Public Interest Lawyers has put this guide together to help people who have been injured in accidents that weren’t their fault find out more about whether or not they could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from those responsible.
This page will go through some of the different ways in which you could suffer an injury in Hull and have the grounds to work with a personal injury lawyer covering Hull to claim compensation from those who were responsible for you getting hurt. It is also a guide to how the process of making a claim for personal injury compensation works.
When you have finished reading this page, and any of the other pages linked to within it, you can call our advice team on 0800 408 7825 to find out more about how and when you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim and what we can do to help you with it.
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- Road Traffic Accident Lawyers Covering Hull
- Cycling Accidents In Hull
- Public Injury And Accident Claims
- Slip, Trip Or Fall Lawyers Covering Hull
- Injury Claims Against A Council
- Criminal Injury Lawyers Covering Hull
- How Do I Claim With A Personal Injury Lawyer Covering Hull?
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If you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault you are probably wondering about whether or not you could be entitled to claim compensation and how to go about it. We will go through some of the more likely situations where you could suffer an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence and subsequently have the right to make a personal injury claim. Then we will go through some of the things that are most important for you to know about making a personal injury claim and finding the right personal injury solicitor with which to do it.
Please feel free to read other pages on our website, many which we link to in this page, to further familiarise yourself with the topic, then call our advisors.
All employers have a legal obligation to provide for the health and safety of their employees. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which applies a duty of care to employers to make sure that their workplaces have all the necessary safety measures for preventing workers from getting injured implemented and enforced.
If you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident, or a work-related illness, that could and should have been prevented by the implementation of better health and safety measures you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against your employer.
If you want to learn more about how to do this, or whether or not you are entitled to do so, you can call our advice team to receive a free consultation with one of our advisors.
We all have to take responsibility for each others safety when driving, drivers who drive irresponsibly and carelessly put others at risk. If you are injured in a road traffic accident where the blame can be placed on another driver, you could be entitled to seek compensation. If a driver is held liable for your injuries they could be made to pay compensation using their driver’s insurance. If the driver is uninsured, or cannot be identified because they fled the scene (hit and run) then you could turn to the Motor Insurance Bureau in order to seek compensation.
If a road traffic accident was caused by unsafe road conditions then the authorities responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the roads could possibly be held responsible, as it is their duty to ensure that the vital public infrastructure of roads is kept in a usable and safe condition. If you have had an accident or a collision caused directly by being unable to see properly because the street lighting wasn’t in an acceptable condition, for example, or if you have struck a pothole of a certain size, the road authorities could potentially be liable for a compensation claim.
Depending on whether this accident took place on an ordinary road or a motorway the authority you could claim against could be either the local council or the national body for motorways. If you would like to know more about how a claim for a road traffic accident works, you can call our advice team.
Public Transport Accidents In Hull
When you ride on public transport, the operator of that public transport company has a duty of care over you. They have a legal obligation to make sure that they drive and maintain their vehicles and manage their stations to a standard of safety that does not put their passengers and customers at any avoidable risk of injury. Some of the different ways you could become entitled to make a personal injury claim against the operator of a public transport line could be:
- A collision caused by unsafe driving
- A collision caused by mechanical faults
- An injury caused by an accident on board the vehicle, such as defective equipment.
- An injury caused by a safety hazard on the grounds of a public transport station or stop.
If you would like to know more about making a claim for personal injury compensation for an injury you have suffered while using public transport services, you can call our team, there is also this article on public transport injury claims which you can read to find out more as well.
Car Park Accident Claims
If you have been injured in an accident that took place in a car park because there were safety hazards or disrepair in the car park, you could potentially be entitled to make a claim against the operator of the car park. Some car parks are operated by companies that manage car parks, others are operated by local council authorities or by the businesses whose property they serve, such as supermarkets for example.
The operator of a car park has a responsibility to make sure that the car park is safe to use, and is maintained to a standard wherein people are not put in avoidable danger of getting hurt in accidents on their property.
Cycling or riding a motorbike can sometimes be more hazardous than driving other forms of vehicles, this is shown in official road traffic accident injury figures, which show that cyclists make up a disproportionate amount of those who suffer injuries in accidents and collisions. There are a number of factors behind this:
- Cyclists have fewer protections from impacts than other drivers, as they do not have the structure of a vehicle around them to shield them from an impact.
- Bikes and motorbikes are lighter and have only two wheels, making them potentially more vulnerable to losing control as a result of hitting a pothole, ice, or aquaplaning.
- Bikes and motorbikes are smaller and have a less visible profile than other vehicles, so inattentive drivers could miss them.
All of these things highlight why it is important that road users and road authorities uphold their duty of care to road users and take into account the presence and safety of cyclists at all times. To find out more about what you should do if you have experienced an accident resulting in injury while riding a bike that wasn’t your fault, see this page and call our advice team.
You could be entitled to claim compensation if you have been injured in an accident in a public place if caused through negligence. Most public places will have some form of authority or operator which is responsible for managing it. If a space or a premises is intended for members of the public to use it, the persons or body responsible for running it must ensure that they have all reasonable steps to make sure that people are not in danger of getting hurt while on the property.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place you can read this guide for handy information about what you can do about seeking compensation. The next two sections will detail examples of how you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for injuries in public places.
Claims If Injured In A Playground Or Park
It is not acceptable for members of the public to be injured while in a public park or playing area due to safety hazards in the park’s facilities. The authorities responsible for running and maintaining the park’s facilities must carry out regular checks, respond to reports of potentially dangerous disrepair and carry out regular upkeep, i.e cutting the grass, clearing away rubbish and replacing and repairing facilities that have been damaged by vandalism or by wear and tear.
If something that could and should have been dealt with was the cause of your injury then you could have the basis for a claim for personal injury compensation. To learn more about what you can do if you have had an injury that you believe was not your fault, you can read this guide and you can call our team for free advice.
Claims For Accidents And Injuries In Shops
While you are out shopping you are under a duty of care from the business whose property you are shopping in. That means that the business has a legal duty to make sure that you don’t run the risk of hurting yourself because of safety hazards on the property. Businesses could be liable if they allow you to get hurt by things like;
- Tripping or slipping on a hazard inside the shop our outside it on the businesses property
- Being injured by a display, a shelf or the items on them falling on you due to being badly assembled.
- Being injured by a member of staff accidentally hitting you with a cart or pallet mover.
If you have had an injury due to the mismanagement of a shop, you could be entitled to claim compensation from the business whose property you were injured on. You can find out what to do next by reading this guide, or by calling our team of advisors.
Councils responsibilities is to maintain the area’s pavements and to make sure that pavements are kept in good enough condition to be safe for people to use. This means that if you have badly hurt yourself by falling over while walking on a pavement in Hull due to a tripping hazard deemed dangerous you could potentially be entitled to claim compensation from the local council authority depending on your individual situation.
Some of the grounds for claiming compensation for tripping or slipping injury could be if:
- You have tripped on a piece of a broken or loose pavement of a depth of more than 40mm
- You have tripped on a pothole of significant depth
- You have slipped on a patch of ice (note that only certain streets along main roads are legally required to be salted by the local council)
If you would like to know more about making a claim for an injury you have suffered from falling over on the pavement, you can read this guide and call our legal advice team.
Hull City Council has many responsibilities and performs a number of roles, many of which entail various duties of care they are responsible for providing safety for people. As an employer, a council has a duty of care over those who work for the council, as a provider of social care the council has a duty of care over those receiving social care. As a provider of social housing, the council has a duty of care over those living in social housing.
In addition to these things, a council will also be responsible for many of the local areas public amenities, such as libraries, gyms and parks. If you have been recently hurt while working for the council, or while making use of any of the public services listed here and you believe it was because the council did not do enough to provide for your safety, call our team today for more advice.
You can find out more on this page and by calling our team of advisors.
People who have been victims of criminal assaults could be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries and psychological trauma they have endured as a result. As with other forms of personal injury claims the first course of action when making a criminal injury claim will be to attempt, if possible, to claim compensation from the person responsible.
However, unlike other types of personal injury claims, it will likely be much more difficult to claim compensation in this way. For a person to be liable for paying compensation in a criminal injury case, they would have to have a conviction for the crime and they would have to have the finances to pay a criminal injury settlement.
This will not always be possible, not all crimes can be solved with an individual convicted and many of those who commit crimes will not have the means of paying compensation to their victim. If this is the case, you could still be entitled to claim compensation. Your claim could go through CICA, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This is a state-funded organisation that provides compensation in criminal injury cases.
To find out more about making criminal injury compensation claims, you can call our team. You may also wish to visit the CICA website.
Kingston Upon Hull Criminal Injury Statistics
The table below shows the recorded levels of crime in your area.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence with injury||4470|
The next few sections contain information on how to pick out a personal injury lawyer and how the process of claiming with a personal injury solicitor works. This is important, a good well-qualified solicitor could make the difference between success and failure in your claim.
Do I Have To Have My Injuries Checked By A Doctor?
Even if you have already been assessed by a doctor you will still be asked by your lawyer to undergo an examination by a doctor. This is important for two reasons, one it creates an official medical record that proves that you have suffered an injury to back up your claim. Secondly, it enables your personal injury lawyer to calculate what amount of compensation you will seek based on the prognosis the doctor makes of your injury.
Do I Have To Find A Lawyer In Hull?
You do not have to work with a lawyer who is based in Hull. It is just as easy to make a claim working with a personal injury lawyer covering Hull remotely. You could work with a lawyer over phone calls, video calls and emails.
One thing that could be a big help to you in deciding on what solicitor to work with when making your claim could be to read through reviews that have been posted online by people who have made personal injury claims with solicitors before. These can tell you a lot about a lawyer, needless to say, you should take negative reviews as a warning to avoid a potentially bad lawyer and look for lawyers with mostly positive reviews.
The worth of your compensation settlement will depend on how serious your injury is and how long, and to what extent you will be affected by it. The worse your injury is and the more badly affected by it the higher the amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim will be.
Also, you could be entitled to claim compensation in special damages, this is compensation that covers financial losses you have experienced, for example, the loss of earnings from being unable to work or through having to replace or repair lost or damaged property.
The table below shows the amounts of compensation that you could be entitled to claim for certain injuries, not including special damages.
|Hearing loss/ tinnitus||£6,580 to £42,730|
|Toxic fume/ smoke inhalation||£5,000 to £11,820|
|Lung disease||£51,420 to £65,710|
|Asbestosis||£14,140 to £36,060|
|Severe pain disorders||£39,530 to £59,110|
It is not essential to have a solicitor work on your case but if you decide to do so, we recommend working with a personal injury solicitor who works on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement with your solicitor means that you will not be asked to pay upfront legal fees as well as not paying legal fees if you make an unsuccessful claim. A No Win No Fee solicitor will be entitled to receive a small portion of your compensation settlement as their payment.
To get in contact with our team for free advice and/or to speak to us about reaching a personal injury solicitor covering Hull, call 0800 408 7825 or send a message in the chat below.
Medical Experts Covering Hull
|Jean-Yves Mougou||Freetown Way, Hull, HU2 9AN|
Hull And Holderness Magistrates’ Court
|Hull Combined Court Centre|
|Lowgate, Hull HU1 2EZ|
Hull City Council
|Hull city council|
|77 Lowgate, Hull HU1 2AA|
Article by AA