If a third party were to breach their duty of care and cause you harm, then you might question whether you could pursue a compensation claim. Within this online guide, you will find various information relating to the personal injury claims process. More specifically, you will find information outlining how personal injury lawyers covering Sunderland could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.
If at any point when reading this guide you would like to begin your claim, or even if you have a question, please call one of our advisers on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Sunderland
- Workplace Accidents
- Vehicle And Traffic Accidents In Sunderland
- Bicycle & Cycling Accidents
- Accidents In A Public Place
- Trip And Fall Accidents
- Claims Against Sunderland City Council
- Claims For Criminal Injuries
- How Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Sunderland Could Handle Your Case
- How Do I Choose A Personal Injury Lawyer By Checking Reviews?
- Calculating The Value Of A Personal Injury Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Sunderland
- How To Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer
This online guide will outline how a personal injury lawyer covering Sunderland could offer to handle your claim if a negligent third party has caused you harm. In doing so, this guide will cover an array of topics, discussing various accidents such as:
- A road traffic accident
- An accident in a car park
- A public bus accident
- An accident at a playground
This guide will also answer the following questions:
- What is a No WIn No Fee agreement?
- How do I choose a personal injury lawyer?
- What is a personal injury claims calculator?
- What is a personal injury claims time limit?
After reading this guide, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process and how our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Sunderland could offer to handle your claim. If when reading this guide you have any questions or wish to begin your claim, contact one of our advisers using the number at the top of the page.
Does My Claim Meet The Time Limitation?
To claim compensation, a significant step is to determine whether your claim meets the statutory time limitation. The time limitation period for a personal injury claim is typically 3-years. However, there are exceptions for children and those that lack the mental capacity to claim.
The 3-year time limitation comes into action from the date you are injured, or, from the moment you obtain knowledge of an illness or disease. While the 3-year time limit may sound like a prolonged period of time, collecting evidence can be a lengthy process. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
In relation to claims involving minors, that is people under the age of 18, a claim can be made on their behalf. The person who acts for them is known as a litigation friend. If the litigation friend does not make a claim by the time the child turns 18, the 3-year limitation period begins to run from the child’s 18th birthday.
In cases involving those who lack the capacity to claim, a litigation friend can pursue a claim on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. For a person rendered disabled because of an accident, the limitation period will not start to run until their recovery.
If you are unsure whether your claim meets the time limit, why not speak to one of our advisers. Not only are they available 24 hours a day, 7days a week, but they can offer free legal advice of no obligation.
Regardless of the job role or the environment, a workplace accident is something no individual ever prepares for or expects. After all, employers have a duty of care to ensure the workplace is safe and hazard-free. In general, this means our employers have to implement measures that acknowledge, identify, and prevent risks.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines the importance of workplace safety and imposes legal obligations on our employers. The Act states that there are various measures an employer can enforce that will contribute to a safer working environment. Examples include:
While there are measures that can contribute towards a safer work environment, health and safety figures for Great Britain 2018/19 show that:
- 111 workers were killed at work in 2019/20.
- 581,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey.
- 69,208 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR.
- 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
Should an employer neglect their duty of care and fail to implement the appropriate safety measures, it could cause a workplace accident. If that is the case and an employers’ negligence has caused you preventable injury or harm, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim
Why not speak to a member of our team? One of our advisers can discuss how a personal injury lawyer covering Sunderland could be of assistance and how they could support your case.
A road-related accident also referred to as a road traffic accident (RTA), is when a collision involving a car, bus, pushbike, or motorbike occurs. A road traffic accident has the ability to inflict various types of damage, such as:
- Physical injury.
- Psychological trauma.
- Damage to personal property.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another road user, then you might question whether you have valid grounds to make a claim. Within the following sections of this guide, you will find information about personal injury lawyers covering Sunderland and how they could offer to handle your road traffic accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
For more information, click here to read our road traffic accident guide.
Accidents When Using Public Transit And Transport
The Department of Transport reported that the average person took 10 taxi/minicab journeys, 48 bus trips, and 33 rail trips in 2018. When using public transport, the driver has a duty of care to ensure the passengers are safe. However, should a public transport driver neglect their duty of care and cause you preventable harm, you might question whether you could make a claim.
You could make a public transit accident claim if you’ve been injured while using one of the following types of public transportation:
- Private hire vehicles – e.g., Uber or taxi firms.
Accidents In A Car Park
You might question whether you could pursue a claim if an accident in a car park has caused you harm. If a third party causes you injury or damage in a car park that could have been avoided if due care and attention had been taken, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim.
As well as claiming against other drivers for collisions that occurred in a car park, it is important to note that a compensation claim can be made against the owner or operator of the car park too. For example, if a pothole, faulty barrier, or road defect within the car park caused an accident to occur, then the car park operator could be held responsible.
For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Due to their lack of protection, an accident involving a cyclist can be extremely serious. Unfortunately, cyclists are more vulnerable to harm than most road users, which is evident by the number of cyclists that died in 2018.
According to police statistics published by the Department for Transport (DfT), 99 cyclists died on British roads in 2018. Some of the most common causes of accidents of this nature include:
- Failing to judge someone’s speed
- Poor turns or manoeuvres
- Failing to check blind spot/look properly
If you have been involved in a cyclist road accident caused by the negligence of another and wish to pursue a claim, why not contact one of our advisers? Alternatively, you can read more information on our online guide.
Accidents in a public place often occur because the individual or organisation responsible for the premises has neglected their duty of care, allowing hazardous factors to go untreated. A public place refers to a particular space that is used by members of the public. This space is often the responsibility of an individual or a company, such as a supermarket or local authority. Examples of public places could include areas such as:
- Public squares
From landowners, business owners, a local authority to an individual tenant, multiple bodies could be responsible for the upkeep and safety of public spaces. So in the event you are injured and wish to make a claim, why not contact one of our advisers? They can guide you in the right direction and provide you with further information.
Park And Playground Equipment Accidents
Should playground equipment-related accidents occur, then you might question whether a child could claim for compensation? When pursuing a claim involving a child (under the age of 18), they will require a litigation friend to act on their behalf.
The gov.uk website outlines the responsibilities of a litigation friend as an individual who acts on behalf of the child. As a litigation friend, you will obtain the following obligations:
- Make decisions on their behalf and with their interests in mind.
- Inform them of the process and find out their wishes and feelings
- Talk to the solicitor and get advice.
Once the court has agreed with a compensation arrangement, the court will place the settlement into a trust fund which cannot be accessed until the child is 18.
Other accidents that may lead to injury in a park could involve broken benches, potholes in walkways, or tree roots that have surged through the pavement.
Our team would be more than happy to offer free legal advice and answer any questions that you might have. Please get in touch today to discover how you can start your claim.
Accidents In Shopping Centres And Supermarkets
Business owners, such as retailers also have an obligation to their customers to ensure their safety and well-being while using their facilities. Not only do business owners have to ensure their retail-environments are hazard-free, but they are obligated to implement measures that highlight, acknowledge and prevent incidents ahead of time.
Should a business owner neglect their duty of care, it could result in accidents such as:
- Slips and falls on liquids that had not been cleaned up.
- Tripping over cabling or carpet that had not been secured down.
- Being struck by falling mannequins or other display items.
Unfortunately, a public place incident could cause injuries such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Food poisoning
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
If you are injured in a shop due to a breach in the operator’s duty of care, you could have grounds to pursue a claim. Give our team a call today to find out how we can support you.
As stated by the HSE, one of three factors generally cause slips, trips and falls. There are cluttered walkways, bad housekeeping, or inadequate design and maintenance. While preventative measures can be taken to prevent hazards of this nature, they do not stop all incidents from occurring.
95% of major slips result in broken bones. Such accidents can also cause various injuries, such as:
- Cuts and bruises
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
Various factors could contribute to a slip, trip, and fall. Some examples could include one of the following:
- Wet floors with no warning signs
- Trailing wires
- Damaged flooring and paths
If you have slipped, tripped, or fallen due to the negligence of a third party, you might question whether you could have grounds to pursue a claim. We could help you kick-start your claim and offer free advice. So contact one of our advisers for more information.
Sunderland council is obligated to prevent public place accidents in the locations they occupy or supervise. For example, the local authority is often tasked with monitoring, reviewing, and upkeeping footpaths, public parks, highways, and roads.
Should the local authority neglect this obligation, it could lead to someone suffering an injury. For example, if you are injured following a trip over a broken kerbstone, or if you stumble over a pothole of sufficient depth and fall or trip over some tree roots that are growing up through a pathway, and you suffer harm as a result, then you could be entitled to make a local authority compensation claim.
In order to pursue a claim of this nature, proving that the council failed to meet their obligation can be a tricky task. However, with the support and advice of a personal injury lawyer covering Sunderland, they could assist you throughout the claims process.
So for more information on how to pursue a local authority claim, contact one of our advisers.
If you have suffered an injury due to a violent crime, then you might question whether you have valid grounds to pursue a claim. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) allows victims of violent crime to receive compensation for the injuries they’ve endured.
For example, you could pursue a CICA claim if you were injured by one of the following:
- Robbery (or attempted robbery)
- Sexual Assault (such as rape).
It is essential to acknowledge that the claims process for CICA claims is different from a personal injury claim. To pursue a CICA claim, you must have reported the incident to the police. The time limit for a CICA claim is also different, as you have 2 years instead of 3 (however there are exceptional circumstances).
If you would like further advice or wish to discuss your claim or to discover how our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Sunderland could be of assistance, please contact a member of our team today.
Sunderland Criminal Injury Statistics
Within the table below, you will find information that shows the crime statistics for Sunderland.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence Against the Person
|Burglary of a residential property
|Other Types of Theft
In the event you are injured due to the negligence of another, you might question if there are steps you could take to help support your claim? Citizens Advice state that there are various measures you could follow that could ultimately strengthen your case. These include:
- Taking Photographs.
Taking pictures of the scene of the incident can be extremely beneficial. However, you should try and take pictures before the accident cause has been repaired or removed.
- Visit a Doctor.
If you have sustained an injury due to an accident, visiting A&E or your GP is an advisable step. They can assess and treat the injuries you’ve endured. Visiting a doctor ensures there is documentation of your injuries. This step is crucial, as the information can be requested at a later date (via your medical records).
- Collect Witness Details.
If you can collect witness details, they can provide a statement for your claim at a later date.
- Report The Incident.
If you are injured at your place of work or in a public place, report it to the appropriate individual/organisation (such as your employer or the council). You can request a copy of the accident report which can be used at a later date to confirm dates, time, and location.
- Photograph Injuries.
If you have visible injuries due to your accident, taking photographs throughout your recovery could be extremely beneficial.
Why Do You Need To See A Medical Expert?
Medical assessments are a critical part of the claims process. A medical expert needs to evaluate the extent of your injuries in order to measure the harm inflicted. Crucially, this medical assessment ensures you receive the correct compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained.
The medical assessment with a local medical specialist can be organised. The specialist will ask you a series of questions regarding the injury and its overall effect on you both physically and psychologically. A report will then be created to outline the injuries sustained. The prognosis also describes how the trauma in question has affected you and whether there are longer-term implications.
Should You Find A Solicitor In Your Local Area?
You may be wondering whether you need to find a lawyer based in your local area to handle your claim. Thankfully, the internet has empowered claimants to search for the best lawyer possible, regardless of their location.
Almost all communication can be conducted in one of the following ways:
- Over the phone
- Through email
- In writing
By widening your search, you can find a lawyer best suited to handle your claim, regardless of location.
When searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Sunderland that could handle your claim, the process can be daunting. A quick internet search will result in thousands of pages and lawyers to choose from, making your decision all the more difficult.
In many cases, claimants turn to customer reviews, as they can be extremely informative. Not only will you gain a clear understanding of the service the firm offers, but you will see first hand what previous clients thought of their lawyers, the rate, and professionalism.
If you choose to pursue a claim, you may wonder how much compensation you could be awarded. As every claim is unique to the individual and the circumstances at hand, we haven’t included a personal injury claims calculator. Instead, we have chosen to provide a table.
This table was created using a legal document known as the Judicial College Guidelines. Primarily, the table offers insight into the claims valuation process by highlighting how the type of injury sustained and its severity can play a pivotal role in the compensation process.
|The Type of Injury
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Moderate PTSD is expected to make a great recovery with professional help. However, affects could prevail.
|£7,680 to £21,730
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|A severe PTSD injury will have a life-altering influence as it will impact professional and social life.
|£56,180 to £94,470
|A moderate neck injury is often connected to fracture or dislocation related injuries. The individual will experience various degrees of pain and damage,
|£23,460 to £36,120
|A severe back injury will have a life-altering impact, causing damage to the nerve roots and the spinal cord. As a result, prolonged pain, disability, incomplete paralysis, and various complications will prevail.
|£85,470 to £151,070
|Scarring of this nature is expected to make a great recovery through surgery, leaving very minimal scarring that can be camouflaged.
|£3,710 to £12,900
|Scarring of this nature is expected to be extremely intrusive and cause varying degrees of psychological trauma.
|£27,940 to £91,350
Not only could you pursue a claim for the pain and suffering you’ve endured, but you could be entitled to claim for the financial losses you’ve experienced. For example, if you have experienced any medical costs, care costs, or had to replace personal property, then these could be factored into a claim.
For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
If you have experienced injury or harm due to the negligent actions of a third party, making a claim could appear daunting. However, to help reduce stress and anxiety, you could use a lawyer that offers No Win No Fee agreements.
There are various benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement, such as:
- You do not need to pay an upfront fee to begin your claim.
- You do not have to pay a fee while the claim is on-going.
- If the claim is unsuccessful, then you are not obligated to cover your lawyer’s fees.
The arrangement offered to those who pursue a personal injury claim is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Your personal injury lawyer will retain a small percentage to cover their legal fees (also known as a success fee) if the claim is successful and compensation is awarded. By law, this fee is capped, so please do not worry about losing a chunk of your compensation.
We hope that this online guide has provided you with insights into the claims process. If you believe that you are ready to begin your claim, or if you have any questions, here are a few ways you can contact one of our advisers:
We hope that you have found this online guide informative. If you have any questions relating to our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Sunderland, please contact a member of our team. In this final section, you will find additional resources to provide further assistance. From the city council’s address, doctors covering Sunderland, to online guides, you will find this information below.
Doctors Covering The City Of Sunderland
|Sunderland Regus Office,
4 Admiral Way,
Doxford International Businesss Park
Doxford International Business Park, 4 Admiral Way
Sunderland County, Family, Magistrates’ and Tribunal Hearing Courts
|City of Sunderland Magistrates Court
Sunderland City Council
|Sunderland Local Authority
|Civic Centre, Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR2 7DN
Guide by IR
Edited by II