It is fair to say that nobody ever expects nor do they prepare to be involved in an accident, much less an accident that is caused by the negligent actions of a third party. However, should you find yourself searching for how a personal injury lawyer covering Stockton-on-Tees could support you, then this online guide will be incredibly useful.
Throughout this guide, we will cover a range of personal injury related topics and discuss how a third party’s negligence could cause an incident. If at any point when reading this guide, you have a question regarding your claim or this guide, please do not hesitate and contact us. Our claims team would be more than happy to talk with you and answer any questions relating to your case.
If you would like to speak with an adviser, the number to call is 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Stockton-on-Tees
- Accidents In The Workplace
- Road Traffic Accidents In Stockton-on-Tees
- Cycling And Motorbike Accidents In Stockton-On-Tees
- Accidents In Other Public Places
- Tripping And Falling Accidents
- Injury Claims Against Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
- Criminal Injury And Assault Compensation Claims
- How A Personal Injury Lawyer Could Help You
- How Checking Reviews Will Help You Choose A Lawyer
- Calculating Typical Injury Claim Settlements
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Stockton Claims
- How Do I Consult A Lawyer
If you’re hurt by the negligent actions of a third party, you might question whether you have grounds to pursue a compensation claim. Throughout this guide, we will cover various personal injury related topics, such as:
- Criminal injury compensation claims
- Accidents caused by the local authority
- Cyclist related incidents
- Road traffic accidents (RTA)
For this guide to effectively discuss the claims process, it shall answer the following questions, amongst others:
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Do I need to choose a Stockton high street solicitor to handle my claim?
- I was involved in a motorbike accident in Stockton-on-Tees, how to make a claim?
After reading this guide to the very end, you should have a greater understanding of the claims process and how a personal injury lawyer covering Stockton-on-Tees could be of assistance. But should you have a question or feel ready to begin your case, why not speak to one of our advisers? Our team would be more than happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.
For a personal injury claim to have a successful outcome, we must ask several essential questions:
- Firstly, were you owed a duty of care?
- If yes, did they breach the duty of care?
- And finally, were you injured by their negligent actions?
Time Limitation Period
If you have been affected by the negligent actions of a third party, then you might question whether or not you could pursue a claim? For a claim to be successful, it must meet the following conditions:
- You must begin your claim within 3-years from the date of the incident.
- Or, you must begin your claim within 3-years from the date you become knowledgeable of an illness or disease caused by a third party.
It is worth noting that there are exceptions to the limitation period for specific claims. In most cases, the exception applies to cases involving children and those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves, as they may require a litigation friend to act on their behalf.
If you have any questions relating to your claim and the personal injury claims time limit, please do not hesitate contact our team today, as one of our advisers would be more than happy to talk with you.
No matter if you work in an office building or on a construction site, all employees are owed a duty of care when at their workplace. For an obligation of this nature to be achieved, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that there are various measures an employer can implement. Examples include:
- Routine inspections of the working environment
- Risk assessments
- Offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Ensuring all employees are given training.
While the measures listed above can help create a safer working environment, should your employer neglect their obligation to implement these measures, their carelessness could cause an incident to unfold.
Everyone deserves to work in an environment that is free from preventable harm. But should you find yourself injured due to the negligent actions of an employer, a personal injury lawyer covering Stockon-on-Tees could be of assistance.
Road traffic accident claims (RTA’s) are some of the most common personal injury claims that are made, and they can cause various injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
If another road user were to neglect their duty of care, it could cause a road-related incident to occur. If that is the case, then a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action for any preventable injuries. With the support of a personal injury solicitor covering Stockton-on-Tees, they could help you pursue a claim and seek compensation for the damages that have been caused.
Within the sections that follow, we will delve into various types of road traffic accident claims in greater detail. But if you have a question or wish to start your claim, please contact our team.
Accidents On Public Transport And At Stations
When using public transportation – such as buses and trains – you are owed a duty of care. Should this obligation be breached, then it may be possible to pursue a compensation claim against the company that operates the service.
For example, should a bus driver drive recklessly and cause the vehicle to crash, they have failed to uphold their duty of care and uphold the highway code. So if you have been injured on public transportation, please speak to one of our advisers.
Car Park Accidents
The operators and owners of car parks are required to uphold reasonable safety measures to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians who use the space. As a result, the owner/operator must:
- Provide clear road markings
- Outline clear pedestrian markings
- Ensure the roads and pathways are free from obstructions
- Ensure the car park is well kept and maintained
However, should the duty be breached and cause you preventable harm, then a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action. With the support of a personal injury lawyer covering Stockon-on-Tees, they could help and support you through the claims process. For more information, please speak to one of our advisers,
Cyclists are naturally at a disadvantage on the road due to their lack of protection. As a result, road traffic accidents involving cyclists can have a devastating outcome inflicting various degrees of injury and harm.
Various factors could cause a cyclist related-incident, but some of the most common factors include:
- Reckless driving
- Failing to check the blind spot
- Performing illegal manoeuvres on the road
Should the negligent actions of a third party cause a cyclist-related incident, then you might question whether you could pursue a compensation claim. For more information relating to claims of this nature, please click here to read our guide. Alternatively, please speak to our claims team.
Public accidents may also be referred to as public liability accidents, and they can be caused by a third party that neglects their duty of care. When using public spaces, the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 states that visitors of the area in question – such as supermarkets or shopping centres – are owed a duty of care.
The owner/operator of public spaces could fall into the hands of different parties, such as:
- Local authority
- Private landowners
- Business owners
The party responsible for the public space in question must ensure they’ve implemented reasonable safety measures to prevent hazardous conditions from causing accidents. Should a breach in the duty of care cause you injury or harm, then you might question whether you have grounds to pursue a claim.
With the support of a personal injury lawyer covering Stockon-on-Tees, they could assist you when pursuing a claim for the trauma you’ve endured. For more information, please contact one of our advisers today!
Stockton Public Park Accidents
Nobody ever expects their child to be injured when playing in the park due to faulty and defected equipment, as they are spaces designed for children to roam free. However, a playground accident could be caused by the negligent actions of a third party, such as a business owner or the local authority, if they fail to implement reasonable safety measures.
If your child is injured in a park or play area due to the negligent actions of a third party, then please reach out and contact our team. One of our advisers will be able to discuss the case in greater detail and offer you free legal advice of obligation.
Shopping Centre And Retail Park Accidents
Much like an employer, business owners are obligated to implement reasonable safety measures to ensure both their customers and employees are free from preventable harm. Should a business owner breach this obligation, it could cause one of the following incidents:
- Slips and trips.
- Falling display items.
- Allergic reactions.
For more information, please speak to one of our advisers. They can discuss your claim in greater length.
A slip, trip and fall-related incident are one of the most common types of personal injury claims that are made. In some scenarios, slip trips and fall accidents can be caused when a negligent third party breaches their duty of care. For example, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), illustrate three common factors that can cause an accident of this nature. They include:
- Poorly designed and maintained areas – such as badly installed flooring.
- Inadequate or insufficient standards of housekeeping – such as poorly cleaned workspaces.
- Obstructed pathways – such as trailing cables and wires.
For more information, why not speak to our claims team.
The local authority is obligated to implement reasonable safety measures in the places they are responsible for, such as parks, pathways, and roads. Measures such as risk assessments and routine inspections are two examples that could be implemented, as they will identify and correct hazardous conditions ahead of time.
However, should you find yourself injured due to the neglectful actions of the local authority, then you could have eligible grounds to pursue a claim. If you can prove that the local authority was at fault, then a personal injury solicitor covering Stockton-on-Tees could be of assistance and help you seek compensation for the injury you’ve endured.
Nobody ever expects to be injured or harmed by violent crimes, they can cause various degrees of physical and psychological harm. In some cases, violent crime could leave you with unexpected costs, such as medical expenses or replacement costs.
When there is no other road to take, you could claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). For example, you could have grounds to pursue a claim if you have been affected by:
- Sexual assault – such as rape
For a CICA claim to have validity, it must meet the following criteria:
- It must have been reported to the police.
- The claim must be made within 2-years of the event. This can vary.
We could connect you to personal injury solicitors covering Stockton-on-Tees who could offer to handle your case. For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Rates Of Crimes Affecting Persons In Stockton-on-Tees
Within this section, you will find a table with the reported crimes in Stockton-on-Tees.
|Top Reported Crime||Frequency|
|Other types of theft||1,697|
|Violence against the person||1,685|
If you have been affected by third party negligence, then you might question whether there are measures you can take to support your claim.
- Visit a Doctor
If you have been injured physically or psychologically, visit a doctor. They can tend to your injuries and will document your suffering in your medical files- which can be requested at a later date and used to support your claim.
- Take Photographs
Taking photographic evidence can be an essential measure to take, as it can be used as evidence to support your claim. For example, if a raised kerbstone caused you to slip, trip and fall, take a picture of the accident cause.
- Collect Witness Details
If someone were to witness your accident, collecting their contact information is extremely important. Your solicitor might contact them to collect a witness statement.
- Report the Accident
If an accident occurred at your place of work or in a public setting, reporting the incident to the appropriate party is extremely important. The responsible party is required to document the accident in a logbook, which you can get a copy of and use to support your claim.
How Medical Assessments Help Your Case
Medical assessments are a crucial part of the claims process as they ensure you receive the appropriate amount of compensation. Upon attendance, the medical professional conducting the assessment will ask you a series of questions and evaluate the severity of your injuries.
The information collected from the assessment will be placed into a report, which can be used at a later date to value and support your claim. All medical assessments will be arranged as close to your home as possible.
How The Location Of Your Lawyer Doesn’t Affect Your Claim
If you are searching for a solicitor, you are not limited to solicitors based on High Street, Bishop street, or Finkle street. The internet has empowered claimants to search for the best solicitor regardless of their location.
Should a solicitor offer to handle your claim, they can communicate with you in various ways. Such as:
- Over the phone
- Via email
- Or in-person
When searching for a solicitor that can handle your claim, it can be an overwhelming experience. A simple internet search will result in hundreds of choices, making your decision all the more difficult.
Consider customer reviews. Reading reviews can shed insight into the firm’s abilities and outline whether they are a suitable match to handle your claim. You can read first-hand other clients’ experiences and make a well-informed decision.
If you were to pursue a claim, then you might question how much compensation you could be awarded. While some firms tend to use personal injury claims calculators to offer an estimated figure, we have used the Judicial College Guidelines to create a table. Within the table, you will find various types of injuries, their severities, and the compensation awarded.
|Paraplegia||Loss of independence||An injury of this nature will have a lasting affect on the individual, causing extensive pain, depression, reduction in age and life expectancy, and impact on sexual function.||£205,580 to £266,740|
|Scarring||Less Significant Scaring||A scar of this nature can be camouflaged.||£3,710 to £12,900|
|Scarring||Very Severe Scarring||Significant scarring causing very severe disfigurement and physiological trauma.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Damage to Teeth||Front two teeth||An injury of this nature would result in the loss or serious damage to both front teeth.||£4,080 to £7,160|
|Damage to Teeth||Loss of or damage to back teeth||An injury of this nature would cause serious damage or the loss of back teeth. Per tooth.||£1,020 to £1,600|
|Fracture of Jaw||Very Serious||Multiple fractures followed by prolonged treatment.||£28,610 to £42,730|
It is worth noting that the figures above are merely examples. If you would like to receive a compensation amount that is more accurate to your case, please speak to one of our advisers.
It is also possible to be awarded compensation for any financial loss you’ve endured due to the injuries you’ve experienced. For example, compensation could be awarded if you encountered unexpected medical costs, replacement costs, the cost of care, and much more.
Some claimants might find the claims process to be daunting, especially about finances. Should a personal injury solicitor covering Stockton-on-Tees offer to handle your claim, it may be under a No Win No Fee agreement.
There are various benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement, such as:
- Zero upfront costs to kick-start your claim
- Zero fees to pay while the claim is on-going.
- You will not be obligated to cover your solicitor’s legal expenses if the claim is unsuccessful.
If a claim were to have a successful outcome and compensation is awarded, a modest fee will be deducted from the settlement. Also referred to as a success fee, the deduction covers your solicitor’s legal fees, and it is capped by law.
To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, please contact our team today.
Now you have read this online guide, you might have a question regarding your claim. Or, you might feel that you are ready to begin your claim. No matter what, our claims team is standing by to speak with you and offer support.
You can reach our claims team in several ways:
- The number to call our team is 0800 408 7825.
- If you would like to enquire online, please click here.
- Alternatively, click the live chat icon on the right corner of the page.
Within the final section of the guide, you will find additional resources to help you.
Please click here to read our Slip, trip and fall-related guide.
To read our guide regarding local shop accidents, please click here.
Where To Find A Medical Expert
|Marta Vinaras Molinero||Centre, 636 Yarm Road, Tees Valley,
Teesside Magistrates’ Court
|Teesside Magistrates' Court|
|Teesside Justice Centre
Teesside Magistrates Court,
SSCS and Employment Tribunal Hearing Centre
Stockton Borough Council
|Stockton Borough Council|
|Stockton-on-tees Borough Council,
Stockton Cricket Club,
52A Oxbridge Ave,
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