In this article, we will cover what constitutes a personal injury claim. For many of us, if we suffer a personal injury through the negligence of somebody else, it can be unclear what the next step is to receive compensation and justice for what happened. If you have been assaulted, injured at work, or hurt yourself in a public space, you will find clear and concise information concerning these topics in this article. If you’re looking for information on how to claim for an accident on the road, such as a road traffic accident or bicycle accident, we will cover these topics too.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes will be able to help you with any type of claim you have. If you want to get your claim underway you can call us on 0800 408 7825 and one of our advisors will begin your claim for you. If you would prefer to obtain general information for now, you can select a section below to take you to your desired category.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Milton Keynes
- Accidents And Injuries At Work
- Lawyers Handling Road Traffic Accidents Cases In Milton Keynes
- Bicycle Accident And Injury Cases
- Accidents And Injuries In Public Spaces
- Trip And Fall Accidents
- Council Accident Compensation Claims
- Criminal And Assault Compensation Claims
- How Do I Claim With An Injury Lawyer Handling Claims In Milton Keynes?
- How To Find A Lawyer Using Reviews
- Examples Of Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Milton Keynes
- Talk To An Injury Claim Lawyer
If you find yourself in a position where you have been injured through the fault of somebody else, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes may be able to assist you. Generally speaking, if you were injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, this is the type of incident we can look to help you with.
There are a large number of things you can claim compensation for, so you want to make sure the personal injury lawyer who is handling your case has sufficient expertise to help you ensure you receive the full amount you are entitled to.
A key thing to note at this stage is that each personal injury claim expires after a specific time period. This period tends to be 3 years from the date of the accident, or 3 years from the date you obtained knowledge that you were suffering from an illness or injury that you believe was caused by the negligence of the defendant.
There are exceptions to this time period. If a child is involved in the accident they are eligible to claim within 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. A claim can also be made on their behalf before their 18th birthday by a litigation friend.
A litigation friend can also represent somebody who has lost the mental capacity to claim as a result of the injuries sustained. In such cases, the 3 year time period won’t begin until that person has begun their recovery.
The process of making a claim usually takes a few months, and in cases that aren’t clear cut, it can be even longer. It is paramount that you look to log your claim as early as you can so that a personal injury lawyer covering Milton Keynes can get your claim underway within the limitation period.
There are a variety of injuries that can occur in the workplace. The fabric of our society and economy consists of different and dynamic workplaces. You may work on a building site, in an office, in a warehouse or another setting. The one thing that remains constant is that wherever you work, your employer has a duty of care to ensure the premises are safe.
Injuries suffered at work can range from a minor bruise or graze to a debilitating, life-changing injury. The severity of the injury is what is used as a measuring tool to establish how much compensation you could be entitled to. Examples of accidents at work can involve the likes of:
- Slipping on a wet floor that was not signposted.
- Faulty machinery that wasn’t repaired or replaced, causing an injury.
- A road traffic accident whilst in a work vehicle.
- Burns or lacerations inflicted by chemicals as a result of a lack of PPE
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes have vast amounts of experience in dealing with these types of claims. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us to begin your case today.
Owning a car is an extremely valuable asset in modern society. It allows you the freedom to travel to work, for leisure or to go on holiday. It opens up new possibilities that are far more difficult if you do not have access to this method of transport. You allow yourself these freedoms by adhering to the rules and regulations of the road and practising safe driving.
If you’re injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, you do not need to undergo the consequences without repercussions. If another road user’s negligence has caused you to suffer, make no mistake, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes are here to help you and fight your corner.
In cases such as these, it’s important to be able to answer yes to each of the following questions in order to make out a claim for negligence:
- Did the other road user owe you a duty of care?
- Did they breach that duty, such as by driving recklessly or without due care or attention?
- As a result of that breach, did you suffer an injury?
Car accidents can involve low-velocity impacts or head-on collisions at high speed. Injuries can range from whiplash and cuts to broken bones, or in the most extreme of cases, death.
We can help with all types of road traffic accidents. To find out how, get in touch with our advisers on the number at the top of this page.
Accidents Involving Public Transport Vehicles
You are eligible to claim as a driver, but some people are unaware you can also claim if you are a passenger as well. This extends to public transport vehicles too.
If you live in a city or a large town, travelling via bus or train can be the quickest way of getting about. If you have been injured in an accident whilst on public transport, this is another type of claim we can examine for you.
You can find more detailed information on our guide here. Public transport encompasses vehicles such as trains, buses and coaches. As well as other types of transport such as hackney cabs or private hire taxis like Uber. In most cases, you can claim against the insurance of the driver or operator. To find out more, please get in touch.
Car Park Crashes And Accidents
You may not be aware that you can claim if you have an accident in a car park. Generally speaking, vehicles travel at a much slower pace and the risk of injury is minimised. However, this is not to state that it doesn’t happen.
When you access a public car park, the owner must ensure the building is safe and that it adheres to all health and safety guidelines. This is detailed in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They owe you a duty of care in a similar way your employer would if you were injured in your place of work.
Our guide delves into the subject in more detail. Depending on the nature of the accident, the claim might be against the car park owner rather than another driver. This can range from a faulty barrier causing injury, to a wet or icy floor not being signposted.
Drivers also owe other drivers and pedestrians a duty of care. This means they should pay attention at all times and drive per the directions in the car park. If they fail to do so and it leads to you sustaining an injury, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes are here to help you move your claim forward.
Due to the recent pandemic, a lot of us had more time on our hands than we planned this year. For a few of us, this transpired into becoming more active, utilising our daily exercise by blowing the dust off the bike and taking to the roads.
The infrastructure of roads in the UK can make cycling very difficult and quite dangerous in certain parts, in particular in major cities. In addition to this, it can be unclear what rules apply to cyclists and when road users are in the wrong when a bicycle is involved.
Ultimately, if you’re cycling on the road and somebody knocks you off your bike you have been inconvenienced and distressed by their lack of due care and attention. More detail can be found here. As well as other road users in larger vehicles such as cars or lorries, other causes of cycling accident injuries include:
- A driver’s failure to look properly.
- A driver’s failure to judge a cyclist’s speed or path of travel.
- Careless or reckless driving, or speeding.
- A poorly performed manoeuvre.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes can become your voice for this type of claim. We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting you the compensation you deserve for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Accidents can occur in any walk of life. An accident in a public space can be particularly distressing as it can be difficult to ascertain who is liable for your injury.
What is public liability?
A person, business or organisation that owns a public area has to ensure it is safe for public use. They have a duty of care and need to ensure their premises are safe and free of the risk of harm. Businesses should take out a public liability insurance policy to ensure they have the coverage to pay out if somebody suffers an accident whilst on their property. Injuries in public spaces include things such as:
- Injury from falling objects, such as items falling off a building.
- Obstructions on the road, pedestrian footpaths or trip hazards.
- Slipping on spillages in a supermarket.
It’s important to establish who owed the duty of care. Essentially, this means it is important to find out who owns the property or who is liable for the injury. Also, it is key to find out if they have public liability insurance. It isn’t compulsory to have it in the UK, but if a business does have it, you can claim against the policy. If they don’t, it can become a little more difficult. Get in touch to find out how we can help with such issues.
Injuries In Public Park And Playgrounds
Injuries in public parks and playgrounds include things such as slips, trips and falls which are caused by unsafe footpaths or poorly maintained pavements. For example, if you were walking late in the evening and were injured by stepping on a pothole that wasn’t signposted, we can look to investigate this for you. We could also investigate accidents involving icy pavements and public parks that haven’t been properly gritted or signposted. Another example of how injuries might be sustained could involve broken or defective equipment, such as park benches or play areas.
This is not an exhaustive list and more examples can be found on our website. If you contact our team of advisers, they will be able to establish if you have a case quickly and effectively.
Injuries In Supermarkets And Shops
If you have had an accident in a supermarket or a shop, this claim would also be made under public liability. A common type of supermarket injury can be down to staff errors. This includes things such as poorly built or stocked shelves, loose cables or your foot being rolled over by someone with a full cage of stock. Additional types of accidents in supermarkets include:
- Slipping on spilt liquid in aisles.
- Slipping on a wet floor that hasn’t been signposted.
- Items falling from a height and causing injury.
- Faulty machinery, such as lifts or escalators.
- Faulty equipment, such as trollies or self-service checkouts.
These aren’t the only examples of these types of claims. If you believe you have suffered an injury in a public place or supermarket but don’t see your example here, feel free to contact us and we will be able to tell you quickly whether you fit the criteria for this type of claim. You can also browse our guide on this topic to see if your example fits more detailed criteria.
Slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of major injuries. Government statistics show that a staggering 95% of major slips lead to significant injuries such as broken bones. A broken bone debilitates you for months, sometimes years. It can cause you to lose out on work as well as your social life. It can have a seriously negative and damaging impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Generally speaking, trip and fall accident claims come about when a surface is defective, such as a raised and broken paving stone or a tree root growing through tarmac. You will find these sorts of surfaces in roads and streets, or car parks. Click here if you would like more detailed information about this type of incident.
As part of any trip and fall claim, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes will look to recoup and losses you have incurred due to your suffering. This includes loss of wages and any modifications you need to make to your home/vehicle if your mobility is limited.
Local councils are responsible for providing various services in your area. By providing these services, they usually own or operate several public spaces and buildings, usually covering things such as:
- Public transport
- Public parks
- Rubbish disposal
- Leisure centres
If you have been put in a position where you have suffered an injury on council property or in a public park, we may be able to assist you. This encompasses all types of slips and trips as well as injuries such as bicycle injuries. For example, if you have hit a pothole in a park that wasn’t signposted. You can find more information about how to claim for damage to your vehicle because of a pothole by following this government website.
If you are a victim of a violent crime, the effects can be long-lasting and damaging for years after the incident. Some victims never recover fully. The government operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which allows victims of violent crime to receive compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Examples of violent crime include:
- Sexual assault.
- Assault (things such as GBH and acid attacks)
- A mugging or an attempted mugging.
The expiration date for a claim via CICA works differently to a standard personal injury claim. All claims must have been reported to the police and the time limit for claiming is 2 years from the date of the incident. After this, the window expires. In exceptional circumstances, the time limit might be extended by CICA, though this is on a case by case basis. If the criminal who caused your injuries was never prosecuted you can still claim through this scheme.
We appreciate that this type of incident is harrowing and difficult to deal with. Rest assured, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes have vast experience when it comes to dealing with this type of claim. They will help you obtain the justice you deserve and will handle the matter with the utmost care from beginning to end.
The table below provides a breakdown of criminal offences in Milton Keynes in the first quarter of 2020 (Jan, Feb & March). This information has been collated from this government resource found here.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Other types of theft
For your personal injury claim to be taken on by a personal injury lawyer covering Milton Keynes, you’ll need to provide evidence to show what happened. We fully appreciate that this isn’t at the forefront of your mind when you suffer an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault. The reason we require this evidence is to strengthen your claim and maximise the likelihood of a compensation payout.
In the first instance, you should look to take photographs, both of the scene of the accident and any injuries sustained. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, if you can gather witness details, this is advantageous as it bolsters your version of events. In addition to this, you must report the accident to the authority in charge to ensure it is logged in an accident book.
What Happens At A Medical Appointment?
As part of the claims process, you will be asked to attend a medical appointment. We will arrange an appointment with a local medical expert so that you need not travel far.
You’ll be asked several questions about the impact of your injuries on your life. A report is then collated to document the full scope of your mental and physical injuries, as well as details of any future or on-going problems. This is then used as evidence by your solicitor to ensure your compensation payout is aligned correctly for the level of suffering you endured.
Do I Need A Lawyer In Milton Keynes?
You are under no obligation to claim with a solicitor based in Milton Keynes. The beauty of the internet is that it allows you to pick the best solicitors for the job, not just the most geographically convenient.
The chance to select some of the best specialists in the country is easier than ever. You are under no obligation to select a solicitor purely because of their locality. In many ways, it’s far easier to instruct a solicitor online, and you can select the best solicitors measured on their expertise. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes is available to assist you promptly and effectively.
Going online and finding a personal injury lawyer covering Milton Keynes has never been easier. By browsing a variety of solicitors, you will get an indication of the best specialist for you. Much like going shopping in a supermarket or looking through hotels for a holiday, you want to make sure you’re selecting the best option. Online reviews are usually the strongest indicator regarding the reliability of a law firm and how strongly their services are rated.
We are not able to give a specific figure for every type of personal injury claim. That’s because there are many different factors, injuries and variables associated with each case. We wouldn’t want to give you false hope or inaccurate information regarding your claim, this is not how we operate.
What we have done though is collate a table which is structured based on a document called the Judicial College Guidelines. This is used by the courts, insurers and by solicitors to effectively calculate the amount of compensation you should receive for your case.
|Amount of compensation
|Minor Shoulder Injury
|Up to £2,300
|Soft tissue injuries which can take up to 3 months to recover.
|Severe Shoulder Injury
|£18,020 to £45,070
|Injuries that result in a serious or debilitating condition which also effects the arms, neck or spinal region.
|Minor Neck Injury
|From around £2,300 to £7,410
|Moderate soft tissue injuries with a protracted recovery period. May also be future vulnerabilities, plus exacerbations of pre-existing conditions.
|Severe Neck Injury
|From £42,680 to in the region of £139,210
|Injuries causing fractures or dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues and/or ruptured tendons that lead to chronic conditions and significant disability of a permanent nature.
|Modest Foot Injury
|Up to £12,900
|Ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds or fractured metatarsal. Symptoms that persist for longer will yield a higher compensation award.
|Severe Foot Injury
|£39,390 to £65,710
|Fractures to both heels with restricted mobility and considerable pain. In particular if the damage is permanent or lasts for a number of years.
|Moderate Back Injury
|£26,050 to £36,390
|Constant pain and discomfort caused by a compression/crush fracture constant pain and discomfort in the back area. Including injuries such as a slipped disk or nerve damage to the spine.
|Moderate Knee Injury
|£13,920 to £24,580
|Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage which results in weakness or mild future disability. This bracket also includes injuries which accelerate symptoms from a pre-existing condition over a prolonged period of years.
|Severe Knee Injury
|£65,440 to £90,290
|Where disruption of the joint has taken place. Including the development of osteoarthritis, major ligament damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function and an operation has taken place to repair the injury.
For a more specific valuation relevant to your claim, please get in touch.
Access to justice is something we believe should be available to everybody. This is why we offer all of our clients the opportunity to seek justice and compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. The way we do this is through what is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
This is a type of No Win No Fee agreement that a solicitor would ask you to enter into if you’re pursuing a claim for any type of personal injury. By signing this agreement, you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees upfront, during the case, or if the claim isn’t successful. If the claim does succeed, your solicitor will deduct what is known as a success fee. This is a small contribution to their costs from your compensation. Success fees are capped by law, so do not worry about it being a considerable amount.
If you are looking to take the next step and consult a personal injury lawyer covering Milton Keynes, there are several ways we can look to instruct a specialist for you. You can:
- Call us on 0800 408 7825.
- Use our live chat facility on our website.
- In addition to this, you can fill out the callback form on our website and we will contact you to discuss your claim.
Thank you for reading our guide to the services offered by our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Milton Keynes. Please see the resources below for other relevant links that may help you obtain more information for this type of claim.
Doctors Handling Assessments In Milton Keynes
|Central Milton Keynes Medical Centre, 68 Bradwell Common Boulevard, MK13 8RN
Milton Keynes Magistrates’ And Family Court
|Milton Keynes HM Courts & Tribunal Service
Milton Keynes Council
|Milton Keynes Council
|1 Saxon Gate East
|Central Milton Keynes
Guide by NA
Edited by II