Being injured in an accident can either be an inconvenience, or a life-altering personal crisis. If you have suffered because of those who are responsible for our well being failed to adhere to the correct legislation you could be entitled to compensation. This is a form of legal action where you take a person or an organisation to court to receive compensation for causing you to suffer through their negligence.
Public Interest Lawyers has a team of expert legal advisors to help you. Personal injury lawyers covering Hinckley could offer you support throughout the claims process. This guide should serve to help get you started. Have a good read of it, and if you are interested in anything that you learn here, please contact us to discuss matters further.
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This guide will cover two areas. One will be a list of the most likely circumstances in which you might suffer an injury and how and when these circumstances would be grounds for making a claim. The other area will be a list of important factors in the process of making a claim, factors like finding the right solicitor, how your compensation is calculated and how to save money on legal fees when making a claim.
You have a right as an employee, to have a workplace that has been made as safe as reasonably possible. This is a right enshrined under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This law means that it is your employer’s responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe working environment.
If you do suffer an injury in the workplace that could in any reasonable way have been prevented by better safety procedures or by closer adherence to specific safety laws, then you could have grounds to bring a workplace injury claim against your employer to seek financial compensation. Our advice team will be happy to speak to you in a free consultation if you have recently been hurt at work and want to know more about making this type of claim.
If you are involved in a collision on the road while driving in Hinckley and suffer an injury as a consequence, then you could have grounds to make a compensation claim against the party responsible for causing the accident. When it comes to travelling on the roads both drivers and the authorities responsible for carrying out road maintenance have a duty of care over road users. This duty of care means that drivers must drive safely and in accordance with the law and that road maintenance authorities may use a system to identify and inspect the roads they are responsible for to ensure they are safe. Road maintenance for some roads in your area may be carried out by Hinckley and Bosworth borough council, with motorways and other major roads, possibly being maintained by Highways England.
Station And Public Transport Vehicle Accidents
If you have an injury while riding on public transport then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the operator of the public transport if it can be proven that they breached their duty fo care through negligence causing your preventable injury. This applies to things like buses, trains, trams, private hire coaches and taxis. The operators of public transport have a duty of care over their passengers. It is vital that drivers operate the vehicles safely and that the vehicles are maintained in order to prevent accidents caused by mechanical faults. Personal injury claims could also be made against public transport operators if you have an injury that could have been avoided while in a station. We have a guide dedicated specifically to making personal injury claims for public transport accidents.
Car Parking Area Accidents
If a you have been injured in a vehicle accident, or as a result of a slip or trip, in a car park and it occurred because the car park was in a state of disrepair then you could be entitled to claim compensation. This claim could be made against the company which is responsible for operating the car park in which the accident took place. The operator of a car park has a duty of care over those using the car park which requires them to keep the car park maintained to a safe standard.
Getting in an accident while riding a bike or a motorcycle could be more dangerous than getting into an accident while driving a car. Cyclists are more exposed to physical injury than other vehicle drivers and their vehicles are lighter, meaning they could be more easily thrown off course. In addition, they are much smaller than other vehicles, and therefore more difficult to spot for other drivers.
It is therefore important that drivers and road maintenance authorities carry out their responsibilities to the extent that the roads are safe enough for cyclists and motorbike riders. Drivers should be observant to make sure they are aware of any nearby cyclists or motorbikes. Road maintenance authorities should ensure that roads are in good enough condition to ensure that motorbike and cyclists are not endangered by the condition of the roads. You can find out more about making an accident claim for a cycling accident in this article.
Anytime you are in a public space you are likely to be in a place where someone, or some organisation, has some kind of duty of care over you of some sort. A duty of care is a legal obligation that a person, a business or some kind of public institution has over a person’s health whenever that person is on their property or making use of services or utilities which the third party provides. If you get hurt in a public place because there was a preventable safety hazard then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim, specifically a kind of personal injury claim known as a public liability claim, against the business or organisation responsible for the public space in which the accident occurred.
Park And Public Garden Accidents
Public parks and public gardens could fall into a state of disrepair if they are not maintained correctly. If they do fall into a state of disrepair then there is the risk of people who visit the park suffering accidents and injuries. Those who operate parks, usually but not always the local council, have a duty of care over those who patronise the park. That means that there is a legal responsibility not to allow the park to end up in a state where it could potentially be dangerous. Some of the things that could be included in this responsibility may include:
- Preventing overgrowth
- Clearing away rubbish, particularly dangerous objects like broken glass
- Repairing footpaths to prevent tripping hazards
- Repairing playground equipment.
Supermarket And Shop Accidents
Shops have a duty of care over their customers, this duty of care requires them to ensure that their property and their businesses do not contain accident hazards that could pose a threat to their customers and to members of the public. This means that it is a legal responsibility to carry out the day-to-day running of the shop in a way that prevents avoidable risks of injuries arising. Safety measures which a shop may carry out could include:
- Keeping the shop free from tripping and slipping hazards
- Clearing away all discarded packaging
- Ensuring that items are mounted securely on shelves and displays
- Ensuring that shelves and displays are assembled properly
- Ensuring that trolleys and carts are safe
- Ensuring that pavements and car parks on the shop’s property are safely maintained.
You can learn more about shopping or retail sector accident claims in this guide.
While public infrastructure like a road or a pavement is not usually owned by any particular business or organisation as their property, there is usually an organisation which is responsible for maintaining the pavements. In most places, public pavements will be the responsibility of the council. There is a responsibility to maintain the pavement, ensuring that it is maintained to a level where it does not become unsafe for the public to use.
If you trip and fall and injure yourself while walking on a pavement due to an issue which the responsible organisation was aware of, or should have been aware of, but failed to rectify such as a broken or uneven paving flag you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. You can learn more about making claims against the council for tripping accidents here.
Hinckley Council will have responsibilities for a number of properties, public services and various forms of public infrastructure around the town. These can include things like the local library, gyms and swimming baths, public parks and playing fields and many of the roads and pavements in the area. In addition to any buildings owned by the council that contain offices and council chambers operated by the local council. The responsibility for maintaining and providing these services means that they have a responsibility for ensuring that they are kept safe, so those that use them do not suffer preventable harm.
Claims against a council can be tricky that is why we always advise using a legal representative. Councils’ have their own criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for a compensation claim.
Being the victim of a crime can be a deeply traumatic experience, especially if it is a violent crime or if you suffer physical injuries as a result. Rest assured that you may well have the right to seek financial compensation if you have been physically or mentally affected by a crime. You do not need to wait until there has been a guilty conviction of the person responsible if making a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The person responsible for the crime does not even necessarily need to be identified, for a claim made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a national body responsible for deciding such claims and awarding compensation. You can talk to one of our team members if you would like to know more about how this kind of claim works. You may also want to take some time to read through the information that is available on the Gov.CICA website.
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The next few sections are going to centre around some of the things that are important for you to know about working with a solicitor to make a personal injury claim.
Places In Hinckley Where Law Firms Could Be Found
There are several law firms with offices in Hinckley. Most of them can be found along Station Road and Hollycroft Road in the town centre of Hinckley.
Do I Really Need A Lawyer In Hinckley?
If none of the lawyers who are based in Hinckley appeal to you then that is no worry at all. The personal injury solicitors on our panel can work on cases all over the country. They can do this by communicating with their claimants via video calls, phone calls and emails or face to face if you prefer. In fact, we would urge you to consider this option first, to give yourself the widest possible choice.
What Is The Role Of A Medical Assessment?
Receiving a medical assessment is a necessary part of the process of making a personal injury claim. This is for two reasons; firstly it is necessary to provide proof of your injury in order to successfully seek compensation and a report from a doctor is the best way to provide this. Secondly; there must be an accurate assessment of the nature, scope and long term effects of the injury in order to calculate how much compensation you will be entitled to claim.
If you have multiple different lawyers to choose from then one of the ways that you can make up your mind a little bit easier would be to read reviews online. Many people who make legal claims make use of the option to write up reviews of their experiences of working with their solicitor and post them online for others to read. These can be a resource to make choosing your lawyer an easier choice.
This guide can’t tell you at this point how much compensation your claim could be worth. At a later stage in the process, after you have received a medical assessment and have had discussions about the matter with your lawyer can an accurate figure be calculated. Compensation is based on the severity of the injury and its effects on your health, your personal life, your mental health and on your career.
Below is a table, it lists a series of examples of injuries that might ensue from an accident. The numbers listed are based on figures from the Judicial College, of how much such injuries are worth in financial compensation. These figures do not include any compensation that might be awarded to cover financial costs and losses that you sustain as a result of the injury, which is calculated separately as special damages.
|£304,630 to £379,100
|£205,580 to £266,740
|Severe psychiatric damage
|£51,460 to £108,620
|£56,180 to £94,470
|£40,410 to £61,710
You could make a claim using a No Win No Fee agreement with any of the personal injury solicitors on our panel. A No Win No Fee claim means that instead of paying legal fees to your solicitor upfront you will sign an agreement with them in which they will be entitled to receive a minority portion of your compensation award as their payment, which means that receiving any payment from you is entirely conditional on winning your case and that you will not be liable for paying legal fees in an unsuccessful case.
For help and advice on anything to do with personal injury claims, or to speak to us about starting your claim, call 0800 408 7825 or send us a message in the chatbox you see below.
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