If you have been affected by the negligent actions of a third party, then you might consider pursuing a compensation claim, a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could offer support and guidance. This online guide will be extremely informative, as it will discuss the various claims that could be made, such as:
- Road traffic accidents.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Public place accidents.
- Criminal injury compensations claims.
After reading this guide to the very end, you should have a greater perception of the claims process. More specifically, you should have a clear understanding of how a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could be of assistance.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to access free legal advice, why not give our claims team a call on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Havant
- Employment Injury Claims In Havant
- Havant Road Traffic Accidents
- Havant Cyclist Accidents
- Public Place Accidents
- Trip, Fall And Pavement Accidents
- Havant Borough Council Services
- Victim Based Crime In Havant
- What You Need To Know About Making A Claim?
- How You Could Compare Lawyers
- Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Havant
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Throughout this online guide, we will answer numerous questions relating to the claims process, such as:
- Can a personal injury lawyer benefit my case?
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement, and are there benefits?
- Should I make a compensation claim within a specified time limit?
After reading this online guide to the very end, you will have the answers to the questions listed above and have greater insight into the claims process. However, if you have any questions relating to this guide or your potential case, then please contact our claims team. One of our advisers would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
You might consider pursuing a compensation claim if you have been affected by the negligent actions of a third party who had some kind of responsibility for your well being. You must begin your case within a personal injury claims time limit.
Personal injury claim time limits are as follows:
- Began your case within 3-years from the date of the accident.
- Alternatively, the claim must be made within 3-years from the date you become knowledgeable.
Please note that there are exceptions to the criteria listed above. In most cases, the exceptions apply to cases involving children (under the age of 18) and those who lack the mental capacity to handle their case.
If you are unsure whether your case meets the criteria listed above, then please contact our team today.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, places the responsibility of employee safety on employers. Employers may carry out reasonable safety measures to ensure their employees have a safe workplace. For an obligation of this nature to be achieved, there are various measures an employer could carry out to create a safe working environment, such as:
- Routine inspections of the workplace.
- Implement risk assessments.
- Enforce rules and regulations, such as mandatory training.
- Offer adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
While the measures listed above can contribute to a safer workplace, unfortunately, accidents can still occur. For example, should your employer fail to carry out risk assessments of the workplace, then a hazardous piece of equipment could go under the radar. Therefore, when an employee comes to use the faulty equipment, it could malfunction and cause an accident.
If you can provide evidence that shows that your employer has breached their duty of care, which lead to you suffering unnecessarily then a personal injury solicitor covering Havant could offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement. As always, one of our advisers would be more than happy to speak with you regarding your case. Simply click the live chat icon on the right corner of the page to access the live chat feature and to talk with an adviser.
A road traffic accident (RTA) can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and damage to personal property. If the negligent actions of a road user have caused a road-related incident, then you could claim for the injury and trauma that’s been inflicted. A claim of this nature can take into account varying degrees of damage, such as minor bumps resulting in whiplash to head-on collisions that result in severe injury and trauma.
A road traffic accident could involve:
- Motorbike users
With the support of a personal injury lawyer covering Havant, they could assist you throughout the claims process. If you are unsure if you road traffic incident makes you eligible for compensation please call our team for a free case assessment.
Havant Train, Station And Bus Accidents
As a passenger of public transport, you could have grounds to pursue a compensation claim if you have been harmed either in a road traffic accident or due to poor conditions of a public transport station or vehicle. For instance, when using public transport, you are owed a duty of care by the operator. This applies to all modes of transit, such as trains, buses, coaches, and taxis.
When using a taxi, the driver is obligated to:
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Drive safely
- Ensure the vehicle is road safe – insured and has its MOT.
However, if the driver were to swerve between traffic and defy the rules of the road, their actions could result in a road-related incident. If that is the case and you are injured as a result, then a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.
Car Park Accidents
While most car park-related accidents are minor, they can still result in personal injury and damage to personal property.
For example, if a driver reverses from a parking bay without checking their surroundings, they could collide into your vehicle. Or if a driver fails to acknowledge a pedestrian crossing, they could knock over a pedestrian, causing them harm.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident within a car park please call our advisors to see what your next steps could be.
Vehicles such as cars and lorries have access to safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, and the shell of the vehicle. Therefore, when accidents occur, these features can help prevent severe injury and harm, but the same can’t be said for motorbike users and cyclists.
When A cyclist or motorbike user is involved in a road traffic accident, it can have a detrimental outcome, often resulting in serious physical injury, psychological trauma, and damage to personal property. Unfortunately, there are some cases where an accident of this nature could be caused by the negligent actions of a third party, such as:
- Failing to look properly.
- Poor road design and maintenance — such as potholes or road defects.
- Careless driving
- Poor executive of manoeuvres or turns.
- Failing to check the blind spots of a vehicle.
If you have been knocked off your motorbike or pushbike due to the negligence of a third party, then a personal injury claim could be a suitable course of action? If this is a path you wish to take, then a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could offer support throughout the whole process. For more information, please call our team using the number at the top of this webpage.
When visiting public places such as a Havant Park, a Havant Station, or even The Meridian Centre, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 emphasises the need for safety. The Act outlines the importance of reasonable safety measures, and that those responsible for the areas should make them as safe as reasonably possible.
Several public spaces can fall under the Act, such as:
- Car parks
- Public squares.
It is essential that public spaces are kept reasonably maintained and that repairs are carried out to remove any dangerous hazards. Public spaces are places the public can go usually without an invitation. All manner of people, all ages use different public areas so it is important that these factors are considered.
If you are injured in a public setting because of failure of the occupier to adhere to health and safety legislation then it is vital if you want to go onto make a claim that you have supporting evidence. Take images of the cause of the accident, report it and ask for a copy of the log and finally seek medical attention.
Play Park And Open Space Accidents
Parks are places people go to relax, have fun or maybe exercise. If they are not maintained, inspected for hazards, have repairs done when necessary or have apparatus installed correctly they can fall quite quickly into disrepair. The following hazards may occur;
- Faulty play equipment — such as swings.
- Unkempt outdoor gym apparatus.
- Damaged fittings— such as benches.
- Missing safety equipment — such as padded floor tiles or a lack of signposts.
To receive more advice on beginning a park accident claim, please speak to one of our advisers.
Shop And Retail Accidents
As a customer in a store, you are owed a duty of care by the retailer or the operator of the site in question. When using their facilities, the responsible party must ensure reasonable safety measures are in effect, so that hazards can be identified and rectified.
Failing to implement reasonable safety measures could ultimately cause a customer injury. For example, you could have grounds to claim for a shopping injury if it were caused by:
- Poorly stacked display items falling from a height, causing a head injury.
- Spillages that are not marked with a warning sign causing you to slip and injure yourself.
- Allergic reactions when food is not labelled correctly.
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents that occur, but that doesn’t take away the severe injuries and trauma they can impose. As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), three common factors often contribute to slips and trips, which include:
- Obstructed pathways – such as trailing wires and cables.
- Design and maintenance faults – such as poorly installed flooring.
- Inadequate housekeeping standards – such as unmarked wet floors.
If an employer fails to carry out routine inspections, then obstructed pathways with clutter could go unrecognised. In return, this hazard could lead to an employee tripping over and injuring themselves.
If the negligent actions of a third party directly caused your slip and trip-related accident, then please speak to one of our advisers. Not only can they offer free legal advice of no obligation, but they can discuss how a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could offer you support.
Havant Borough Council may be responsible for services in your area as well as public spaces such as roads and paths. To identify and repair any defects they may have;
- A suitable system of inspection.
- A system by which defects and defaults can be reported by the general public and repairs be made within a reasonable timeframe.
Councils on a whole are responsible for numerous amounts of services, many public buildings, not to mention libraries, swimming baths, leisure centres even some schools. As members of the public use their services on a daily basis it is important that they are kept safe and free from preventable hazards. As with occupiers of multiple buildings, services, shops and businesses the council also owe the public a duty fo care to keep them as safe as reasonably possible when on their property or utilising their services.
You could pursue a compensation claim if you have been the victim of a violent event – even if the perpetrator hasn’t been caught or convicted. While a compensation claim cannot take away the trauma you’ve experienced, it can help cover any unexpected costs you’ve encountered, such as medical costs.
A claim could be made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). A CICA claim could take into account numerous types of violent crime, such as:
- Sexual assault.
- Gang crime.
- Knife and gun crime.
- Domestic abuse.
To pursue a CICA claim, you must:
- Have reported the incident to the police
- Begin your claim within 2-year from the date of the incident. (This may vary).
To discover how a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could assist you with a CICA case please speak to one of our advisers.
Rates Of Crime In Havant
After discussing victim based crime in the previous section, in this section of the guide, you will find a table that outlines the top reported crimes in Havant.
|Top Reported Crime||Frequency Rate|
|Violence against the person||1,477|
Source: LG Inform.
Within the sections that follow, we will answer critical questions relating to the claims process, such as:
- Do I need to attend a medical assessment?
- Should I use a local solicitor to represent my case?
- What is the best way to compare lawyers?
Having evidence to support your claim is vital, so here are steps you could consider following the days and weeks after your incident:
Visit a Medical Professional.
Visit your GP or the A&E department. The details regarding your injury will be documented in your medical file, which can be requested at a later date.
Taking photographic or video evidence can be extremely beneficial to your case.
Collecting the details of any witnesses to your accident is another crucial action to take. Your solicitor might contact the witness at a later date for a statement to support your case.
Report the Incident.
If you have been injured in a public place or at your place of work, report the incident to the appropriate party. Have it logged correctly in the accident book and ask for a copy.
What Happens During A Medical Assessment?
A medical assessment is a crucial aspect of the claims process, as it ensures you are awarded the appropriate amount of compensation for the damages you’ve endured.
All medical assessments are scheduled as close to your home as possible. The impartial medical specialist conducting the assessment will evaluate the extent of your injuries, whether there are additional or future implications. The results of the assessment will be documented in a medical file, which will then be used to support and value your case.
Do I Need A Local Lawyer From My Area?
You might question whether you are limited to the solicitors that are based on Solent Rd or North St to handle your case, and in short, the answer is no. With the extremely accessible communication technology, communication between yourself and a personal injury solicitor can be achieved over the phone, via email, in writing, or in-person.
When searching for legal representation, finding the best solicitor has never been easier. Many claimants turn to the internet to read client reviews to compare and contrast between different firms. Client reviews are incredibly beneficial, as they tend to offer insightful information regarding the firm, the service they provide, and the client’s overall experience.
We would always recommend that you reach out and speak to the solicitor regarding your claim. While client reviews can offer insight, talking to someone can help establish whether they are the right fit to take your case.
You might question how much compensation could be awarded for the damages you’ve experienced. Every compensation claim takes into account the unique circumstances at hand.
Instead of using a personal injury compensation calculator, we have created a compensation table using the information provided by the Judicial College Guidelines. The table below outlines how the injury type and its severity can affect the compensation amount awarded.
|Brain Damage||Moderate||Moderate brain damage would result in concentration and memory issues, affecting work and social life.||£40,410 to £85,150|
|Brain Damage||Very Severe Brain Damage||A severe case of brain damage would result in:|
Shortness of life expectancy
Loss of independence.
|£264,650 to £379,100
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||Moderate||An injury of this nature would involve cases of work-related stress with serious symptoms.||£5,500 to £17,900|
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||Severe||Cases of this nature would result in the injured person experienced serious problems, such as an inability to cope with life, education and work, causing them to become increasingly vulnerable.||£51,460 to £108,620
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Less Severe||PTSD of this level would be expected to make a full recovery within one to two years, showing only minor symptoms.||£3,710 to £7,680|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||Severe PTSD is expected to have a life-altering outcome, affecting the person’s ability to work and socialise. The individual will never return to a state of pre-trauma.||£56,180 to £94,470
|Hand Injury||Loss of One Hand||An injury of this nature is often caused by crush accidents, require surgical amputation or the loss of fingers.||£90,250 to £102,890
Your claim could factor any financial loss you’ve experienced, such as:
- Replacement costs.
- Medical expenses.
- The cost of care.
Please note that the information within this table is for guideline purposes only. If you would like to receive a more accurate estimate figure, please speak to one of our advisers.
An arrangement of this nature grants you the claimant access to numerous benefits, such as:
- Zero fees to pay to begin your claim, allowing you to start your case as soon as possible.
- No fees to pay while the claim is on-going.
- You would not be obligated to cover your solicitor’s legal fees if the claim is unsuccessful.
Please be advised that if the claim is victorious and compensation is granted, your solicitor will subtract a small fee from the awarded settlement. This is also referred to as a success fee, but please note it is capped by law.
If you would like to discuss your potential claim and access free legal advice, why not speak to one of our advisers? You can reach our claims team in one of the following ways:
- Telephone: Call 0800 408 7825 to speak with an adviser regarding your case.
- Online: Please click here to fill out an enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you.
- Live Chat: Click the icon located on the right side of the page to use our live chat feature.
Within the final section of this guide, you will find quick links to additional resources that could be of use. If you have any questions relating to your case or how a personal injury lawyer covering Havant could be of assistance, please speak to one of our advisers.
To read our guide relating to public accident claims, please click here.
If you’d like to read more information regarding bicycle accident claims, please click here.
Please click here to read our shopping accident guide.
Doctors We Work With In This Area
|Angus Carnegy||Bosmere Medical Practice
Contacting Havant Justice Centre
|Havant Justice Centre
|The Court House,
Contacting Havant Borough Council
|Havant Borough Council
|Public Service Plaza,
Civic Centre Rd,
PO9 2AXHavant Borough Council
Article by IR.