The online guide below is aimed at providing you with the information you need to understand how a personal injury lawyer covering London might be able to help you. We will cover many of the most common types of claims, and show how you may be eligible to claim in certain circumstances.
This guide might not answer all of the questions you have. We have included a number of links to pages that have more specialised information. This page should tell you enough about the process of using a personal injury lawyer to help you make a personal injury claim, so that you can decide whether you should attempt a claim or not. If you need specific questions answered, you can call our team on 0800 408 7825.
Choose A Section:
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
- Accidents At Work In London
- Car Accident Injury Lawyers Covering London
- Cycling Accident Injury Lawyers
- Public Place Accident Injury Lawyers
- Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents In London
- Claims Against The Council
- Criminal Injury Claims
- How To Claim With Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
- Do Reviews Of Solicitors Help Me Choose Who To Handle My Claim?
- Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
- Stay In Touch With Our Team
A Guide To Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
This guide aims to inform you about firstly why you might be in a position to make a claim, and secondly, how a lawyer can help you to do this.
The first part of the guide contains sections that each discuss a particular type of claim. We go over car accidents, cycling accidents, accidents that happen in a public place, slip, trip and fall accidents, claims against the local authority, and criminal injury claims.
The last sections of this guide relate to the claims process itself. We offer some advice on how to proceed with a claim in various circumstances. We also explain what a No Win No Fee claim is, and why this could be the best way for you to get the legal help you need.
We have not provided a personal injury claims calculator on this page, as we have covered so many different types of claims, a single tool to estimate the compensation you might receive simply isn’t viable. We would recommend that you speak to a solicitor to have your claim valued accurately based on your unique circumstances. We can help you with this if you give our team a call.
Accidents At Work In London
All employers in the UK have a legal duty of care to ensure, so far as possible, the welfare, health and safety of their employees. This duty is contained in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
To achieve a safe working environment, employers should:
- Conduct regular risk assessments to highlight any hazards or potential hazards and then take steps to reduce or remove them.
- Undertake regular inspections of equipment and machinery to identify any risks of harm. Steps should then be taken to repair, replace or remove faulty equipment.
- Provide adequate and regular training to staff to minimise the risk of harm.
- Supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to those employees that require it to do their job safely. The supply of PPE should be adequate, and the quality should be sufficient to keep employees safe.
If an employer fails to carry out these tasks, as well as others, it could lead to breaches in the duty of care owed, and in turn, expose employees to the risk of harm. Should you suffer an injury as a result of an accident that could have been avoided had your employer complied with its duties, you may be entitled to compensation.
To find out more about how we can help with claims for injuries sustained in an accident at work, please get in touch on the number at the top of this page.
Car Accident Injury Lawyers Covering London
Road traffic accidents are the most common of all types of accidents in the UK each year, with road traffic accidents involving a car being the most common of these. The most frequently seen causes of these accidents are:
- The driver failed to pay due attention when approaching a junction.
- The driver did not judge another road user’s speed accurately.
- Careless or reckless driving.
- Pulling out of a junction, a driver failed to see an oncoming vehicle.
- A damaged road surface or weather conditions caused the driver to lose control of the car.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, if you are injured by the actions of another road user, personal injury lawyers covering London might be able to help you make a claim. You will need to be able to prove that a third party caused the accident to do so. Give our team a call if you want some more advice about making a car accident claim.
Public Transport Accident Claims
It isn’t just the driver of a vehicle that can make a claim if they are injured by the actions of another road user. Passengers can claim as well. And this includes passengers using public transport such as buses, coaches, taxis, minicabs and even trains.
If the harm suffered was caused by a representative of the transport company, such as the driver, a claim might exist. The same is true if, for example, a coach you are on is involved in an accident. The passenger could potentially sue the company that operates the coach. The top personal injury lawyers covering London will be able to advise you on the complexities of making a public transport claim. Or you can call our team for some additional information.
Car Park Accidents
A car park is generally considered to be a public place. A premise that the general public has access too, often with limitations such as the hours the car park is open. Car parks can be run by a company (such as National Car Parks), offered as a service to customers (such as the car park at your local supermarket), or run by the local council.
If you are injured in a car park, and the accident can be proven to be the responsibility of the car park operator, a claim might exist. For example, if you tripped over a broken safety railing and injured yourself, the car park operator would be liable, as they are responsible for maintaining the car park to safety standards. The best personal injury lawyers covering London can tell you which legal entity you may be able to claim against. Our team can offer some advice too if you give us a call.
Cycling Accident Injury Lawyers
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the majority of cycling accidents, some 75%, occur in an urban environment such as the streets of London. Cycling is a popular choice for workers travelling into London due to permit, traffic and parking considerations using a motor vehicle. The most common circumstances of cycling accidents include:
- Vehicles pulling out in front of a cyclist.
- Vehicles turning across the path of a cyclist.
- A cyclist riding into the path of a vehicle (such as riding off the pavement onto the road in front of a car).
- Cyclists taking a right turn into a minor road from a major road.
If you are injured in a cycling accident, you could be able to make a claim using a personal injury solicitor covering London from our panel against the party responsible for the accident. Call our team to learn more.
Public Place Accident Injury Lawyers
A firm of personal injury solicitors covering London will be experienced in helping people to make a compensation claim for accidents in a public place. By public place, we mean anywhere that the general public is allowed access to. For example:
- A shopping mall.
- A public library.
- A retail store.
- A local hospital.
- Your local park.
- All roads and pavements.
And the list could go on. We cover some of these locations in the sections below. For more information, give our team a call.
Public Park Accident And Injury Claims
One of the more common places where accidents in a public take place is in a public park. These are generally maintained by the local council, who are obligated to maintain the park and keep it safe for use. Examples of park accidents could be:
- A child is injured due to faulty play equipment.
- A person trips on poorly maintained pathways.
- A child comes down with an illness caused by dog faeces after playing in a park.
- A person is stung by a swarm of wasps that have made a hive in the park.
All of these are examples of situations that could result in public injury claims. If you think you have a basis to make a claim for an incident in a public park, please call our team.
London Shopping Area Accidents And Injuries
Some accidents in public places take place in premises that are owned and operated by a company. For examples, accidents that take place in a shopping mall or other shopping area. There are two possible scenarios here:
- The accident took place in a part of the mall the operator is responsible for.
- The accident took place in a retail store, food outlet, or some other third-party tenant of the mall.
In the first case, you would claim against the mall operator, and in the second case, you would claim against the operator of the establishment the accident took place in. In both cases, you would claim against the public liability insurance held by the defendant. For more advice, give our team a call.
Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents In London
Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of accidents that affect pedestrians in the UK. These simple accidents can take place almost anywhere and at any time, for example:
- Slipping on food dropped on the floor of a fast-food outlet.
- Slipping on spilt water on the floor of a public bathroom.
- Tripping over a damaged floor covering such as a frayed carpet in a shop.
- Falling down a pothole in the pavement.
All of these are examples of the kinds of accidents that personal injury lawyers in London could help you to make a claim for. For more information about slip, trip and fall accidents, call our team.
Claims Against The Council
If you are injured in a public place that the local authority is responsible for maintaining, personal injury law firms covering London could help you to make a compensation claim for the harm you suffered. Examples of public places include:
- Public pavements and roads.
- A public path.
- Local council buildings and office.
- Your local council dump.
If you believe that you have been injured due to the local council failing to maintain a public place properly, then you could be able to instigate a claim against them. Our team can give you more advice on how to do this, so give them a call.
Criminal Injury Claims
People who have been the victim of violent crimes such as assault, a mugging, aggravated burglary, and also sexually-motivated crimes such as sexual assault and rape, can follow a slightly different path to getting the compensation they are eligible for. The victim needs to approach the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and apply for compensation.
The CICA is a Government body that is controlled by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The CICA maintains a fund of money that is used to compensate victims when no other route to getting compensation is available. We can advise people about how to do this if you call our team.
Crime Statistics For The City Of London
Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Violence against the person 435,900
Vehicle offences 242,234
Arson and criminal damage 109,549
Public order offences 102,834
How To Claim With Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
Before you make a personal injury claim, there are some things you can do in preparation that will make the task your lawyer has to undertake a little simpler. These include:
- Gather evidence, such as photographs of the scene of the accident and the cause, if safe to do so.
- Ask any witnesses to the accident for their contact details, in case they need to be called upon to give testimony at a later stage.
- Visit the hospital to have your injuries taken care of, even if they seem trivial, so a record of your injuries and their cause is kept.
- Follow any accident reporting procedure that is required, such as reporting an accident to the premises’ owner and filling in the relevant forms.
- Begin to keep proof of any expenditure related to the accident, your injuries, or your claim itself. Examples include bills, receipts, invoices, travel tickets, and bank statements.
Taking steps such as these will help to prepare the way for making a successful compensation claim. For more advice on how to prepare for a claim contact our team.
What Is A Medical Examination And Do I Need One?
A solicitor will require you to go for an independent medical examination as part of the claims process. The results of this examination will enable the solicitor to value your claim and tell you what amount of compensation might be appropriate to aim for.
Additionally, the results of the medical exam can be submitted as evidence to support your claim. For some advice on how to arrange a medical examination, please contact our team.
Do I Need A Local Injury Solicitor?
There is no legal reason at all to use a local legal firm. If your high street lawyer is a generalist, offering a range of different legal services, then you are likely better off finding a claims specialist, no matter where they are located. In short, location is a tertiary consideration at best. The effectiveness of your legal team in processing your claim should be the primary consideration.
Do Reviews Of Solicitors Help Me Choose Who To Handle My Claim?
Online reviews can be a great source of initial information about a team of solicitors. If you can find a number of such reviews, you can correlate the data to produce a list of possible solicitors to use.
However, no review is going to be a substitute for actually taking the time to call a solicitor and judge whether they would be suitable to act on your behalf. So yes, reviews are useful but don’t rely on them entirely when choosing a legal firm.
Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims
It’s possible to gain an idea of how much compensation you could be owed before making a claim. Some firms use the likes of personal injury compensation calculators to achieve this. However, we find they can be frustratingly difficult to use. Instead, we’ve compiled the table below using data taken from guidelines produced by a legal body known as the Judicial College, which reviews compensation awards made by the courts.
|Illness or Injury||Notes||Value|
|Neck||Minor to severe||£2,300 - £122,860|
|Leg||Less serious to severe||£16,860 - £127,530|
|Shoulder||Minor to severe||£2,300 - £45,070|
|Wrist||Minor to severe||£3,310 - £56,180|
|Brain||Minor to severe||£2,070 - £379,100|
|Psychological||Less severe to severe||£1,440 - £108,620|
We appreciate that you may want a more precise estimate. Without knowing more about your case, it’s hard to give you that here. However, if you contact our team of advisers, they’ll be able to hone in on a valuation once they know a little more about your circumstances. Why not give us a call on the number at the top of this page?
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London
If you use the services of personal injury lawyers in London UK that offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will gain two key benefits. Firstly, you will have access to the legal help you need to process your claim, and hopefully, reach a positive outcome. Secondly, you will have taken steps to ensure that you have minimised your exposure to financial risk.
You won’t need to pay your lawyer until such time as your claim has been a success. This means no fee is charged to start working on your claim, or while it is being processed. If the claim fails, your lawyer won’t expect to collect their fee.
If the claim is a success, the solicitor may ask you to pay a small success fee to reimburse them for the work they have done on your claim. This fee is legally capped. It can be collected directly from any compensation payment the lawyer has received for you. Please give us a call if you would like additional information about making a No Win No Fee claim.
Stay In Touch With Our Team
If you need more information about making public accident claims, such as the need to know what personal injury claims time limit is going to apply in your own case, then you can contact our team on 0800 408 7825. One of our team members can answer all of your questions, and provide you with additional advice about how you could proceed with a claim.
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