If you’ve recently been injured in an accident in Kettering that was not your fault, you may be wondering whether you could make a claim.
Providing that third party negligence was responsible for your injury, you could be entitled to compensation. Every case is different, but grounds for a claim can typically be established if the case meets the following criteria:
- Did the third party owe you a duty of care?
- Was the third party in breach this duty of care?
- Are your injuries a result of this breach?
After an accident, attempting to navigate legal proceedings can be financially and emotionally draining. However, relying on the experience of a legal professional could ease the claims process for you.
We’ve put together this guide to break down the personal injury claims process and summarise the benefits of choosing a No Win No Fee solicitor. From different types of claims to estimated compensation payouts, we debunk common misconceptions using years of experience and trusted sources.
No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Kettering could help you, speak to one of our advisors today to find out how. Available 24/7 to give you a free and impartial consultation, you can reach our advisors on 0800 408 7825 or use our handy live chat feature on the bottom right.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Kettering
- Injuries Caused By Workplaces
- Traffic And Car Accidents
- Cycling And Motorbike Accidents In Kettering
- Injuries Caused By Publicly Managed Spaces
- Tripping Accidents In Public And Private Spaces
- Injuries Caused By A Local Authority
- Victim-Based Crimes In This Local Area
- How Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Your Local Area Could Help
- How Reviews May Help You Select Between Different Local Lawyers
- What Is A Typical Personal Injury Claim Payout?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering The Kettering Area
- Speaking With A Lawyer
- Additional Resources
As every case is unique, each claim settlement differs depending on the severity of the injury and the extent the injury has on your overall life.
Injury compensation can be awarded for:
- Injury/Illness – General damages are paid for the severity of your injury.
- Financial loss (covering shortfall of earnings and travel or medical expenses relating to your injury)
- Care costs (covering anyone who had to assist you as a result of your injury)
If you are unsure what you are eligible to claim for a personal injury lawyer covering Kettering could help you with this. They will break down your claim into general damages – compensation awarded for your suffering and special damages – compensation awarded for financial losses caused due to your injury. By doing this they can provide you with an accurate estimation.
If you’re unsure about what you’re entitled to or how to go about making a claim, contact one of our specialist advisors today for a free and impartial assessment. In the meantime, read on for more helpful information.
After establishing your claim has valid grounds you may feel confident that you are eligible for compensation. But did you know that injury claims have a time limit?
For claimants over 18, the limitation period is 3 years either from the date of the incident or date of knowledge.
As minors can’t represent themselves in court, the limitation period differs for claimants under 18. Either a parent or guardian can claim on their behalf, or they can do so themselves once they turn 18. At that point, the 3 year limitation period will begin to apply.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows the time limit to be frozen for those who do not have the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In this instance, the limitation period freezes until they recover. Alternatively, a ‘litigation friend’ can claim on their behalf if recovery is unlikely.
To ensure you don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve, contact one of our advisors today.
Accounting for over 581,000 casualties between 2018 and 2019, accidents in the workplace are all too common.
Your employer could be held liable for causing your injury if they breached their duty of care. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers must undertake measures to ensure safety in the workplace as much as reasonably possible. Common procedures include:
- Conducting maintenance, inspections and repairs
- Supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Displaying HSE-approved signage
Whether you were exposed to harmful chemicals because you weren’t provided with PPE or you fell from a height because you were given a defective ladder, you could be entitled to compensation for the avoidable harm you have suffered.
Personal injury lawyers covering Kettering could provide you with the support and help you need to determine whether or not you are eligible to make an accident at work claim.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident in Kettering and you intend to seek compensation, we urge you to follow these three steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention, ensuring your injury is treated and logged in your medical records
- Make a record of the accident, photographing the scene and obtaining contact details of witnesses.
- Seek help from a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Kettering, using their expertise to boost your claim’s chances of success (though it’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor).
A government report found that road traffic accidents (RTAs) resulted in 157,630 British casualties in the year ending June 2019. Defined as any collision involving a vehicle or other road user, RTAs are caused by a range of factors, commonly including:
- Failure to look properly
- Failure to judge another road user’s speed or intention
- Loss of control
- Poorly-made manoeuvres
Injuries When Using Public Transport
Whenever you travel on public transport, its owners and operators owe you a duty of care. If a breach of this duty results in your injury, then you could be entitled to compensation.
According to a 2019 report by the Department for Transport, public transport is statistically safer than cars (accounting for 58% of all of Britain’s RTA casualties that year). However, public transport accidents could still happen.
Whether a dangerous manoeuvre by your bus driver causes a collision or you slip on an ungritted platform at a Kettering station, you could have grounds for an injury claim if third-party negligence was responsible.
For a free assessment of your situation, please speak to one of our advisors today and see how our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Kettering could help you.
Injuries In A Local Car Park
With vehicles so tightly packed together in car parks, potential hazards are intensified. From being struck by a faulty barrier to losing control behind the wheel due to a dangerous pothole, a range of car park accidents could potentially happen.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, car park owners and their operators have a duty of care to uphold safety on-site.
To ensure this as much as reasonably possible, safety procedures like maintenance checks and repairs must be regularly undertaken. This attempts to prevent common hazards such as:
- Defective machinery (e.g. faulty barriers)
- Surface damage (e.g. potholes)
If you’re injured in a car park accident, and third party negligence was responsible, our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Kettering could help you receive compensation. For more information, contact one of our advisors today.
As one of the most vulnerable groups of road users on Britain’s roads, ROSPA reported over 17,550 cyclist injuries in RTAs in 2018.
Both less protected and more exposed than cars, cyclists have one of the highest casualty rates per mile travelled. Common causes of injury typically include:
- Negligence of another road user (e.g. dangerous manoeuvres)
- Manufacturing faults to bikes or safety equipment (e.g. defective helmet)
- Poorly maintained roads or cycle lanes (e.g. potholes)
Whether you’re a cyclist, motorcyclist or another road user, you could be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault. For more information, speak to one of our advisors today and see how we could help you.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of public places have a duty of care to ensure safety on-site, as far as reasonably possible. To prevent hazards arising, specific measures must be followed, such as regular maintenance checks and repairs.
However, from parks and play areas to libraries and sports centres, restaurants and supermarket, accidents in public places could happen. If you’re injured as a result of third-party negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
For example, if you cut yourself on a broken tile at a Kettering swimming pool, you could possibly have grounds for a claim against those responsible for the maintenance.
Speak to one of our advisors today or continue reading for more information. Our advisors can offer free claims advice of no obligation.
Park, Play Area And Sports Ground Accident
If you’re looking to walk the dog, take your child to a play area or simply get some fresh air, there are many open spaces in Kettering available to the public such as Meadow Road Park and Wicksteed Park.
From poor maintenance to natural hazards, accidents in public parks can be caused by a number of factors. But did you know that you could have grounds to make a claim if third-party negligence was responsible for your injury?
Whether you were injured on faulty gym equipment or tripped on a pothole jogging on a footpath, a personal injury lawyer covering Kettering could help you throughout the process. For a free consultation, contact one of our advisors today.
Shopping Centre And Retail Accident Spaces
You may visit Newlands Shopping Park to High Street on a weekly basis for any number of reasons, shopping, for work, restaurants etc.
Retail environments are another type of public place falling under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, meaning retailers owe a duty of care to their customers.
If you’re injured while shopping and it wasn’t your fault but due to the breach in health and safety legislation, you could have grounds to make a public liability claim. Common causes of accidents include:
- Stock obstructing aisles
- Wet floors with no hazard signage
- Falling stock as a result of inadequate shelving
Contact one of our advisors today to see how a personal injury lawyer covering Kettering could help you navigate the complex nature of public liability claims.
Accounting for a third of all major injuries at work between 2018 and 2019, slips and trips were one of the most commonly reported accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
If your slip, trip and fall could have been prevented had those responsible for your health and safety followed the required legislation then you could have eligibility to claim damages for not only the suffering you have experienced but any financial losses linked to your injury.
Whether you tripped on a cracked paving slab due to the council’s poor maintenance or you slipped in a wet supermarket aisle with no hazard signage, a personal injury lawyer covering Kettering may be able to help. Speak to one of our advisors today to learn more.
As local authorities fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, maintenance of public highways and footpaths takes up a large part of their duty of care.
Whether you lost control behind the wheel due to a dangerous pothole or tripped on an uneven paving slab, you may be able to claim against your local council if you’re injured as a result of their poor maintenance. However please note that there are certain criteria that must be met in order to make a valid claim.
If you’re unsure how to go about making a claim and would like expert advice and assistance, contact our claims team today.
Whether you witnessed a crime or fell victim to one, trauma can linger long after the incident. But did you know that you could be entitled to compensation for psychological harm, not just physical?
Through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you could make a claim for your suffering, given that:
- The crime is reported to the police
- You begin legal proceedings no longer than 2 years after the crime though this may vary.
For free advice and support, reach out to one of our friendly advisors today, available 24/7 to take your call. They can help you understand what you could be entitled to.
Kettering Crime Rate Statistics
The following table provides recent crime stats for the Kettering area:
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
A typical claim can be expected to follow a similar structure:
- A solicitor is appointed to the case if you choose to use one.
- Evidence is collected and reviewed, building the case
- The third-party is notified of the claim
- The third-party either accepts or denies liability
- A settlement is agreed upon, either resolving or disputing the claim (if the claim is disputed, it could end up in court, but this is rare)
In seeking help from a personal injury lawyer covering Kettering, you could significantly increase your claim’s chances of success, as well as maximise your compensation settlement.
Where Local Lawyers Could Be Found
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Kettering, one of your first instincts could be to seek a local solicitor.
There are plenty of local law firms, from Station Road to Kettering Parkway. However, you could be restricting your claim’s chances of success by limiting your search locally.
Will I Need A Local Lawyer Or Law Firm?
In our experience, much of the communication can be successfully done virtually, meaning claimants can access the best legal service for them even if they’re based outside of Kettering.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Kettering offer years of experience handling accident claims. Communicating via telephone and email, we’re also happy to meet face to face if you’d prefer.
If you’re interested in learning more about our services, contact one of our advisors today.
Will I Need My Injuries Assessing?
Once a solicitor is appointed to your case, they will ask you to undergo a medical assessment with a local independent specialist.
You can expect to be physically examined, as well as questioned about your accident and the injury you sustained.
The report compiled not only helps establish the impact of your injury but the amount of compensation you could be entitled to, so it’s imperative that you go to your appointment.
After an accident, many victims are overwhelmed by the many law firms claiming to offer the best service.
Often using confusing jargon and statistics, it’s natural to feel intimidated by the idea of selecting a solicitor for your case.
A handy tool we recommend to help ease the selection process is online reviews. Providing honest advice from past clients in a similar situation, you can hear first-hand whether they’d recommend a solicitor’s service based on their experience.
If you were injured in an accident, you may be wondering how much compensation you could claim.
Having to pay out of pocket for expenses relating to your injury combined with the high cost of prospective solicitors’ fees could leave you seeking solace in an estimated payout.
However, beware of online ‘compensation calculators’ providing misleading figures. For a free consultation, please speak to one of our advisors today.
In the meantime, our table provides examples of payouts, using reliable data from the Judicial College Guidelines (an organisation responsible for training Britains’ judges).
|Full recovery within 1-2 years
|£4,080 to £7,410
|Includes fractures, ruptured ligaments and puncture wounds, resulting in a permanent limp
|Up to £12,900
|Dislocation causing permanent symptoms like shoulder and neck pain, weakened grip and restricted movement
|£11,980 to £18,020
|Damage to spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to severe pain and disability
|£85,470 to £151,070
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (severe)
|Permanent effects preventing the victim from working or functioning as before
|£56,180 to £94,470
No Win No Fee agreements aim to ease the financial worry that many claimants experience after being injured in an accident that was not their fault.
Simply put, you don’t pay your solicitor’s fees unless they win your case for you. What’s more, there are no hidden fees to pay either.
If your claim is successful, you’ll pay a small ‘success fee’ to cover their costs. However, don’t worry about losing your compensation, as this is a legally-capped percentage of your payout.
If you’re ready to begin your claim or you’d like more information, contact our advisors today.
Available 24/7, our specialists can offer you a free consultation, giving you specialist advice on your unique situation. Call 0800 408 7825 or use the live chat feature on the bottom right of your screen.
The following resources provide additional information:
- Accidents in a Public Park
- Accidents on Public Transport
- Cycling Accidents
- Find NHS Services
- Kent Police
Doctors Handling Injury Assessments In This Area
|Mamtha Balendra Kumar
|Satra Innovation Park,
Satra Innovation Park,
Contacting Northampton Court
|Northampton Crown, County and Family Court
|85-87 Lady’s Lane,
Contacting Kettering Borough Council
|Kettering Borough Council
Bowling Green Road,
Article by LA