When an accident occurs that wasn’t your fault, not only might you feel aggrieved especially if the accident could have been avoided, you may suffer physically, psychologically and financially. In some cases, you may be eligible to be compensated for the damaged caused. In this article, we’re going to show you how a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens could help you. We’ll review different types of accidents that can occur, who might be liable and whether compensation could be payable.
To make the whole process a lot easier, our team of advisors provide a no-obligation assessment of your claim. You’ll receive free legal advice about whether you can claim and, if there’s a reasonable chance of success, you could be referred to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. To make the claim less stressful, if your case is accepted, it will be conducted on a No Win No Fee basis.
To get started with a claim today, please call on 0800 408 7825 right away. For further information, before you call us, please carry on reading.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering St. Helens
- Accidents In The Workplace In St. Helens
- Traffic And Road Accident Compensation Claims
- Cyclist Injury Compensation Claims
- Public Injury And Accident Compensation Claims
- Slip And Fall Compensation Claims
- Local Authority And Council Compensation Claims
- Criminal Injury Victim Compensation Claims
- How Injury Claim Lawyers Help Victims Of Accidents
- How You Could Find The Right Lawyer By Checking Reviews
- Calculator For Damages Typically Paid Out
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering St. Helens
- Get Advice From A Lawyer
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering St. Helens
There are many reasons why you might need to have a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens on your side. You might have suffered an injury at work, been involved in a traffic accident in St. Helens or you might have been injured while shopping. Throughout this guide, we’ll consider these scenarios (and others) and explain when it might be possible to seek compensation for your injuries.
The process of proving who was to blame for an accident and what injuries were sustained can be quite complex. That’s why it’s advisable to have a specialist solicitor on your side who understands the different laws that apply in personal injury claims.
Our main piece of advice about claiming is to start as early as you can. While there is a 3-year personal injury claims time limit, it’s much easier to remember what happened if you explain the incident to your lawyer sooner rather than later. Also, your solicitor will need as much time as possible to gather witness statements, medical records and other forms of evidence to try and prove you’re entitled to be compensated.
We’ll provide lots of information as we continue through this guide but if you need anything else please let us know. If you decide that you do want to progress to a claim, our advisors will walk you through the process when you call.
Accidents In The Workplace In St.Helens
In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, every employer has a duty of care towards their staffs’ safety. Whether you’re based at a business park, St. Helens retail park or if you are the only employee in a family-run business, the duty of care is the same.
It’s important that any business owner risk assesses the workplace and then removes any hazards they identify. If they don’t, and you end up being injured, it could mean you’re entitled to claim compensation.
For instance, it might be possible to claim for your injuries when an accident occurs due to:
- Poor on the job training (especially relating to safety procedures).
- Not being allowed to take rest breaks.
- Damaged, broken or faulty machinery.
- Insufficient or missing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Employers are legally obliged to have insurance in place to cover any staff injuries and it’s illegal for you to be sacked or picked on because you file a claim. If you’d like us to assess whether your claim is possible, please speak to our team today.
Traffic And Road Accident Compensation Claims
If an accident occurs on a St. Helens road, you could be eligible for compensation if your injuries were caused by another road user’s mistake. Whether the accident happens on a major road like the A58 or Linkway, or a smaller road like Ward Street, the process is the same.
Try to capture the scene with photographs, obtain the other driver’s details, get details of any witnesses and attend St Helens Hospital A&E to have your injuries treated.
When you’re ready to start a claim, please let us know and provide any evidence you’ve collated. You’ll receive free advice on your case regardless of whether you go on to file a claim.
Injuries When Using Public Transport
Another type of accident that could happen in St. Helens is when you’re a passenger using a bus, coach, train or taxi. When that happens, you could make a claim for compensation against the transport firm operating the service or a third party depending who is at fault for your injuries.
Furthermore, it might be possible to make a claim for injuries that result from damaged seating, furniture or handrails. In this situation, you should photograph your injuries, and the cause, and then seek medical treatment.
If you’d like to begin a public transport accident claim, use the number above to get in touch today.
Injuries In Car Park Crashes
If you suffer an injury from a collision in a car park, the process of handling the situation is pretty much the same as normal road traffic accidents detailed above i.e. getting the details of the other driver involved and proceeding to claim against them if they are at fault.
Also, there are other types of accidents in a car park that could lead to a claim for injuries including:
- Being struck by a faulty barrier.
- Cutting yourself on damaged bollards or fencing.
- Slipping in icy conditions because of a lack of gritting.
- Falling over because of a defect in the car park’s pathways.
Cyclist Injury Compensation Claims
It’s important to note that cyclists are also able to claim for collisions on the road caused by other road users. We have a guide about cycling accidents that provides more information and you’re free to let us know what happened so we can review your options for you.
Public Injury And Accident Compensation Claims
Moving away from accidents on the roads of St. Helens, we’re now going to consider different accidents that could happen in public places. By public, we mean somewhere where you’re allowed to go without asking permission first. For instance, you could claim for injuries caused by an avoidable accident in the park, a gym, a shop or simply when you’re walking down a public street.
The most important part of this type of claim is identifying who’s responsible for the place where you were injured and determining whether your injury is a result of them negligently breaching their duty of care they have for you. When they’ve been identified, if you can show they were responsible for the accident through a failure to comply with health and safety legislation, you could make a claim against their public liability insurance.
Injuries At The Park
There are many parks and playgrounds in St. Helens such as Queens Park, Sutton Park and Gardens and Old Lane Park.
We visit parks to relax, have fun with your children or to exercise. Accidents could happen anywhere including parks. If you sustain an injury, it might be possible to claim compensation if the accident was due to the operator’s negligence. For example, you might claim for injuries caused by:
- Damaged play equipment.
- Missing safety features.
- Sharp edges on park benches.
- Poorly maintained outdoor gym equipment.
We could help you begin a claim for a playground accident for you or on behalf of your child. Speak to a specialist advisor today for advice on what happens next.
Injuries In Shopping Centres And Supermarkets
To do your shopping you may take a trip to Church Square Shopping Centre or other shops in St. Helens.
Retailers and supermarkets have a duty to provide a safe environment as much as possible for the public to do their shopping in. If they fail to adhere to safety laws and you are injured as a result you may be eligible to claim compensation. Here are some examples of accidents that could lead to a claim:
- Slipping on a wet floor caused by a spillage or leak that hasn’t been cleaned up.
- Being hurt by falling signage.
- Tripping overstock that’s been left on the shop floor.
- Cutting yourself on damaged fixtures and fittings.
Please let us know if you’re considering a claim for an accident while shopping.
Slip And Fall Compensation Claims
One of the most common accidents is a slip, trip or fall. They can cause very serious injuries like broken bones, tissue damage, concussion and back injuries. If the accident was due to somebody being negligent if they had a responsibility to keep you safe you may have grounds to claim damages. Here are some causes of accidents that could make a claim possible:
- Tripping on cables which have been trailed over a walkway.
- Slipping on a polished or wet floor which has no warning signs.
- Falling over a trip hazard that was difficult to see because the area was poorly lit.
- Falling over because a handrail was faulty.
Local Authority And Council Compensation Claims
St. Helens council will have a responsibility for certain areas, to ensure they are safe for the public to use such as council offices, leisure centres, parks or car parks. Councils are also governed by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Also, most local authorities are responsible for the upkeep of many roads and paths in their area. That means they need to follow a programme of assessing highways regularly and then repairing any damage they identify.
The following defects may cause preventable injuries:
- A large pothole or sinkhole.
- Uneven or damaged paving.
- Missing kerbstones and path edging.
- Tree roots that have broken through the pavement.
Criminal Injury Victim Compensation Claims
You might not realise it but if you’ve suffered injuries during a violent crime, there is a way to claim compensation even if the criminal hasn’t been found or charged. It’s called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government body that can provide compensation for injuries sustained in cases of assault, rape, historical abuse and other violent crimes.
To be eligible to make a claim, you’ll need to have reported the crime to the police and you need to claim within 2-years of the date the crime took place. For historical cases or cases with exceptional circumstances, that time limit can be extended.
To discuss how we could help you make a CICA claim, contact an advisor today.
Rates Of Victim Based Crimes In Merseyside
The Government produces statistics every year that show how many crimes and what sorts of crimes have been committed in different areas.
|Type of Offence||Total Reports|
|Violence against individuals||1,416|
|Other types of theft||772|
|Shoplifting and retail crime||438|
Source: LG Inform
How Injury Claim Lawyers Help Victims Of Accidents
It’s now time to look a bit more closely at the claims process and how a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens can help. We’ll discuss medical assessments, the location of your lawyer’s office, and how online reviews might be useful.
If you’d prefer not to have to do all the work yourself, why not ask us for our advice? Our team can review your claim with you, check its viability and then match you with a specialist solicitor from our panel who could take your claim on. Please call today and let us help you begin your claim.
Will I Have To See A Doctor?
The simple answer to this question is, “Yes”. As your solicitor is not a medical specialist, they can’t simply say that you suffered from any particular injury. You need medical evidence so a medical assessment will be booked during your claim.
In the appointment, your medical files will be considered, you’ll be examined and then asked some questions about how you’ve been affected. Then, the medical specialist will document their findings in a report that will be sent on to your solicitor.
Will I Be Matched With A Local Lawyer?
You might think it’s easiest to just pick a solicitor based in Claughton Street, Barrow Street or Hardshaw Street because they’re the nearest law firm to you. However, our advice is that you don’t need to stay local when looking for a lawyer. If you expand your search criteria, you might find a nationwide service provider who has more expertise with claims like yours.
How You Could Find The Right Lawyer By Checking Reviews
You might already be aware of the many review sites on the Internet and use them for things like hotels and holidays. They can be really helpful when looking for a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens too. That’s because you can read what clients thought of the law firm’s service.
We’d suggest going a step further though. You should also discuss your claim directly with any lawyer you’re thinking of using. By doing so, you can ask how they hope to manage your claim and if they can provide an estimated compensation figure.
Calculator For Damages Typically Paid Out
The table below provides some example compensation amounts for different injuries. We’ll be able to supply a more personalised estimate once your claim has been assessed properly as everybody’s claim is different. The figures come the Judicial College Guidelines which is a list of compensation amounts that solicitors use to help decide settlement figures.
|Type of Injury||How Severe?||Compensation Bracket||Notes|
|Face Injury||Serious||£9,570 to £14,810||Fractured cheekbone injuries which lead to permanent problems like paraesthesia in the face or lips or where there is some disfigurement.|
|Teeth||Serious||£8,200 to £10,710||Serious damage or the loss of several front teeth.|
|Neck||Severe||£42,680 to £52,540||Neck injuries which result in fractures, dislocations or severe tissue damage which cause a significant disability and chronic problems that are permanent.|
|Neck||Minor||£4,080 to £7,410||Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, which recovers fully within one and two years without surgery.|
|Pelvis||Moderate||£24,950 to £36,770||A significant pelvis injury where there is a permanent disability but it's not major.|
|Legs||Fractures||Up to £11,110||This category is for simple fractures of the Tibia or Fibula leg bones.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||This category is for injuries that lead to less serious disabilities like struggling to stand for a long time or difficulty climbing the stairs.|
The figures listed make up a single part of your claim: general damages. That’s the amount that aims to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Also, you can claim special damages which is compensation that reimburses some of the costs you’ve incurred because of your injury. For instance, you might claim for medical expenses, travelling costs, care costs, lost earnings and future lost income too.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering St. Helens
When you start thinking about making a personal injury claim, the first thought that might occur is, “How much will this all cost me?” To remove as much financial risk, and stress, as much as possible use a No Win No Fee solicitor.
They will need to check that your claim is strong enough before agreeing to work for you but, once that’s done, you’ll get a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to review.
The CFA provides many benefits to claimants including:
- You are not required to send any upfront payment for the case to proceed.
- There will be no solicitor’s fees to pay while the case is ongoing.
- If the claim is lost, you won’t need to pay the solicitor any of their fees at all.
When you read your CFA, you’ll notice a section about success fees. This is the method that’s used to pay the solicitor if the claim is won. It’s a small portion of your compensation that’s legally capped. As you’ll know what percentage it is when you sign your agreement, there will be no surprises when the claim is settled.
Get Advice From A Lawyer
We appreciate the time you’ve taken to read our guide about picking a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens. We hope that we’ve demonstrated how we could help you begin your claim and that’s what you want to do now. If you do, here are some ways in which you can contact our team:
- Call 0800 408 7825 for completely free advice on claiming from a specialist.
- Complete our contact form and we’ll arrange a call back at a suitable time.
- Explain what happened to an online advisor via the live chat channel.
Our advisors are fully trained and will aim to make the claims process as easy as possible. The first part of our service is a no-obligation telephone assessment. During your call, the advisor will ask what happened and how you suffered. If the claim seems viable, they’ll put you through to one of our panel of personal injury solicitors. Should they agree to take your claim forward, they’ll do so using a No Win No Fee agreement.
In this final part of our article explaining how to find a personal injury lawyer covering St. Helens, we’ve added some extra guides and resources which we think might be useful. If you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Uninsured Driver Claims – The Motor Insurers Bureau can facilitate claims when the other driver is uninsured or untraced.
Find Your Nearest A&E – An NHS tool allowing you to locate your nearest hospital.
Workplace Safety – Information for employers on their obligations to maintain a safe workplace.
Dog Bite Claims – Advice on when you could claim if you are bitten by a dog in a public place.
Train Accident Claims – This guide looks at your right to seek compensation after being injured on a train.
Public Liability Insurance – Details about what public liability insurance is, who needs it and when you could claim against it.
Doctors Who Conduct Assessments In This Area
|David Pontefract||St. Helens Chiropractic Clinic,
St. Helens, WA10 1HQ.
|Jessica Spaudling||Corporation Street,
St. Helens, WA10 1SX.
|Qamar Lodhi||Garswood Old Road,
St Helens, WA11 7LX.
St. Helens County Court
|St Helens County and Family Court|
St. Helens, WA10 1SZ
St. Helens Council
|St. Helens Council|
St. Helens, WA10 1HF
Article by RA