Have you been injured by the negligent actions of a third party? Are you searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Hereford that could provide you with some crucial legal advice? If so, then this online guide will be extremely beneficial, as we shall discuss how a negligent third party could cause an accident, and how you could pursue a compensation claim.
After reading this guide to the very end, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process and how a solicitor could be of assistance. However, if at any point you have a query or if you would like to discuss your case further, why not speak to one of our advisers? Our claims team is extremely knowledgeable and would be more than happy to talk with you.
The number to call is 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Who Handle Hereford Cases
- Claims For Being Involved In A Workplace Accident
- Crashes And Accidents On The Road in Hereford
- Bicycling Accidents
- Public Place Accidents
- Slips, Trips and Fall Claims
- Claims Against Hereford Council For Accidents
- Assault, Abuse And Other Criminal Injury Claims
- Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Injury Claims
- How To Choose Between Different Lawyers And Law Firms
- What Are The Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Handle Hereford Cases
- Talk To Us About Your Case
- Helpful Guides And Local Resource Contact Information
If you have been affected by the negligent actions of a third party, then you might consider taking legal action and seeking compensation. Within this online guide, we will discuss how a personal injury lawyer covering Hereford could assist you through the claiming process.
Throughout this guide, it will answer numerous questions relating to the claims process, such as:
- I have slipped and fallen at a Hereford station, could I make a claim?
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Do I have to begin my claim within a certain amount of time?
- Could I claim against my employer after a workplace accident?
Once you have read this guide, you should have the answers to the questions listed above, plus many others. However, if you have any uncertainty, or if you’d like to discuss your case, why not speak to one of our advisers? Not only can they offer free legal advice, but they can help you kickstart your claim.
Time Limitation Period
For a compensation claim to have a successful outcome, there is a specific timeframe that must be met. If you intend on pursuing a claim, then you must:
- Begin your claim within 3-years from the date of the incident.
- Or, you must begin your claim within 3-years from the date of knowledge
It is worth noting that there are exceptions to the 3-year time limitation period. In most cases, the exception applies to cases involving children (under the age of 18) and those who lack the mental capacity to pursue a claim for themselves. A litigation friend will be appointed to pursue the claim on the individual’s behalf.
The responsibilities of a litigation friend are as follows:
- The litigation friend will act on behalf of the individual.
- Seek legal advice from a solicitor.
- Convey the interests, feelings, and thoughts of the individual.
If you are unsure whether your case meets the criteria outlined above, then please contact one of our advisers. They would be more than happy to chat with you.
No matter your working environment, as an employee, you inherently expect your workplace to be free from hazards where possible. For the workplace to be free of hazardous conditions, your employer is obligated by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to implement reasonable safety measures.
There are a variety of measures an employer can incorporate into the workplace to prevent accidents from occurring. Examples include:
- Training all members of staff.
- Implement routine inspections of the workplace.
- Carry out risk assessments.
- Provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
While the measures outlined can contribute to a safer workplace, should an employer neglect their duty of care, then their actions could lead to an accident.
If you happen to be injured at your place of work, then you might be searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Hereford. If you can provide evidence that shows your employer has breached their duty of care, resulting in your injury, then a personal injury solicitor could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.
For more information, please get in touch with our team and discuss your claim in greater detail.
Unfortunately, road traffic accidents (RTA) can have a devastating impact on the physical and psychological well-being of those involved. When discussing RTA’s, it is essential to acknowledge that numerous road users could be affected, such as:
- And motorbike riders.
A road traffic accident could be caused if a third party breached its duty of care. For example, should another road user fail to check their blind spot, or if they are caught speeding over the legal limit, then their careless actions could lead to an accident.
If you have been harmed in a road-related incident and can provide evidence that outlines the fault of a third party, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim. A personal injury solicitor covering Hereford could offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.
Accidents When Using Public Transport
Whether you use buses, coaches, trains, or even taxis, as someone that uses public transport, you are owed a duty of care. For example, when using a taxi service, the driver is required to:
- Practice safe driving
- Follow the rules of the road
- Ensure the vehicle is safe for use and meets specific standards — such as its MOT and is insured.
Should a taxi driver fail to uphold the measures listed above, then their actions could lead to an incident. So if you are involved in an accident that was caused by the negligence of the taxi service, please speak to one of our advisers.
Accidents When In Single And Multi-Storey Car Parks
You may also have grounds to pursue a compensation claim if you have been involved in a car park related accident. For instance, should another road user act negligently in a car park — such as speeding or reckless driving — then their actions could result in an accident which causes you an injury.
If you can provide evidence that shows another driver at fault, then you could have grounds to make a claim for the harm you have suffered. For more information or to discover how a solicitor could be of assistance, please speak to one of our advisers.
Cyclist and motorbike users are fundamentally at risk due to the nature of the vehicle. Unlike cars and buses, cyclists and motorbike users have a lot less protection — such as airbags. The Department for Transport (DFT) states that 99 cyclists died in 2018, and there are numerous factors that contribute to these incidents. Some of the most common factors include:
- Performing manoeuvres that are illegal or incorrect.
- Reckless driving.
- Neglecting the highway code.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligent actions of another road user, then you could have grounds to make a claim. With the support of a personal injury lawyer, they could guide you through the compensation process.
When discussing public spaces, it is essential to acknowledge that there numerous places that could be taken into consideration. Such as:
- River Wye
- Eign Hill
- White Cross
- King George V Playing Fields
- Hereford stations
Those who are responsible for public areas where members of the public can visit without permission are required to ensure such spaces are as safe as reasonably possible. Failing to implement safety measures such as the required health and safety actions could result in a hazardous factor going unacknowledged, ultimately leading to an accident.
If you are involved in an accident that leads to an injury in a public setting it is always wise to photograph the cause of the accident, report it to the relevant party and seek medical attention. As always, our team would be more than happy to chat with you in greater detail.
Park And Public Garden Accident Claims
The responsibility and maintenance of parks such as Moor Park and public garden fall into the hands of different parties, such as private landowners, business owners, and the local authority. But no matter who is in charge of the space in question, they are obligated by law such as the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1987 to ensure spaces are safe in as much as possible.
For example, those who are responsible for public settings may;
- Ensure the pathways are well looked after.
- Upkeep and tackle any issues with the park.
- Combat any issues, such as potholes.
- Routinely inspecting the equipment within the park is adequate.
Failing to follow these measures could lead to a public place accident, causing an innocent individual injury and harm. If you have been injured in a public space if you can prove that those responsible for your health and safety failed to keep you safe through a negligent breach in the duty of care you may have grounds to claim compensation. For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Shopping Accident Claims
Retailers and supermarkets are obligated to enforce reasonable safety measures within their retail space. For example, if a supermarket fails to carry out routine inspections and equipment checks, a faulty refrigerator could malfunction, resulting in injury or harm.
Therefore, if you have been injured due to the negligence of a retail operator, please contact our team. With the support of a personal injury lawyer, they could help you seek compensation for the damage inflicted.
While they are prevalent, a slip, trip and fall can have a devastating influence on the physical and psychosocial well-being of those involved. As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a slip and trip can be caused by numerous factors. However, three of the most common include:
- Poorly designed or maintained areas.
- An inadequate standard of housekeeping and cleanliness.
- Pathways that are obstructed or cluttered – such as trailing cables.
Should the responsible party in question fail to meet their legal obligations, then it could result in the likelihood of a slip, trip and fall. For example, if a supermarket has inadequate housekeeping standards, then a spilt liquid could go unacknowledged, resulting in a customer falling and harming themselves.
If you can provide clear evidence that shows a third party breached their duty of care, then you could have valid grounds to pursue a compensation claim.
Hereford Council may be responsible for many different areas of public places including;
- Sports Centres
To name but a few. As the public use these facilities every day they are required to be safe from hazards in as much as possible.
Councils may implement the following in order to help identify risks and reduce them where possible:
- A reasonable system of inspection to help identify any potential hazards defects.
- System by which residents can report an issue to the council and have a repair made within a reasonable time.
Failing to inspect pathways and highways regularly can mean dangerous hazards such as major potholes going unnoticed which may cause a member of the public to have a serious injury. If it is proven that a council breached their duty of care then they may be held liable for the suffering caused to the individual.
To discover how a personal injury lawyer could support your case, why not reach out and speak to one of our advisers.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, then you may have experienced a physical injury, psychological trauma, or even financial loss. While a compensation claim cannot erase the suffering you’ve endured, it could help cover any unexpected costs you’ve suffered from — such as medical expenses.
When there is no other path to take, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) could be of assistance. A CICA claim could take into account different types of victim-based crimes, such as:
- Gang crime
- Gun And knife crime
- Sexual assault
- Physical violence
To pursue a CICA claim, you must have reported the crime to the police. You must also begin your claim within 2-years of the incident. (This may vary).
If you are unsure if your case meets the criteria previously mentioned, then why not speak to one of our advisers? They can discuss your case in greater detail.
Rates Of Disorder And Victim-Based Crime In Herefordshire
After discussing criminal injury claims in the previous section, we have chosen to include a table that outlines the top reported crimes in Herefordshire and their frequency. If you have any questions, then please speak to one of our advisers.
|Top Reported Crime||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||1,464|
Source: IG Inform
In many cases, claimants tend to question if there are steps they could have taken to support their case. Within the days and weeks after an accident, collecting evidence is extremely important, as it can help your claim. Within the following section, you will find a list of steps you could take to strengthen your potential case.
- Take photographs or videos of the cause of the accident.
- If someone witnessed your accident, then collect their contact details – your solicitor may contact them at a later date for a witness statement.
- Visit a medical professional – such as your GP or the A&E department at Hereford County Hospital.
- Report the incident to the relevant party — such as your employer or the local authority — and get a copy of the accident log.
If you have any queries or if you’d like to discuss your case in greater detail, please speak to one of our advisers.
Do Injury Claims Need Evidence Of Your Injury?
If a compensation claim is a course of action you intend to pursue, then you may be required to attend a medical assessment. The professional conducting the evaluation will examine the extent of your injury, determine whether you’ll encounter future complications and if you require additional treatment.
Once the assessment is over, the medical professional will document their findings — which will be used to value and support your claim. The evaluation will be scheduled as close to your home as possible. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team by calling the number at the top of the page.
Do Injury Claims Need Local Lawyers?
Thanks to the power of the internet and accessibility, claimants are no longer restricted to the lawyers based in their local areas, such as those found on Bath St or Broad St. Instead, claims can be handled in different ways.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we could connect those intending to pursue a compensation claim with a personal injury solicitor covering Hereford. Should a solicitor take on your case, almost communication can be achieved in one of the following ways:
- Phone calls
- Or in person.
If you have been affected by the negligent actions of a third party, understandably, you will want the most qualified and equipped solicitor to handle your case. In many cases, claimants turn to the internet, as they are no longer restricted to the solicitor’s based in their local areas.
When searching for a solicitor who can handle your claim, you might turn to the internet. In many cases, reading customer reviews can be beneficial, as they offer direct insight into the firm’s capabilities and reaffirm your decision.
If you choose to pursue a compensation claim, then you may question how much compensation you could be awarded. While there are some firms opt to use a personal injury claims calculator to offer an estimated figure, we have chosen to create a table using the information outlined by the Judicial College Guidelines.
Within the table, it describes various types of injuries, the severity of each injury, and the compensation awarded. The intent behind the table is to offer insight into the compensation process and how the type of injury you’ve endured and the severity of the injury play a significant role.
|Mental Anguish||Fear of impending death||An injury of this nature would result in the fear of life expectation or fear of impending death.||£4,380|
|Brain Damage||Moderate||An injury of this nature would result in concentration and memory loss, affecting the individuals ability to work.||£40,410 to £85,150|
|Brain Damage||Severe||An injury of this nature would result in the loss of basic commands, resulting in various issues, such as:|
Presence of epilepsy
|£264,650 to £379,100|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||A bracket of this nature would result in a frozen shoulder injury with limited movement and discomfort.||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||An injury of this nature would involve damage to the brahcial plexus - resulting in significant neck and/or arm symptoms.||£18,020 to £45,070|
If you would like a precise estimated figure, please speak to one of our advisers. However, it is essential to acknowledge that you may also be awarded compensation if you have experienced any financial loss due to your injury — special damages. For example, you could be awarded compensation for:
- Damage to personal property
- Replacement costs
- Medical expenses
- The cost of care
- Loss of income
For more information, please reach out to our claims team.
If a personal injury solicitor covering Hereford offers to handle your case, then they may do so under a No Win No Fee Agreement. There are numerous benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement which you would have access to, such as:
- Zero payable fees to begin the case.
- No fees to pay while the claim is on-going.
- Should the claim have a successful outcome, then a small fee will be deducted from the compensation award. The fee is capped by law and will be set out in your terms and conditions.
- If the claim has an unsuccessful outcome, then you would not be obligated to cover your solicitor’s legal expenses.
If you have any questions or to access further information, please contact our claims team.
If you would like to contact an adviser to discuss your case in greater length, you can use one of the following methods to reach our team:
- To call our team, the number is 0800 408 7825.
- If you’d like to enquire online, please click here.
- Or click the feature in the right corner of the page to access our online chat.
After reading this online guide, we hope you have a greater understanding of the claims process. If you have any questions relating to your case, or how a personal injury lawyer covering Hereford could be of assistance, please contact our team. Within the final section of this guide, you will find additional resources that could help you.
For more information relating to shopping accidents, please click here.
To read more information relating to cycling accidents, please click here,
Doctors We May Ask To Assess Your Injury
|Mohammed Safdar||The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Venns Lane,
Details For Hereford Justice Centre
|Hereford Crown Court|
|Shirehall, Union St, Hereford HR1 2HX|
Contact Details For Herefordshire County Council
|Plough Ln, Hereford HR4 0LE|
Article by IR