trolleys
- Poorly managed evacuation or security alert procedures
The Occupiers’ Liability Act clearly lays out the duties of operators in these places to protect your safety and our website offers further reading on how a No Win No Fee lawyer could guide you through the claims process easily and quickly.
A simple thing like a broken pavement can, in fact, be the cause of a very serious injury. Uneven or unstable flagstones on walkways may potentially be responsible for everything from a stubbed toe to severe head injuries depending on how you fall. Added to poor weather conditions, uncleared wet leaves or ice, the roads can be a treacherous place for pedestrians. In the event, an injury, it’s not always immediately clear if anyone is responsible.
If you’re in any doubt about this or any of the points raised in this article, please feel free to speak to our friendly team 24/7 or use the live chat option in the right-hand corner.
Every local authority has a wide remit of responsibility under The Occupiers’ Liability Act to protect your safety while using their services. A brief list of places in which councils and local authorities may have a duty of care to you are:
- Streets, roads and highways
- Parks and common ground
- Building sites (as they relate to public areas)
- Municipal buildings, leisure centres, libraries
- Communal housing areas under their control
- Public lavatories
This list is by no means exhaustive and for further reading on making a public liability claims against a council please click on this link.
Many criminal acts have the potential to cause physical harm or psychological injury. If you were caught in the middle of crime being perpetrated or were unlucky enough to be a victim in any of the following, you may have been hurt as a result:
- Street crime, fighting.
- Aggravated burglary
- Sexual offences
- Brawling and disorder
If you are injured in a criminal act and you want to pursue a compensation claim but the person responsible has not been identified or has the means to pay you compensation you can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Crime And Disorder Rates In Great Yarmouth
The figures in the table below illustrate the number of crimes affecting victims in Great Yarmouth.
|Crime And Disorder Rates In Great Yarmouth 2020
|Violence against the person
|Robbery and theft from the person
A useful thing to think about here is something called the ‘but for..’ test. When deciding if you have a legitimate claim, ask yourself, ‘but for the broken pavement, or erratic driver or spillage, would I have experienced this accident? If the answer is no, speak to one of our helpful team today to discuss your options. After you have decided that your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, these three steps will help clarify what to do next.
Places In Great Yarmouth You Could Find A Lawyer
The area in Great Yarmouth where it’s possible to find a good selection of solicitors in one place is Hall Quay, South Quay and Crown Road.
What Takes Place At An Injury Assessment?
A medical assessment is an essential part of the process for making a personal injury claim. It’s a way of establishing that your injuries were a result of the accident and not a pre-existing medical condition which is crucial to under-pinning the success of your claim. A medical professional will advise about long-term damage and the likelihood of any future medical problems, all of which will have a bearing on your potential compensation payout.
Do I need A Local Injury Lawyer?
In the past, people used a firm of solicitors that may have been local to them. However, the internet has revolutionised the way that people seek out and research services and a good personal injury lawyer can now be accessed anywhere in the country. We offer a user-friendly nationwide service with a panel of experts able to offer top legal advice.
Another aspect of the internet that has streamlined the selection process for good personal injury lawyers are client reviews. Reading reviews can be a good way to see first-hand what other claimants have experienced and the various ‘pros’ or ‘cons’ of using a specific firm. There are some useful things to look out for:
- See how quickly the case was settled for other claimants?
- How well did the solicitors communicate with their clients?
- Do they have expertise handling personal injury cases?
Reviews from past clients can be your ’window’ into how good the firm of lawyers really are at handling a personal injury case.
Sites that offer immediate ‘compensation calculators’ may seem efficient but can often overlook the more subtle aspects of your claim. To receive an accurate figure for your case call our advisors and they can go through the details with you. There are two types of compensation that can be sought.
General damages – Judicial College provides award amounts as guidelines for solicitors.
|Moderate neck injury
|£7,410 to £36,120
|Severe neck injury
|In the region of £139,210
|Severe back Injury
|£36,390 to £151,070
|Shoulder injuries severe
|£18,020 to £45,070
|Arm Amputated at the Shoulder
|Not less than £128,710
Special damages – incorporate all the various financial implications an injury can create. Loss of earnings, personal care, travel expenses, any future losses. To access these damages it’s important that you retain all bills, receipts and invoices as without evidence, it’ll be difficult to persuade the defendant to pay them.
If you’d like more information on the types of expenses you can claim for, please get in touch with our team today.
Essentially, a No Win No Fee claim means that if your case does not succeed, you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. There are other benefits to these agreements too, such as:
- No fees to pay upfront
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on going.
- Skilled and expert advice about your case.
If your personal injury solicitor is successful, they will seek a nominal fee which is payable only after compensation has been won for you. This is called a ‘success fee’ and the amount is capped by law. It will be deducted from the compensation awarded, leaving the bulk of your payout for you.
We hope you’ve found this guide informative and it has helped with your decision to make a personal injury claim. Public Interest Lawyers are dedicated to helping you so if you were involved in an accident in Great Yarmouth that was not entirely your fault, contact our knowledgeable and friendly team today for a no-obligation discussion about your claim.
Where Your Injury Check Up May Take Place
|Dr Steven Taylor
|Martham Health Centre
Hemsby Road, Martham
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk,
Contacting Great Yarmouth Magistrates And Family Court
|Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court and Family Courts
|Magistrates’ Courthouse, North Quay,
Great Yarmouth Local Authority
|Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Article by EA