A Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Covering Southend-on-Sea
Were you injured because of someone else’s negligence? If so, you might be entitled to compensation. In some cases, it can be difficult to prove who was at fault by yourself. But with the help of a specialist, it doesn’t have to be.
In this guide, we will look at what kinds of accidents may be eligible for compensation, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and accidents that occur in a public place. Some types of personal injury claims may not feature in this article. But this doesn’t mean they are invalid. If you’re unsure about the validity of your case, simply call our claims team for a free consultation.
Moreover, we’ll look at why No Win No Fee agreements reduce the financial risks associated with compensation claims and how you can benefit from them. Lastly, we will discuss how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Southend can help you seek justice against the responsible party.
To contact our advisers, call us on 0800 408 7825. Alternatively, please continue reading to learn more about personal injury claims.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Southend
- Workplace Injuries And Accidents
- Road Traffic Accidents In Southend-on-Sea
- Bicycle Accidents And Injuries In Southend
- Public Accidents And Injuries
- Trip And Fall Accidents And Injuries
- Claims Against Southend Borough Council
- Criminal Assault And And Injury Claims
- How You Could Claim With A Personal Injury Lawyer Covering Southend
- How Do I Choose A Personal Injury Lawyer Using Reviews?
- Typical Compensation Payouts For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Southend-on-Sea
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With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you could seek to recover compensation for:
- An accident that wasn’t your fault;
- Which resulted from another person’s negligence;
- And lead to you suffering an injury.
There are a number of different scenarios which could form the basis of a valid compensation claim. While we endeavour to review as many as possible, the list of such examples is endless. Therefore, we advise you to discuss your case with a specialist if your circumstances are different.
This guide will look at:
- Public accident claims.
- Public injury claims.
- Fall accident at work claims.
- Bike accidents.
- Claims against local authorities.
You should be mindful of several factors before and during your claim. Above all, however, you will need to take into account the time restrictions for personal injury claims.
If the accident involves an adult, the limitation period is typically 3-years. This will begin from the date of the accident or the date you obtained knowledge of the illness or injury. Whereas for a child, a parent/guardian can pursue a claim on their behalf at any point before they turn 18. Once the child reaches 18, they have 3-years from their birthday to claim.
For somebody who has lost the mental capacity to claim because of the accident, their time limit will not begin to run until their recovery. In the meantime, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
During this 3-year period, your solicitor will require time to gather important evidence, seek medical advice and complete additional tasks. Therefore, it is vital to act fast.
If you require more information about limitation periods, please contact our specialist advisers on the number above.
All employers have a duty of care over their staff. Whether they are responsible for a conventional working environment or somewhere a bit different, this space must be kept safe at all times. Failure to do so may result in an accident and could lead to serious injuries.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Section 2) states that it’s the duty of every employer to ensure health, safety and welfare at work as much as reasonably possible. If an employer failed to meet this duty and it led to an accident at work which resulted in injury, you could claim compensation.
An accident could result from:
- Poor or absent risk assessments.
- Defective equipment.
- Lack of safety procedures.
- Inadequate training.
- Insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or lack thereof.
As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports, these accidents are far from uncommon. According to key figures from a recent Labour Force Survey, 581,000 workers sustained an injury at work in 2018/19. Tragically, 111 workers lost their lives from a workplace accident.
For free, impartial advice on claiming for an accident at work, please contact our claims team.
To make out a successful claim for a road traffic accident, you need to satisfy these three questions:
- Does the other road user owe a duty of care?
- Was there a breach in that duty? (E.g. driving without due care/attention or while drunk).
- Did the breach lead to an injury?
If the likely answer is yes to all of the above, then you could hold sufficient grounds for a personal injury claim.
There are several different types of car accidents, from low-velocity impacts to head-on collisions. Even minor bumps can cause whiplash injuries. Why should you have to deal with the inconvenience of a damaged car along with enduring the pain of injuries? We can help with all types of road traffic accidents. Simply give our advisers a call to find out how we can connect you with a specialist personal injury lawyer from our panel.
Public Transport Accidents
As well as personal injury claims as a driver, you could also receive compensation as a passenger in public transport accidents. A claim will encompass a range of transports, including trains, buses, coaches and private hire vehicles under taxi firms (i.e. Uber).
In 2018, the average person took around 10 taxi trips, 48 buses and 33 train journeys in England. Although rail is one of the safest modes of transport in Great Britain, there is still potential for an accident to occur due to the likes of flash flooding and fallen trees.
Pedestrian And Car Accidents In Parking Lots
To make a claim for a car accident in a parking lot, a personal injury solicitor will look at who owed the duty of care. Who was the car park operator? Is it private? Or does it belong to the likes of a supermarket?
Almost any type of accident can happen in this environment. But whatever the cause may be, we can help.
If someone else was to blame for a car park or road traffic accident in Southend-on-Sea, you could claim compensation for another road user’s negligence. Call us today and begin your claim.
Due to their lack of protection, cyclists can suffer serious injuries in accidents. Unlike motor vehicles, which have an outer shell for protection, cyclists are often solely reliant on their helmets.
In 2018 alone, there were 99 pedal cyclist fatalities and 4,106 serious injuries on the roads in Great Britain. Unfortunately, this is a danger that is unlikely to subside in the near future.
As a cyclist, you could claim compensation if you’ve been involved in an accident such as:
- A driver failing to look properly and hitting you.
- A driver hit you as a result of their failure to judge your speed.
- You were struck by a careless or reckless driver or one that was speeding.
- You were struck by a driver making a poor turn or manoeuvre.
As a cyclist, if you’ve been injured in a road accident in Southend, a personal injury lawyer from our panel covering Southend is here to help.
For some personal injury claims, the process is fairly straightforward. Meanwhile, victims of public accidents may be unsure of how to start a claim. It can sometimes be difficult to ascertain who is responsible for the land in which the accident occurred on, and defendants may even dispute amongst themselves over boundaries. Luckily, our panel of lawyers covering Southend have a significant amount of experience in handling public liability claims and can help you too.
Some examples of the types of injuries that could happen in public places include:
- Trips and falls caused by the likes of raised pavements, broken footpaths or deep potholes.
- Slipping over on spillages in a restaurant, supermarket or shopping centre.
- Being struck by objects that should have been secured down, like shop displays.
While it isn’t compulsory for businesses or landowners to have public liability insurance, most of them do. In the event that they don’t have insurance, the claim could be pursued against the company or individual responsible directly. Things can become difficult however if they lack the funds to pay you compensation.
To find out how our expert panel of personal injury lawyers can help you with a public liability claim, please get in touch.
Park And Playground Accident Claims
If an injury was sustained in a public park, a lawyer could help you pursue a playground accident claim. Many council parks departments have seen significant cuts to their budgets, which means the chance for defects and risks to develop could be greater. Some examples of issues which could lead to an injury include faulty play equipment, potholes, broken park benches or damage to pathways.
As children are not allowed to represent themselves in legal matters, you would need to become a ‘litigation friend’, meaning you’ll act on your child’s behalf during the claim process. This includes, but is not limited to, dealings with the solicitor and courts. Once you reach an agreement, the courts ensure payment is sufficient and manage the funds via a trust fund until the child turns 18.
Accidents In A Shop Or Retail Space
In the same way that employers must protect their staff, supermarkets and other retail businesses have a duty of care to ensure their customers’ welfare too. All visitors, including customers, should be kept safe at all times. This means every staff member should receive adequate training to implement the respective safety procedures.
For example, an accident in a retailer could result from:
- Faulty shop fittings.
- Obstructions or hazards on the shop floor (i.e. stock, liquids, poorly built shelves, etc.).
- Poor food safety standards.
- Inadequate food labelling, leading to allergic reactions.
If these circumstances apply to your case, reach out to a personal injury lawyer from our panel today.
A slip, trip or fall accident has the potential to arise in almost any environment. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests basic procedures to prevent tripping accidents:
- Housekeeping: Clearing public walkways of trailing wires, rubbish and other obstructions.
- Design/Maintenance: All environmental factors should be suitable for public use, e.g. walkways wide enough/level, stairs a consistent height, usable handrails and the like.
According to HSE statistics, approximately 95% of major slips result in broken bones. These can lead to further accident types, such as falls from height. Click here to read more about slip, trip and fall accidents. And if you’d like to begin a claim for a trip or fall accident, why not get in touch with our advisers for free legal advice and support?
For some accidents in a public place, the local authority may be the responsible party. Many of our public highways, footpaths and roads should receive regular monitoring and reviewing. If these parties fail to do so, this could result in defects developing, an so too the risk of a serious injury.
An example of this may be a raised kerbstone, pothole or a paving stone lifted by tree roots on a pathway. Pedestrians may not see, let alone expect such defects and trip over as a result. Unfortunately, proving this failure by the council can be a particularly tricky task if they can show they have a reasonable system of inspection in place. But with the help of our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Southend, it doesn’t have to be.
If you were injured in a public place, please contact a member of our claims team for free help and support.
A compensation claim may be your last thought after a violent crime. However, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Government body which allows victims to do exactly that. Even if the criminal is never caught, you could still claim.
You could receive compensation for a range of psychological and/or physical injuries which result from:
- Robbery, mugging or attempted robbery.
- Sexual assault/rape.
- Sex crimes.
Please note, the CICA claims process is slightly different. A criminal injury case limits the victim to 2-years instead of 3-years under personal injury claims. There are exceptions to this limitation period. However, the CICA will only grant this in extenuating circumstances, such as in cases of historical sexual abuse.
Speak with a member of our claims team for more information about CICA limitation periods.
Criminal Injury Statistics
The table below demonstrates data taken from crime and disorder reports in Southend-On-Sea. These figures represent crime in the area from May 2020.
Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Violence against the person 2,097
Vehicle crime 1,455
Other theft 1,379
Residential burglary 771
Sexual offences 679
Your solicitor will require evidence to support your claim. Although this may seem quite overwhelming, you will find tips in this section on what steps you can take following an accident to give you the best chance of success.
- Take Photographs
Provided you’re well and able, as soon as an accident happens, you should take pictures of the scene and cause. More often than not, the cause/scene will be cleared away as quickly as possible. Therefore, it is important to act fast.
- Visit A Doctor
You should seek medical advice from a GP or visit A&E for treatment for any harm you suffer. This will provide medical entries in your records of the injuries/illnesses in question, which your personal injury lawyer will use as evidence.
- Gather Witness Details
Your solicitor will contact any witnesses at a later date for their account of the incident. Witness evidence can often play a significant role in the success of a case..
- Photograph Injuries
In addition to photographing the accident, you should document the injury throughout your recovery process.
What Are Injury Claim Medical Check-ups?
A medical check-up is another form of evidence your solicitor will use to help prove the extent of your injuries. As part of the claims process, you will need to visit an independent medical specialist. During your assessment, a specialist will ask you a series of questions about your injuries. From here, they will compile a report on the effects, long-term suffering and future prognosis of your injuries.
Does Your Case Require A Local Solicitor?
If you fear that the best personal injury lawyers are outside of Southend, then there’s no requirement to restrict yourself to local solicitors. With the rise of the internet, claimants across the country can benefit from a wider range of options.
Most modern-day claims allow claimants to use legal services outside of their local area and receive regular updates via letter, email or post. Our panel of experts is no stranger to this practice.
Instead of searching for “lawyers near me”, why not broaden your options?
Often, claimants come to our advisers with the same worry: “How do I choose a personal injury lawyer in the UK?”
A great place to start your search is by reading online reviews. Not only will you find out what previous clients thought of their solicitor, but you can also discover the success rate, reliability and professionalism of your potential legal representative too. Likewise, these reviews are an excellent way to compare lawyers against each other.
In the same vein, you should look above and beyond reviews before deciding which solicitor is best for you. We always recommend that claimants speak with their solicitor over the phone as well as checking online reviews. When you call our team, you will discover how our panel of personal injury lawyers can handle your claim and how much your final settlement amount could be.
As every case we receive is unique, it is difficult to apply a fixed value to a group of similar claims. However, we can provide you with an idea of how much compensation you may receive.
With this in mind, please find a breakdown of compensation amounts reflecting various types of injuries. These figures have been taken from the Judicial College’s guidelines, a legal organisation which reviews compensation that courts award for successful claims.
Injury/Illness: Notes: Amount:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Less Severe to Severe £3,710 to £94,470
Brain Damage Moderate to Very Severe £40,410 to £379,100
Neck Injuries Minor to Severe From around £2,300 to (in the region of) £139,210
Back Injuries Moderate to Severe £11,730 to £151,070
Pelvis/Hip Injuries Moderate to Severe £11,820 to £122,860
Ankle Injuries Moderate to Very Severe £12,900 to £65,420
Instead of relying on rough estimates from personal injury claims calculators, call our team today for a more accurate estimation of your potential payout.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers covers Southend claims on a No Win No Fee basis. Many experts recognise these agreements to significantly reduce some of the stress and financial risks legal action may bring.
Whether you want to claim for a road traffic accident in Southend or an injury in a public place, you will benefit from:
- Zero start-up costs or hidden fees.
- No liability to pay any fees if your solicitor is unsuccessful.
- A small “success fee” would be taken from the final amount when your case wins. This success fee has a legal cap.
Your solicitor will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA) for their service in a personal injury claim. When you call our claims team, they will discuss the terms and conditions of this in further detail.
We hope this guide was able to provide you with useful information about personal injury claims. If you would like to begin your claim, you can contact our team using the methods below:
- Telephone: The number to call is 0800 408 7825.
- Live Chat: Use our chat facility to speak with an online adviser.
- Contact Form: Complete this online form to receive a call back at a time suitable for you.
From road traffic accidents to accidents on Southend seafront, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Southend can provide their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Contact us today for free, impartial advice on your claim.
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