A Guide To Using A Personal Injury Lawyer Who Covers Your Area
This page serves as an introductory guide to making personal injury claims. Personal injury claims can be made when you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. To do that, it may help you to have a personal injury lawyer. That is where Public Interest Lawyers come in.
This guide is an introduction to the kind of services we provide. We can offer you free legal advice not just on this page and a host of other guides on our website, but we can also assist you with a free legal consultation courtesy of our team of legal advisors.
We also have a panel of personal injury lawyers who can help you fight for your compensation. Please read on for more details and get in touch if you want to ask about starting a claim. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The best way to get in touch is by phone. Simply call 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Who Can Cover Sutton Coldfield
- Workplace Accidents In Sutton Coldfield
- Road And Traffic Accidents In Sutton Coldfield
- Motorbike And Bicycle Accidents In Sutton Coldfield
- Public Space And Public Area Accidents
- Falling And Tripping Accidents
- Accidents Due To A Councils Negligence
- Victim Based And Violent Crimes
- How You Could Claim With A Lawyer Covering Sutton Coldfield
- How Reviews Of Lawyers May Be Helpful
- Typical Payouts Awarded In Personal Injury Cases
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Sutton Coldfield
- Consulting With A Lawyer
This guide will cover the basics of what could entitle you to make a personal injury compensation claim for a variety of different circumstances. It will also introduce you to some of the important points about starting and making a personal injury claim, such as how to use reviews to find the right lawyer, why you will need to undergo a medical examination as part of the claim, how you could work with a lawyer based anywhere in the country and how No Win No Fee claims work. Throughout this guide, we also include links to other helpful resources. This guide is just a beginners introduction, so please get in touch if you want more detailed information or want to ask any questions.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is intended to protect you from avoidable injuries in the workplace. It does this by placing an obligation, or duty of care, on your employer to ensure that everything possible has been done to reduce the risk of accidents. Failing to abide by this law can not only potentially result in an employee getting hurt, but could also leave your employer liable for a personal injury claim.
Things that could entitle you to make a personal injury claim against your employer can include:
- Being injured due to a lack of safety equipment
- Being injured by faulty equipment
- Being injured due to exposure to hazardous chemicals or materials.
If you want to know more about making a personal injury claim against your employer, feel free to get in touch with us.
Road traffic accidents kill and injure thousands of people every year. It is important that all road users and drivers follow and uphold their duty of care towards others. This duty of care requires them to obey driving laws and to drive safely. Speeding, driving under the influence or failing to pay sufficient attention to other road users can all be classed as violations of their duty of care and could potentially cause an accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a road traffic accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you could be entitled to receive compensation. You should get in touch with us if you feel that these circumstances apply to you. The following subsections relate to some specific types of road traffic accidents.
Injuries And Accidents On Public Transport
When you travel using public transport, you are putting your safety in another person’s hands. All operators of public transport have a duty of care to ensure that their passengers are safe, and could be liable to a personal injury claim if their negligence causes someone to suffer an injury.
Examples of how injuries could arise include:
- Failing to operate a vehicle properly and in accordance with road safety laws
- Failing to perform proper maintenance of a vehicle
- Failing to ensure that the interior of a public transport vehicle is in a reasonably safe condition
The above examples represent different breaches of a duty of care that could cause an accident and justify making a personal injury claim.
As a passenger, it may be possible to claim in one of two ways:
- If the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in was at fault, you could claim against either their own insurance policy or that of the operator of the vehicle.
- If another driver was at fault, you could claim against their insurance policy.
If you want to know more, visit our dedicated page on public transport accident claims.
Injuries And Accidents In Car Parks
You could also have an accident either in a vehicle or on foot while in a car park. If you suffer an injury in a car park due to the disrepair of the car park you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the owners or operators of the car park. This is because the owners or operators of car parks are obliged to make sure that their property is kept in a condition which is safe to use. Failure to do so can lead to accidents being caused by:
- Faulty lighting or signage
- Faulty railings, barriers and off-ramps
- Poor conditions of the road and paving surface
If these failures or any other form of negligence in managing the car park has caused you to suffer an injury, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Similarly, if somebody crashes into your car while in a car park—somebody reversing from a parking bay without looking, for instance—regardless of the speed at which the collision happened, you could be entitled to compensation.
Call our team, or click here to read our guide, to find more information.
Cyclists make up a disproportionate amount of the thousands of people who are injured or lose their lives in road traffic accidents in the UK every year. This is for two reasons: one is that they are simply more exposed and vulnerable in the event of a collision due to not having the exterior of a vehicle to afford some protection. The other is that they are smaller, and in the case of push bikes quieter, and therefore harder to spot. Inattentive drivers could easily miss a cyclist as they make a turn or pull out of a junction.
Drivers are required by law to be aware of their surroundings and of all traffic they share the roads with. They could be liable to a personal injury claim if their negligence causes an accident.
If the accident was caused by the poor condition of the road or the pavement, such as broken and jutting pieces of pavement or ice on the roads, the local council or other body responsible for maintaining streets could be liable.
If you want to know more about making a claim for a cycling accident, call our team or click here.
All proprietors or operators of public spaces or venues should have public liability insurance. This is because they have a duty of care over those using their premises and can be liable to a compensation claim if they fail to ensure their premises are safe. If you suffer an injury in a public place, such as tripping on a loose carpet or by having a faulty fixture fall on you, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out more, read our guide or get in touch with our team. Further details are also provided in the following subsections.
Accidents Which Happened In A Park Or Public Play Area
One public area where an accident could easily happen if proper maintenance is not carried out is a public park or a children’s play area. Failure to maintain a park or play area could lead to injuries being caused by:
- Faulty play equipment, such as slides, climbing frames and see-saws.
- Overgrown or unstable trees or other plant life
- Trips and falls caused by the poor condition of paving surfaces, such as icy pathways, or tree roots breaking through the ground.
For more information about making a personal injury claim in relation to injuries in public parks, click here to read our dedicated guide, or call our team of advisors.
Accidents Which Happened When Shopping
Shops are another public space where your health and safety could be put at risk by poor management and failures by the operators to meet their duty of care. If a shop is managed poorly, without attentiveness towards customer safety, a range of accidents could happen. Examples include:
- Slips, trips and falls due to the condition of the flooring or fluids being left on the floor
- Items falling off shelves due to being precariously stacked or due to faulty shelves
- Being hit or run over by a cart or a trolley due to the cart being used negligently by a member of staff or being faulty
To find out more about making personal injury claims against shops, click here to read our guide or get in touch with our advice team for a free consultation.
Trips and falls can cause quite serious injuries, especially if the victim falls from a height or injures themselves on something as they fall. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that trips and falls account for the majority of workplace accidents.
The frustrating part is that slips and falls are entirely preventable. Employers or those responsible for an area have a duty of care to make sure that their premises do not present avoidable tripping or slipping hazards. To that end, they are obliged to:
- Identify and prevent potential tripping risks
- Keep the floor clear of tripping hazards
- Mark and clear as soon as possible any spillages or wet floors
- Maintain carpets and linoleum to prevent them from becoming tripping hazards
- Ensure that outdoor paving and road surfaces on their property are kept in good order and free from ice.
To learn more about how you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for an injury suffered as a result of a fall, you can either click here to read our guide to trip and fall claims, or you can make a phone call to our team of advisors using the contact details provided and receive a free legal advice consultation.
Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, like most other councils, has a range of responsibilities. Among these responsibilities are the maintenance of certain streets and roads, operating gyms, libraries, youth centres, parks and play areas and other public spaces. The council has a duty of care to make sure that these spaces are all maintained to a safe standard and that there is as little risk as possible of people suffering avoidable injuries due to disrepair.
Personal injury claims could be made against local councils for a variety of accidents:
- Slips and trips on a council-owned pavement or road due to poor conditions
- Slips and trips on council-owned property due to poor maintenance of flooring
- Being injured in a gym or play area operated by the local council due to disrepair of the equipment
If you’ve suffered an injury on council property, like one of those described above and you want to know more about making a personal injury claim, you can get in touch with us for free legal advice. Or you can read our dedicated guide here.
Being a victim of a violent crime could also entitle you to make a claim. Unlike other personal injury claims which are made against the party responsible for the harm caused, and paid out of that party’s insurance where possible, criminal injury claims are made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is an organisation funded by the government that awards personal injury compensation to people who:
- Have been injured as a direct result of a crime, such as victims of assault.
- Have been injured while attempting to restrain or stop a criminal
- Have suffered psychological trauma as a result of witnessing or being a victim of a crime
- Have experienced sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse
- Have suffered financial losses or the loss or destruction of their property or belongings, i.e. by having belongings stolen.
There does not need to be a criminal conviction of the person responsible for harming you, so long as there is proof that you have been affected by crime then you could be entitled to claim criminal injury compensation. You can find out more about criminal injury claims by reading through the CICA page on the .gov website. You can also consult our team of legal advisors if you have any questions about making such a claim.
Criminal Injury Statistics
The figures below are taken from government records. They show the crime statistics in your area in 2019/20.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
Finding the right solicitor is probably the most important step in making a successful personal injury claim. Public Interest Lawyers can help you find the right one with our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Sutton Coldfield. A lawyer’s job is to help gather evidence, work out how much compensation their client is entitled to and to represent their client’s case, so finding one that is best qualified for the case is crucial.
Why Are Medical Assessments Necessary?
Medical assessments are a necessary part of the claims process. They provide proof to support your claim. This will come in the form of a report by a doctor who has examined you. As well as confirming your injury, a medical assessment can also confirm the extent of your injury and the severity of its long-term impact (if there is to be one). This is crucial for working out how much compensation you should be entitled to claim for.
Why Your Lawyers Location Does Not Matter
You do not have to use a personal injury lawyer in Sutton Coldfield or even a personal injury lawyer in Kent. Personal injury lawyers can work on cases without having to meet their clients in person. All discussions related to the claim can be made over the phone or through emails or video calls.
This could be a lot easier for you as you can essentially make the claim from home without having to make arrangements to have in-person meetings with a solicitor, something which can be highly beneficial for people who are dealing with severe health problems due to an injury.
Reviews are an important resource for would-be claimants to consult. Reviews can tell you how successful personal injury lawyers have been in taking on cases previously and whether or not they specialise in cases similar to yours.
More importantly, though, reviews left by previous clients can be highly informative about the conduct of lawyers. Look out for lawyers who have had a good relationship with their past clients and which are regarded as having been good communicators. These are very important factors when considering what lawyers you want to work with.
There is no one fixed amount of compensation to which you should be entitled; every case is different. Compensation is calculated based on the severity of your injuries and how much your injuries will affect you in the future. The more severe an injury is and the degree to which it will impact your ability to work and live a normal life, the more compensation you will be able to claim.
In addition to the compensation you could receive for your injuries, you could be entitled to claim compensation for financial losses you have suffered as a result of the injuries, such as loss of income due to having to take time off work, or medical costs incurred by the injury.
The table below shows the amounts of compensation recommended for various types of injuries according to the Judicial College guidelines. These figures are just examples and are not intended to reflect accurately what amount of compensation you may receive. They also do not factor in special damages you may be entitled to receive.
|£18,020 to £45,070
|Minor or moderate injury
|Up to £11,820
|£11,820 to £22,990
|In the region of £139,210
|£46,980 to £65,420
Legal fees can be expensive and could dissuade some people from making claims. Public Interest Lawyers is proud to offer No Win No Fee claims to all of our clients. No Win No Fee claims are quite simple. Instead of paying legal fees to your solicitor, you will agree to give them a small amount of your compensation if your case succeeds. You won’t be asked to pay legal fees to the lawyer if you lose. There are also no fees to pay upfront and nothing to pay while the case is ongoing. Any further details can be explained if you wish to get in touch.
If you want to speak to an advisor, we have a range of contact methods to do so:
- You can call 0800 408 7825
- Send a message to our live chat messenger, bottom right
- Or drop us an email by clicking here and we’ll get in touch at a time that suits you.
Thank you for reading our guide to the services offered by our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Sutton Coldfield. Below, you can find some more resources you may find helpful.
Our Local Medical Experts
|Ley Hill Surgery Birmingham
228 Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B74 2UE
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court Covering Sutton Coldfield
|Birmingham County Court
|Birmingham Magistrates’ Court
|33 Bull St,
|Victoria Law Courts
Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council
|Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council
|Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, AFE Business Centre, 62 Anchorage Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2PG
Guide by AA
Edited by II