By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 13th September 2022. In public spaces, at work even on the roads, we are owed a duty to be kept as reasonably safe as possible. If you have been injured because there has been a breach in this duty of care by those responsible for keeping you safe you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Throughout this guide, you’ll find examples of common accident types that No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering King’s Lynn could manage. At the end of this guide, there’ll be key contact methods you can use to speak with one of our advisers. Regardless of how small your query may seem, our team is more than happy to help.
Call us today on 0800 408 7825 for free, impartial legal advice about your potential case. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to hearing from you.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering King’s Lynn
- Injured At Work In An Accident
- King’s Lynn Traffic Accidents
- King’s Lynn Motorbike And Bike Accidents
- Public Place Accidents
- Slip And Trip Broken Pavement Accidents
- West Norfolk Council Duty Of Care
- Claims For Injuries Caused By Criminal Assaults
- How The Injury Claim Process May Work
- How To Choose Between Different Law Firms
- Typical Payouts For Accidents And Personal Injury Claims
- Kings Lynn Solicitors – No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors Covering King’s Lynn
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We understand claiming compensation for third-party negligence can be a difficult topic, even without the legal jargon. But we hope this guide will help you understand some key issues relating to accident claims, such as:
- No Win No Fee agreements.
- Personal injury claims time limits.
- Public liability insurance.
- Personal injury claims calculators.
- What classifies as negligence.
In determining whether your claim for an injury is valid, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Did another party owe you a duty of care?
- Was there a breach in this duty through negligence?
- Are your injuries the result of this breach?
If you answer yes to all of these points, you could hold a valid claim.
At some point, you may have questions about the contents of this guide. If so, please do not hesitate to contact us. Using the information at the bottom of this page, you can reach a friendly adviser 24/7.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
The length of time a claimant has to begin proceedings can often differ from case-to-case. A simple misunderstanding of the wrong limitation period could result in a missed opportunity for damages. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the difference between various personal injury claims time limits, as laid out in the Limitation Act 1980.
For example, claims involving adults usually allow up to 3-years from the accident date. Although sometimes it is allowed to begin 3 years from the date of knowledge.
Whereas if the claimant is a child, a parent/guardian may act on their behalf, until the child’s 18th birthday. But if no claim is made before then, the claimant can pursue a claim within 3-years from their 18th birthday.
As laid out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, victims that have lost their mental capacity have two options. The first is to begin the claims process once a recovery is made. Alternatively, if this isn’t possible, a ‘litigation friend’ can act on their behalf.
For a free, no-obligation consultation about which limitation applies to your circumstances, please contact our team.
As an employee of a business, whether big or small, you rightfully expect a workplace free from hazardous conditions. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, all employers must abide by legislation in keeping their staff safe.
For example, an employer can create a safer working environment by enforcing reasonable measures. Examples include:
- Routine inspections.
- Carrying out regular risk assessments.
- Regular maintenance checks and prompt repairs if necessary.
- Staff training.
- Issuing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Should your employer neglect their legal obligations, their actions could leave preventable risks unacknowledged. For example, faulty equipment could injure an employee from a lack of maintenance. Or a member of staff could pull their back from lifting heavy stock incorrectly without the right training.
If you are injured because your employer failed to adhere to the correct health and safety legislation Instead of searching online for “work injury lawyers near me”, call our team today for support following a workplace accident in King’s Lynn.
Not only could road traffic accidents cause life-changing injuries, but they could have a severe impact on the mental health of those involved. Also known as RTAs, these accidents can result from numerous causes, including:
- Drink driving (inc. drugs).
- Weather conditions.
- Panic stops.
Any number of car accidents can take place on our roads. While some are lucky enough to escape a rear-end collision with minor scrapes, others could suffer traumatic injuries from a multiple car pile-up.
In the event another road user causes a King’s Lynn road accident, you may want to seek legal advice about your next steps. If you can provide sufficient evidence that another party is at fault, a personal injury solicitor covering King’s Lynn could help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Please contact our team for more information.
Accidents At A King’s Lynn Station And On Public Transport
As the Department for Transport (DFT) states, there was a considerable increase in popularity for public transport methods in 2018. Over the year, the average person took 48 bus trips, 33 rail trips and 10 taxi trips. But whatever your choice in transportation is, you should expect a duty of care to be applied by the public transport operator.
Examples of public transport accidents;
- Trains derailing due to a faulty track
- Suffering whiplash from a bus collision.
- Being knocked over as a pedestrian when a taxi fails to notice you crossing the road
If you suffer an injury on public transport that was not your fault depending on who was responsible for the accident i.e. the driver, third party driver, local authority due to poor road maintenance will determine who you direct your claim against.
Accidents At A Council Or Private Car Park
More often than not, most public spaces will offer car parking facilities for those on-site. As with other public facilities, these areas can become increasingly busy at peak times. Therefore, they must be kept safe from preventable harm.
Two types of accidents can take place in a car park:
- Road traffic accidents (RTA).
- Public liability.
Mostly, an RTA in a car park can be relatively minor. For example, rear-end collisions after a vehicle reverses out of a space without looking. But sometimes, significant incidents can happen, causing the victim to sustain serious injuries. Examples include head-on collisions (i.e. as another vehicle drives against a one-way system).
On the other hand, an incident involving public liability could arise from structural defects. From poor lighting to potholes and loose barriers, whoever is responsible for the car park must perform regular maintenance checks at the very least. As the operator has a duty of care to uphold, neglecting this obligation could cause threats to public safety.
On our roads, anyone can suffer harm from negligent actions of another driver. However, pedal/motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other road users. In particular, this is because of their lack of protection.
In an analysis by Cycling UK, the most common factors in these accidents include:
- Lack of visibility (i.e. at intersections, during evenings, in unlit sections of the road, etc.).
- Inability to notice oncoming traffic.
- Misjudgement of another driver’s speed/path.
- Poor turns/manoeuvres.
- Careless/reckless driving.
A King’s Lynn motorbike accident could cause severe life-changing injuries, if you are unsure if you are eligible for compensation please contact our team today for more information.
Otherwise, click here to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering King’s Lynn could help.
Often, accidents in public places can result from an unexpected turn of events. But this doesn’t mean they can’t be traumatic. When discussing public injury claims, it’s crucial to determine who held ownership over the space in question. A lot of the time, responsibility can vary between private landlords, business owners and local councils.
Some examples of public areas in King’s Lynn include:
- River Great Ouse.
- The Walks.
- Harding’s Pit.
- Alive St James Pool.
- Borough Council of King’s Lynn car park(s).
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, it is important that those who are responsible for public areas keep them as safe as reasonably possible. Carry out risk assessments and maintenance could be away of doing this.
Occupiers of public spaces have a duty of care which is a legal obligation over the health and well being of those who use their services or allowed to enter their premises without an invitation.
Below we have discussed 2 areas in which accidents could happen in public spaces. If at any point you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our team.
Accidents At A Public Park
Again, the responsibility of public parks could fall into numerous hands. But regardless of which party oversees these areas, they must implement reasonable safety measures at all times. This includes:
- Risk assessments.
- Equipment checks.
- Routine inspections.
By neglecting the above measures, the following hazards could go unattended:
- Overgrown tree-roots.
- Rusty, broken and defective equipment (i.e. swings, benches, play apparatus).
- Raised kerbstones.
If you or your child suffers an injury in a park from defective equipment/surfaces, you should seek legal advice. A free, no-obligation consultation with our claims team could help you determine whether you hold a valid claim.
Accidents At A Supermarket Or Shop
In making sure their retail spaces are free from preventable harm, business owners could implement reasonable safety measures. For instance, supermarket staff could carry out routine risk assessments of the shop floor. In turn, both customers and employees could be kept safe from hazardous conditions.
Hazards which could arise within retail areas if safety measures are not carried out:
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Electrocution from faulty equipment.
- Loose display/shelves falling onto people.
If an accident that wasn’t your fault causes you harm, you are not limited to personal injury law firms in King’s Lynn for support. A solicitor from anywhere in the country could handle your case. Call us today for more information.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), various factors can contribute to an accident of this nature. Of the many causations in these incidents, the most common include:
- Walkways (i.e.obstructions, uneven flooring, defects, etc.).
- Poor design and maintenance (e.g. unsustainable floor material).
- Inadequate housekeeping standards (neglecting trailing cables, poor cleaning and wet surfaces).
If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident that could have been prevented had health and safety been adhered to ensure you capture the cause of the accident in order to make a claim. Our advisors could connect you with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor covering King’s Lynn.
Councils owe a duty of care to their staff and members of the public when they are using the facilities provided by the council or on council managed property. In upholding their legal obligations, councils should keep all the spaces they’re responsible for as safe as reasonably possible.
Borough Council of King’s Lynn may use the following:
- A suitable system set that routinely inspects areas they are responsible.
- A system which allows residents to report issues, along with request repairs, within a reasonable time.
Councils have their own criteria that must be met in certain circumstances in order for an individual to make a claim. Evidence is key here; capture the cause of the accident, seek medical attention and jot down as much information about the events leading up to the accident as possible.
To discover how personal injury lawyers covering King’s Lynn could help you with public injury cases, please contact our team.
No matter how small, a criminal event could leave you with life-changing injuries. Whether you suffer physical damage or psychological anguish, you could seek legal advice following such events.
For victims with no other avenue for compensation, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) offers an alternative route.
Also known as the CICA, victims can receive support for claims following:
- Sexual assault.
Even if the authorities can’t find the culprit, you could still claim compensation after a criminal incident in King’s Lynn through the CICA.
Firstly, your circumstances must meet two basic requirements:
- You must report the crime to the police.
- A claim should be brought forward within 2-years of the events.
However, in some extenuating circumstances, a victim may claim outside the above limitation period, for example, in cases of historical sex crimes.
Rates Of Crimes Against People In King’s Lynn And West Norfolk
You can find rates of crimes against people in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in the table below. The data reflects research from the Local Government Association.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Bicycle theft offences
Over the following sections, we’ll look at how claimants could benefit from using legal services and how lawyers in the area are no longer a must. Often, the right legal specialist could ease the claims process; especially when difficult situations arise.
Along with impartial advice about finding personal injury lawyers covering King’s Lynn, we’ll also look at other critical areas. For instance, why your medical appointment is crucial for your claim.
Why You Will Need To See A Doctor
Your medical appointment will provide a crucial piece of supporting evidence for your claim. Not only will it help outline your injuries, but your solicitor will also use this report to calculate your final settlement amount.
As part of your assessment, an independent specialist will examine your injuries. More specifically, taking note of the effects they’ve had on you. From the answers you provide, a report will detail your suffering and your long-term recovery plan.
Why You Won’t Need A Lawyer Near To You
If you feel solicitors on Tuesday Market Place are unsuitable for your case, there’s no law limiting you to their services. You can use legal services from anywhere in the country.
Wherever your solicitor is based, they can provide you with regular updates via:
- Telephone calls.
- Or in-person (if you would prefer).
As previously stated you are no longer restricted to personal injury lawyers in Kings Lynn, why not broaden your search? Call our team today for more information.
More often than not, a simple online search for the best personal injury lawyers covering King’s Lynn could bring up hundreds of results. But you don’t need to worry about looking through all of the results.
By reading online reviews, you can find a wealth of important information. Often, previous clients will leave details about their solicitors, such as:
- Success rates.
- How professional they were.
As a result, you could save valuable time from your personal injury claims time limit. In turn, this will allow you to speak with your potential representative over the phone to get a better understanding of who you might be working alongside.
Call our team today for more information about how a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering King’s Lynn could help.
As your personal injury solicitor will explain once proceedings begin, two forms of loss will calculate your final settlement amount: general damages and special damages.
If you use your finances for medications, travel costs, or you experience a loss of earnings, you could claim these back as special damages. Whereas general damages award compensation for the direct effects of the injury, such as:
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of amenity.
In the table below, you’ll find examples of settlements relating to the above factors. Please note that these figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines —the organisation responsible for training judges in courts across England and Wales- and are for guideline purposes only.
|Moderate to Severe
|£7,410 to £52,540
|Simple Injuries to Traumatic Injuries
|£11,820 to £94,470
|Injuries Affecting Sight
|Minor Eye Injuries to Loss of Sight in One Eye (with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye)
|£3,710 to £168,730
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Less Severe to Moderately Severe
|£3,710 to £56,180
|Serious to Very Severe
|£23,460 to £102,890
|Skeletal Injuries (Fractures of Nasal Complex)
|Simple to Serious
|£1,600 to £21,700
|Damage to Teeth
|Damage/Loss of Back Teeth to Damage of One Front Tooth
|£1,020 (per tooth) to £3,710
If you’d like an accurate estimation of your potential damages, please contact our team.
Although your accident may have occurred in King’s Lynn, solicitors from around the country can help you, not just local solicitors. There may be personal injury solicitors better suited to your case elsewhere in the UK.
Furthermore, after a King’s Lynn accident, you may be concerned about the cost of hiring legal help for a claim without the guarantee of receiving compensation. If this is the case, you might benefit from working with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
If you choose to use our services to claim, one of the solicitors on our panel could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. Solicitors who work on this basis will not require you to pay them upfront fees or ongoing legal costs. Instead, they’ll take a success fee from your compensation if your claim is successful. The fee you pay is capped under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 at no more than 25%.
If you don’t receive compensation, you wouldn’t pay this fee to your solicitor.
If you seek to work with a solicitor from our panel, get in touch with our advisors by calling the number above. After a free consultation, they can verify your eligibility to make a No Win No Fee claim.
Simply use one of the contact methods below to discuss your case with an adviser. A specialist could connect you with No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering King’s Lynn the same day you call.:
- Call Us: The number to dial is 0800 408 7825.
- Chat Online: You can connect with an adviser using our instant messaging function.
- Receive A Call Back: If you’d prefer us to contact you, simply submit your details in this form.
Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remember, you must act fast before the appropriate personal injury claims time limit runs out.
We thank you for your time spent reading this guide. For further information about personal injury claims, please consider the resources below.
Medical Experts Covering This Area
|Stuart House Hotel,
35 Goodwins Road,
Magistrates’ And Family Courts Covering King’s Lynn
|King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
West Norfolk Council
|Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
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