A Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Who Cover Rochdale
If you have fallen ill or suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence or dangerous behaviour, you may be able to seek compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve endured, as well as any expenses associated with your injury or illness. A personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help with a wide range of personal injury claims, such as car accidents, workplace injuries or illnesses, council accidents and more.
This guide has been put together to give you information on your rights when making such claims, as well as offering some information as to the benefits of choosing to work with a personal injury solicitor on your claim, rather than attempting to claim without support.
In this guide, we also offer insight into how much compensation you could receive for certain injuries, how the No Win No Fee claims process works, and how we could help assess your case and provide specific support and guidance on making a personal injury claim. If you’d like to begin a claim right away or would like to ask us anything about the information contained in this guide, you can reach us on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Rochdale
- Compensation After An Accident At Work
- Compensation After A Road Traffic Accident In Rochdale
- Compensation After Being In A Cycling Accident
- Compensation After Being Injured In A Public Place
- Compensation After Being Injured When Tripping Over
- Compensation After Council Accident Claims
- Compensation After An Assault Or Violent Crime
- How Do I Make A Damages Claim?
- Why You Should Check Reviews Of Legal Services
- Typical Amounts Which May Be Paid Out In Damages
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Rochdale
- Consulting A Lawyer
There are many types of personal injury claims that a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help with. While you don’t necessarily need to use a lawyer to help with a claim, many claimants prefer to have legal support as it could help to reduce the work they have to do to prove their claim and fight for compensation. This could also help give the claimant time and space to concentrate on recovering from their injuries or illness while the lawyer works on their claim.
Below, we provide insight into many different types of claims that a personal injury lawyer could help with, from public injury claims to criminal injury and workplace accident claims. We’ll explain the different circumstances in which a claim could be launched, as well as explaining how compensation could be calculated and how you could make a claim without having to pay your lawyer until your claim had been successfully settled.
Accidents and illnesses at work can and do happen, and statistics from the HSE reveal that in 2018/19:
- 2 million working days were lost to work-related injuries or illnesses
- There were 147 workplace fatalities
- There were 69,208 non-fatal injuries to workers
Regardless of the size of the company you work for, your employer has a legal duty to take care of your Health and Safety at work. They could do so in a number of ways, from:
- Risk assessing your workplace and removing hazards
- Providing safety training
- Providing adequate PPE
- Allowing you to take regular breaks
- Ensuring equipment is maintained to a safe standard
These are just some examples of how an employer could look after employee health and safety. The actions your employer should take would be specific to the workplace and your job role. If your employer fails to take reasonable steps to protect your safety and health and work and you sustain an injury or fall ill due to their negligence, a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you bring a claim against them for compensation.
Some claimants may feel a little wary about making claims against their employer, but we should point out that:
- Making a claim could help ensure other employees are not put at risk
- Your employer should have an insurance policy in place to cover such claims
- They’re not allowed to treat you differently because you are making a claim against them
If you’d like advice on whether your workplace accident or work-related injury could lead to compensation, our team is ready to help. One call to us could give you the insight and support to begin a claim for compensation against your employer.
According to Government statistics, in 2017, there were 304 road traffic accidents reported in the Rochdale area. Whether you’ve been injured in a lorry accident in Rochdale or have been rear-ended in your car at the traffic lights, if another road user was at fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Accidents on the road can happen for a number of different reasons. According to a report published by the Government in 2014, a failure to look properly was the biggest cause of road accidents, followed by:
- A failure to judge another person’s speed or path
- Being careless, reckless or in a hurry
- A poor turn/manoeuvre
- Loss of control
No matter what the reason for your accident, if someone else was at fault, a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you fight for compensation for incidents such as:
- A Rochdale car accident
- A fatal accident in Rochdale that led to a loved one losing their life
- A bike accident in Rochdale
- A pedestrian accident
- A passenger accident
Accidents When Using Public Transport
In addition to this, a lawyer could also help you if you’ve been injured while on public transport, such as in a Rochdale bus accident, an accident in a taxi or on a train. Whether the liable party was another road user or the transport company, if you have been the innocent victim of a road traffic accident, claiming compensation could help you recoup any expenses you’ve incurred due to your injuries, such as loss of earnings and medical costs, for instance, as well as compensating you for the injuries you’ve had to bear.
Accidents When Injured In A Car Park
Accidents that occur in car parks could still lead to injuries. No matter whether vehicles are travelling more slowly than usual, they could still cause injury to a person, whether they are in their vehicle or crossing the car park on foot. Whether you’ve suffered whiplash due to someone rear-ending you in the car park, or have suffered injuries due to someone backing into you, or even due to trip on a car park walkway due to poorly maintained surfaces, a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could work out who could be held responsible for the accident, whether the car park operator or another road user and could help you launch a claim against them.
Cyclists are some of the most at-risk travellers on UK roads. Government statistics have revealed that over 3,000 cyclists suffered fatal or serious injuries in 2017 on UK roads.
If another road user was at fault for your cycling accident in Rochdale, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and expenses that have been incurred because of your injuries.
Because cyclists are quite vulnerable in terms of their protection while on their bikes, injuries in bike accidents could be quite serious, and in instances where severe or complex injuries are involved, a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help negotiate compensation for not only immediate but future medical and care costs.
Having an accident in a public place does not mean you would not be able to claim compensation. Whether you are in a council-maintained park, are shopping or visiting a cinema or restaurant, there is likely to be someone who has a legal duty of care towards your safety while using such facilities.
Such entities should have public liability insurance to cover claims for personal injury due to their negligence, and a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you claim compensation if you’ve been injured in a public place due to such negligence.
Accidents And Injuries In Play Areas And Public Parks
Public injury claims could be made for injuries sustained in play areas and public parks if they are due to poor maintenance and upkeep of pathways and park equipment. Usually, the responsibility of such areas falls to the local authority. If they fail to maintain and keep these public areas safe, then they could be held liable for injuries that occur due to their failure. Whether your child has been injured on a broken slide, or you’ve fallen down steps at the park due to poor maintenance, you may be in a position to make a compensation claim for your injuries.
Accidents And Injuries In Shops And Shopping Areas
Whether you’re in a department store, café or shopping centre, if you suffer injuries in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Working out who could be liable for your claim could be complex, however, as depending on where you were when the accident took place, and the reason for the accident, claims could be made against parties such as:
- A retail business
- The owner of the premises
- The operator of the premises
- A local council
- Those responsible for the maintenance of areas within the shopping centre
Whether you’ve been injured in a faulty lift at a shopping centre, slipped on a wet floor in a shop, or been burned by a hot drink in a café, why not call our team to see if a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you start a claim for compensation.
Slips, trips and falls could happen anywhere, and not all accidents of these types could lead to a personal injury claim. If you have injured yourself in a fall, slip or trip that was not your fault, however, you could claim compensation for your injuries if the incident was due to someone else’s dangerous or negligent behaviour.
For example, if you were running across a busy park and tripped over your own feet, this would not lead to a claim. However, if you were walking on the pavement and tripped over a broken paving stone that should have been fixed, then this type of situation could lead to a claim if someone was responsible for the upkeep or maintenance of the pavement and had failed to make it safe.
Other examples of slips, trips and falls that could lead to a claim could include:
- Slips in retail stores due to spillages that have not been cleared up or signposted as wet flooring
- Trips at work due to trip hazards that should have been removed or made safe
- Falls from unsafe balconies in hotels
These are just a few examples. Our team could help you work out whether anyone could be held liable for a trip, slip or fall accident in Rochdale today. For a free case assessment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you’ve been injured in a public place that the council was responsible for, and your injuries occurred due to the council’s negligence in looking after and maintaining the safety of the place you were injured in, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Public accident claims against a local council could be launched for a number of different types of accidents, such as:
- An accident in your local authority-owned home
- Public library accidents
- An accident on a public footpath
- An accident in a council building, such as a jobcentre or housing office
A personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you bring a claim against the local authority for a variety of different types of accidents. If you’re unsure as to whether you would be eligible to claim, we could provide a free case check to ascertain whether you could move forward with a claim.
Sadly, criminal acts are not uncommon in the UK. If you have been the victim of a violent crime and have suffered a psychological or physical injury, you might assume that you would not be able to claim compensation, as it could be unlikely that the perpetrator would be able to pay you compensation. However, this should not deter you from pursuing a claim.
A personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you explore whether you could claim compensation after an assault against the perpetrator of the crime, or even another responsible party. However, if these routes to compensation are blocked, they may be able to help you launch a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who could pay compensation to an innocent victim of a crime if they have suffered a personal injury.
Statistics For Violent And Victim Based Crimes
Rochdale crime statistics may surprise you. We have collated some numbers relating to the crimes reported in Rochdale for the year ending April 2020. These figures are taken from LG Inform.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Other forms of theft
|Violence against the person
While, as we mentioned, it isn’t a legal requirement to use a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale to make a claim, there are certain benefits to doing so. There are certain restrictions and requirements for making a claim that a lawyer could help you comply with. For example, did you know there is a personal injury claims time limit for making a claim, and that if you claim too late, your claim might not be upheld?
No matter whether you are making a claim for a workplace accident, road traffic accident or a public accident claim in Rochdale, if you are getting close to the time limit for making your claim, your lawyer could start pre-litigation proceedings to ensure your claim isn’t time-barred and to give them more time to gather evidence and build a strong case against a liable party.
They could also take the burden of gathering evidence, such as CCTV footage or accident reports off your shoulders and could help you obtain an independent medical assessment to provide evidence of your illness or injuries.
What Are Medical Assessments For?
When you make a personal injury claim, whether you have visited a GP or hospital for your injuries already or not, you would need to undergo a medical assessment. This is because an independent medical assessment is required for all personal injury claims so that evidence of your condition and prognosis could be presented to the liable party to help prove your claim and hone in on a value for your compensation. This could be arranged as part of your claim.
Will I Need A Lawyer Based In My Area?
The simple answer to this question is ‘no’. You are not restricted to using personal injury lawyers in Rochdale to handle a personal injury claim for an illness or accident in Rochdale that was not your fault.
In fact, we would not advise you to restrict your search to the local area when you could find a personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale that has all the capabilities and experience to handle your claim elsewhere. We could help you connect with an experienced No Win No Fee lawyer who could cover personal injury claims for accidents in the Rochdale area, even though they may be located in another part of the country.
If you conduct a web search for ‘the best personal injury solicitors covering Rochdale’, you’ll likely come across a number of personal injury law firms covering Rochdale, all promising that they can offer you the best services and the maximum amount of compensation possible for your claim. This could make it very difficult to choose whose services to use.
Therefore, checking reviews from previous claimants could be useful, to get an idea of whether their claims match up to the service they have provided to other clients. Any law firm could claim to have the top personal injury lawyers covering Rochdale, but client reviews could offer you an idea of:
- How well the lawyer communicates with their clients
- The claims they’ve handled previously
- How successful they’ve been in the past
- How happy their previous clients have been with the service they’ve received
Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to give you an accurate assessment of how much compensation your personal injury claim would bring you in advance, nor would you be able to get an accurate figure from a personal injury claims calculator. This is due to the fact that all claims are assessed on their own unique circumstances and facts, and only after all the evidence has been presented.
However, we could give you a little insight into how much specific injuries could be worth, according to the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a publication that provides guidance on compensation amounts for personal injury claims. If your injury doesn’t feature in the table below, we could give further information over the phone.
|Level of injury
|Guideline Compensation Bracket
|Injuries to pelvis and/or hips
|£36,770 – £122,860
|Injuries to the back
|£36,390 – £151,070
|Injuries to the eye
|£3,710 – £8,200
|Injuries to the neck
|£7,410 – £36,120
|£36,790 – £127,530
|£51,460 – £108,620
As well as the award for the injury or illness you’ve suffered, your personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could also help fight for compensation for the expenses you’ve suffered due to your injuries, such as travel expenses, medical costs, care costs or loss of earnings. It is vital, therefore, to retain any documents that prove any costs or losses sustained due to your injuries so you could provide these as part of your claim.
Making a personal injury claim could seem somewhat daunting, especially if you do not have previous experience of taking legal action. Some personal injury claims could be quite complex to deal with and you may be worried about shouldering the burden of proving your claim and fighting for compensation alone.
The good news is, you don’t have to. An experienced personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale could help you fight for compensation and take on the leg work of proving your case, while you concentrate on your recovery. Better still, they could do so without needing any payment upfront to start your case.
With a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale, you would not have to pay any legal fees until your claim was successfully completed and compensation had been paid out. If your claim was unsuccessful, under No Win No Fee terms, you would not have to pay any success fee or the costs that your lawyer incurred while pursuing your claim.
No Win No Fee claims are documented under a Conditional Fee Agreement that you would sign at the beginning of your claim. The agreement would state a success fee (small and legally capped) that you’d pay your lawyer, out of your compensation, if they successfully negotiated a compensation settlement for you.
If you’d like to talk to us in further detail about these payment arrangements, or would like our assistance with finding a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor to help you with your claim, we’d be happy to help. Simply call our team and we’ll help you in any way that we can.
If you would like a free assessment of your case, or you’d like assistance with finding a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Rochdale who could help you claim compensation for your injuries or illness, we could help.
All you need to do is get in touch and we will provide all the guidance and support you may need when making a personal injury claim against an employer, local authority, or any other liable party. Our experienced, knowledgeable team can answer any questions you may have about making a claim and could connect you with an appropriate lawyer to handle your claim.
It’s easy to get in touch with our team. You can call us on 0800 408 7825, or use the convenient live chat feature here on the site. Alternatively, why not complete the contact form and one of our experts will call you back. We look forward to hearing from you.
Claiming For An Accident In A Public Park – We have produced a guide for those who have been injured in public parks to offer insight into making claims for such injuries.
Public Transport Accident– Have you suffered an injury that was not your fault on public transport? If so, this guide could be useful.
Claiming Against Your Local Council– To get insight into how to make a claim against the council for an accident you’ve been injured in, click here.
Doctors Conducting Assessments In Your Area
|Tweedale Street, Rochdale, OL11 1HH
|Rochdale Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road, Rochdale, OL11 2XZ
Bury And Rochdale Magistrates Court
|Manchester Magistrates Court
|Crown Square, Manchester M60 1PR
Rochdale Borough Council
|Rochdale Borough Council
|Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
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