If you have been injured in an accident in Northampton that wasn’t your fault, whether it was at work, while driving, while out in public or while using public services, then there is a chance that you could be entitled to claim compensation from the person or organisation responsible. To do this you might be looking for the help of personal injury lawyers covering Northampton.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we can provide you with some free legal advice. If you call our advisors today they will assess your cases eligibility in a free no-obligation chat. We have put this guide together to show you how the claims process works and also the benefits of having legal representation.
We also have a team of advisors on standby, who you can call on 0800 408 7825 for a free consultation.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Northampton
- Northampton Work-Related Accident Claims
- Northampton Traffic Accident Claims
- Cycling Accident Claims No Win No Fee
- Claims For A Personal Injury In A Public Place
- Slip And Fall Accident Claims
- Claiming Against Your Local Council
- Claims For Criminal Injuries And Assaults In Northampton
- How Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Northampton Could Help You
- How Reviews Help You Find A Personal Injury Lawyer Covering Northampton
- Working Out How Much You Could Be Awarded
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Northampton
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This guide is in two parts. The first series of sections will cover some of the different situations in which you could be entitled to claim compensation. Also, how personal injury lawyers could support you throughout your claim. In each of these sections, we will link to a page that addresses the specific details of how making a claim works.
In the second series of sections, we will go through some of the details of how the process of making a personal injury claim works. Discussing, how your compensation is calculated and how your financial risk may be reduced when using a No Win No Fee solicitor. Plus, how to find an excellent personal injury lawyer for your case.
Your employer is responsible for making sure that the workplace is safe as far as is reasonably practicable. It is their legal duty to reduce risks to a minimum where possible. Especially from the danger of preventable accidents in the workplace.
Under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 employers have a legal obligation to ensure safety wherever possible. If they do not follow these legal obligations, they could put people’s health and safety in danger. They could then face liability for compensation claims made over any injuries that could have been avoided. If you want to know more about your rights as an employee regarding health and safety, you can read some of the contents on the Health and Safety Executive’s website. Or call our team.
Northampton Traffic Accident Claims
There are two sets of people responsible for people’s safety when it comes to driving on roads. They are the authorities responsible for keeping the roads maintained and repaired and drivers themselves. The local council, or Highways England depending on whether or not the road is a motorway, is responsible for making sure that there are no safety hazards. This is because they have responsibility for carrying out the upkeep and maintenance of the roads. This could include potholes or ice or a lack of street lights.
A collision or other form of road traffic accident could occur because a road user was acting negligently or unlawfully. For example, if they were speeding or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If so, then a compensation claim could be made against that driver for harm that they have caused. One of the reasons drivers should have insurance is that they have a way to pay compensation to someone if they are held liable for causing an accident.
If you have had an accident while using the road that wasn’t your fault, then you could consider calling us to see if you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Claims For Accidents On Public Transport
To make a compensation claim against a public transport operator if you’ve been injured while using public transport you would need to prove that they failed to operate their services safely. This could be done whether you were injured while riding on a public transport vehicle or at a public transport stop or station.
Personal injury lawyers could help you gather the evidence needed to make a personal injury claim like this. You can find out more about this by reading this article or by calling this team.
Car Park Personal Injury Claims
Suppose your car or other vehicle-related accident occurred in a car park. This may have happened because the car park is in an unsafe condition. In that case, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for the harm you have suffered. Those in control of car parks have a duty of care to make sure that their property is kept in a safe condition. They must also remove any potential health and safety hazards.
If you think that an accident you have been injured in occurred in a car park because the operators did not ensure that it was in a safe condition, you should contact us to discuss your options for making a claim.
An accident could put a cyclist at more risk than other kinds of road users. Cyclists do not have the same level of protection as other drivers do. Unlike other road users, they do not ride on the inside of the vehicle. Therefore they do not have anything to absorb the impact of a collision; making them much more vulnerable to suffering a severe injury. Here are some statistics for injuries in road traffic accidents. This shows that cyclists make up a disproportionate amount of people injured in road traffic accidents.
Injured while riding a bike or a motorbike? Was this due to the negligence of another road user? You could be entitled to make a compensation claim. You can find out how by reading this page and by calling our advice team.
If you have suffered an injury while on public property or while out in a public place because that public place was in an unsafe condition, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against the organisation or body which controls it. This is because any person or business that operates a space open to the public must take responsibility for keeping it in a safe condition. All potential hazards to the public’s health that can be reasonably dealt with must be removed.
One of the reasons why the owners and operators of public spaces should have public liability insurance is so that they have the means to pay compensation. This is in case someone is injured through their negligence. You can learn more about how personal injury claims work in the two following examples.
Claims For Accidents In Public Parks Or Playgrounds
The operators of your local parks, playing areas and green spaces are responsible for ensuring that the space is safe. This is usually the local council authority. Suppose you have suffered an injury in an accident in a park in your area because this responsibility was not met and health and safety hazards were allowed to increase you may have the right to claim compensation.
If you would like to know more about making a personal injury claim like this, you can read the guide on this page to find more details.
Claims For Accidents In Shops Or Supermarkets
The owners of a shop have a responsibility to ensure that their business is a space that is safe under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984. Both for their customers and members of the public. This means that it is their legal duty to take all reasonable measures in their power to remove or prevent safety hazards. These include hazards that could threaten people who are shopping or working on the businesses premises.
This includes any outdoor areas on the shop’s property and for which the shop is responsible, such as paving outside the shop and the shop’s car park. You can find out more about how you could be entitled to claim compensation for an accident in a shop and what to do about it on this page here.
One of the most common reasons people end up getting hurt in accidents is slipping or tripping and falling over. That’s why one of the first and foremost safety responsibilities of anyone who runs a business or owns a public space is to make sure that the risk of tripping and slipping hazards are reduced as much as possible.
The removal of tripping and slipping hazards is a responsibility that applies to all the different types of organisations described in this article. But another organisation with responsibility for keeping people safe from tripping or slipping hazards is the local council. They are responsible for making sure that the pavements in a local area are well maintained and safe.
You could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the local council if you can prove that you have been injured due to their negligence. If that pavement had not been maintained to a decent standard of safety. If you wish to try and make a claim like this, you can visit this guide for details on what to do next, and for further information, you can call our advice team.
In addition to maintaining pavements as described in the section above the local council also has responsibilities for peoples safety in several different circumstances. They have a duty under public liability for the properties they own and manage. This includes their chambers and offices and other public utilities and services like leisure centres and libraries.
Northampton council also has several other potential responsibilities. Such as when it provides social care and where it is responsible for the health and safety of people receiving care. As an employer, the same applies to its employees.
If you would like to know more about what to do if you wish to make a claim like this, you can read this guide and call our team.
Personal injury lawyers covering Northampton can provide you with legal representation if you have been injured or affected by a violent crime. People who can prove that they have been the victim of a crime can be entitled to claim compensation. In some cases where the person responsible has been found guilty and has the means to do so, the perpetrator could be made to pay compensation to their victim.
This will not always be possible. Not all offenders are caught and found guilty, and not all those who are found culpable have the means to pay compensation to their victims. If the offender can’t be made to pay compensation, the claim can be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. CICA is an executive agency of the UK Government that awards compensation to crime victims.
If you have been the victim of a crime within the last two years, and you believe you could provide proof, or if you have been the victim of past abuse, you may be one of those entitled to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered. You can find out more by visiting the CICA website and by calling our advice team.
Northampton Crime Statistics
According to official sources, these statistics show some of the Northampton area’s (East Northamptonshire) latest recorded crime figures. You can see the basis of these statistics for yourself on this page.
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Medical assessments are made during personal injury claims for two reasons. Firstly, the report made by a doctor that has examined the claimant’s injury. This will serve as proof that you have suffered an injury, which will be crucial to make your claim.
The second purpose that a medical examination serves is to allow your personal injury lawyer to calculate the worth of your personal injury compensation. It is based on how severe the doctor deems the injury and its impact on your health to be.
We will discuss the issue of calculating your compensation in more detail later on. You will be invited for a medical assessment as part of the claims process. This is even if you have already been seen by a doctor. This will usually be local to you. You can see the details of one of the doctors nearest to you. Find one from the tables at the bottom of the page.
Do I Need To Find A Lawyer In Northampton?
Whether you choose to use a personal injury lawyer or not is entirely up to you. However, if you decide to use one their location is no longer an issue. While some claimants still like to meet their solicitor face to face much communication can be done in different ways.
Reading reviews left online by previous claimants can give you information that few other sources can; the perspectives of people who have worked with personal injury lawyers in the past. We recommend that you look for reviews left online by others. Especially people who made the same type of claim that you are aiming to make.
It is essential to know before choosing a solicitor which ones left their claimants feeling satisfied. Look for the level of communication with their lawyer, how long it took for the claim to be resolved and the amount of compensation they were awarded.
It is difficult to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to receive until you are in the process of making a claim. Compensation payments must be calculated on a case by case basis. It is done by assessing the value in terms of how severe the injury is. Also, how badly you will be affected by it in the future.
Other factors affect the worth of your compensation calculated separately, known as special damages; these are intended to cover the financial costs that have stemmed from your injury.
Although we cannot calculate the value of your potential compensation on this page, we can show you this table. Using figures from the Judicial College, estimate the rough value of certain types of injuries. These figures don’t include special damages. But, they could help you get a rough idea of how much compensation certain injuries attract.
|Injury Type||Severity||Amount Awarded||Notes|
|Brain Damage||Moderate||£40,410 to £85,150||Brain Damage of this nature would result in concentration and memory implications.|
|Brain Damage||Very Severe||£264,650 to £379,100||Severe Brain Damage would result in life-altering implications, leading to sensory impairment, behavioural issues, life reduction, physical limitations.|
|Fractures of Jaws||Moderate||£16,860 to £28,610||A fracture would result in permanent consequences, difficulty in opening the mouth and eating.|
|Fractures of Jaws||Serious||£28,610 to £42,730||An injury of this nature would result in very serious fractures of the jaw, resulting in prolonged treatment and permanent consequences, including pain, paraesthesia, and the risk of arthritis.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Less Significant Scarring||£3,710 to £12,900||Scarring of this nature could be camouflaged, or there would be several little scars.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Very Severe Scarring||£27,940 to £91,350||Scarring of this nature would result in serious psychological trauma, as the scarring is expected to have a serious impact.|
Many people who want to use a solicitor to help with their compensation claim worry about the legal fees. We always advise claimants to use a solicitor that offers a No Win No Fee agreements. This is a type of legal agreement between a solicitor and their client. It is where the claimant will only be charged solicitor fees if their claim is awarded compensation.
The solicitors’ payment will come from the sum of money awarded to the claimant if the claim they make is successful. This ensures that the financial risk to the claimant is minimised. The fee paid to the solicitor is legally capped.
If you want to talk to our team about anything you have read here. Or if you would like to talk to us about working with a personal injury lawyer covering claims in Northampton you can call 0800 408 7825
Doctors Conducting Medical Assessments In Northampton
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Northampton Magistrates Court
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