On this page, we lay out a free guide covering the process of using personal injury lawyers covering Newport to help you to make a compensation claim. Within it, we are going to look at the many types of personal injury claims you could make, and what the role of a personal injury solicitor would be in doing so.
One thing to keep in mind as you are reading this guide is that no two claims are identical. Each has its own set of circumstances that will affect many aspects of the claim. What this means, is that we can’t possibly answer every question you might have in one guide. The good news is, that our lines are open 24 hours a day, and you can always talk to a member of our claims team to get any answers that you need. You can get in touch with us on 0800 408 7825.
Choose A Section:
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport
- Injuries And Illnesses At Work In Newport
- Road Traffic Accidents In Newport, Gwent
- Cyclist And Cycling Accidents On The Road
- Public Space Accidents And Injuries
- Slipping Or Tripping Accidents
- Council And Local Authority Accidents
- Victim Based Crimes And Assaults
- How Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport May Help You
- Do Reviews And Ratings Help Find The Right Solicitor?
- Examples Of Payouts For Typical Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport
- Consult Public Interest Lawyers
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport
This guide to using personal injury law firms covering Newport should give you an understanding of the basics of making a personal injury claim. It covers many of the most common types of claims, how they come about, and why you may in a position to make a similar claim. However, the guide only gives basic information about each type of claim. We expect that once you have discovered you could have a possible claim, that you will contact our team for more information about how to do so.
The first part of this guide goes over some of the more frequently seen types of claims. We discuss the following types of claims:
- Workplace accidents and work-related injuries.
- Road traffic accidents involving all types of road users, including pedestrians and passengers.
- Accidents that take place within some type of publicly accessible premises, such as shopping centres, car parks, playgrounds, etc.
- Common slip, trip and fall accidents of all kinds.
- Local authority duty of care.
- Criminal injury claims.
The next part of this guide moves on to explain what the role of a lawyer is when you are making a claim, and also offers some advice on how to select the right legal firm. This includes checking reviews, and deciding whether you should use a local law firm.
The last part of this guide imparts required financial information related to making a claim. We have provided a table that shows example ranges of compensation, so you can judge roughly how much you may be able to claim for. Lastly, we will explain how a No Win No Fee claim works, and try to show what the benefits of using a solicitor working under such an agreement could be.
Injuries And Illnesses At Work In Newport
Your employer is legally obliged to provide you with a safe place to work. This includes complying with all health and safety directives that pertain to the sector the business operates within. Failure to comply with these rules at all times could result in accidents such as:
- Being hit by a falling object.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals.
- Slipping, tripping or falling.
- Being hit by a moving vehicle.
- Falling from a height.
These are some of the more common workplace accidents. Accidents in Newport workplaces could potentially happen for all different types of reasons. To have a valid claim for an accident at work it must be proven that there has been a breach in the duty of care owed to you.
You may have additional questions that you need answers to, and you will need to find out certain key information, such as the personal injury claims time limit that will apply based on your own situation. Talk to one of our claim advisors to help with this. You can contact them any time of day, 7 days a week, on the contact telephone number at the end of the guide. They will answer all of your questions, and also tell you about how we can help you to make your claim.
Road Traffic Accidents In Newport, Gwent
One of the most common types of accidents claims is for road traffic accidents. If you are involved in a Newport non-fault car accident, or as any other type of road accident, you could be in a position to claim for any harm you have suffered. But it isn’t just car drivers that can claim, it is any road user, including:
- Passengers in a private vehicle, or on public transport such as a bus, coach or taxi. Pillion passengers on a motorcycle as well.
- The person in control of any vehicle. Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, lorries, vans, etc. And also, road users using other forms of transport such as horse riders.
Again to be eligible for compensation for the harm you have suffered it must be proven that a third party acted negligently. This third party will have owed you a duty of care in which they breached.
Injured On Public Transport, Claim Compensation
Not every road accident in Newport, Gwent involves cars, motorcycles, vans, etc. Some involve public transport such as a bus, coach or minicab. For example:
- A bus company has failed to maintain a vehicle properly, causing it to malfunction and crash. Passengers are injured.
- A taxi driver is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and has an accident. A passenger is injured.
- The driver of a coach closes the doors too early, trapping a passenger in them.
In each of these examples, it can clearly be seen that the operator of public transport was somehow to blame for the incident that caused harm to a passenger. It could be possible for the passenger to claim against the transport firm for the harm they suffered.
Injured In A Car Park, Claim Compensation
Not every Newport car accident happens on a public road. Some road traffic accidents take place off the road, inside a car park, either a public one or a private one. There are two possible scenarios here:
- You are injured in an accident caused by another car park user. You would claim against this party.
- People are injured in an accident that was caused by a hazard in the car park, such as a faulty barrier, that the operator is responsible for. You would claim against the car park operator.
Cyclist And Cycling Accidents On The Road
Cyclists confront a specific set of challenges when it comes to road safety. The lack of protection that a bicycle offers the rider, combined with the small footprint making a bicycle hard to see, which means that cyclists can often suffer the most serious of all accidents. For example:
- A car does not leave enough room when overtaking a bicycle, forcing it off the road.
- The driver is not looking where he is going and collides with a cycle user.
- A driver pulling out from a side road do not see an oncoming cyclist, causing an accident.
It is important to point out that it is not always the driver’s fault when it comes to cycle accidents. Those who use a pedal cycle as a way of transportation can also act in a negligent manner causing harm and injury.
Public Space Accidents And Injuries
This section looks at accidents in a public place. When you are injured in a public place, and it is the fault of the operator of the premises, then you could be able to make a claim against them. Examples of public places this would apply to are:
- Shopping malls.
- Retails stores.
- Restaurants, fast-food outlets, cafes, etc.
- A hospital or clinic.
- A train or bus station.
There are many areas that are considered public places, some are owned and run by private businesses and some are managed by the local authority. Those who have a responsibility to a setting that the public can use without invitation have a duty to ensure that this environment is as safe as can reasonably be.
Park And Playground Accidents
If you or a member of your family are injured in a park or a children’s playground, then it may be possible to claim against the operator of the space, for reasons such as:
- Playground accidents that are caused by faulty play equipment.
- Trip accidents caused by uneven or damaged pavements.
- Injuries caused by plants life being overgrown and disturbing the footpath.
To have a valid claim for compensation you would have to show the park operator as being responsible for your injury. It must be proven that your accident was avoidable and your injury preventable. To find personal injury lawyers covering Newport call our advisors today and receive a free consultation.
Retail Space Accidents
We touched on shopping malls and retail stores in the public place accidents section. We can expand on this by saying that accidents in public places that occur in a shop, even if that shop is inside a shopping mall operated by another company, it is the shop operator that you will make a claim against if it was their fault you were injured.
This is an important aspect of public place claims. If the place is nested within other private places, for instance, a café, inside a retail store, inside a shopping mall, then each of these entities will have their own public liability insurance policy. You will make a public injury claim against whichever occupier was responsible for your injuries.
Slipping Or Tripping Accidents
Besides road traffic accident claims, simple slip, trip and fall claims are the most common that a solicitor will deal with. These are accidents that can happen anywhere, and at any time, caused by hazards such as:
- Loose floor tiles.
- Wet or dirty floors.
- Warped floorboard.
- Frayed or torn carpets.
When it comes to slips, trips and falls it is vital that you have supportive evidence. Usually, it is advised that you take images of the accident scene. The hazard which caused your fall. If it happens in a public setting have it recorded in an accident log book. Also always seek medical attention.
Council And Local Authority Accidents
Much of the infrastructure that you use and rely on as you go about your daily life, is provided by the local authority. For example:
- Public pavements.
- Parks and playgrounds.
- Your local library.
- Council car parks.
- Garbage disposal sites.
- Your local council offices.
If you are injured in an accident in any place that the council is responsible for maintaining, and it can be proven that the injury was avoidable had the right legislation been followed, you could be able to claim for the harm you suffered. And personal injury lawyers in or covering Newport could help you with this.
Victim Based Crimes And Assaults
When there is no other avenue to claim compensation there is a Government-run agency known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This agency was set up so that victims of criminal injury could receive compensation to help them get back on their feet Examples of violent crimes include.
- Rape or sexual assault.
- Physical assault.
- Aggravated burglary.
- Being mugged.
The criteria for claiming through the CICA is slightly different. They have a shorter limitation period and incidents must be reported to the police. For more information on CICA claims please refer to the link above or call our advisors who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Statistics Highlighting Rates Of Crimes In Newport
These statistics apply to Newport:
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Other types of theft
How Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport May Help You
Having a solicitor represent your case can have huge benefits. They have the knowledge and expertise to know which type of evidence to collect and submit. As they are also familiar with laws and legislation they will know which ones to use to support your case. Personal injury solicitors covering Newport will be able to ensure that you are fully compensated for not only the pain and suffering you have experienced but also any financial losses.
Why Medical Assessments Help Your Case
In order to a) evaluate the value of your claim, and b) prove the extent of the harm you have suffered, you may need to go for an impartial medical examination, and the subsequent medical examination report that is produced can be submitted to support your claim.
Why Not Choose A Local Lawyer
You don’t have to find a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer in Newport. You are free to use any solicitor you like; it doesn’t matter where they are based. It would be far better to find the most suitable solicitor to process your claim, without taking their location into consideration.
Do Reviews And Ratings Help Find The Right Solicitor?
If you can find some impartial reviews about a solicitor, it is well worth reading them. Although you should take into consideration how old the review is, whether it covers a claim similar to your own, and if it is from a trustworthy source or not. Follow up with a call to the solicitor to check they are indeed suitable.
Examples Of Payouts For Typical Personal Injury Claims
You can use a personal injury claims calculator to get an estimate of the value of your claim. You can also use this table based on the guidelines published by the Judicial College in England. This table can be used to get a general idea of how much you could be able to claim in terms of general damages. General damages are there to compensate you for the pain and suffering. The table does not cover special damages which cover financial loss.
|Rang of Compensation
|Pertaining to all ankle injuries that are modest in nature. This could include soft-tissue injuries (strains, sprains, ligament damage, etc.) as well as cuts, burns and abrasions, and other types of damage to the skin and underlying flesh. The level of compensation awarded will depend on how bad the injuries were, and whether the ankle will be weakened, causing further problems in the future.
|Up to £12,900
|Pertaining to all foot injuries that are modest in nature. This could include soft-tissue injuries (strains, sprains, ligament damage, etc.), fractures (metatarsal for example), as well as cuts, burns and abrasions, and other types of damage to the skin and underlying flesh. The level of compensation awarded will depend on how bad the injuries were, and whether the foot will fully recover or not.
|Up to £12,900
|Pertaining to all jaw injuries that are simple in nature. These injuries would see the victim have to have their jaw immobilised for some time, but recovery would be total.
|£6,060 to £8,200
|Pertaining to all neck injuries that are simple in nature. This would include burns, grazes, lacerations, etc. Also, minor soft-tissue injuries affecting the neck or spine.
|Up to £7,410
|Pertaining to all back injuries that are simple in nature. This would include burns, grazes, lacerations, etc. Also, minor soft-tissue injuries affecting the back or spine. Additionally, this category could include medical problems such as a mild slipped disk.
|Up to £11,730
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Newport
Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you don’t pay your solicitor until your claim has been won. What this means, is that:
- No fee to your solicitors at the start of the claim.
- There are no fees to pay your solicitor during the time the claim is being processed.
- Solicitors fees nil if the claim is not a success.
If the claim is a success, you the solicitor will ask for you to pay a small success fee (which is legally limited), that can be collected directly from the payment they have received for you. If you need to know more about how a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) works, you can always call and speak to one of our team to get the answers that you need.
Consult Public Interest Lawyers
Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you think you have the basis of a compensation claim? To find out how personal injury lawyers covering Newport could help you contact our advisors or call 0800 408 7825, one of our claim experts can answer any questions you have about the claims process, and provide you with some good advice on how to move forward with a claim.
You may like to read these other pages of our site:
Medical Experts Handling Cases In Newport
If you need to undergo a medical examination, you could use these medical professionals:
|Insight Health Screening Ltd
|4 Imperial Courtyard
|Michael A Williams
|Newport Cardiac Centre
|4 Imperial Courtyard
Newport And South Wales Magistrates Court
Contact details for the local magistrates’ court.
|Newport Magistrates’ Court
Newport City Council
Contact details for the local authority:
|Newport City Council
Article by AH