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A Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Covering Slough

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We are Public Interest Lawyers, and we are here to provide you with legal advice and information about making personal injury claims. We also have a panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Slough that can help you make a claim for compensation if you have suffered an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

When you get injured because other people let you down by not taking the proper measures to ensure your safety, you could be entitled to compensation. We have put this guide together to show you how. Please read through it and to find out more, or to proceed with a claim, call us on 0800 408 7825.

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  1. A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Slough
  2. Workplace Illnesses And Accidents
  3. Car Accidents In Slough
  4. Bike And Cyclist Accident Compensation
  5. Accidents On Public Ground
  6. Trip And Fall Accidents
  7. Borough Council Accidents And Injuries
  8. Assaults And Criminal Injury Cases
  9. How Lawyers Covering Slough Could Help You
  10. Check Reviews Of Lawyers Covering Your Area
  11. Calculating Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims
  12. Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Slough No Win No Fee Claims
  13. Consult With A Lawyer
  14. Resources

A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Slough

In this guide, we will cover the various different circumstances in which you could make personal injury claims. These include claims against employers, individuals, businesses, local authorities and claims made to the government for criminal injuries. 

We will also talk about what the role of a good personal injury solicitor is, how to find one and how our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Slough can help you. Throughout this page, you will also find links to other guides we have written about specific types of claims as well as useful resources on other websites. 

If there is anything else that you want to know about anything you read on this page or if you want to start a claim, please get in touch with us.

Workplace Illnesses And Accidents

Negligence towards health and safety can make even the most mundane workplace, like a retail outlet, potentially hazardous. In UK health and safety law the responsibility for health and safety in the workplace falls to the employer. This principle is set out in the Health And Safety At Work Act 1974

If an employee suffers an injury as a result of an employer failing to meet these responsibilities, then legally they could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against their employer.

There are many ways that an employer could potentially let down their employee’s and allow them to get hurt in avoidable circumstances. Here are just a few examples:

  • Failing to ensure a policy is upheld of regularly clearing floors to remove slipping and tripping hazards.
  • Failing to ensure that the workplace is well lit and well ventilated, especially if there are high temperatures and particulates in the air.
  • Failing to provide employees with correct and working Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Failing to ensure that all equipment and machinery in use in the workplace is maintained and working.
  • Failing to provide employees with the training necessary to enable them to do their jobs safely.

Here are some figures which highlight the cost of employers failing to make sure that their workplaces are safe; they come from the Health And Safety Executive.

  • 111 people were killed in workplace accidents in 2019/20
  • 69,208 people were reported as suffering injuries in the workplace under RIDDOR. Other figures put this number as high as 581,000
  • 28.2 million working days were lost as a result of workplace injuries and work-related injuries.

If you have suffered an injury in the workplace or you have developed a work-related illness, please get in touch with us so that our team of professional legal experts can provide you with a free consultation on making a workplace injury claim.

Car Accidents In Slough

If you have a car accident that wasn’t your fault and suffer an injury in the process you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the driver or road user responsible. This is because all drivers have a duty of care towards other road users. This is especially true for drivers of larger vehicles, who are more likely to inflict a severe injury rather than suffer one in a crash.

The duty of care that drivers have includes things like:

  • Being observant and on the lookout for oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Ensuring that their vehicle is roadworthy and does not have faults that could lead to an accident, i.e. non-functioning brakes or lights and indicators.
  • Obeying driving laws, such as observing the speed limit and never driving after consuming alcohol and /or drugs.

Official figures show that in 2016 there were 181,381 reported casualties in road accidents in the UK. 1,792 were fatal injuries. While these figures represent great tragedy and danger they also reflect a long-term downward trend in the number of people being killed or injured in road traffic accidents. 

In the following sections, we are going to go into some more specific circumstances in which road traffic accidents could occur and when and how they could justify a personal injury claim.

Please don’t forget to get in touch with us for advice if you have any questions about finding a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer and making a claim for a road traffic accident in Slough.

Accidents On Public Transport

Public transport consists of buses, trains, trams, taxis and private hire coaches. Although millions of people take journeys on public transport every day in the UK without incident, there is still the risk of suffering an injury. 

The operators of the public transport service are responsible for making sure that the transport is operated and driven in such a manner as to not pose any avoidable risk to passengers and the public. If someone suffers an injury as a result of this obligation not being met then they could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. 

There are a number of ways that a person could be injured if public transport is not operated safely.

  • Collisions due to poor or unsafe driving
  • Collisions due to mechanical faults caused by a lack of maintenance of vehicles.
  • Accidents within a vehicle due to faults, I.e. doors opening while the vehicle is moving, tripping and falling on the steps in a double tier vehicle
  • Accidents within a vehicle due to unsafe driving, i.e. a vehicle coming to a sudden stop while passengers are standing.

Please get in touch with us if you want to know anything more about making a personal injury claim for an accident onboard public transport. You can also find more information about these kinds of claims on this page of our website.

Car Park Collisions And Accidents

Car parks are generally owned and operated by a private business, either one that operates car parks as a business model, one that owns the business which the car park is connected to or by the local authority. In any case, the owner and operator of the car park are responsible for its upkeep and management.  

If an accident and an injury occurs in a car park as a result of the poor and unsafe operation of the car park, then the claim would be made against the operators.

Poor management of car parks can lead to a number of safety hazards.

  • Potholes causing trips and car accidents
  • Patches of ice causing slips and car accidents
  • Broken pavements causing accidents
  • Poor lighting in indoor car parks causing accidents.

There isn’t any particular specific record kept nationally of the number of car accidents that occur in car parks, but according to one Freedom of Information request made to North Yorkshire Police, 87 injuries took place in or near car parks between 2015 and 2019. We have a guide specifically about making personal injury claims for accidents in car parks. You can read through it as well as contacting our team of advisors for more information.

Bike And Cyclist Accident Compensation

Cyclists are in particular danger of being seriously injured in road collisions, especially those involving larger vehicles such as buses and lorries. This is because cyclists are smaller and less easy to spot, especially because many drivers may be paying more attention to other cars on the road. 

Cyclists are also more exposed in the event of a crash as they do not have the metal body of a car to absorb the impact of a collision. 99 cyclists died as a result of road traffic accidents in 2018, and 3,707 were seriously injured and 13,744 slightly injured.

Drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully and to be observant of other road users, especially towards those who might be more difficult to spot. Failure to spot or look out for other road users was the most common reason given for road traffic accidents involving cyclists attended by the police in 2018. This highlights the importance of drivers fulfilling their duty of care by being observant. 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault while riding a bike, please get in touch with us to ask questions, or consult our website’s guide to cycling accident personal injury claims.

Accidents On Public Ground

Wherever you are in public, whether indoors or outdoors, you could have an accident. Almost any kind of accident that a person could suffer in a public place that was not their fault could potentially justify a personal injury claim. 

Personal injury claims can be made for accidents that take place in public spaces. This is known as a public liability claim. The owner or operator of public space must ensure that the space is safe for use. Failure to uphold this responsibility could result in an injury.

The following sections will describe some of the situations in which a personal injury claim could be made for accidents that happen in public areas.

Accidents In Public Play Areas And Parks

Parks and play areas are usually operated either by a private entity or a local council authority. These operators both have a responsibility to ensure that the park and play area is safe for use. They could be subject to a personal injury claim and be liable for compensation if someone suffers an injury as a result of the park or play area being allowed to fall into disrepair.

Some examples of how a personal injury against a public park operator could be justified include:

  • If playing equipment in a park, i.e. swings, roundabouts or slides, are damaged or broken and inflict an injury on someone using them.
  • If the paving or the flooring is damaged, such as by potholes or by tree roots growing through the paving.
  • If there is ice on the ground that should have been cleared.

One report found that 92% of public park operating departments in local council authorities had to make reductions in their spending, and 95% anticipated having to make further cuts. That was in 2016, so the situation has likely worsened since then. As a result, many public parks will have probably seen their ability to prevent and repair damage caused by vandalism, anti-social behaviour and wear and tear severely reduced over the past few years, increasing the likelihood of accidents caused by disrepair. 

For more information about making personal injury claims against public park operators, you can read our article.

Accidents Caused By Shops And Retailers

Shops and other businesses have a responsibility to their customers and the public to ensure that people are not put at risk by safety issues in their property. They should have public liability insurance for the eventuality that their negligence causes someone to get hurt and a personal injury claim is made, though some smaller businesses may not have that. 

There are a number of ways in which a shop’s negligence could potentially cause an accident. Some examples include:

  • Items falling off shelves due to being poorly stocked
  • Shelves and displays collapsing due to being poorly assembled or faulty
  • Slipping on spilt goods
  • Tripping on loose wiring or packaging left out in the shop
  • Having an accident involving a shopping trolley or goods cart.

To learn more about how you could be entitled to claim compensation for an injury in a shop or other retail outlets, see our guide or get in touch with our accident team.

Trip And Fall Accidents

A trip and fall accident might seem like a trivial matter to seek compensation for, but the injuries that result from a bad fall can be severe. 

If you trip and fall almost anywhere outside of your own home then there is a good chance that you have tripped on a road or pavement or flooring for which a third party is responsible. If your fall happened because the party responsible for maintaining the flooring or paving did not maintain it properly, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Trips and falls can cause quite serious injuries. They could cause you to fall from height or cause you to strike an object as you fall. The Health and Safety Executive has found that trips and falls are the most common cause of injuries in the workplace and that 95% of serious falls cause a broken bone injury

If you want to know more about when you could be entitled to claim compensation for a trip and fall injury, you can read our guide to trip and fall accident claims or get in contact with our team of advisors. You might also find it useful to read through this Health and Safety Executive guide to preventing trips, slips and falls.

Borough Council Accidents And Injuries

Personal injury claims could be made against Slough Borough Council if an accident and an injury occur as a result of the council failing to uphold its responsibilities, and that you can clearly prove that the local authority was at fault. 

The responsibilities of the council often include ensuring the upkeep of roads and pavements in their jurisdiction. Failure to properly uphold responsibilities like these can lead to injuries. For example:

  • Potholes in roads causing road traffic accidents
  • Broken pavements causing trips and falls
  • Ice on roads causing road traffic accidents
  • Ice on pavements causing slips and falls
  • Debris on roads causing road accidents
  • Poor street lighting causing accidents on the road or on the pavement.

Compensation could be claimed for an injury that occurs as a result of a local authority’s neglect of its responsibilities for maintaining roads and pavements. Compensation could also be claimed for damage sustained to your vehicle in such an accident. So for example, if your car was damaged in a pothole accident, the costs of the damage could be claimed back in compensation. You can find out more by calling our team or by reading our guide.

Assaults And Criminal Injury Cases

Victims of criminal injuries can make claims too. If a person has been injured in a violent crime, they could be entitled to make a criminal injury claim. Criminal injury compensation could be claimed for:

  • Being physically injured or psychologically harmed as a result of a violent crime, i.e. assault.
  • Being physically injured as a result of being caught up in a crime, i.e. being struck by a stolen car.
  • Being physically injured while attempting to prevent a crime or apprehend an offender.
  • Suffering from emotional trauma as a result of historical sexual abuse.

Unlike other forms of personal injury claims which seek to recover compensation from the insurance policies of the party responsible for the claimant’s injuries, criminal injury claims go through the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA). This is the UK’s national authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice, which processes criminal injury claims and awards compensation.

Slough Victims Based Crime Statistics

The table below shows the latest official crime figures for the Slough area as of the time of writing.

Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Vehicle offences2,278
Violence based crimes1,633
Other types of theft 1,465
Shoplifting offences929
Residential burglary653
Sexual offences383

How Lawyers Covering Slough Could Help You

Once you start to work with a personal injury lawyer, they will be the one doing most of the preparation and work for the claim. They will put their legal expertise to use in gathering evidence, preparing the claim and representing the case. The quality of the personal injury lawyer can have a major impact on the outcome of your case, so finding the right one is very important.

What Happens During Checkups By A Doctor?

Whenever a personal injury claim is made, the claimant has to undergo a medical examination. This is because there needs to be a medical report serving as proof that the injury has occurred. The doctor will examine the claimants’ injury and confirm that it occurred as a result of an accident, confirm the extent and nature of the injury and provide a prognosis for how much of an effect it will have on their long-term health.

This is important because there needs to be a detailed description and record of the injury in order to correctly calculate how much compensation you could be entitled to. Please contact us for more information about how we can arrange for you to receive a medical check-up for your claim.

Should I Consult A Local Lawyer?

There is no requirement for you to work with a locally-based solicitor. Even if a solicitor isn’t physically based in Slough it won’t affect your ability to work together. A personal injury lawyer covering Slough can work with a client over the phone, through emails and video calls. This is an option for working with a solicitor that many people may find more convenient and easier than having to make arrangements to meet a solicitor in person in their office. Plus, you can gain access to the best solicitors in the country by taking your search online.

Check Reviews Of Lawyers Covering Your Area

Don’t forget that taking on a personal injury lawyer is a big decision, and choosing the right one can make the difference between winning and losing your claim. Don’t rush into picking a personal injury lawyer. Make sure that you have read through the customer reviews that are available online.  

When reading reviews, you should look out for solicitors whose record shows experience and ability when it comes to cases similar to yours. Also, be on the lookout for reviews of solicitors by customers who felt that they were treated well and that their solicitor was a good and prompt communicator. It is important that you find a solicitor who works well with their clients.

Calculating Typical Payouts For Personal Injury Claims

Compensation is calculated and awarded based on how severe the claimants’ injuries are. More severe injuries with a greater long-term impact on the claimants’ health will attract larger amounts of compensation. To find out how much compensation you might be entitled to, you should get in touch with our team of professional legal advisors and discuss the matter with them.

In the meantime, you might find it useful to read through the table below. It shows the amounts of compensation that can be awarded for various different types of injury as calculated by the Judicial College based on compensation awards made by the courts.

InjurySeverityCompensation
Shoulder injuryMinor to SevereFrom around £2,300 - £45,070
Pelvis and hip injuryLesser Injuries to Severe£3,710 - £122,860
Back injuryMinor to SevereFrom around £2,300 -£151,070
Knee injuryModerate to SevereAround £12,900 or less - £90,290
Ankle injuryModest to Very SevereFrom around £12,900 or less - £65,420

Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Slough No Win No Fee Claims

All of the personal injury lawyers covering Slough on our panel operate claims on a No Win No Fee basis. That means that you will not have to worry about getting into debt paying for legal fees regardless of the outcome of your claim. The way this works is very simple.

  • Your solicitor will agree not to charge you any legal fees before the claim begins
  • Before the claim begins you and your solicitor will negotiate an amount of your compensation that the solicitor will receive if the claim is successful, this is their payment. This fee is small and is capped by law in any event.
  • If the claim does not result in compensation being awarded, then the solicitor will not receive any payment.

If there is anything else that you want to know about how this kind of arrangement works, just get in touch with our legal advice team.

Consult With A Lawyer

If you want to consult with a lawyer or legal expert about making a claim, you can get in touch with us today.

  • Call 0800 408 7825
  • Post a message in the live support chat box at the bottom of the screen.

Resources

Thank you for taking the time to check out our guide to the services personal injury lawyers covering Slough can offer you. Below, we’ve included some further useful resources.

Falls And Trip Claims Against The Council

Car Park Accidents

Public Road Accidents

Who May Carry Out Your Medical Assessment

Richard FotiadisHoliday Inn Slough Windsor
1 Church Street
SloughSL1 2NH

East Berkshire Magistrates Court

East Berkshire Magistrates' Court
Law Courts
Chalvey Park
Off Windsor Road
Slough
SL1 2HJ

Slough Borough Council

Slough Borough Council
Bath Rd., Slough SL1 3UF
https://www.slough.gov.uk/

 

Guide by AA

Edited by II