How Lawyers Could Help You Claim After An Accident In Smethwick
If you have had an injury in Smethwick that was not your fault and you are looking for a personal injury lawyer covering Smethwick to help you make your case, or you are looking for legal advice about whether or not you have grounds to make a claim, the reading this guide could be very useful for you. We have put this guide together to act as an introduction to how, when and why you could make a personal injury claim when someone responsible for your safety has let you down. Please read on through this article and consider calling our advice team to receive a free consultation on your rights to make a personal injury claim, you can either send a message via our websites chat feature which has popped up at the bottom of the screen, or you could call
0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Smethwick
- Claims For Employees Injured At Work In Smethwick
- Claims For Smethwick Road Accidents
- Claims For Cycling Accidents And Injuries
- Claims For Accidents In Public
- Claims For Falling Down Accidents
- Claims Against Local Councils And Authorities
- Claims For Injuries Due To Assaults And Criminal Injuries
- Helpful Information On The Injury Claim Process
- Tips For Choosing A Lawyer
- Examples Of Compensation For Common Injuries
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Smethwick
- How To Get Help
- Quick Links
We have written this guide to inform you of two sets of important and relevant information. First, the circumstances in which you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injury and how injuries could occur, secondly the key points about how finding a personal injury lawyer works and how the process of making a personal injury claim works.
Reading this guide should be just your first step. Your next step should be to contact our team of advisors and have a free legal consultation with them. They can answer any questions you have about the process of making a personal injury claim, about anything you have read here in this guide, and can put you in touch with one of the personal injury lawyers on our panel to prepare a claim.
You should not be put in any kind of avoidable danger while at work, while it is not always possible to completely eliminate the possibility of someone getting hurt at work, the law does require all employers to take on the responsibility of making sure that all reasonable measures for preventing threats to health and safety are in place in the workplace. That means that if you have been injured in a workplace accident, or have developed health problems as a result of exposure to dangerous materials or working conditions you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against your employer. Call our team and they can offer you a free consultation with a legal expert whom you can talk to about whether or not your situation is grounds for a workplace injury claim.
Road traffic accidents can happen under a number of different circumstances, with different potential parties liable for paying compensation. One way that an accident might occur would be for a negligent driver to cause a collision through unsafe driving, speeding for example, or driving after drinking alcohol. This situation could make a driver liable for paying compensation if a personal injury claim is made. If an accident occurs and the driver responsible has no motor vehicle insurance or flees the scene and cannot be identified (as in a hit and run accident) then the claim could be made to the Motor Insurance Bureau, which handles claims for cases where injured people cannot otherwise receive compensation.
Another potential cause of a road traffic accident is the condition of the roads if they have been poorly maintained and have developed safety risks like large potholes, poor street lighting, ice or debris on the road that has not been cleared. Because the responsibility for carrying out repairs and maintenance on the roads lies with the local council (unless the accident occurred on the motorway, in which case the responsibility would lie with Highways England), liability in the event of somebody making a personal injury claim lies with them also.
Accidents When Travelling By Taxi, Bus Or Train
You could suffer an injury in a road traffic accident while riding on public transport and have potential grounds to make a personal injury claim against the public transport operator if there is reason to accuse the operator of taking insufficient care of the safety of their passengers. Public transport operators have a duty of care over their passengers and are responsible for their safety while they are using their services. For this reason, accidents that occur in public transport stations because of insufficient health and safety could also be grounds for making a personal injury claim. If you have an injury in an accident involving public transport in Smethwick, then you might want to read this article and contact our team of legal advisors to find out about making a claim.
Accidents Affecting Vehicles And Pedestrians In Car Parks
If you had a vehicle accident in a car park that was connected to the car park being in a bad condition, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the operator of the car park. Those who own and operate car parks are under an obligation to make sure that the facilities are of a reasonably safe standard. If their failure to keep the car park properly maintained has caused an accident, then you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the owners.
Cyclists are in greater potential danger of being injured in a road traffic accident than other drivers. They are smaller and therefore harder to spot, and more exposed, making them more likely to be injured by an impact. The greater vulnerability of cyclists compared to other vehicle drivers makes the duty of care owed by both drivers and road authorities doubly important. Drivers must take extra care to be observant of cyclists, and road authorities must factor the greater potential vulnerability of cyclists to injury when carrying out their duties of maintenance of the road surface. If you have been injured in an accident while cycling through no fault of your own, call our team to find out if you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Public places are not exempt from safety requirements. Owners of public and open spaces, whether they are in the public sector or are businesses have a duty of care over the people who use their spaces. That means that any organisation or party responsible for the running of a space open to the public has a legal duty to make sure that the space and any facilities contained therein are safe for people to use. If you want to see more details about how making a personal injury claim for an injury sustained in an accident in a public place, you can read this article. The next two sections will detail some of the different circumstances in which you could be entitled to make a public liability claim.
Park And Open Space Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault while you were out in a local park then you might be a candidate for making a personal injury claim. Public parks are usually the responsibility of the local council, meaning the local council has the legal responsibility for making sure that the park is in a safe condition. Accidents that happen due to a lack of maintenance, such as accidents involving broken playground equipment or footpaths in disrepair, can be grounds for making a compensation claim. You can read more about making a personal injury claim over an accident in a park here.
Shops have a duty of care over their customers, operating a business carries with it an obligation to make sure that the business is a safe environment and that the premises do not carry with them any avoidable risk of causing people unnecessary accidents due to negligence towards health and safety. If you do get hurt while out shopping, you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the shop. You can learn more about doing that on this page here.
Tripping or slipping over while walking on the pavement is something that most of us experience every now and then, it usually doesn’t result in severe injuries and usually isn’t really anyone’s fault in particular. However trips and falls can lead to serious injuries, and more importantly, can be caused by the poor condition of the pavement. Pavements which have deep cracks in them, uneven slabs or patches of ice on them can cause someone to fall over and injure themselves. Maintaining the pavements in a local area is the council’s responsibility, and it is the local council who could be held responsible and liable if they have failed to make sure that all of the pavements in their jurisdiction are safe to use. To learn more about making this type of claim, click here to read our guide.
Local councils have an array of different responsibilities. These can range from carrying out maintenance of roads and pavements, as mentioned already, to providing social housing and running various services and public utilities, such as gyms, parks or libraries. The various different responsibilities of the local council bring with them various duties of care. Responsibility for the safety of people driving or walking along the streets is one we have already addressed; others include responsibility for the health and safety of people living in the councils social housing stock and making use of council-run public utilities and services. Local councils often employ hundreds, if not thousands of people in the various roles that the council fills, therefore as an employer, the council is also responsible for making sure that their employees are safe from preventable injuries and accidents while at work.
If you have been injured while using or working in council facilities or services then you should contact us to find out if the situation could entitle you to begin a compensation claim. You can read through this page to familiarise yourself as well.
Crime victims can be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries or their psychological trauma. Where possible this compensation is taken from the perpetrator of the crime, but the fact that crimes are not always solved and that many offenders have no means of paying financial compensation to their victims means that in many cases the compensation has to be sought from elsewhere. In criminal injury cases, the alternate source of compensation besides the offenders responsible is the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority. CICA is the national authority which compensation claims are made to and in cases where other sources of compensation are not forthcoming, they can award claimants with a settlement. To learn more about making criminal injury claims you can call our team of legal advisors and visit the CICA website.
How Common Are Victim Based Crimes In Smethwick?
The table below shows the figures for the number of victim-based crimes that have been recorded in the first quarter of 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Public order offences
Having covered some of the various different situations in which a compensation claim could be made, lets now move on to some of the tips and information about preparing for the legal process of making a claim that you should know before you get started.
Where Lawyers Could Be Found
There are numerous lawyers offices in Smethwick, several of them are located along Waterloo road, a number of others are based along Bearwood road as well.
The Role Of Medical Check-ups
Medical check-ups play an important part in making a personal injury claim. Even if you have already been seen by a doctor, it will help in providing proof that you have suffered an injury to support your claim. A thorough examination of your injury will also allow for a calculation to be made of the amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim. We will help you to make arrangements to receive a medical examination close to home if you do make a claim with one of the personal injury lawyers on our panel.
Will A Lawyer Be Based In This Area?
Your choice of lawyers does not have to be affected by whereabouts they are based. You could choose a lawyer based in Smethwick, but an alternative option could be to work with a personal injury lawyer covering Smethwick and to work with them from home by hosting all discussions with them over the phone or on online video calls.
One thing we would urge you to do would be to read online reviews of solicitors covering Smethwick and handling cases similar to yours. Reviews can tell you things about a solicitor that other sources of information can’t, they can tell you less tangible things like whether or not the solicitor is widely seen as being easy to work with and has the right attitude and personality toward their clients and their cases. You can form an impression of these matters be reading online reviews left by their previous clients.
Compensation payouts for injuries are based on the severity of the injury; a financial value is attached to the degree of pain, distress, disability and disfigurement caused by an injury. The worse the injury and any subsequent conditions you suffer from are, the more likely you are to be entitled to receive a larger compensation sum. The process of calculating compensation is done by your lawyer following a medical exam, it is not the role of this website to provide compensation assessments. However, we can show you this compensation calculator, containing a list of common accident injuries with a (very) rough estimate of how much compensation could be issued depending on the severity.
|Minor neck injury
|£4,080 to £7,410
|Moderate neck injury
|£7,410 to £36,120
|Severe neck injury
|£42,680 to £139,210
|Moderate back injuries
|£26,050 to £36,390
|Severe back injury
|£36,390 to £65,440
We don’t want you to feel put off from making a compensation claim by the prospect of having to ay heavy legal fees for the services of a personal injury solicitor. That’s why we make sure that everyone who makes a claim through the solicitors on our panel has the ability to make their claims on the basis of a No Win No Fee agreement. This is a type of personal injury claim where you will sign a contract with the lawyer entitling them to receive a portion of no more than 25% of your compensation if the claim is successful, but requires you to pay no legal fees to the lawyer if the claim is unsuccessful. To learn more about the terms and conditions of making a No Win No Fee claim, you can call our team.
If you want help with anything, be it asking questions about aspects of the legal process you are struggling to understand or getting put in touch with a personal injury lawyer covering Smethwick with whom to begin discussing making a claim, our team of legal experts is on hand to explain things. You can call 0800 408 7825 or send a message through the chat box at the bottom of the page.
Where Doctors Checkups Could Happen
|Regus Business Centre
1 Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD
Contact The Local Magistrates’ Court Covering Sandwell
|Walsall Magistrates’ Court
Stafford St, Walsall WS2 8HA
Contact Sandwell Council
|Civic Centre, 5 Darwall St, Walsall WS1 1TP