I Had An Accident In Lytham St Annes, Could I Lawyer Help Me?
If you’ve been injured in an accident that someone else was responsible for then you could be entitled to seek financial compensation from them. In such a case, you may be looking for the services of personal injury lawyers covering Lytham St Annes. And if so, you’ve come to the right place.
Public Interest Lawyers specialise in helping people seek financial compensation and wee have written guides like this on our website to help inform people about making personal injury claims. We also have a team of legal experts who can offer you free consultation and advice about how making claims work.
Lastly, we also have a panel of personal injury lawyers covering Lytham St Annes who can help you take up a personal injury claim, and we can put you in touch with one of them to help you get started on making your claim.
Please read through this article and get in touch with us if you are interested in making a claim, our number is 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Lytham St Annes
- Accidents Causing Injury To Employees At Work
- Lytham St Annes Crashes And Road Accidents
- Bike Related Accidents
- Public Place Injuries
- Tripping Accidents On Pavements
- Fylde Council Accidents
- Assault Compensation Claims
- How Could My Accident Claim Work?
- What Is The Best Way To Compare Lawyers?
- Calculating The Average Personal Injury Claim Settlement
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Lytham St Annes
- Where To Get Help & Contact Us
- Quick Supporting Links
Most personal injury claims can be made when there is proof that a duty of care over you has been violated. This could be in any instance where you are in or making use of property or services managed or provided by a third party and you suffer an injury due to the unsafe manner in which such a place was operated.
There will be a series of sections in this article which detail some of the different situations in which you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
There will then be a series of sections detailing important points for you to know about when starting a personal injury claim and how to find the right personal injury lawyer with which to do it.
Throughout this article, we will link other useful resources and pages, both on this website and on other outside websites. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you come across something that confuses you and you would like more information.
If you work for an employer then rest assured that the law places responsibility on your employer for your safety and the safety of the workplace as a whole. One of the most important pieces of workplace safety legislation in British law is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
This was a law designed to fundamentally change workplace safety law and reduce the number of workplace accidents and injuries. Since it came into being the number of workplace injuries and fatalities has reduced dramatically, which you can read about here.
This law makes it the responsibility of the employer to do everything possible within their power to identify and then deal with safety hazards. . Not having done so can not only lead to people getting hurt in workplace accidents, but it can also lead to employers being liable for paying compensation.
There are two main causes of road traffic accidents; collisions with other vehicles and accidents caused by the state of the road surface, such as hitting potholes, patches of ice or poor street lighting. If you were injured in a collision and there are reasonable grounds to blame another driver based on negligent driving, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against them.
If you were injured in an accident caused by dangerously unmaintained roads, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against the authority responsible for managing the roads.
Depending on what kind of road the accident occurred, this claim could be made either against the local council or Highways England. The local council is responsible for the maintenance of the roads in the local area, Highways England is responsible for A roads and B roads.
Accidents At A Station, On A Train Or A Bus
When you ride on public transport or are waiting at a station or stop, the operator of the public transport line has a duty of care for your safety. If this duty of care is failed, for example through you suffering an injury due to unsafe driving of a vehicle or the unsafe condition of the station, you could be entitled to seek compensation from the public transport operating company.
You can find out more about how the process of making a compensation claim over an accident on a bus, train, taxi or other forms of public transport works here.
Accidents At A Car Park
If you suffer an injury in an accident while in a car park, whether parking your car or walking to or from your car, and the accident can reasonably be blamed on the condition of the car park, for example, broken barriers, broken ramps, potholes or other hazards that exist due to poor upkeep, then you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the owners or operators of the car park.
Car park owners have a duty of care, a responsibility to make sure that the car park is safe for people to use.
According to cycling advocacy groups, being on a bike of any kind puts you more at risk of being physically injured in an accident compared to being involved in an accident while using any other kind of vehicle.
This is because of three main factors; one is that bikes are smaller and have a smaller profile than most other vehicles on the road, which makes them harder for drivers to spot. Those riding bikes also lack the physical protection offered to drivers of other vehicles .. Bikes are lighter and smaller than most other vehicles, making them vulnerable to being knocked over or losing control.
For these reasons the authorities which operate roads must do so in a manner which ensures that riding bikes is as safe as it is for everyone else, by identifying and removing accident hazards as efficiently possible.
The same goes for car drivers. They are obligated to drive safely and in such a manner as to not put anyone else in danger. To learn more about bike accident injury claims, call us or read this guide.
Anytime you go out in public there is a very good chance that you will be spending time on a property or in a public place where a third party of some kind has a duty of care over your health and safety.
A duty of care means that whatever third party is responsible for the area, they are tasked with a legal obligation to keep those premises safe. If you suffer an injury while out in a public place which is operated by an organisation with a duty of care to you, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
The following two sections will detail two examples of making public personal injury claims.
Injuries At A Park
Parks and public gardens need maintenance and upkeep if they are to remain an enjoyable place for the public to spend their leisure time, they also require maintenance to be safe for the public.
The latter is a legal requirement for whatever organisation, which is almost always the local council, is responsible for the park. If you suffer an injury while in a park or a public garden and you believe there are reasonable grounds to blame the local council of failing to keep that park in a safe condition, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim against them.
You can read this guide for more details or get in touch with our advice team to learn more about making a claim for an injury sustained in a park.
Injuries At The Supermarket
Supermarkets and shops have a duty of care over their customers. They are legally required to make sure that their business has done everything reasonably possible to eliminate the risk of avoidable accidents. If there is any reason to believe that a failure to fulfil this obligation could be behind an accident or an injury suffered by a customer on the property of the business, then a personal injury claim could be made against them.
Slips, trips and falls, items falling off of shelves because of being poorly stacked and accidents involving carts and trolleys are all examples of ways people might get hurt if a supermarket fails to uphold its duty of care.
Injuring yourself by tripping over while walking along the pavement may seem like an unlikely thing for you to be able to claim compensation for. However, the local council are responsible for the maintenance of their pavement, meaning that they could be liable if someone trips and injures themselves while using the pavement.
As we mentioned in the previous section, the local council in Lytham St Annes is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the town’s pavements, and you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the council if they have failed in their responsibility to keep them safe and usable.
Due to the duty of care which the local council owes to those who use its services and utilize its property, the same logic applies to any of the various other forms of infrastructure, properties and public services provided or managed by the local council in your area.
If you have had an injury while on council property, such as in the council’s offices, their libraries, recreation centres or outdoor spaces like parks or public gardens, that was in some way caused by unsafe conditions caused by a lack of proper management or upkeep, you could be entitled to seek compensation from the local council.
Personal injury claims can also be made if or when a person has been injured in a violent crime. In an ordinary personal injury claim, like the ones we have already been through in the earlier sections, the claim is made against the party that was responsible for your injuries.
In criminal injury cases, this may not be possible for several reasons, the main one being that the person responsible may not yet be identified or proven beyond doubt to be guilty, or it may not be feasible to try and seek financial compensation from them.
That’s why, to fulfil victims’ right to seek compensation, the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) exists. This is an organisation set up and funded by the government which processes claims for criminal injury compensation, all claims for criminal injury compensation go through CICA.
Public Interest Lawyers can help you to make this type of claim through our legal advisors and our panel of personal injury lawyers. If you have suffered a physical injury, or you have suffered psychologically because of a crime, then you should get in touch to find out how we can help you the compensation you deserve.
The next few sections will focus less on the circumstances for making the claim and more on the process of making a claim. That means things like finding a lawyer, what you should look for when looking for a lawyer and how your compensation and legal fees will be decided.
Where You Could Find A Law Firm In This Area?
Finding any law firm in Lytham St Annes is not difficult, there is a fairly large number of practices in Lytham St Annes. You can find them mainly clustered around Clifton Street and Orchard Road. However, for reasons we’ll explain below, don’t settle for these lawyers if you don’t think they’re up to the job. We can help you instead!
Will I Have To See A Local Doctor?
If you were to make a claim through Public Interest Lawyers, we would make arrangements for you to receive a medical examination from one of the trusted medical experts on our panel.
This will be necessary, even if you have already been seen by a doctor and received medical treatment. The purpose of this examination is to assess the extent and nature of the injury, to prove that it was caused in the manner you claim and to assess how large a settlement you are entitled to claim because of it.
Will My Claim Need A Lawyer From My Area?
Working with a personal injury lawyer covering Lytham St Annes does not necessarily mean working with a lawyer in Lytham St Annes. Most lawyers can handle claims without actually meeting with their clients in person, holding any discussions or sessions with them over the phone or through video calls. This is how the lawyers on our panel operate when they handle cases.
One of the best ways to look at different lawyers covering Lytham St Annes and to compare their qualities is to read online reviews, the ones written and posted by the lawyer’s previous clients.
These can tell you a lot of important information about things like the lawyer’s professionalism, their ability to communicate, their friendliness towards their clients and above all, their track record of success.
If possible, you should also use online reviews as a method for determining which lawyers specialise in, or at least have experience with, dealing with cases like yours.
Settlements can vary massively from case to case. Some settlements are worth just a few hundred pounds, others can be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, It all depends on how severe the injury is. Compensation settlements are calculated based on how badly injured the claimant is and how badly their life and health are going to be affected by the injury.
Calculating your settlement can only begin once you have begun the process with your lawyer, but in the meantime, you can get an idea of how much compensation could be awarded for different kinds of injuries by reading the chart below.
The numbers come from the Judicial College and are estimated based on official figures from the government.
|Minor to severe
|From around £2,300 to around £139,210
|Less severe to severe
|£18,020 to £122,860
|Lesser to severe
|From around £3,710 to £122,860
|Minor to severe
|From around £2,300 to £45,070
|Minor to severe
|£3,310 to £56,180
One thing that shouldn’t serve as an obstacle to you making a personal injury claim is the issue of affording legal fees. We are proud of the fact that all of the personal injury lawyers on our panel perform their cases on No Win No Fee agreements.
This means that they do not require their clients to make payments upfront, nor do they charge their clients in the event of an unsuccessful claim. Instead, their payment comes from the claimant’s compensation if the claim is successful. This is known as a success fee, and they are legally capped.
To learn more about the terms and negotiations of No Win No Fee claims, please get in touch.
If you want more information or if you want to be put in touch with our panel of personal injury lawyers, you can reach our team of advisors:
- By phone on 0800 408 7825
- By writing to us. Just click here.
- Or by messaging us via our live chat function, bottom-right corner
Doctors We Work With In This Area
141 Mowbray Drive,Blackpool, FY3 7UN
Blackpool Magistrates And Civil Court Contact Details
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|Chapel St, Blackpool FY1 5DQ
Fylde Council Contact Details
|The Town Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1LW