No one likes to think about accidents but, according to Government statistics, the reality is that every year in the UK, thousands of people are injured in the workplace, the roads or in public places.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Horsham know that many of these accidents are the result of negligence and if you’re unlucky enough to be affected, it’s important you win the justice and compensation you deserve.
Finding the right people to handle your accident for personal injury compensation can seem daunting, but the right panel of experts can take the pain out of your claim. In this article we explain the process from beginning to end, helping you to make the best decision for your personal injury claim and of course, your health.
Whether it’s an injury at work or in a public place, Public Interest Lawyers can help find the leading personal injury solicitors covering Horsham to ensure your successful path to compensation.
If you’d like more information on how personal injury lawyers covering Horsham could help support your claim, either continue reading or simply contact us on 0800 408 7825. You can also reach us on our live chat feature found at the bottom corner of this page.
The types of claims that our panel can help you with are:–
- No Win No Fee personal injury claims
- Accidents in a public place
- Suing for a workplace injury
- Public injury claims
- Road Traffic Accidents’
I Was Injured In Horsham, How Could A Lawyer Help Me?
Horsham is a lively and diverse town and a safe and popular location for great nights out. Sadly, that can change in an instant. Last year, 2,646 people were involved in pedestrian and car accidents in West Sussex.
If you were involved in a collision, or tripped and injured yourself on uneven pavements if you fell due to poorly maintained roadworks, badly lit roads or other unsafe surroundings in public, what are your options?
When this happens most people have no idea who to make a claim against or any clue as to how it could really benefit them to pursue a claim. Many people are discouraged by the idea of court costs and prolonged cases and often simply ‘put up’ with the results of their injury.
This is where a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor comes in. No two cases are the same and as specialists in personal injury in Horsham, our panel of experts are well equipped to handle all aspects of No Win No Fee accident claims, whatever the circumstances.
With no upfront costs or fees required, this type of personal injury claim can fast-track you to proper compensation, so it’s definitely worth consulting them about your accident. You might be surprised who is really to blame.
With personal knowledge of the Horsham area, our lawyers have been successfully winning compensation and justice for thousands in this part of West Sussex.
So before you write the incident off as your own carelessness, consider if the actions of others might be to blame for the accident. Below we explain how this is done and how our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Horsham can help.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Horsham
- Suing Work For An Injury Or Industrial Illness
- Accidents On The Road In Horsham
- Injuries In A Bike Crash
- Injuries In A Public Place
- Slipping, Tripping And Falling Accidents
- Injury Claims Against Horsham Council
- Victim Based Crimes And Offences
- What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
- Compare Lawyers To Find The Right Person For Your Case
- Calculating A Payout For Your Injuries
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Horsham
- Help And Contact Details
- Local Resources And Quick Links
Councils and private companies have a responsibility by law to create safe and accessible surroundings. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you have a right to pursue damages and compensation against them.
The law can be very complex regarding liability issues so a personal injury lawyer is worth their weight in gold when it comes to guiding you to the best possible outcome. No Win No Fee agreements or CFA’s (Conditional Fee Agreements) are designed to minimize the upfront costs to you, enabling many to pursue the justice and compensation they deserve that might otherwise be out of their financial reach.
If your case is unsuccessful, there are no costs, but more importantly, when you win, the commission to the lawyer is capped and nominal, leaving the bulk of the compensation to you.
One of the most common types of claims is the result of an accident at work. Employers have a ‘Duty of Care’ to provide a safe and functioning environment, which is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. You can find more details on this here.
Some of the specific requirements of employers in the workplace are proper maintenance of premises and tools, sufficient training and clear instruction given on how to use those things correctly.
It’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure the absence of risk to you as far as is practicable. If you’re in any doubt about the circumstances around your accident, consulting with a personal injury lawyer is a much swifter and more accurate way to establish a claim.
Likewise, you can use this government guidance to find out what you can report as an accident, you may just be surprised!
Extremes of hot or cold, any loss of consciousness, burns of more than 10% surface area and any requirement for resuscitation or hospitalization are all reportable. What you may try to brush off as a small miss-hap is in fact a workplace injury that may not be your fault or your responsibility.
Road users have a duty of care to each other. This is designed to instil all road users with a sense of responsibility and diligence on British roads. Any accident that was not your fault, or is demonstrably the fault of someone else are valid claims for our panel. Reckless or drink-driving, speeding or other bad habits behind the wheel can cause an accident and initiate compensation in your favour.
On the whole, Horsham has safe roads, but when an accident does occur that affects you it can be life-changing. Consulting a personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference to your recovery.
Accidents on Public Transport
The law is very clear on accidents which occur on public transport and any form of public transportation is subject to the same rigorous requirements to protect your safety, this also includes mini and taxi cabs.
Rail use is the safest, but a staggering 25,945 people were seriously injured on British roads in 2019 with around 153,000 slightly injured. With roads and transportation being fraught with risk, the burden of attempting a case alone is the last thing you need on top of your injuries.
A personal injury lawyer streamlines the process when it most matters. We can help with that. Simply give us a call.
Accidents in Public Car Parks
The eagerness to park up and get on with our day, frustration at other road users and the distraction of looking for a parking space can make car parks hotspots for accidentsPotholes, low fences, flying gravel, careless reversing and poor on-site security are all factors that contribute towards accidents.
Operators have clear responsibilities to make their car parks as safe and easy to navigate as possible and any form of accident that was not your fault can be legitimately followed up on. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
Over recent years cycling has become a much more appealing travel option to many, and cyclists are a much more common feature of every road. With designated lanes and appropriate safety attire, cycling can be a pleasurable and environmentally-friendly way to get around.
Unfortunately, the volume of traffic coupled with a tendency by some motorists to believe they have a superior claim to the road because they pay tax and cyclists do not, can make the roads a dangerous place for cyclists.
With little or no defence against larger, faster road-users, cyclists can endure the most appalling treatment and risk to their safety, making up 6% of all road accidents in 2018.
More cyclists are realising that if they were involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault, our panel of expert personal injury solicitors can clarify their eligibility to a claim for compensation. An excellent overview of help with this type of accident can be found here. And to find out more, get in touch with our team.
The potential for personal injury, even in well maintained public places is high. Shopping malls, schools, hospitals, cinemas,theatres, communal gardens and public pavements are all subject to intense regulation, yet accidents happen in these places all the time. Some examples are:-
- Slipping on wet floors and spillages
- Tripping on stairs or thresholds
- Walking into glass doors or unmarked obstructions
- Faulty communal fittings
- Exposed cables or wiring
- Damaged street furniture or damaged glass
- Hazardous storage
- Poorly defined emergency procedures
- Poorly maintained outdoor recreational facilities, playgrounds and gym equipment
- Inadequate lighting
Public Liability clearly outlines the responsibility of Councils and private operators to ensure that their environment is as reasonably safe as possible. These organisations should have public liability insurance in place, however it isn’t required by law. Let’s look at some specific cases of public liability.
A ‘silly’ accident can turn your life upside-down. The smallest trip or slip can result in years of physical pain, lost earnings and emotional turmoil. Cuts, fractures and bad falls, especially on escalators, can occur in even the most welcoming of retail or leisure environments. Because of this, it’s worth noting what kind of claim you could be entitled to make should you suffer an accident there.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines strict guidelines to business operators regarding their legal obligations and failure on their part to uphold them could make them responsible for your injuries. Typical causes of accidents in supermarkets can be:-
- Dangerously stacked stock and produce that might fall
- Wet floors and unattended spillages causing slips
- Fittings with sharp edges you could cut yourself on
- Precarious visual merchandising and signage falling over
Shock and emotional upset can also be acute in public place accidents, all of which may impact your ability to recover. For a detailed overview visit our guide where we’ll walk you through the steps of your claim.
By far, the largest culprits of personal injury claims are classified loosely as ‘slip and trip’ and as outlined above, this type of accident is usually caused by some form of maintenance or house-keeping negligence.
The design of such environments favours the use of polished floors and smooth surfaces but wet tile floors and unmarked spillages can result in the unsuspecting shopper or pedestrian falling badly.A knee or hip injury caused this way can require months of expensive medical consultation and treatment to say nothing of the financial impact to you in lost earnings or missing work.
In these instances, claims are made against the operator of the shopping complex/supermarket chain or the local council and a personal injury specialist would advise the best course of action to maximize your compensation. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
The majority of public spaces fall under the control of the local council but their duty of care is exactly the same. Each year millions of pounds in Council Tax are raised to adequately ensure the safety of publicly used facilities, and there is a quite reasonable expectation in public that our surroundings should be safe.
It’s essential that any accident that results from poor maintenance be addressed. Broken and damaged pavements are perhaps the biggest culprit but there’s a potential risk everywhere.
Parks, libraries, leisure centres, bars, clubs, scaffolding and street furniture (bus stops etc.) are all part of the council’s responsibility. Think about where your accident happened and really analyse why. You can contact our team for free legal advice and support using the number at the top of this page.
Statistically, Horsham enjoys a low rate of crime and disorder, with the six largest categories outlined below:-
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
Being the victim of crime is incredibly distressing. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim, in the immediate aftermath all your time and energy would be needed to focus on healing both physically and emotionally from an attack.
Due to your understandable distress, you may not even consider trying to claim compensation after being involved in a violent crime. However, the government operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), meaning that victims of violent crimes may be able to receive some compensation.
At times like this, it’s a great comfort to know that the ‘leg-work’ of seeking damages for you can be taken care of by someone else. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Horsham have a proven track record of handling such claims with sensitivity and discretion,helping you to obtain both justice and compensation so that you can move past the experience as well as possible.
Speak to our ‘Live Support’ team or call us on the number at the top of this page in complete confidence.
Once you’re sure that you want to pursue a claim against your employer, an operator, or the council the next step is to reach out to a trusted personal injury lawyer in Horsham. There are three specific aspects of how to make your claim with them which we’ve outlined below:-
Finding a lawyer based in this area
Google Maps is an excellent tool to show where personal injury lawyers can be found locally to you. Either enter a street name or a company name and it will take you directly to the location and the website of whichever firm you click on. This is also a great way to compare reviews.
Do Claims Need To Be Handled Locally?
Some people are more comfortable using a firm of solicitors they either know or have been recommended, but increasingly with online presence, it’s possible to be represented by larger nationwide companies who might have broader experience and success rates.
This is where we come in. We can take all of the legwork out of the process, allowing you to put up your feet and focus on getting better. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covers Horsham and beyond, and are experts in what they do. Simply call our team to get started today.
The Importance of Medical Assessments
It’s worth considering the important role of medical assessments and examinations in your personal injury claim. In order to prove causation, that is the link between your injuries and the accident, your solicitor will ask you to attend a medical assessment with a specialist. The outcome of this assessment will be a report detailing the expert’s opinion on your injuries and long-term recovery. This will serve as a key piece of evidence in your claim.
Incidental costs and the strain of travelling whilst injured are all important considerations and our panel of personal injury specialists can guide you to the right doctor in the right location by utilising their extensive network of contacts.
You can refer to the table ‘Where A Check-Up May Take Place’ at the bottom for more information.
Reviews are a great way to hear directly from satisfied (or dissatisfied) members of the public about their experience of personal injury lawyers. We recommend that you research which law firms in Horsham you feel most comfortable with. It can be helpful to seek out ‘three star’ reviews as they tend to be the most informative and genuine.
Claims can take a long time to resolve and it’s important that you establish a relationship of trust with your personal injury lawyer. Take the time to do a little homework on which personal injury lawyer covering Horsham you feel most comfortable representing you, and which ones offer ‘No Win No Fee’ options. All of the lawyers on our panel work on this basis, and to connect with them, reach out to our team today.
Below is a table that we have included to help you calculate potential payouts for personal injury claims. No two cases are ever the same and all amounts are approximate, but it does provide a motivating insight into the potential our panel could win for you and the positive effect this money can have on your recovery.
|Injury And Severity
|Back Injury – minor
|When there are minor symptoms and a recovery expected with 3 months to 2 years
|£2,300 – £7,410
|Shoulder Injury – Moderate
|Frozen shoulder with limited movement and persistent symptoms up to 2 years
|£7,410 – £11,980
|Neck Injury – Severe
|Serious damage to neck and spine that may give rise to long-term disability and symptoms, including loss of movement.
|£61,710 – £122,860
|Pelvis and hip injuries – Severe
|Fractures that can lead to immobilization, surgery and hip replacement
|£36,770 – £49,270
|Colles Fracture and other straight -forward injuries
|In region of £6,970
For a more precise estimate, please contact our team directly.
A ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement or CFA (Conditional Fee Agreement) enables people without the financial means to access the justice and compensation they deserve by suspending the lawyer’s fees until the successful conclusion of the case.
As the title suggests, if the case is not successful you have nothing to pay. When your case is successful a small and legally capped ‘success fee’ is taken by the solicitor and you receive the bulk of your compensation. This fee is to help cover your solicitor’s costs. Every year thousands of people in Horsham successfully claim damages this way, and you can do so too. Get in touch to find out more.
The surest way to navigate through the many aspects of making a successful personal injury claim is to sign up with Public Interest Lawyers and let our panel guide you through. Our website offers clear and informative guides on all the areas discussed above.
Whether it’s making a claim for public liability against a company,or you have a case against Horsham Council, we can help.
Why not contact Michelle at our ‘live support’ who is available right now to discuss your claim, or give us a call on 0800 408 7825.
You have a right to live and work safely as well as the right to access justice and compensation if your safety has been damaged by the actions of others. Why should you have to bear the brunt of costs for something that wasn’t your fault?
Contact Public Interest Lawyers today and take control.
Thank you for reading our guide to the services offered by our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Horsham. Below, you can find some more guides you may find useful.
Public Pavement And Road Defect Accident Claims Guide – Click here to find out more.
Dog Bite In A Public Place Claims Guide – A guide to dog bite claims.
Where A check-Up May Take Place
2nd floor, Afon House
RH 12 1TL
Local County And Family Courts Contact Details
|Horsham County Court,
The Law Courts
Horsham Council Contact Details
|Horsham District Council
Guide by EA
Edited by II