Accidents happen every day but if you are injured in an accident that is not your fault and your injury could have been prevented you may look into the possibility of making a claim for compensation.
As this guide will explain in further detail, an accident could arise in numerous environments. If you are not sure if someone else is responsible for your injury a quick call to our advisors could clear up the matter.
We aim to cover some main areas of personal injury:
- Personal injury claims calculators.
- Public liability insurance.
- No Win No Fee agreements.
- Personal injury claims time limits.
For free, impartial advice about your unique circumstances, please call our team today on 0800 408 7825. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, read on to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Kidderminster could help you claim compensation.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Kidderminster
- Suing For An Injury At Work
- Kidderminster Traffic Accidents
- Cyclist Accidents
- Public Space And Area Accidents
- Defective Pavement Fall Injuries
- Claim Against Your Local Council Or Authority
- Violent Crime Injury Claims
- Questions Frequently Asked About The Claims Process
- Ways To Choose Between Different Law Firms And Lawyers
- Calculating Typical Injury And Accident Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Kidderminster
- Consult With A Member Of Our Team
- Resources And Local Service Contact Information
This guide will talk you through the process of making personal injury claims in different scenarios. In some cases, the impact of an injury can be life-changing. Seeking legal help can be a wise move as a legal representative’s experience and knowledge can ensure the claim is filed correctly.
We’ll answer as many common concerns as possible, such as:
- “What is public liability insurance?”
- “Is it possible to claim on behalf of a child?”
- “What if the top personal injury lawyers aren’t in Kidderminster?”
- “Can I claim compensation for an accident near Kidderminster?”
- “How can I benefit from a No Win No Fee agreement?”
At the end of this guide, you will find ways to contact our claims team. An expert is on hand 24/7 to help with your queries.
Please continue reading to find out how personal injury lawyers covering Kidderminster can help you and support your claim.
Should I Take Action Quickly?
Before a specialist can begin proceedings, they will first assess whether your claim falls within the applicable personal injury claims time limit as stated in the Limitation Act 1980.
For example, adult claims typically allow a 3-years time limit. Generally, this begins from the date of the accident. Although the courts could allow the date you obtained knowledge be the starting point.
Whereas with claims involving children, the process is slightly different. As minors cannot represent their own legal proceedings, a parent/guardian must do so on their behalf. However, if no one seeks legal action before the child’s 18th birthday, the victim can pursue a claim within 3-years from this date.
Likewise, in cases where the victim suffers a loss of mental capacity, the limitation period can begin once a recovery is made. If this isn’t possible, a ‘litigation friend’ may act on their behalf—under the extension stated in the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
For more information, please contact our team of advisers.
All through the UK, our occupations vary massively. From carpentry to bookkeeping, your place of work can come in all shapes and sizes.
Regardless of your work environment, your employer must conform to health and safety law. Whoever’s responsible must maintain a consistent level of safety throughout under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Any of the following procedures may help with this:
- Implementing routine inspections.
- Ensuring staff carry out risk assessments on a regular basis.
- Checks, maintenance and prompt repairs (if necessary).
- Prioritising all staff receive the correct training.
- Supplying suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
While you may be unaware of mishaps throughout your workplace, these occasions happen every day throughout the country. In 2018/19, there were 581,000 reports of injuries among workers. Likewise, the same report states 111 worker fatalities took place in 2019/20.
In the event you suffer an injury from negligence at work, our advisers are on hand 24/7 for such occurrences. Call our team today for free, impartial injury at work advice.
Whether you’re a regular or occasional road user, you’ll no doubt conduct yourself in accordance with the Highway Code. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others on the road. But what happens when another person causes a Kidderminster car accident, leaving you with life-changing injuries?
From whiplash to disabling injuries, a personal injury solicitor could help you claim compensation if another road user through negligence breaches their duty of care they have towards you and causes you unnecessary suffering.
A road traffic accident (or RTA) typically involves one or more vehicles in a form of collision. For instance, a rear-end bump while waiting at traffic lights or a head-on accident on A442 towards Kidderminster after a driver overtakes without looking.
Any combination of factors may result in a road traffic collision;
- Violation of rules.
- Failure in understanding signs.
- Panic stops.
- Rash, careless or reckless driving.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
Whether the accident takes place on the A442, A449 or on a motorway, you could claim compensation for harm suffered if another driver is at fault. Call our team today to connect with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor covering Kidderminster.
Public Transport Passenger And Vehicle Accidents
Passengers on public transport injured in a collision or accident may have the right to make a claim for compensation for any injuries they sustained. Your claim could be against the operator of a bus, train or taxi or a negligent third party.
Although public transport is seen as a generally safer option, accidents can and do still occur. There were 3,090 bus and coach casualties on Great British roads in 2019. Of these casualties, 36% were aged 60 and over.
Whether you experience a Kidderminster bus accident or train crash, you could claim compensation for negligence causing harm.
Car Parking Accidents
A large majority of public facilities will often provide car parks for those on-site. However, these areas can become increasingly busy in peak periods. Therefore, it’s important the operator ensures they’re kept safe for the public to use.
Without the correct safety measures, the space in question could be open to the following hazards:
- Ill-maintained barriers.
- Poor lighting.
- Structural defects.
Car accidents and vehicle collisions in car parks are dealt with in the same way as RTA’s, if you are injured in a car park accident due to the negligence of another car park user you may be able to claim compensation from their insurance policy.
Please contact our team today for impartial advice.
In spite of their helmets, cyclists are intrinsically more susceptible to harm on our roads than other users—as they lack crucial protection. Those on two wheels are 63 times more prone to serious injury/fatalities. While a lack of PPE plays a big role in this, pedal/motorcyclists are also significantly less visible.
According to Cycling UK, the most common factors leading to an incident include:
- Misjudgement speed/path of another person.
- Unaware of oncoming traffic.
- Generally careless/reckless driving.
- Poor turns/manoeuvres.
Click here for additional advice about how to bring forward a Kidderminster motorbike accident claim.
On a regular basis, you will unknowingly visit numerous public spaces. From browsing in Weavers Wharf Shopping Centre to running through Brinton Park, spaces are often the responsibility of occupiers and owners.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 is a crucial piece of legislation which holds operators accountable for harm through negligence. All occupiers of public spaces are responsible for upholding reasonable standards of health and safety under the Act.
The following areas are examples of places the public may visit;
- Brinton Park.
- River Stour.
- Weavers Wharf Shopping Centre.
- Vodenham Arboretum.
- Severn Vallery Railway Kidderminster,
- Springfield Park.
Over the following sections, you will find crucial information about what validates a public injury claim. Often, you’ll likely direct your claim towards the operator’s public liability insurance. Public liability claims can often be difficult to navigate as it is not always clear who the liable party is and so directing your case can be increasingly difficult.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors that cover Kidderminster have years of experience in successfully handling compensation claims for public injuries. For more information please contact our advisors for free legal advice through a free consultation.
Public Park Accidents
You may visits, Springfield Park, Brinton Park and River Stour for your daily walk, exercise, to walk the dog, takes the children, all of these places may be considered public areas.
An accident in a public place can also happen in parks. Parks must retain minimum safety standards at the very least. From town to town, the upkeep of this space can fall into various hands. From business owners and local authorities to private landlord.
Threats to public safety in a park could be:
- Defective equipment.
- Faulty play apparatus.
- Overgrown tree routes.
However, as councils across the UK have seen significant cuts in their park budgets, the above hazards could be far more common than before. If the above is the cause of your injuries, a public accident claim could potentially be made.
Please note, if the victim is a child, a parent/guardian must represent the claimant’s case. Once the courts reach an agreement, the sum will be held in a trust fund until the child’s 18th birthday.
Shopping Customer And Staff Accidents
As with other public places, there is a significant importance to upholding safety standards at all times. Without these measures, anyone on-site could be vulnerable to preventable harm.
Whether you’re an employee, customer or another visitor, the operator should minimise the occurrence of the following:
- Faulty equipment.
- Loose shelves.
- Poor installation of stairs, bannisters and other such facilities.
Personal injury lawyers covering Kidderminster can guide claimants through the difficulty of collecting evidence to support their claim. Call our expert team for more advice about accidents in public places.
Although easily preventable, slips and trips are some of the most common causes of major injuries at work. As an accident of this nature could happen almost anywhere, it’s important any area of communal use is kept safe from preventable harm. When we speak of ‘preventable harm’ we are referring to obstructions, defects and lack of maintenance; to name a few.
In the same analyses by the HSE, some biggest barriers to putting problems right in the workplace are:
- People not taking risks seriously enough.
- Little or no understanding of the causes.
- Assuming slips/trips are inevitable, not preventable.
- Poor application of risk assessment/management controls.
If you were injured in a public place from a slip, trip or fall, please contact our team today.
Throughout Kidderminster, there are numerous areas of local authority responsibility. Councils will usually have a system in place to inspect areas at appropriate intervals and make repairs where necessary.
A personal injury solicitor may be able to help you claim compensation for injuries that stem from:
- Broken equipment.
- Defective structures.
- Raised kerbstones.
Along with having a system to report defects, the council must also implement a system of inspection for the above hazards. Call our team if you have any questions at all regarding such cases. We are here to help.
A victim of violent crime could be left with any varying degree of physical and/or psychological injuries. Unfortunately, while some walk away unscathed, others may be left with life-altering damages.
If you’re unsure of what your legal rights are after a criminal incident, this section can help.
Albeit, a settlement amount cannot undo the events of a violent crime. However, it could help alleviate some financial repercussions. For those with no other avenue for compensation, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) offers a solution.
You can claim compensation as:
- A victim of a crime;
- While trying to stop a crime or;
- From witnessing a crime.
Even if the offender isn’t caught, you could claim compensation for injuries resulting from numerous crimes, including:
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Sex crimes.
In order to hold a valid claim, you must report the incident to the police. What’s more, a victim of crime has 2-years from the incident date to take legal action. However, some victims are exempt in some extenuating circumstances (e.g. historical sex cases).
Statistics On Crime And Disorder In Worcestershire
You can find statistics on crime and disorder in Worcesdtshire in the table below.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||5,140|
Your choice in legal representative may impact the final outcome of your claim. Therefore, it’s important you set aside enough time to search for the best lawyer for you.
Likewise, you should also allow yourself enough time to gather supporting evidence for your claim. The more evidence you collect, the stronger your claim could be. For instance, you should look specifically at the following:
You should focus specifically on photographing the cause, scene and damage. However, if you feel there is anything else of importance, you can take photos of this too. Additionally, you can record the recovery period of your injuries.
- Seek Treatment For Your Injuries
Although they may seem minor at first glance, your injuries could be eligible for a monetary value. Your attendance notes from an A&E Department or GP Practice will be a valuable piece of evidence.
- Report It:
Should the accident take place at work, it’s important you notify the senior manager/HR department. In most workplaces, there will usually be a report book for these incidents.
- Record Witness Details
Note down their contact details, your solicitor can ask for their account of the events.
Why You Will Be Asked To Visit A Doctor
An essential part of the claims process is your medical appointment. Under this assessment, you will inform an independent specialist of:
- Your injuries.
- The impact they’ve had on you.
From your information, a professional will write a report. They may also determine your recovery time or prognosis. Most importantly, this statement will help calculate your final settlement amount. Therefore, it’s very important you attend.
Why You Will Not Require A Lawyer From Kidderminster
Limiting your search may mean you miss out on a more prestigious service elsewhere. You may find local solicitor firms on Church Street but please note you can choose a solicitor from anywhere in the country.
You can opt for regular updates via:
- Or in-person (if you would prefer).
Speak with an adviser from our team today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Kidderminster can manage your claim wherever you live.
Often, a simple online search of “top personal injury lawyers covering Kidderminster” could bring up hundreds, if not thousands, of results. With a short time frame to begin proceedings in, you won’t want to waste too much time either.
Rather than burning through valuable time, there is an easier approach to choosing the right solicitor. By reading reviews left by previous clients, you will find an abundance of crucial information. Often, these audits will indicate how reliable, effective and professional each solicitor is.
Take advantage of your free consultation by talking with your potential solicitor over the phone. A straightforward call will allow you and your expert to become more acquainted with one another.
Call our team today for your free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Your final settlement amount will take into consideration two forms of loss: special damages and general damages. Any form of expense you incur because of your injuries is seen as ‘special damages’. For example, this includes:
- Travel costs.
- Loss of earnings in relation to the injury.
On the other hand, general damages look specifically at your injuries. For the most part, they take into account pain, suffering and loss of amenity; along with the effect they had on your quality of life. You will find examples of these figures in the table below. These amounts are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines; the organisation responsible for training judges in County, Crown and higher courts in England and Wales.
|Facial Disfigurement||Trivial Scarring to Very Severe Scarring||£1,600 to £91,350|
|Fractures of Cheekbones||Simple Fractures (require no surgery) to Serious Fractures||£2,180 to £14,810|
|Toe Injuries||Serious to Severe||£9,010 to £29,770|
|Foot Injuries||Serious to Severe||£23,460 to £65,710|
|Hand Injuries||Moderate to Serious||£5,260 to £58,100|
|Shoulder Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£7,410 to £45,070|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Minor to Total Blindness/Deafness||£3,710 to (the region of) £379,100|
Please note the above figures are for guideline purposes only. If you would like a more accurate estimate of your final settlement amount, please contact our team. Personal injury claims calculators may be misleading, our advisers can give you a figure more central to your unique circumstances.
A No Win No Fee agreement otherwise called Conditional Fee Agreements (or CFAs), means your solicitor won’t require you to cover their legal costs if the claim is unsuccessful.
Among other benefits, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of:
- No surprise payments throughout the duration of your claim.
- Your solicitor won’t require any kick-start payments to start proceedings.
- If your representative secures a settlement on your behalf, only a small percentage of the final amount will be set aside to cover their costs. Known as a “success fee”, this is legally capped.
Your claim is only a short telephone consultation away. Our lines are open 24/7 for questions, queries and those who would like to begin proceedings. Please contact our team via:
- Telephone: Call 0800 408 7825 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
- Live Chat: You can connect with an online adviser instantly using our messaging function in the bottom right corner of this page.
- Call-Back: If you’d prefer a chat at a time more convenient, please submit your contact information here.
Remember, you only have a short window of time to begin proceedings in. Call today to connect with No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Kidderminster.
We thank you for your time and consideration in reading this guide. You can find further information about accident claims in the following resources. Along with locations of various councils, doctors and courts.
Doctors Carry Out Assessments
|Alba Sanchez Mascunano||35 Hartlebury Road,
Contact Information For Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court
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Contact Information For Wyre Forest District Council
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