If you suffer an injury following an accident that was not your fault, you might question whether or not you would be eligible for compensation. If the cause of the accident was third-party negligence, a breach in the duty of care owed to you, you could pursue a personal injury claim.
As this guide will explain, a compensation claim could be made following a range of incidents. Whether your injuries stem from a collision on the M4 motorway or an accident at work if your injuries are the responsibility of someone who had a duty to keep you safe you may have the foundation for a claim.
If you would like a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our claims team on 0800 408 7825. A friendly adviser will be waiting to take your call. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, continue reading to find out more about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Maidenhead could offer support for public injury claims.
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- A Guide To Using Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Maidenhead
- Work Accident Maidenhead
- Maidenhead Road Accidents
- Maidenhead Motorbike And Bicycle Accidents
- Public Place Injuries And Accidents
- Injuries If You Slipped On A Pavement
- Accidents Caused By Local Authority Negligence
- Assault And Other Instances Of Violence Against The Person
- How The Process Of Claiming Compensation For An Accident Or Injury Works
- How Do I Choose Between Different Lawyers?
- Is There A Typical Compensation Payout For My Injury?
- No Win No Fee Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Maidenhead
- Let’s Talk About Your Case
- Get More Information About The Claims Process
Throughout this guide, you will find advice about numerous types of accident injury claims. We’ll look at how a personal injury lawyer covering Maidenhead could support you regardless of where they’re based. Most importantly, we’ll discuss the many benefits of using legal services on a No Win No Fee basis.
You will find explanations for several different areas, such as:
- What public liability insurance is
- What are personal injury claims calculators?
- Which personal injury claims time limit will apply to your case.
- How to gather the appropriate evidence for your claim.
In many cases, it’s possible to claim against a company’s public liability insurance for a breach in health and safety legislation. But we will explain this in further detail later on in this guide.
If once reading this guide you’d like to begin your claim; please contact our team. A friendly adviser will explain your next steps.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
You must take action within the applicable limitation period. Otherwise known as a personal injury claims time limit, the length of this period will likely differ between cases.
For instance, if you’re claiming as an adult, the time limit that applies is 3-years. More often than not, it will begin from the date of the accident. Although it could start from the date, you obtained knowledge that your injuries were at least partially the fault of the defendant.
Whereas if an accident claim is for a child victim, the process is slightly different. In such scenarios, a parent/guardian must act on behalf of their child. If no claim is made before the child turns 18, the victim can represent themselves within 3-years of their birthday.
For victims who no longer possess the mental capacity for such proceedings, the limitation period can begin once a recovery is made. Although if this isn’t possible, a ‘litigation friend’ may act on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
For more information, please contact an adviser from our team.
When you’re at work, your employer must keep you and your colleagues as safe as possible. No matter where you work, the same rule will apply. But say you’re on a building site and after using faulty equipment you suffer an injury, what are your legal rights?
If another person is at fault for your injuries, you could receive compensation for harm if they had a duty of care to keep you safe. More often than not, your claim will be for a breach in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As an essential piece of legislation, the Act ensures that all employers comply with health and safety.
At the very least, an employer could implement the following necessary measures:
- Routine inspections.
- Carrying out regular risk assessments.
- Regular maintenance checks and prompt repairs if necessary.
- Staff training.
- Issuing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Although you may think your place of work is hazard-free, you can never be too careful. In 2018/19 alone, there were 581,000 reports of workers sustaining injuries throughout Great Britain.
If a workplace accident in or near Maidenhead was the cause of your injuries, you could take legal action; providing is it due to the negligence of your employer. Call our advisers today for more information.
When a Maidenhead traffic accident occurs, you may want to seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor if another person is responsible. But what exactly constitutes a road traffic accident?
Also known as an RTA, a road traffic accident is seen as a collision between one or more vehicles on roads in public circulation. Whether the accident takes place on the M4 motorway, A404 (M) or A308 (M), you could be entitled to claim compensation for injuries in a non-fault accident.
In many ways, an RTA can result from a combination of any of the following causations:
- Panic stops.
- Rash, careless or reckless driving.
- Violation of rules.
- Failure in understanding signs.
- Weather hazards (e.g. rain, ice, floods).
- Road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces, potholes, debris).
Maidenhead Station And Public Transport Passenger Accidents
You can also claim compensation for a Maidenhead accident as a passenger on public transport if you are injured through a breach in a third party’s duty of care. Generally speaking, public transportation is a very safe method of commuting. However, while these accidents are far less common than others, they do occur on an annual basis.
After an accident takes place, you should dedicate enough time to focus on your recovery. But as soon as you are well enough to do so, it’s crucial you seek legal advice about what steps you should take to hold a negligent third party liable.
Whether you suffer from a station accident or are injured in a bus collision, call our team to figure out what your next steps could be.
Local Public Car Park Accidents
At some point or another, you will likely use car parks at least once throughout your motoring career. Whether these premises belong to a supermarket or shopping centres, these facilities can become increasingly busy at peak times; especially during the Christmas period.
As with other areas for public use, a car park must minimise the risk of preventable harm. Whoever operates the space should do so to the best of their abilities.
If the responsible party neglects their duty of care, the result could be some of the following threats:
- Ill-maintained barriers.
- Structural defects.
- Poor lighting.
It’s also possible to hold another driver accountable for harm suffered in a car park. For example, if a person hits your vehicle while reversing out of a parking space.
Please contact our team for more information about accidents at Maidenhead car parks.
Unfortunately, pedal/motorcyclists are inherently more at risk than other road users. For the most part, the biggest threat to their safety is the minimal amount of protection they rely on. But their lack of visibility also contributes to this.
According to a new analysis by road safety charity Brake, those on two wheels are 63 times more susceptible to injury. What’s more, Cycling UK acknowledge the most common causes of these incidents as:
- Misjudgement of another person’s speed/path.
- Inability to notice oncoming road users.
- Careless/reckless driving.
- Poor turns/manoeuvres.
Click here for more information about public cycling accidents.
Daily, you will often visit several different public spaces without realising it. From visiting the local supermarket for your weekly shop to walking through the park, most areas have its own operator.
A crucial piece of legislation which holds space occupiers accountable for harm is the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. As the legislation states, all parties are responsible for upholding reasonable standards of health and safety.
Public spaces and places could include;
- Braywick Nature Centre.
- Ray Mill Island.
- Jubilee River.
- River Thames.
- Furze Platt.
.Over the following sections, you will find crucial information about what makes a public injury claim valid. In most cases, you will usually claim against the operator’s public liability insurance. It’s important you find the right legal support for your claim.
Please continue reading for more examples of accidents in public places.
Park, Garden And River Accidents
Those who live in Maidenhead may enjoy a trip to Braywick Nature Centre and Ray Mill Island. In public spaces, all standards of safety should be upheld to a minimum level at the very least. The upkeep of public spaces can fall into various hands from town to town. In many instances, this might be a business owner, local authority, or private landlord.
With this in mind, if a park is allowed to full into disrepair, it can harbour numerous threats to public safety, such as:
- Defective equipment.
- Faulty play apparatus.
- Overgrown tree routes.
Over recent years, there have been significant cuts to council park budgets across the UK. As a result, the safety of your local park could be neglected.
If you or a family member experiences such harm that could have been prevented had the right legislation been adhered to, an adviser could connect you with a personal injury solicitor covering Maidenhead.
Remember, 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.
Maidenhead Shopping Centre Accidents
Business owners are also bound by legislation to uphold reasonable safety standards. The importance of such measures is to keep employees, customers and other visitors to the premises safe from preventable harm.
All shops in Maidenhead should abide by this legal obligation. As without these measures, the following hazards may lead to an accident:
- Spillages (i.e. liquids, weather hazards)
- Faulty equipment.
- Loose shelves.
- Poor installation of stairs, bannisters and other such facilities.
If you suffer an injury in a supermarket, shopping centre or newsagents (to name a few), call us today for free, impartial advice. Our team is well-versed in helping victims of accidents in public places.
While slips and trips are easily preventable, they are also one of the most common causes of major injuries at work, according to the HSE. An accident of this nature could happen almost anywhere. Therefore, it’s important any area of communal use is kept safe from preventable harm (i.e. pavements, walkways at work, stairs, etc.).
In the same analyse, the HSE report the biggest barriers to putting problems right in the workplace as:
- 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 Maidenhead, the local authority is responsible for numerous areas. There is a significant amount of pressure to ensure all spaces are reasonably safe.
For example, a personal injury solicitor could potentially help you claim compensation for injuries resulting from the following hazards:
- Broken equipment.
- Defective structures.
- Raised kerbstones.
It’s important you seek legal advice. If you were injured in a public place, call our claims team today.
If you suffer injuries as a victim of violent crime, you could be left wondering what your legal rights might be. As such, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), if there is no other route to financial compensation, the CICA, will award a settlement to certain victims of crime.
You can claim compensation:
- As a victim of a crime;
- While trying to stop a crime or;
- From witnessing a crime.
The CICA is an executive agency of the UK Government. Even if the offender isn’t caught, you can still recover damages for injuries resulting from numerous crimes. For example, this includes:
- Rape/sexual assault.
- Sex crimes.
For a claim to be valid, it must first meet two basic requirements:
- The victim must begin proceedings within 2-years of the incident.
- Any crime should be reported to the police.
In some extenuating circumstances, you may claim outside of this 2-year limitation period, for example, in historical sex cases.
As you will find in the section below, crime does occur across Windsor and Maidenhead. Please call our team today for advice about your potential claim.
Windsor And Maidenhead Crime Statistics
In the table below, you will find victim based crime statistics for Windsor and Maidenhead for the year ending March 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||979|
Whether your claim is for accidents in a public place or RTA, it’s important you gather the right evidence. The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim may be. For instance, you can use the following points as a starting point:
- Photographic Evidence:
After an accident takes place, the scene is often cleared as quickly as possible. It’s important you act swiftly before you lose out on crucial evidence. You should photograph the scene, cause, damage and anything else of importance. You can document your recovery period too.
- Seek Medical Treatment:
Even if you sustain minor injuries, you must visit the relevant medical practice. Whether you receive treatment from an A&E Department or GP Practice, your attendance notes will form a useful piece of evidence.
- Report The Incident
Similarly, it’s equally as important that you report incidents to the appropriate person; particularly in workplace environments. In most cases, a senior manager or HR department will have a report book for such cases. Again, your solicitor will use this as evidence.
- Witness Contact Details
If anyone sees the accident, your solicitor will be in touch later on for an account of what happened.
What Is The Purpose Of Having Your Injuries Checked Over?
An important part of the claims process is attending your medical examination. Your solicitor will ask you to attend this appointment as this will provide supporting evidence for your case. In this assessment, an independent specialist will ask you questions on:
- Your injuries.
- The effects they’ve had on you.
From here, a report will be compiled. Your solicitor will use this report to calculate your final settlement amount. Therefore, it’s vitally important your injuries are assessed.
What Role Does The Location Of A Lawyer Have?
When you search online for a legal representative, you may question whether the top personal injury lawyers are in or outside of Maidenhead. Your choice in solicitor will play a significant part, so why should you settle for a law firm because they’re close to your home?
In most modern cases, you can communicate with personal injury law firms outside of Maidenhead via:
- Or in-person (if you would prefer).
You may find solicitors on St Ives road or law firms on York road, but you are not legally restricted to using local firms.
Call our claims team today for more information.
As there are so many solicitors to choose from online, it can be difficult to find the right one. With such a short personal injury claims time limit, you shouldn’t spend too long choosing a solicitor.
But there is an easier way to find the best personal injury lawyers outside of Maidenhead.
A great place to start is reading online reviews. You will discover an abundance of information from previously satisfied clients —along with how successful, reliable and professional they were.
In addition to this, we strongly advise claimants to talk to a specialist over the phone. When you call our team, an expert will assess your case for free. You could also find out how much your final settlement may be.
Call us today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Maidenhead could help you no matter where you live.
Your final settlement amount will encompass two forms of loss: general damages and special damages. What the courts deem as ‘special damages’ is any form of expense you incur from your injuries. For example, this includes:
- Travel costs.
- Loss of earnings (linked to the injury).
Whereas general damages look specifically at your injuries. In the table below are figures relating to specific injuries. These amounts are taken from the Judicial College’s guidelines—the organisation responsible for training judges in County. Crown and higher courts in England and Wales.
|Toe Injuries||Severe to Amputation of Great Toe||£12,900 to (the region of) £29,380|
|Fractures of Cheekbones||Simple Fractures to Serious Fractures (requiring surgery)||£4,080 to £14,810|
|Fractures of Jaws||Simple to Very Serious||£6,060 to £42,730|
|Facial Disfigurement||Less Significant Scarring to Very Severe Scarring||£3,710 to £91,350|
|Injuries to Pelvis and Hips||Moderate to Severe||£11,820 to £122,860|
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||Moderately Severe to Severe||£17,900 to £108,620|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£7,410 to (the region of) £139,210|
As every case is unique, we discourage the use of personal injury claims calculators. More often than not, these tools neglect important factors which usually determine the final settlement amount.
If you would like an accurate estimation more central to your unique circumstances, please contact our claims team.
A specialist from our panel will lend their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Of the many benefits, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be liable for your solicitor’s fees
What’s more, you’ll also benefit from:
- No costs to kick-start your claim.
- Zero hidden charges from start-to-finish.
- Only a small percentage is taken from the final settlement to cover your solicitor’s fees (known as a “success fee”). This is legally capped.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA), the risks of losing out financially are significantly reduced by such means. Call our advisers today to find out how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Maidenhead can help you claim compensation for your injuries.
We thank you for reading our online guide. Now it’s time to discuss your unique circumstances. If you are ready to begin proceedings or you require further advice, please consider the following contact methods:
- Call Us: The number to dial is 0800 408 7825.
- Chat Online: You can connect with an adviser using our instant messaging function.
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We hope you found helpful advice in this guide. If you would like to read more about how personal injury law firms covering Maidenhead can help you with public accident claims, please consider the resources below. Alternatively, you can speak with a member of our team using the contact information above.
Doctors Covering This Area
|Sanjay Lakhani||Maidenhead Physio & Sports Injury Clinic,
Closest Magistrates Court – Slough
|East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court, Slough|
Off Windsor Road,
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|Royal Borough Of Windsor And Maidenhead Council|
St Ives Road,
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