Whether you’ve sustained back injuries in a zoo accident due to falling from an unsafe platform, or you’ve sustained injuries at a beach due to broken steps, you may be able to make a claim for compensation for your injuries if it can be proven that a third who had responsibility for your health and safety caused your accident through negligence. A personal injury lawyer covering Paignton could help you with this. In this guide, we offer a wealth of insight into making a wide range of personal injury claims with the help of personal injury solicitors handling Paignton claims. We also give you some information relating to compensation payouts and how they’re calculated and how to choose the right lawyer for your claim. If you’d like to know more about any aspect of making a claim, simply call our expert advisors on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Paignton
- Injuries From Work And Work Vehicles
- Paignton Car And Traffic Accidents
- Bike Crashes And Accidents
- Accidents In Public Spaces
- Fall On A Pavement Accident Claim
- Injury Claims Against Torbay Council
- Paignton Crime Rates, Statistics And Injury Claims
- Getting The Right Injury Claim Lawyer For Your Case
- Use Reviews To Learn More About Different Lawyers Services
- How Are Injury Claim Damages Calculated?
- No Win No Fee Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Paignton
- How To Find A Lawyer
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Whether you’ve suffered whiplash in a Paignton bus accident, or you’ve sustained injuries in a Paignton accident at one of the supermarkets, restaurants or hotels due to poorly maintained facilities, you could have cause to launch a claim for compensation. A personal injury lawyer covering Paignton could support you in areas such as:
- Paignton workplace injury claims
- Paignton station accident claims
- Injuries sustained at a Zoo accident
- Injuries sustained as a victim of a criminal incident
- Paignton traffic accident claims
These are just a few examples. If you have been injured in an accident near Paignton or in Paignton that was not your fault, and someone could be held liable for your injuries, you could make a claim for compensation. While it could be possible to make a claim without a solicitor, using a personal injury solicitor covering Paignton could help to make the process much less daunting and stressful, and could help you get the maximum compensation payout possible for your claim.
The below sections cover a range of different personal injury claims you could make, and how a lawyer could support you. We also discuss compensation payouts and how they are calculated, along with giving you advice on selecting a lawyer.
Your employer, whether they are a large or small business, has a responsibility to protect your health and safety while you are at work. Whether you work for one of Paignton’s top employers, or a smaller business such as an independent café or bakery, the legal duty an employer has when it comes to employee health and safety still remains.
There are lots of ways your employer could protect you at work. They could:
- Give you health and safety training
- Provide you with PPE
- Ensure you take enough breaks
- Remove workplace hazards
- Perform risk assessments and act on the findings to reduce risk
If your employer does not take care of your health and safety at work and you are injured or you fall ill due to their negligence, you may be able to claim compensation from them.
Please be reassured that your employer shouldn’t treat you any differently if you choose to make a claim against them, as there is legislation that protects you from being treated differently due to highlighting wrongdoing in the workplace. Your employer should also have insurance that would pay for your claim.
According to Torbay Council, there were 3 fatalities on Torbay roads in 2016, with 42 seriously injured and 315 slightly injured. If you have been injured due to the actions of another road user in a Paignton car accident or any other type of road accident in Paignton, you could make a claim for compensation for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer covering Paignton could help you fight for compensation for both the injuries you’ve suffered and any costs associated with them. While in most cases, you would be claiming against another motorist, in some cases, if you have been in an accident with an uninsured driver, claims could be made through the MIB.
Injuries At A Station, On Trains, Buses Or In Taxis
Paignton public transport claims could also be made if you are injured on a bus, train, at a Paignton station or while using any type of public transport in the area if it can be proven a third party breached their duty of care towards you. You could even make a claim if you are injured in a taxi accident. Depending on who was at fault for the accident, you could claim against:
- A bus company
- A train company
- A local authority
- A private transport company (such as a taxi company)
- Or, against another road user
Injuries In A Car Park
Car park accidents could also lead to you being able to make a personal injury claim. Whether you were run into by another driver, knocked over as a pedestrian or injured in a car park barrier accident, you could make a claim against a liable party for your injuries if the accident was not your fault. Your claim could be against a car park operator, the local council or another car park user, for example.
If you’ve been injured in a Paignton bike crash when someone knocked you off your bike while dangerously overtaking you, or you’ve sustained serious injuries in a Paignton motorbike accident when someone in a large vehicle ran into the back of you, you could make a claim for compensation. Bike and motorcycle users are amongst some of the most vulnerable of road users, according to Rospa, simply because of reasons such as:
- They’re more difficult to see than cars, and larger vehicles
- Pushbike users can’t pull away quickly
- Motorcyclists move more quickly than other road users might expect
- They’re more affected by winds
- They are more likely to sustain injuries when they are knocked
If you’ve sustained injuries due to the actions of another road user, then why not call our team for free advice and a no-obligation assessment of your case. If we believe you could have a claim, we could connect you with a personal injury solicitor covering Paignton to help you make a claim.
Accidents in a public place could happen for a number of reasons. The difference between accidents in public places that could result in public injury claims and those that may not is public liability. There are a variety of parties that should have public liability insurance in place to pay compensation to those who have been injured in a public place due to their negligence. These could include local authorities, private businesses such as shops, restaurants and hotels and even maintenance companies tasked with keeping places safe. If a liable party’s negligence has led to you being injured in an accident in Paignton, Devon, then you could make a claim for compensation against them.
Leisure Facility And Park Accidents
Leisure centres and parks such as Torbay Leisure Centre, Paignton Pier, at Geoplay Park or even at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park are places where you go to spend time doing enjoyable activities such as swimming, keeping fit, walking, playing sports or using play equipment. If public places allow facilities to become unsafe for use, they should be cordoned off so that people are not injured on them.
If, you’ve been injured on unsafe equipment, or even because of unsanitary conditions in public spaces you may be able to make a claim against whoever is responsible for your safety while using these facilities. Depending on where you had your accident and who was responsible for the area you were injured in, you could make public accident claims against:
- A local council
- A private business that owned the facilities
- The operator of the facilities
Supermarket And Shop Accidents
Supermarket and shop accidents could also lead to you seeking out a personal injury lawyer covering Paignton to gain legal advice and support. If, for example, you have been injured due to a spillage in a supermarket that had not been cleared up, or due to broken shelving causing items to fall on you, this could constitute negligence. If someone with a duty of care towards you had been negligent in that duty, which had caused you harm, you may have cause to make a claim.
Have you had a fall accident on any public pavement? Was your accident due to poor maintenance of the pavement or pathway? If so, you could possibly make a claim for compensation.
Your fall may have been caused by a slippery surface that was not gritted when it should have been, or, it may have been due to broken paving stones that have not been fixed. A pavement fall could even happen due to a poorly fitted grid or manhole cover. We could help assess your case to see if you could make a claim. Call today for free legal advice of no obligation.
If a council is negligent in maintaining areas they are responsible for to a safe standard and you are injured as a result, this could result in you being able to make a claim against them if you can prove firstly that they owed you a duty of care, secondly that they had been negligent in keeping you reasonable safe and thirdly you suffered avoidable harm as a consequence of their behaviour.
Areas that the council may be responsible for could include:
- Public parks – Victoria Park
- Public car parks
- Pavements and footpaths
- Public roads
- Local Authority housing
- Council buildings
You may also be able to claim against the council as an employee if you are injured at work due to your employer’s negligence in taking care of your health and safety.
You may be able to claim compensation from the perpetrator or even their employer in some cases, or you may be able to make a claim against the CICA. The CICA, or Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has been set up to provide victims of criminal injury with compensation if other routes to compensation are blocked to them.
You may be able to claim compensation as a victim of:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Historical abuse
You could also claim if you were injured while trying to stop a crime, or as a witness of a violent crime that has suffered psychological injuries as a result of what you have seen.
Torbay Crime Statistics
We have included some crime statistics for Torbay in the below table, so you can see how frequently crimes were reported in the 12 months leading up to April 2020. The figures you see below are taken from LG Inform.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
There are certain things you would need to prove when making a compensation claim, including:
- The liable party owed you some kind of duty of care
- They were in breach of that duty
- Their breach caused you to suffer injury or illness
In addition to this, legal action must be taken before the personal injury claims time limit that is appropriate to your claim is up. While in many personal injury claims, the time limit is three years from the date of the incident, there are some exceptions that could apply.
Getting all the evidence gathered together and putting forward a strong claim may be something you find a little daunting. If so, you might wish to leave this work to your solicitor, who could take on negotiations on your behalf and support you if your claim ends up going to court.
Are There Areas In Paignton Lawyers Could Be Found?
If you are looking for No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers in Paignton, you may be considering trying those around the Totnes Road area, but there’s no reason you should restrict your search to the local area. The solicitors on our panel provide a nationwide service and with many decades of experience are sure to have handled many cases similar to yours why not call our team for more information.
Should I Limit My Search To A Lawyer Near Me?
As we mentioned, there isn’t any need for you to restrict yourself to using personal injury lawyers in Paignton. No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Paignton claims don’t have to be based in the area to be able to help you. You could opt for a solicitor based anywhere in the UK to handle your claim. The most important thing to do is use a lawyer you feel comfortable with to handle your claim effectively, whilst providing you with updates on your personal injury claim when you require them.
What Is The Role Of Medical Assessments And Evidence?
One part of the personal injury claims process that people ask about is whether medical evidence is necessary. You would need to be able to prove the harm you’ve suffered. Usually, when making personal injury claims, you’d visit an independent medical professional to obtain such evidence. They would examine you and write a report that detailed your injuries and prognosis. No matter where the personal injury lawyer covering Paignton is based, you should be able to get an appointment locally for the medical assessment.
Any law firm can promise to provide the best personal injury lawyers covering Paignton on their website, but getting insight from previous clients’ reviews could give you the confidence you’re choosing someone who could provide you with a good service.
When looking at reviews, it could be wise to consider:
- How well they have communicated with other clients
- The claims they’ve dealt with before
- How successful they have been with other claims
When you consider making a claim for compensation, you may wonder how much compensation you could end up with. There are many types of personal injury claims calculator online that you may have seen on other sites. However, we have chosen not to use one on this page, as the figures that they produce would only ever be a very rough compensation estimate. Many facts and circumstances have to be considered when calculating compensation payouts, and these tools cannot assess all these facts, which is why their figures could be unreliable.
We do understand that people may want to get some idea of how much compensation could be appropriate for their claim so we have produced a table which includes figures from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a publication that outlines guidelines compensation amounts for different injuries.
|Compensation Guideline Bracket
|Severity of Injury
|£205,580 – £266,740
|£51,460 – £108,620
|£21,720 – £56,180
|Loss of sight
|£46,240 – £51,460
|Loss of sight in one eye with sympathetic opthalmia
|£42,680 – £139,210
|£11,980 to £18,020
On top of the compensation you could receive for the suffering, loss of amenity and pain caused by your injuries, you could also claim special damages. These are designed to compensate claimants for expenses suffered as a result of their injuries. Special damages could include, but aren’t limited to:
- Care costs
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Income losses
No Win No Fee lawyers do not charge any upfront fees for their services, and you would not be asked to pay them anything until your claim had been completed, and compensation had been paid to you.
The process for No Win No Fee Claims is as follows:
- You would first be asked to sign an agreement, known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This promises payment of a success fee (capped) to your solicitor in the event of your claim being successful.
- Your solicitor would begin to build your claim and start negotiations for compensation.
- If compensation was agreed, the success fee would be deducted from your compensation.
- If your solicitor didn’t get you a compensation payout, then you wouldn’t pay the success fee.
If you have questions about making a claim in this manner or would like us to connect you with a personal injury solicitor that could take your claim on under these terms, please get in touch. We’d be happy to help you.
Whether you’re ready to make a start on claiming compensation, or you have further questions about the claims process or your eligibility to claim, we’re here to help.
You can contact our specialist advisors at any time via:
Phone – 0800 408 7825
Through our online contact form
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We look forward to assisting you.
Claiming Against Public Liability Insurance – This guide explains such claims in detail, including what could lead to them and how they work.
Shop Accident Claims – Claims against shops are explained in detail here. You can find out how much compensation you could claim and what accidents could lead to a claim.
Cycle Accident Claims– Making a claim if you’ve been injured on a bike is covered in this guide.
Where You Could Have Injuries Examined In This Area
|Park Hill Road,
|Lemon Villas Clinic
3 Lemon Villas
Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court
|Newton Abbot Magistrates Court
|The Court House
Torbay Council – Providing Residents Services In Paignton
Article by OE