If you have suffered an accident in Middlesbrough that wasn’t your fault then you should consider your ability to make a personal injury claim for compensation. This guide will cover how you can seek compensation with the help of a no win no fee personal injury lawyer covering Middlesbrough.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Middlesborough
- Accidents At Work In Middlesbrough
- Road Accidents In Middlesbrough
- Cycling And Bike Accidents
- Accidents In A Public Place
- Fall And Trip Accidents
- Accidents Caused By Local Councils
- Injuries Caused By Criminal Assaults
- How To Claim Lawyers Handling Middlesbrough Accident Claims
- Choosing A Good Personal Injury Lawyer Using Reviews
- Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Middlesbrough
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We are going to explain what kind of circumstances can be grounds for making a personal injury claim and how. Throughout this article you can find useful links to other pages on our website where we talk about making specific kinds of personal injury claims, we will also link to helpful resources in other websites as well.
Personal Injury Lawyers can help you to seek compensation if you have suffered an injury at work if it wasn’t your fault and it can be proven that the accident occurred because of your employer’s negligence. There are three component parts to making sure that you are entitled to claim compensation, proving that you were owed a duty of care, proving that a duty of care was violated and proving that you were physically harmed as a result of the breaking of the duty of care.
We already know that while you are at work your employer owes you a duty of care, this is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work act 1974, this law states that the ultimate responsibility for making sure that the workplace is safe and that the risk of accidents is reduced falls on the employer. The act states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
There are a number of ways in which an employer could fail to meet this responsibility. Here are just some examples:
- Failing to ensure that machinery and tools used in the workplace are in good repair and safe to use, resulting in an accident.
- Failing to provide employees with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need to perform their jobs safely, resulting in injuries.
- Failing to provide employees with the training and qualifications they need to perform their roles safely and correctly, resulting in an accident.
If an accident has occurred as a result of your employer’s negligence and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you could have grounds to make a compensation claim.
Below are some statistics that shed some light on how severe and widespread workplace accidents and injuries are in the UK, these figures come from the Health And Safety Executive.
- 111 people died in workplace accidents
- Under RIDDOR 69,208 people sustained workplace injuries
- The Labour Force Survey puts this figure much higher at 581,000
- 28.8 million working days were lost in 2018/19 due to workplace injuries.
If you want more information about starting a claim for a workplace injury in Middlesbrough, please get in touch with our advice team.
Personal injury claims can be made when you have been in a road traffic accident if there is proof that another road user did not meet their duty of care towards you, and that failing to meet this duty of care was responsible for the accident in which you were injured.
Generally, all road users owe other road users a duty of care, that means that they are legally obliged to drive safely and in accordance with the law. Failing to do so can result in an accident. There are a number of ways in which unsafe and unlawful driving can lead to car accidents, the following are a few examples.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving over the speed limit
- Driving with lights turned off or turned up too high
- Driving a vehicle which is not roadworthy, i.e. one without functioning tyres.
If an injury occurs because of another road users negligent driving, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.
181,384 people were casualties of road accidents in 2016, this includes 1,792 people who lost their lives according to government figures.
If you would like to know more about making compensation claims for road traffic accidents, you can contact our advice team or read our dedicated article.
Public Transport Accident Claims
Personal injury claims can be made against public transport operators if their negligence causes an accident that inflicts an injury. Public transport includes trains, trams, buses and taxis among other modes of transport. Public transport is one of the safest modes of transport available in the UK. According to official statistics, the average person in Britain takes 48 bus trips and 33 train trips a year.
That being said, it is still important that public transport operators fulfil their duty of care to their passengers. That means ensuring that their vehicles are maintained to a safe standard and driven and operated in a safe manner. Failure to do so can result in injuries occurring in a number of different ways.
For more information you can consult our guide to making public transport personal injury claims, you can also seek free personal injury claim advice from our team of professional advisors.
Car Park Accidents
Accidents can occur in car parks, either while you are on foot or in a vehicle. If the accident occurred as a result of the poor and unsafe condition or management of the car park then a personal injury claim could be made against the operator of the car park. Who the claim is made against will depend on which organisation or body operated the car park. Some car parks are operated by local authorities, others are operated by private car park businesses. Some car parks are owned by a business they are attached to, such as a shop.
For more information about how to make a personal injury claim against the operators of a car park, you can read our guide to the subject and you can also call our legal advice team for a free consultation.
If you are injured in an accident while riding your bike and it wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Road users have a duty of care towards other road users, this requires them to drive safely and in accordance with the law. This is especially true in the case of drivers operating vehicles when it comes to cyclists.
Cyclists are especially at risk of suffering injuries and death in road traffic accidents. This is because they are travelling without the degree of physical protection that a car or a lorry might provide in the event of a collision. They are also smaller, quieter and therefore less visible to drivers who may be focused more on looking out for other vehicles. Failing to spot or look out for an oncoming vehicle was listed as the most common cause of road traffic accidents attended by the police in 2018.
If you want to know more about making a personal injury claim for being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault while cycling then you can read our guide to cycling accident claims as well as calling our team for free advice and consultation.
All kinds of accidents could occur in public places, and in many different circumstances, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim due to public liability. Public liability is the duty of care that a local authority or a business has over a space used by the public to ensure that it is safe for the public to use without risk of accidents and injury. A range of accidents can potentially occur if this duty of care is not met properly, such as trips, slips and falls and injuries caused by falling objects. The following sections will go into some more detail about the specifics of different types of public place injury claims.
Claims For Public Park Accidents
Public parks are the responsibility of local councils. They must ensure the upkeep of park premises and could be liable for a personal injury claim if someone is injured in an accident by their failure to do so.
Accidents can happen in a number of different circumstances if local authorities fail to properly maintain public parks,
- People tripping and falling over on tripping hazards such as broken pavements, potholes, or protruding tree roots.
- People being injured in playground accidents by damaged or defective playground equipment.
- People being injured by refuse that should have been removed from the park, such as broken glass or needles.
- People being injured by slipping on pavements and walkways covered in ice that the local authority should have cleared.
Accidents in public parks are likely to occur more often as one report found that 92% of local authority park departments have experienced budget cuts in recent years. Consequently, many parks will be receiving less maintenance and will be in a worse state of disrepair. Litter, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and crime may well be more common problems in public parks in future. You can find further information about claiming for accidents in public parks by reading our guide and by speaking to our advice team.
Claims For Injuries In Shops And Retail Spaces
Businesses have a duty of care for customers who use their premises. That means they are beholden to ensure that their shops and retail spaces are safe for the public to use and do not pose a threat to health and safety through a lack of proper maintenance. Any injury that occurs because the business had not taken reasonable steps to ensure safety could be grounds for a personal injury claim.
These are a few examples of ways in which customers could sustain injuries in a shop.
- Slipping and falling on a wet patch of floor
- Tripping on items that have been left out on the floor
- Tripping on broken or uneven flooring, i.e. carpets or floor tiles.
- Being injured by items falling off shelves due to being poorly stacked.
- Being injured by poorly assembled display shelves falling or collapsing
- Being run over by a cart or crate being pushed by a staff member.
- Being injured by faulty escalators, lifts or staircases.
Even a minor sounding accident like a slip, trip and fall could entitle you to make a personal injury claim. If you were in a place where a business or local authority had a duty of care over you and a responsibility to keep the premises safe then you could make a personal injury claim if you were injured by tripping or slipping over on a hazard that should not have been there.
Do not underestimate how serious a trip and fall can be. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the UK’s national authority on workplace safety, slips and trips account for the majority of serious injuries in workplace accidents. 95% of serious falls result in broken bones and it should be remembered that tripping over or slipping on something can lead to a fall from a height, potentially causing serious injuries.
Personal injury claims could be brought against Middlesbrough council if you have suffered an injury in an accident in a public place caused by the local council’s failure to uphold its responsibility to maintain its property. In most areas, there will be premises or public spaces or infrastructure for which the local council is responsible. If the local authority allows these premises or infrastructure to fall into disrepair then accidents could arise. A personal injury claim could be made against the council if you have suffered such an accident.
Here are some examples of how people could be hurt in accidents caused by a local councils failure to maintain its property.
- Pavements being left broken and in disrepair causing trips and falls.
- The disrepair of roads causing road traffic accidents, such as potholes
- Weather conditions causing slips and trips or car accidents, for example, if the council failed to keep certain roads and pavements clear of ice in winter.
You could have the right to seek compensation if you have been the victim of a violent crime and have suffered an injury. You could be eligible if you have been deliberately targeted for a criminal assault, if you have been injured or have suffered emotional trauma as a result of being caught up in violent crime as a bystander or if you have been injured while attempting to apprehend someone who has committed a crime.
Compensation claims for criminal injuries can be handled by the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA). If you want to know more about CICA claims you can visit the CICA website, or you can contact our team of professional legal advisors.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||1987|
|Burglary (residential property)||1380|
Your lawyer will assist you through the legal process, help you to understand the relevant laws, help you to gather evidence and argue and represent your case. A personal injury lawyer will be an expert in these matters and they will perform most of the work, however, a good personal injury lawyer will always make sure to keep you updated on the progress of your claim.
What Are Medical Examinations And Does My Case Need One?
When a claimant makes a personal injury claim they will have to undergo a medical examination. This serves to verify that they have had an injury caused by the accident in question, it also serves to determine the extent of the injury. This is important because the case has to be clear about how badly you have been injured in order to calculate the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Do I Need A Lawyer From My Local Area?
You do not need to worry about where your personal injury solicitor is based. A personal injury solicitor covering Middlesbrough can be just as effective, and potentially more convenient to work with, as one who works permanently in Middlesbrough.
This is because a personal injury claim can be managed remotely. You can have all the communication you need with your solicitor over video calls, phone calls and emails. You may well find that this is an easier arrangement for working with a solicitor than travelling to meet them in person.
Just like any other big purchase or important financial decision, you should make sure that you approach taking on a personal injury lawyer fully aware of what you are getting. This means that it is important that you do some reading up on the solicitors available to you before you choose one.
One of the best ways to research which solicitor is best for you and your case is to look into solicitors reviews, which you can find online. Their reviews will tell you a lot about a solicitor. Look out for ones which indicate that the solicitor in question is not just experienced and well qualified, but also a good communicator who keeps their clients up to date on the case.
|Foot Injuries||Moderate to Very Severe||£12,900 to £102,890|
|Achilles Tendon||Minor to Most Serious||£6,820 to (the region of) £36,060|
|Knee Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£13,920 to £90,290|
|Leg Injuries||Moderate to Very Serious||£26,050 to £51,460|
|Back Injuries||Minor to Severe||£7,410 to £151,070|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate to Severe||£23,460 to (the region of) £139,210|
|Brain Damage||Less Severe to Moderate||£14,380 to £205,580|
No Win No Fee compensation claims work quite simply:
- No legal fees will be charged up front by your solicitor
- Your solicitor will negotiate a portion of your compensation which they will receive if the claim is successful, this will be their payment for their services
- If you are not awarded compensation the solicitor will not charge you for their work.
We hope that this guide has been helpful, whether you feel informed enough to attempt to start a claim or if there are still more things that you want to find out, your next step should be to get in touch with us and have a discussion with one of our advisors. You can go about this by:
- Calling 0800 408 7825
- Posting a message in our live support chat box.
Doctors We Work With In This Area
|Guy Stevenson||Jurys Inn Middlesbrough (formerlyThe Middlesbrough/Thistle Hotel|
Teesside Magistrates Court
|Teesside Justice Centre|
|Teesside Magistrates Court,
SSCS and Employment Tribunal Hearing Centre
|Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 500, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FT|
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