If you suffer an accident in Harrogate, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Did another party owe a duty of care?
- Was this in breach?
- Were your injuries the result of this?
If you answer yes to all three, No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Harrogate could help.
In this guide, you will find impartial advice about how to claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. What’s more, we will cover as many topics relating to personal injury claims as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, transport accidents, accidents at work and road accidents and public place accidents in Harrogate. But if you cannot find information relevant to your potential case, please do not fret.
Our specialist advisers are on hand 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Call us today on 0800 408 7825 for your free, no-obligation consultation. Alternatively, you can use one of the other contact methods at the bottom of this page.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Harrogate Cases
- Claims For Having An Accident In The Workplace
- Claims For Having A Road Accident In Harrogate
- Claims For Having An Accident On A Bicycle
- Claims For Having An Accident In A Public Place
- Claims For Falling Or Tripping Over
- Claims Against Harrogate Or North Yorkshire Councils
- Victim Based Violent Crimes In The Harrogate Area
- How You Could Claim Damages For An Injury Or Illness
- Will Reviews Help Me Choose Who Could Handle My Case?
- What Are Typical Payouts In Personal Injury Cases?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Harrogate
- Contacting Our Team
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Whether you are a victim of violent crime or a motorbike accident in Harrogate, you could claim for the harm you suffer. On this page, we’ll not only cover how victims of negligence can secure a settlement agreement but we’ll also discuss why you shouldn’t limit yourself to solicitors in Harrogate.
We’ll cover as many common topics as possible, including:
- Public transport accidents on Harrogate roads.
- Cyclist accidents on A59, Harrogate.
- Criminal injuries.
- Claims against your local council.
If at any point you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, continue reading for more information about No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Harrogate.
Is There A Time Limit?
At the beginning of your claim, a specialist will assess your circumstances against the applicable personal injury claims time limit. However, this limitation period can differ between cases.
For adults, the time limit is 3-years. Typically, this may begin from the accident date. Although the time limit may start from the date of knowledge that your injuries were at least partially the defendant’s fault.
Whereas for children, a parent/guardian must act on their behalf. As such, a claim can be made at any point before the child turns 18. Although if no claim is made before their birthday, the courts allow 3-years from this date.
Furthermore, if a claimant loses their mental capacity, the limitation period can begin upon recovery. But if recovery isn’t possible, a ‘litigation friend’ can represent the victim instead. This extension falls under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
In some extenuating circumstances, it may be possible to claim beyond the above restrictions. Please contact our team for more information.
Whether you work in a factory or behind a desk, your employer should uphold reasonable safety measures within your workplace.
As the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 outlines, an employer can implement various measures, such as:
- Conducting routine inspections.
- Implementing regular risk assessments.
- Issuing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Training staff correctly.
While these measures can help minimise hazards, an accident can still surface at any given time. However, if your employer is at fault, then you could have reasonable grounds for a compensation claim.
To find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Harrogate can help you, call our team today.
All road users owe a duty of care to one another, this can be in breach for a number of reasons. For example, an RTA could result from:
- Violation of rules.
- Panic stops.
- Rash, careless or reckless driving.
- Failure to read signs properly.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
Subsequently, the above causations can cause the following accidents:
- A road accident in Harrogate.
- Head-on collisions on the A61.
- Rear-end bump on the A59.
- Pile-up accident on Harrogate bypass.
- Car accident in Harrogate
If you would like to make a highway accident claim, please contact our team of advisers.
Public Transport Accidents
When using public transport, the driver has a duty of care to ensure passengers are free from hazardous conditions. Although public transport is one of the safest ways to travel the chance of an incident occurring is not entirely impossible. An accident could result from:
- Flash flooding.
- Sudden stops at high speeds.
- Fallen trees on tracks.
- Third-party negligence
- Driver negligence
- Surface defects
Call our team for more information and to receive a free consultation.
Car Park Accidents
Without due care, any of the following accidents can take place:
- Pedestrians hit by other vehicles.
- Slipping or tripping on a defective surface.
- Another driver fails to look properly or give way
- A barrier strikes your car.
Most importantly, you will need to pinpoint the correct responsible party to direct your claim towards. Having the guidance and expertise from a solicitor can make all the difference to a personal injury claim.
Click here to read more about car park accident claims.
Unfortunately, cyclists are inherently more susceptible to injuries on the road. Unlike larger vehicles, they solely rely on personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection. As a result, a bike accident in Harrogate can lead to devastating harm.
If an injury stems from a Harrogate cyclist accident, you could claim compensation. For example, a third party could be liable for:
- Neglect while looking for oncoming traffic.
- Failure to judge another person’s speed/path.
- Reckless, careless or rushed driving.
- Poor manoeuvres/turnings.
Call our team to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Harrogate can help you through the claiming process. You can also read more about cyclists accidents in our online guide, simply click here.
The responsibility of public spaces often differs depending on the area in question. From private landlords to business owners, all operators must uphold their duty of care.
With this in mind, a health and safety accident can be avoided by adopting some simple practices. You can find examples of these below:
- Repairing damage.
- Acknowledging electrical hazards.
- Limiting manual handling/lifting.
- Creating action plans for emergency situations.
- Promoting fire safety.
- Storing items safely (i.e. heavier items on lower shelves).
From footpaths to highways and roads, all operators of public places are held responsible for safety standards. If you suffer an accident in or near Harrogate, call our legal team. Alternatively, continue reading this section for further information about accidents in a public place.
Accidents At A Park
Whether you use The Stray or Valley Gardens, Harrogate for exercise, relaxation or socialising, you could claim compensation for harm if faulty equipment or poor maintenance of the public property is to blame.
While numerous accidents can occur in a park, some are significantly more common than others. For example, you or your child could suffer as a result of:
- Defective play equipment,
- Lack of maintenance (e.g. paths, equipment, benches).
- Unsafe designs of steps, paths, playgrounds, etc.
Please note, if the victim is a child, they will require a parent/guardian to represent their claim. In such cases, the courts will manage the settlement amount via a trust fund until the child turns 18.
Accidents At The Shops
All business owners should enforce reasonable safety measures, so their sites are free from hazardous conditions. In many ways, some simple precautions can help avoid such accidents.
For example, staff may spot hazards prior to an incident unfolding through effective staff training. Likewise, employees can use training to effectively manage obstructions on the shop floor, such as liquids or stock.
In such cases, the victim will likely claim against the defendant’s public liability insurance. The expertise of a solicitor could be of significant value to your case.
Although there are plenty of preventative measures in place across numerous areas, accidents in public places can still occur. One of the most common accidents in the workplace is slip trips and falls. Consequently, the HSE recognises that these incidents can develop into further threats to employee safety, such as falls from height.
Under their duty of care, employers should keep the workplace free from the risk of harm so far as reasonably practicable. Therefore, all hazards should be kept to a minimum.
To achieve this, employers can implement the following procedures;
- Management of spillages/cleaning regimes.
- Effective matting systems.
- Suitable footwear.
- Prevention of contamination.
- Design of the workplace.
- Appropriate flooring.
- Effective training/supervision.
- Maintenance of plant/work environment.
95% of all major slips result in broken bones or similar injuries, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Further from this, slips and trips are responsible for over a third of all reported major injuries.
If you are searching for a solicitor following an industrial accident, please contact our claims team. Our advisers can connect you with specialist personal injury solicitors who can cover Harrogate.
One of the many obligations Harrogate Borough Council have is to uphold reasonable safety standards in the areas they are responsible for. To achieve this, various measures can be put in place. For example, this includes:
- Risk assessments.
- Routine inspections.
- Slip, trip and fall prevention measures.
Some of these spaces the council is responsible for include:
If Harrogate or North Yorkshire County Council are at least partially at fault for your injuries, you could hold them accountable. Click here for more information.
No individual should experience a violent crime of any nature. As a victim of crime, you could be left with devastating physical and psychological injuries.
While a monetary amount cannot undo the damage you suffer, it can help ease some financial stress. When there is no other avenue for compensation victims of violent crime can claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
As an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, the CICA can assist victims of:
- Assault/violent attacks.
- Sexual assault (e.g. rape).
For a claim to be valid, you must report the crime to the police. Additionally, you must begin legal proceedings within 2-years of the incident. This can vary.
Rates Of Crime Affecting The Person In North Yorkshire
Within this section, you will find statistics regarding crimes in North Yorkshire. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our advisers.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
We can connect you with a team of specialists who will conduct your claim with the utmost professionalism. A solicitor will pay particular attention to gathering as much evidence as possible. Although, there are some steps you can take to help with this process:
- Take Photographs:
If you’re well enough to do so, you should take photos following an accident. In particular, you should pay close attention to the cause, damage and anything else of importance.
- Gather Witness Details:
Later down the line, your solicitor will get in touch with anyone who saw the incident.
- Seek Medical Attention
Regardless of how minor your injuries may seem, it’s crucial you seek treatment. Whether you visit a GP or A&E department, your solicitor will use your medical records as evidence.
- Photograph Your Recovery
Even after treatment, you should continue to document your recovery period. All of these photographs will help push your claim forward.
Should I Visit A Doctor?
A crucial step in your personal injury claim is a local medical assessment. During this appointment, an independent specialist will examine your injuries, document long-term suffering and what your future prognosis may be. Your answers will compile a report, which a solicitor will use as supporting evidence for your claim.
Will I Need A Lawyer Close To Me?
As a result of recent enhancements in communications, there is no need to limit yourself to solicitors in Princes Square. Instead, you can find the best personal injury lawyers using the internet.
You can settle a case without meeting your solicitor in person. Alternatively, you can opt for the following communication methods:
- Phone calls.
- Or in-person meetings (if you would prefer).
To find out how personal injury law firms outside of Harrogate can help you, call our specialist team today.
When you search for a personal injury lawyer online, you may find an overwhelming amount of results. Consequently, your choice in solicitor could make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim. Therefore, it is important to select the right legal representative.
Reading client reviews can be incredibly informative. Not only can they provide you with important information about the quality of your potential solicitor but you can compare these against one another for a more accurate representation of each specialist.
Alongside reading reviews, you should also contact an expert via telephone. A quick and easy telephone consultation will allow your specialist to assess your unique circumstances.
There are two forms of loss: general damages and special damages. Any expenses you incur may fall under special damages, such as:
- Travel fees.
- Loss of earnings (linked to the injury).
As every claim is entirely unique, it can be difficult to place the same amount on a similar group of cases. With this in mind, we discourage personal injury claims calculators. More often than not, these tools fail to consider specific factors which determine your total payout.
Instead, you can find figures for general damages in the table below. These amounts are taken from Judicial College’s guidelines—an organisation responsible for training judges in County, Crown and higher courts in England and Wales.
|Less Severe to Very Severe
|£14,380 to £379,100
|Serious to Severe
|£11,980 to £45,070
|Moderate to Severe
|£7,410 to (the region of) £139,210
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,730 to £151,070
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,820 to £122,860
|Less Severe to Complete Loss of Function
|£11,820 to £56,180
|Below-Knee Amputation of One Leg to Loss of Both Legs
|£91,950 to £264,650
For more information, speak to one of our advisers. You could receive a more accurate figure relating to your case.
Regardless of the type of claim, you could take legal action on a No Win No Fee basis. The premises of this agreement is simple, unless your personal injury solicitor is successful, you won’t be held liable for their fees.
What’s more, you will also benefit from:
- No hidden charges.
- Zero start-up costs.
- A small “success fee” taken from the final amount to cover your solicitor’s services.
Please note, these “success fees” are capped by legislation. Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA), these methods are known to significantly reduce the financial risks associated with public accident claims.
For more information about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Harrogate can help you please use the contact information below.
Beginning your public injury claim is easier than ever. Simply use one of the contact methods below to discuss your case with a specialist adviser:
- Call Us: Dial 0800 408 7825 for a free telephone consultation.
- Online Chat: Use our live messaging function in the bottom right corner of this page.
- Contact Form: If you would like a call-back, click here.
We thank you for taking the time to read this guide. If you are ready to begin your claim, please contact our advisers using one of the methods above. In the meantime, you can read more about public injury claims in the additional guides below.
Where You May Visit A Doctor
|1-3 Robert Street,
Harrogate Justice Centre
|Harrogate Justice Centre
|Harrogate Justice Centre,
The Court House,
Harrogate Borough Council
|Harrogate Borough Council
St Lukes Avenue,
Article by OA