Any type of accident that causes you an injury can lead to pain, suffering and mean you have to miss out on normal activities while you recover. Accidents like these can also cause you to suffer financially too. Therefore, if the accident that caused you to become injured was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you might want to consider claiming compensation from them. If you do so, having an experienced lawyer on your side can make the process a lot easier. Therefore, we’re going to look at how you choose a personal injury lawyer covering Huddersfield to help you in such cases. We’ll also review the scenarios that could lead to a claim, who might be liable and what amount of compensation could be paid.
To make the whole process easier, you could get in touch with one of our specialists. They provide a no-obligation consultation about your claim as well as free advice on your next steps. If your claim is deemed strong enough, you might be referred to a personal injury solicitor from our panel who’ll operate on a No Win No Fee basis if they take on your claim.
To discuss how we could help you right away, please give us a call on 0800 408 7825 today. Otherwise, continue reading to find out how personal injury law firms covering Huddersfield could support you.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Huddersfield
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Workplace Accidents
- Claim For Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In Huddersfield
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Bicycle Accidents
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Accidents In Public Places
- Claim For Injuries Caused By A Slip, Trip Or Fall Accident
- Accident Claims Against Kirklees Council And West Yorkshire Combined Authority
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Violent Crimes
- How To Claim With A Lawyer Specialising In Injury Cases
- How To Use Reviews When Selecting Between Lawyers
- Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers
- Talk To A Lawyer
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Huddersfield
Some seek compensation if they’re injured in a no-fault accident caused because somebody else breaches their duty of care towards them. You can be compensated for any expenses you’ve incurred, and also for any pain and suffering.
However, personal injury claims aren’t the easiest things in the world to take on, especially if you’re taking on an organisation who have a legal team on their side. That’s why we advise you to have an experienced specialist representative to support you. They’ll be able to advise you on what evidence you need, and they’ll deal with the defendant’s lawyers, so you don’t have to.
It’s really important that you begin your claim as soon as you’re able to because there is a 3-year personal injury claims time limit. This usually starts from the date your accident occurred or knowledge of your injuries. If you fail to claim within the limitation period, you could find that you don’t receive the compensation you may be entitled to. Also, in our experience, it’s best to begin your claim while everything is still fresh in your mind.
We can remove the hassle of searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Huddersfield, please contact us once you’ve read this guide to find out whether you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Claim For Injuries Caused By Workplace Accidents
There is a duty of care to keep you safe at work placed on your employer by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. That means, whether you work in a business park or in a small office, your employer should risk assess the workplace and remove and dangers they find. Failure to do so could mean you’re eligible for compensation if you’re injured in an accident.
You could therefore claim for injuries sustained in an accident at work caused by:
- Damaged equipment.
- Insufficient PPE.
- A lack of adequate rest breaks.
- Poor safety procedures or training.
Claim For Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In Huddersfield
When an accident on a public road occurs, you might be compensated by another driver’s insurance policy if you suffered an injury caused by their negligence. Whether the accident occurs on the Halifax Road, Castlegate or in a small cul-de-sac, you could be entitled to claim if you can show the accident wasn’t your fault.
To help support your claim, we’d advise you to write down the details of other vehicles involved, take photographs and seek medical attention for your injuries. Then get in touch with our team to find out your next steps.
Accidents In Public Transport
If an RTA happens while you’re a passenger on public transport, you might be entitled to make a claim against the travel operator for any injuries you’ve sustained if it can be proven it was their fault.
It might also be possible to claim against a tram, train, bus or coach operator if you’re injured while travelling with them because of damaged seats or tables. For instance, if you cut yourself on a damaged table with jagged edges, you could be eligible to claim.
Car Accidents And Crashes In Car Parks
Generally, if you collide with another vehicle in a public car park and sustain an injury, your claim would be against the other driver if they were responsible. However, you could claim for personal injuries within the car park if they were caused by the negligence of the operator. For instance, you could seek compensation if you were injured because:
- A faulty car park barrier dropped on to you or your vehicle.
- You slipped in the car park because it hadn’t been gritted in icy conditions.
- You tripped over a defect in the road or pathway.
Claim For Injuries Caused By Bicycle Accidents
Cycling accidents can lead to very serious injuries, especially when the cyclist was travelling at a high speed. If you’ve been injured as a cyclist, in an accident caused by another road user, we could help you claim against them.
Claim For Injuries Caused By Accidents In Public Places
We’re now going to look at injuries caused by accidents in public places. That could include parks, gyms, shopping centres or any other location you’re able to visit without seeking permission first.
In most cases, where you can show that your injury was sustained in an accident caused by the operator’s negligence, you could claim against their public liability insurance which most businesses are required to hold. For advice on making such a claim, please let our team know what happened.
Public Park Accident Claim Lawyers
If you take a trip to your local parks such as Greenhead park or Beaumont park, you probably want to go for a relaxing time, to exercise or to let your children burn off some energy. The trip can be spoilt if a member of your group is injured while at the park.
You could possibly be entitled to claim for any injuries suffered at a park if they were caused by:
- Poorly maintained outdoor gym equipment.
- Faulty, damaged or poorly maintained playground equipment.
- Broken fencing, gates or furniture within the park.
- Missing safety features like soft playground tiles.
Let us know about the accident you were involved in and we’ll assess whether you’ll be able to make a claim.
Shop Accident Claim Lawyers
When you visit a shop or shopping centre such as the Byram Arcade or Kingsgate Shopping Centre, you may be there for many different reasons, to work, to shop or to make repairs. Shop retailers or operators owe you a duty of care to try and keep you safe.
You might be allowed to claim compensation for injuries in a shop caused by:
- Spillages, leaks or cleaning where warning signs weren’t present.
- Faulty shelving, racking or merchandising.
- Items of stock that have fallen on the floor but have not been returned to shelving in a timely manner.
Claim For Injuries Caused By A Slip, Trip Or Fall Accident
Slips, trips and falls are a fairly common type of accident. In some cases, they won’t lead to anything more than a graze, but they can also lead to very serious injuries that require many months or years of rehabilitation.
If your fall was the result of somebody else’s error who owed you a duty of care, you might be entitled to claim for any injuries sustained. For instance, you could claim for injuries sustained in accidents caused by:
- Cables that have been laid or trailed across a walkway.
- Items that have obstructed a pathway.
- Slippery floors where no warnings are used.
- Falling because a supporting handrail was faulty.
Accident Claims Against Kirklees Council And West Yorkshire Combined Authority
You might not be aware but councils have an obligation to maintain many of the local roads, footpaths and streets in your area. They need to check the highways regularly and then resolve certain defects that they identify. If you’re injured by a defect you might be entitled to claim compensation from the local authority.
Some of the defects that could lead to a claim if you’re injured by them include:
- Sinkholes and potholes.
- Raised paving slabs.
- Raised concrete or tarmac caused by expanding tree roots.
- Missing or broken kerbstones.
Claim For Injuries Caused By Violent Crimes
If you suffer a physical or psychological injury because you’ve been the victim of a violent crime, you could make a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
This is a government-run agency that could provide you with some compensation if the criminal doesn’t have the means to. There are different criteria for CICA claims, though, such as a 2-year time limit for claims and you must have reported the crime to the police.
The time limit can be extended in extreme circumstances which means historical crimes could also be claimed for. Please contact us to find out if we could help you make a CICA claim.
Kirklees Borough Victim Based Statistics
The following table, provided for your information, shows reported crimes in Kirklees (including Huddersfield) in the 12 months before 31st March 2020. The information has been taken from data provided by the Local Government Association.
|Most Frequent Crime Reports||Number of Reports|
|Violence against people||4,325|
|Retail theft offences||2,642|
How To Claim With A Lawyer Specialising In Injury Cases
During the next few sections of this article, we’ll explain how you can search for a personal injury lawyer covering Huddersfield. We’ll show how online reviews can be used to improve your search. We’ll also explain how your injuries will be assessed to try and ensure you’re compensated fairly.
You could reduce the amount of work you need to do though. Simply call a member of our team and let them know about your accident. If they think the case is strong enough, they could connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel and remove the hassle of having to find one yourself.
What Will Happen During My Doctors Examination?
When you ask for compensation, you do need to prove how serious your injuries were. Without evidence, the defendant’s solicitor might argue your injuries weren’t as serious as you claim, which could mean you receive an unfair amount of compensation. Therefore, as part of the claims process, your solicitor will make arrangements for you to attend a medical assessment locally.
During the meeting, a medical specialist will look at your records and review your injuries. You’ll also be asked some questions about how you’ve been affected by the injuries. Once they’ve finished, a report will be written that provides a list of injuries and explains what impact they caused. Also, the report will explain if there are any injuries which could cause you to suffer in the long-term.
Do I Need A Local Injury Solicitor?
If you’re searching for personal injury lawyers in Huddersfield, it’s important to point out that the location of your lawyer’s office doesn’t really matter. That’s because most personal injury claims can be handled over the phone, email, online or in writing. Therefore, you don’t just have to search for Huddersfield solicitors based in Market Street or High Street.
How To Use Reviews When Selecting Between Lawyers
If you’re looking online for a personal injury lawyer covering Huddersfield, you’re bound to run into online reviews. They’re a good place to start your search because you can quickly see what people thought about the service they received, how long the claim took and how much compensation they received.
We’d suggest, though, that you should go one step further than just reading reviews. We believe that speaking to any law firm before agreeing to work with them can be beneficial. Not only will you find out whether you can get along with the lawyer, but you’ll also be able to discuss what experience they have handling claims like yours and how much compensation they hope to receive for you.
Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
You’re now probably interested in how much compensation you could be entitled to. Well, as every case is unique, it’s impossible to cover all cases here. Instead, we’ve listed some example compensation figures in the table below. When you contact us, your case will be reviewed thoroughly, and a more accurate figure can be provided. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document used by lawyers to calculate compensation rates.
|Injury Type||Seriousness||Compensation Bracket||Extra Information|
|Neck||Moderate||£23,460 to £36,120||Fractures or dislocations of the neck that lead to immediate and serious consequences that are likely to result in spinal fusion.|
|Back||Severe||£69,600 to £82,980||Severe injuries of the back with symptoms including root damage (causing loss of sensation), impaired bladder and bowel function and impaired ability.|
|Back||Minor||£2,300 to £7,410||These back injuries will usually include soft tissue damage where full recovery happens within 3-months to 2-years.|
|Clavicle||Fracture||£4,830 to £11,490||A fractured collarbone injury will result in a payment within this bracket.|
|Hips||Moderate||£24,950 to £36,770||There will have been a serious injury to the hips but in this bracket any permanent disability won't have a major effect.|
|Arms||Serious||£36,770 to £56,180||These injuries (such as serious fractures to either or both arms) will have led to significant disabilities (either functional or cosmetic).|
|Legs||Fracture||Up to £11,110||This bracket is used to cover simple fractures of the tibia or fibula bones.|
The figures listed are used to compensate you for the pain and suffering you’ve had to deal with because of the accident. On top of that, you’re also able to ask for any costs you’ve incurred (because of your injury) to be reimbursed. On that basis, you could ask for the cost of damaged property to be replaced, travel expenses, care costs, medical costs and any lost income to be included.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers
Making a personal injury claim might seem scary, especially if you’re taking on a large organisation or the local authority. The main worry that most people have is how much access to justice will cost them. To alleviate that concern choose personal injury solicitors that work on a No Win No Fee basis when they take a claim on.
The solicitor will obviously need to check the claim has a valid chance of success before agreeing to handle it. Once they’ve checked that, and you’re happy to continue, you’ll receive a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is your contract and acts as the method to fund your claim.
The CFA offers a number of advantages including:
- No payments are needed prior to the claim commencing which means it can start almost immediately.
- You will not need to pay any solicitor’s fees while the claim progresses.
- Should the claim fail to be won, you won’t need to pay the solicitor’s fees for their work.
If your solicitor goes on to win your claim, they’ll receive a small portion of any compensation award. Details of this ‘success fee’ will be listed in your CFA so you know exactly what you’ll pay before you agree to proceed. Also, by law, success fees are capped.
Talk To A Lawyer
Why not take away the hassle of searching by speaking to us today? To get in touch with a specialist, you can:
- Call our team of advisors on 0800 408 7825 for free advice about claiming.
- Use the live chat channel to explain what happened to an online advisor.
- Ask to be called back when it’s convenient by completing our enquiry form.
To get the ball rolling, your advisor will go through everything that you can remember. They’ll also consider any evidence you’re able to supply.
Hopefully, now that you’ve reached the end of this guide about finding a personal injury lawyer covering Huddersfield, you’ll have received all of the information you need and know how to proceed. To help you further, we’ve provided details of the courts and council offices in Huddersfield as well as some extra guides that might be useful.
Child Accident Claims – This guide explains how you could begin a claim for an injury to your child.
Bitten By A Dog? – Specific information on making a claim after being bitten by a dog in a public place.
Supermarket Injury Claims – A guide that explains when a supermarket might be liable for an accident in which you were injured.
Find A Public Park – A government search engine to find local parks and open spaces.
NHS 111 – The number to call for non-urgent medical problems where you don’t know what to do.
Where You May See A Doctor
|Adrian Thomson||Wakefield Road,
Huddersfield, HD5 8PZ.
|Rehana Rehman||Thornton Lodge Surgery,
Thornton Lodge Road,
Huddersfield, HD1 3SB.
|Suhail Agwar||New North Road,
Huddersfield, HD1 5NE.
Kirklees And Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court
|Kirklees (Huddersfield) Magistrates' Court|
Huddersfield, HD1 2NW.
3 High Street,
Huddersfield, HD1 2TG.
Article by RA