Have you had an accident in a Newbury park, or suffered injuries in an accident on Newbury bypass? Or, perhaps you’ve been injured in a public place such as a Newbury shopping centre or leisure centre? If you believe someone could be to blame for your accident and injuries, and you are looking to make a personal injury claim, personal injury lawyers covering Newbury could help you.
This guide has been created to provide claimants with detailed information as to their rights to make injury claims if they’ve been injured in an accident in Newbury. In the sections below, we provide advice to those injured as a victim of crime in Newbury, those who’ve been injured at work, and those injured in a public place.
We also give advice on the evidence you’ll need, the compensation you could receive and how to find an appropriate personal injury lawyer covering Newbury claims to help you. We could offer you a free of charge case assessment and could even connect you with a solicitor who could help you with your claim. Simply call us on 0800 408 7825 at any time.
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Personal injury lawyers covering Newbury could help you if you’ve suffered injuries in an accident in Newbury that was not your fault. There are many types of claim you could be looking to launch, such as:
- Public injury claims
- Claims for accidents at work
- Public liability insurance claims
- Bike accident claims
- Car accident claims
- Claims for accidents in public parks
- Claims against the council
In the sections below, we describe some examples of situations that could lead to a claim and how you could find a lawyer to help you. We also offer some insight into the amount of compensation a personal injury claim could bring and how it is calculated. We hope you find this guide useful, but if you’d like further advice and support, you can call our team at any time.
Under the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974, your employer has a legal obligation to look after your safety and health at work.
An employer could protect your health and safety in various different ways. They could:
- Take regular risk assessments of your job and workplace and act to reduce the risks found
- Provide safety training to you
- Give you personal protective equipment (PPE) if required
- Allow you to take regular breaks of your job requires repetitive tasks
- Ensure your workstation is set up as per the Display Screen Equipment regulations
If your employer does not take care of your health and safety at work and you are injured or taken ill as a result of their negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
If you’ve been injured in Newbury in an A34 accident, or on another public road and it was someone else’s fault, personal injury solicitors covering Newbury could help you make a claim for compensation. According to West Berkshire Council, in 2014, 25 people were killed or seriously injured on West Berkshire roads. However, even if you have suffered minor injuries in a Newbury A4 accident, or on other minor roads, if you could prove it was someone else’s fault, you could still claim compensation.
While many road accidents are the fault of road users, they could also be caused by poor road conditions, obstructions and potholes. Personal injury lawyers covering Newbury could help you make a claim as someone who has been injured due to situations such as:
- Another driver causing a Newbury A339 accident by speeding
- Another road user causing an accident in Newbury because they failed to stop at traffic lights
- A significant pothole accident that caused you to suffer injuries
- An accident caused by an obstruction in the road
These are just a few examples. If you believe you could have a claim for a traffic accident in Newbury that wasn’t your fault, we could assess your eligibility to claim. We could then give you advice as to what options you have when it comes to making a claim.
Newbury Train, Bus Or Station Accidents
It isn’t just car accidents in Newbury that could lead to a claim. If you’ve been injured on a bus, in a taxi, on a train and your injuries where caused due to breach in the duty of care owed to you as a passenger you may be eligible for compensation. However, working out who could be held liable for your injuries might be difficult.
For example, if you’ve been injured in a Newbury train accident, there are multiple entities that could be responsible from a train operator to rail maintenance, but if you were injured in a Newbury station accident, it could be the entity responsible for the station that could be held liable. If you’ve been injured in a taxi accident, it might be the taxi company that could be held liable, or another road user might be responsible.
Personal injury lawyers covering Newbury could help you work out who if anyone could be liable for your injuries and could help you take action against them.
Car Parking Accidents
Whether you’ve been injured due to a fault car park barrier, been run over as a pedestrian in a car park or have been injured when another car rammed into yours in a car park, you may be looking to make a claim. Car park accidents could be complex in terms of working out who could be held responsible for your injuries. Liable parties could include:
- Another driver
- The local council
- A private car park owner/operator
- Your own negligence.
A solicitor covering Newbury can assess your case through a free consultation and help determine if firstly you have grounds to pursue a claim and secondly who may be liable.
Unfortunately, cyclists and motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable of road users. Rospa has reported that in 2018 alone, 17,550 cyclists were injured on Britains roads, with 4,106 seriously injured. If you’ve been involved in a Newbury bike accident, the lack of protection you have around you while on your bike may cause you more serious injuries than it would if you were in a car or other motor vehicle. If someone else was at fault for your injuries, you could claim compensation with the help of a personal injury solicitor covering Newbury.
Accidents in a public place could lead to personal injury claims against a business’ public liability insurance. Businesses such as shops, supermarkets, landowners and councils should all have such an insurance policy in place to pay for such claims if the public is injured in a place they are responsible for keeping safe. If your accident in a public place happened due to the landowner’s, council’s, or private business’ negligence in looking after public safety in a place they are responsible for, call our team today and take advantage of your free consultation to see if you have valid grounds to make a claim.
Parks And Open Spaces Accidents
Northcroft and Goldwell parks are places in Newbury that many people may choose to enjoy some recreation time, as is Victoria Park. It is vital that all public spaces the public can visit are kept as safe as reasonably possible.
If open and public spaces are not maintained and inspected regularly the following may potentially occur
- An accident due to unsafe playground equipment
- An accident due to lack of safety signage
- An accident due to significant potholes
If an accident occurs and you believe it was due to negligence on the part of a third party you may question whether you could make a compensation claim. If you intend to, it is vital you collect as much supporting evidence as possible such as photographs, accident reports and medical attention.
Shopping Centre Or Supermarket Accidents
Retail environments and those responsible for their upkeep owe their visitors, customers and employees a duty fo care to keep them as safe as reasonably possible while they are on their premises.
Reasons to make a shopping centre or supermarket claim could include:
- Injuries caused by slippy floors that have no warning signs
- Injuries caused by dangerous shop fittings
- Injuries caused by unsafely stacked goods that fall on customers and employees.
- Injuries caused by unsafe flooring that cause a tripping hazard.
Your claim would usually be paid for by the liable party’s insurance if you made a claim against them. To work out who could be liable and get advice on starting a claim, why not call our team?
Unfortunately, slips and falls could happen almost anywhere. To make a fall accident claim, you would need to prove that it was caused by an entity that had a duty of care for you which they negligently breached and it resulted in you suffering harm.
Pavement Accident Claims
If you trip over a pavement and feel that this hazard was a public risk we would advise that you take photographic evidence if you are thinking of making a claim. Always capture the dimensions of the pavement defect, capture on image exactly where it happened using the surrounding area, seek medical attention and call our team for further advice.
West Berkshire council may be responsible for many of the public areas, public buildings, footpaths and road including;
- A council-run car park
- Council offices
- Public parks
- Local authority housing
- Social care settings
Depending on the type of claim you are looking to make councils may have their own criteria for certain accident claims. Buiding supporting evidence is key as with any public liability claim. Public liability claims can be challenging, to say the least, we would advise having a specialist solicitopr on your side to help you pursue your claim. For more information about the services, we provide please call our advisors today.
Sadly, crime is not limited to certain areas of the UK and could happen anywhere. If you’ve been the victim of a violent crime in Newbury, and have suffered injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
When there is no other option for compensation, you could make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). It may be worth mentioning that there is usually a shorter claims time limit for CICA claims than some personal injury claims, so it might be wise to get advice on how long you’d have to claim as soon as possible.
Criminal injury claims could be made by victims who’ve been injured as a result of:
- Witnessing a violent crime (psychological injuries)
- Trying to stop a violent crime
- Being a victim of a violent crime
Statistics For Crime And Disorder In West Berkshire
Illustrated below are the statistics for the frequency of crimes in the West Berkshire area. These figures have been reproduced from LG Inform, and cover the period of 12 months ending April 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Theft from a person
A successful compensation claim requires you to prove that an accident occurred, that you were injured and that someone else was to blame. You’d also have to prove that the person to blame had a legal duty of care towards you and that they’d breached that duty.
You could help gather evidence that could help to build a strong case. Evidence that could be useful could include:
- Photographs – if you are able to take them, photographs of the scene of an accident and your injuries could be useful
- Medical records – if you have been injured, you would usually have visited a doctor or hospital for initial assessment and treatment, if required. Your medical records should contain evidence that you have sought advice and treatment and could be useful to your claim.
- Witness contact details – if someone has witnessed your accident, retaining their contact details could be useful. Personal injury lawyers covering Newbury claims could approach these witnesses for a statement if you could provide these details to them.
- An accident report – Reporting your accident could be useful in proving what has happened. Whether you report a Newbury motorcycle accident to the police, or an accident in Kennet Shopping Centre in Newbury to the store involved, or to the shopping centre operator, you could retain evidence that you have done so.
Where Lawyers Could Be Found
If you would like to know where to find personal injury solicitors in Newbury, you could try contacting those based just off the A339. There are lawyers on Oxford Street, Cheap Street and near Bridge Street too. However, you don’t have to choose local solicitors for your case, as we explain further on in this guide.
You would usually be asked by your solicitor to visit an independent medical expert so that a medical report could be generated that would give an independent expert opinion on your injuries and your prognosis. This could be used to prove the level of your injuries and come to an appropriate compensation settlement with the liable party. No matter where your solicitor is located, you should be able to attend a personal injury medical examination near to your local area. We have provided examples of just a few of the local experts that could be found in this area in the resources section of this guide.
Local Lawyers Are Not Always Best
You could choose from personal injury solicitors covering Newbury claims that are based somewhere else in the UK if you feel they could offer a service more suited to your needs. You may be able to find one that has been highly successful in handling cases just like yours previously. Since cases could largely be handled via e-mail, phone or letter, you are not restricted to working with local solicitors for your claim.
If you type ‘top personal injury lawyers in Newbury for No Win No Fee claims’ into a search engine, you’ll likely be greeted with a long list of potential personal injury law firms covering Newbury claims that all seem to offer the same type of services. How do you make a choice between them to find the most appropriate lawyer for your needs?
One was to differentiate between personal injury lawyers covering Newbury would be to read online reviews. Comments left by people who have used the services of the lawyers you’re considering could give you some idea of:
- The cases they’ve handled previously
- How successful they’ve been with negotiating other claimant’s settlements
- How communicative they’ve been during the process
- How long previous claims have taken
It is worth mentioning that as well as reading reviews, a short telephone conversation may give you the confidence that you’ve found the right lawyer for your needs.
If you’ve decided to go ahead with a claim for a Newbury traffic accident, a fall accident claim for an incident at Newbury Racecourse, or any other type of personal injury claim, you might be interested to know how much compensation your claim could bring you. Because the compensation you receive for your claim is based on an assessment of the unique facts of your case, we have opted not to provide a personal injury claims calculator on this page. Instead, we have chosen to provide some insight into compensation amounts using the Judicial College Guidelines for common injuries. If you can’t see your injury here, we could give you more information on approximate compensation guidelines for other injuries over the phone.
|Type of injury sustained
|Severity of the injury
|Approximate Guideline Payout
|£36,790 – £127,530
|£3,710 to £8,200
|£7,410 to £36,120
|£36,770 to £122,860
|£51,460 to £108,620
|£36,390 to £151,070
As well as the general damages you could receive for the loss of amenity, pain and suffering of your injury, you could also claim for expenses incurred as a result of your injury. Personal injury lawyers covering Newbury could help you get compensation for medical expenses, care costs, wage losses and travel expenses caused by your injuries.
Making a claim through a No Win No Fee solicitor covering Newbury means you wouldn’t have to pay any legal fees upfront. You would not have to pay any legal fees throughout your claim, either. In addition to this, you would not pay your personal injury solicitor any legal fees if your claim did not result in compensation.
To make a claim under these terms, you’d be asked to read and sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. This document would detail a success fee that you’d pay your solicitor if they managed to secure you a payout for your claim. The fee is capped and would represent a small percentage of your eventual compensation payout. It would only be payable once your compensation had been paid out.
We hope this guide to personal injury lawyers covering Newbury has been of interest to you. If you are left with unanswered questions or would like some guidance on how to begin a claim, our expert team are here to help. You can get in touch with our advisors for free advice:
By telephone: 0800 408 7825
Through Live Chat – you’ll see the messenger box at the bottom of this page
Or, by completing the contact form so one of our team can call you back.
Train Station Injuries – This guide could be of interest to you if you have sustained injuries at Newbury Station.
Public Road Car Accidents – This detailed guide could be useful to you if you’ve suffered injuries in a Newbury bypass accident, or another type of Newbury car accident.
Toddler Accident Claims Guide – This general guide covers how to make claims for injuries caused by accidents to toddlers.
Where Checkups Could Take Place
|12-20 Oxford Street,
|17 Wendan Road,
Contacting West Berkshire Magistrates Court
|West Berkshire Magistrates Court
Contacting West Berkshire Council
|West Berkshire Council
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