If you have suffered an injury in an accident through no fault of your own, the effects can be traumatic and ongoing for quite some time. If you are left in a position where you have suffered through the fault of somebody else, you should not have to endure the negative impact of their negligence. In this article, we will explore a variety of personal injury topics, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents in public places.
It is important to note that each personal injury claim expires within a certain time window, generally, 3 years from the date of the accident or the date you obtained knowledge that you were suffering from an illness or injury that you believe was the result of negligence on the part of a third party.
There are exceptions to this rule. One exception is if a child is involved in the accident. They are eligible to claim for up to 3 years from the date they turn 18, or somebody can claim on their behalf before they turn 18 by acting as their litigation friend.
A litigation friend can also represent somebody who has lost the mental capacity to claim as a result of the injuries sustained. If no claim is made on their behalf, the 3 year time period wouldn’t begin until that person has begun their recovery.
The process of making a claim can be difficult and drawn out over a considerable length of time. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon are here to help you every step of the way. If you want to get your claim underway today you can call us on 0800 408 7825 to discuss it with our team. If you’d rather read up on some general information before deciding, you can do so by selecting a section below.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Swindon
- Workplace Accidents In Swindon
- Swindon Traffic Accident And Injury Claims
- Accidents Involving Cyclists And Bike Riders
- Claim For An Accident In A Public Place
- Compensation For A Slip And Fall Accident
- Council And Local Authority Accident Claims
- How To Make A Criminal Injury Claim
- How Do I Find A Good Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Will Reviews Of Personal Injury Lawyers Near Me Help Find A Law Firm?
- Typical Damages And Compensation Paid Out
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Who Cover Swindon
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Suffering from an injury through no fault of your own is difficult to accept. If you are thinking of taking action against the party that caused you to suffer, starting your claim is often the most uncertain part. If you’re in a position where you haven’t claimed before, it is completely natural to not know who to trust to represent you. This is where we step in, our personal injury lawyers covering Swindon have vast amounts of experience in handling these types of claims and are here to help you.
If you’re looking for information on how to claim for an accident you have had whilst at work, or whilst travelling in a car or on a bicycle, we have sections in this article that cover these topics. Obtaining justice for your suffering is paramount to us, it is the main goal that moves us forward and we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Whether you work in a warehouse, a bar or a supermarket, each working environment presents different risks throughout the day. If your employer has not kept up to date with health and safety regulations and a piece of machinery has malfunctioned and caused you a serious injury, this is one example of a potential workplace injury claim. Other types of accidents at work could include things such as:
- Hurting yourself whilst using machinery you haven’t been trained on properly.
- Slipping on a wet floor that is not signposted.
- An accident in a work vehicle.
- Falling from a height.
These are not the only examples and if you feel as though you have suffered an injury in the workplace that was not your fault, our personal injury lawyers covering Swindon are more than happy to investigate it.
Ultimately, your employer has a duty of care to ensure the workplace is safe and fit for use and if they don’t they are putting you at risk.
There are estimated to be over 30 million cars in the UK, and with each vehicle comes a driver that must follow the rules and regulations set out within UK law. Practising safe driving and adhering to these rules is crucial as over 25,000 people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads in 2018.
Firstly, in cases such as these, it’s important to be able to answer yes to each of the following questions to make out a claim for negligence:
- Did the other road user owe you a duty of care?
- Did they breach that duty, such as by driving recklessly or without due care or attention?
- As a result of that breach, did you suffer an injury?
Car accidents cover a wide spectrum, they can be small bumper to bumper collisions with no damage, to life-threatening high impact collisions. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to severe head, neck and spinal injuries.
You should not have to suffer through somebody else’s carelessness or lack of judgement. If another road user’s negligence has caused you to suffer, our personal injury lawyers covering Swindon are here to help you and fight your corner. You can find more in-depth information about this type of claim here.
Injuries On Public Transport
You are eligible to claim if you have been injured whilst travelling on public transport. If you were involved in an accident whilst travelling via bus, train or taxi you are well within your rights to make a personal injury claim.
The provider of public transport has a duty of care to you. They need to make sure the vehicle is safe and the driver does not cause injury due to careless driving. If you have been injured in an accident whilst on public transport and want to read specifically about this type of incident, you can look at our guide here.
Injuries In Car Parks
Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher who is responsible for a car park accident and what you’re meant to do if you find yourself in one.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 clearly states that the owner of a public car park must ensure the property is safe for the public to use. This includes both vehicles and pedestrians. If they have not kept on top of health and safety regulations and it causes you injury, they could be liable to a claim.
Car park injuries can stem from things such as a damaged barrier or an icy floor that hasn’t been gritted. Our guide on this subject provides a more in-depth run-through of what constitutes this type of claim, and our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon can investigate the matter further for you if you give our team a call.
Going down the local park or cycle path and getting some much-needed exercise is an enjoyable pastime for a lot of us. Unfortunately, for those of us that live in cities, cycling on the road can be quite hazardous. Cyclists are less protected than drivers and can suffer more significant injuries if involved in an accident. A report published by the Department for Transport found that in 2017, 17,550 cyclists were hurt in some way. 99 of those lost their lives.
One example of a cycling accident could involve a driver performing a manoeuvre incorrectly and knocking you off your bicycle. Other causes of cycling accidents injuries include:
- Careless or reckless driving, or speeding.
- A driver’s failure to judge a cyclist’s speed or path of travel.
- A driver’s failure to look properly.
Much like the other sections in this article, we have dedicated guides with much more information. Our cycling accident claim page can be found here. If you want us to explore this type of claim for you, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon are ready to help you.
The person or company who owns the property has a duty of care to ensure it is safe for any type of public use. A public place includes schools, hospitals, car parks and public parks.
One example of an injury in a public space is if you slip on liquid in a supermarket that should have been cleaned up had staff been routinely checking for hazards or had acknowledged the hazard and not warned customers of the risk. Other examples include:
- Injury from falling objects, such as items falling off a building, or falling display items.
- Obstructions on the road, pedestrian footpaths or trip hazards.
It’s important to establish who owed the duty of care. This means it’s important to find out who owns the property. If you have collected this information and believe that you were the victim of somebody else’s carelessness, personal injury lawyers covering Swindon can look to help you.
Businesses should take out a public liability insurance policy to ensure they have the coverage to pay out if somebody suffers an accident whilst on their property, however, this isn’t a legal requirement so not all businesses have this type of cover. If they don’t have this cover making a claim can be slightly more problematic but we can still look to help you.
Accident In A Park Or Playground
Injuries in public parks and playgrounds can include things such as slips, trips and falls which are caused by the likes of unsafe footpaths and badly preserved pavements. For example, if you slipped on icy pavement or in a public park that hadn’t been properly gritted or signposted.
Another example of how injuries might be sustained could involve broken or defective equipment, such as park benches or play areas. There are of course more examples of this which can be found in our more detailed guide.
Accidents When In Shops And Supermarkets
A common type of supermarket injury can be down to staff errors. This includes things such as poorly maintained shelves, loose cables or your foot being rolled over by someone with a full cage of stock. Additional types of accidents in supermarkets could include:
- Items falling from a height and causing injury.
- Faulty machinery, such as lifts or escalators.
- Faulty equipment, such as trollies or self-service checkouts
These aren’t the only examples of this category of claim. If you believe you have suffered an injury in a public place or supermarket but don’t see your example here, you can give us a call and we’ll examine whether you have a viable case. You can also browse our guide on this topic for more detail.
You might be eligible to seek compensation if you’re injured in a fall which has been caused by the likes of:
- Wet floors with no warning signs.
- Broken handrails on stairs.
- Damaged or cracked pavements or pathways.
Slip, trip and fall claims can result in serious injuries. In fact, 95% of major slips and trips result in a broken bone.
Whoever oversees the maintenance of the area where the accident happened has a duty of care to ensure it is safe for use. They must ensure that all health and safety regulations are followed or they may be responsible for the injuries you suffer.
If you’ve suffered injuries following a slip, trip and fall and believe it was the fault of somebody else, get in touch for free legal advice. Click here if you would like more details about this type of incident and to find out the process of getting the claim underway.
The local council in Swindon is responsible for the vast majority of public highways, such as footpaths and roads. It is the council’s responsibility to ensure that these surfaces and areas are kept safe in line with regulations so that any risk to the public or any chance of a member of the public suffering injury is minimised.
Being injured by a pothole that hasn’t been repaired is a common type of claim against the council. You must document evidence such as pictures or witness statements to back up your claim. Examples of council-owned properties include things such as (but not limited to):
- Public transport
- Public parks
- Rubbish disposal centres
Proving that the local authority is liable and securing a compensation award from them can be difficult. Given the amount of property and land they own and manage, they’re used to people making claims against them. However, it is not a challenge we shy away from. Personal injury lawyers covering Swindon can help you start your claim journey today.
The after-effects of being the victim of a serious crime may never go away. Whilst the physical scars may heal, a lot of victims suffer from mental and emotional trauma for years after the incident. We take this type of claim very seriously and we can look to help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve for this type of incident. Some level of closure and a satisfactory compensation payout can go a long way in the aftermath of such a terrible episode.
The government operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which allows victims of violent crime to receive compensation for their injuries. Even if the perpetrator isn’t caught you can still claim through the CICA. Examples of violent crime include things like being mugged, assaulted, stabbed or sexually assaulted. It also covers a wide range of physical attacks such as acid attacks and GBH.
The key thing to note for this particular type of claim is that the CICA works differently to a standard personal injury claim. All claims must have been reported to the police (you need a crime reference number to claim) and the time limit for claiming is 2 years from the date of the incident instead of 3 years like the other types of injury claims in this article. In exceptional circumstances, the time limit might be extended by the CICA, though this is on a case by case basis.
We appreciate that this type of incident is an incredibly upsetting thing to discuss with anybody, particularly somebody you do not know. Rest assured, our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon have vast experience when it comes to dealing with this type of claim. They will handle it with the utmost sensitivity and care and help you obtain the justice you deserve to help you move forward into the next chapter of your life.
Swindon Crime Statistics
Please see the table below for a breakdown of the crime statistics for violent crime in Swindon in 2019/20.
Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Violence against the person 2,246
Other theft 1,366
Vehicle offences 1,109
Burglary of residential property 678
Sexual offences 576
Ensuring you have the strongest possible case is key to ensuring your claim is a success. Not only is it essential you have a legal expert who knows what they’re doing, but you will also need to provide evidence to show what happened to bolster your case.
In the first instance, you should look to take photographs of the accident location and your physical injury. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, if you are also able to gather any witness details, this will add extra weight to the claim. In addition to this, you must report the accident to the authority in charge to ensure it is logged in an accident book.
What Assessments Do Doctors Carry Out For Injury Claimants?
We will arrange an appointment with a local medical expert to go through some questions about your injury as well as an examination to see how severe the injury is. The expert we instruct will then compile a report which details your injuries. We then use this report alongside any additional photographs and witness statements to substantiate and consequently value your claim. This is a standard part of any claim and the assessment gives weight to your version of events.
Do I Have To Find A Lawyer Near Me?
The short answer to this question is no you do not. You are under no obligation to choose a personal injury lawyer in Swindon.
In a lot of ways, it’s much more convenient and easier to instruct a solicitor online in this day and age. Not only this, but you can also select the best solicitors measured on their expertise and their track record. Our personal injury lawyers covering Swindon have decades of experience behind them, and they’re ready to extend that same service to you.
Reading reviews of other solicitors’ services is something we would certainly instruct you to do. You want to make sure the solicitor dealing with your enquiry is fully equipped to handle your case. Not only that, but you also want to shop around and make sure you are comfortable with the specialist you choose.
Within the field of personal injury law, there are lots of different factors to weigh up. However, the main factor is how effective the track record of your solicitor is. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon deal with matters like this every single day, and we will ensure we use the full scope of our expertise to deliver a high-quality service for you. You can call us directly today to find out the sort of service we offer.
We are not able to give a specific figure for every type of personal injury claim. That’s because there are many different factors to consider with each claim. Every case is unique. We wouldn’t want to give you false hope or inaccurate information regarding your claim. If you wish to speak to somebody directly about what your case could net in terms of a compensation payout, feel free to call us on the number at the top of this page.
We understand, however, that the compensation payout is an integral motivator when it comes to instructing a personal injury solicitor. We wouldn’t want to leave you completely in the dark, so what we have compiled below is a table based on a document called the Judicial College Guidelines. This is used by the courts and solicitors to measure the cost of your suffering in line with similar cases.
Bodily Injury Amount of compensation Definition
Modest Ankle Injury Up to £12,900 This includes a number of injuries, such as fractures, sprains and ligament-related damage to either ankle.
Very Severe Ankle Injury Between £46,980 and £65,420 Serious fracture with significant soft tissue damage. Could be resulting deformities or below-knee amputation.
Moderate Neck Injury Between £7,410 and £12,900 Moderate soft tissue injuries with a protracted recovery period. May also be future vulnerabilities, plus exacerbation of pre-existing conditions.
Severe Neck Injury Between £42,680 to £52,540 Injuries causing fractures or dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues and/or ruptured tendons that lead to chronic conditions and significant disability of a permanent nature.
Modest Foot Injury Up to £12,900 Ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds or fractured metatarsal. Symptoms that persist for longer will yield a higher compensation award.
Severe Foot Injury Between £39,390 and £65,710 Fractures to both heels with restricted mobility and considerable pain. In particular if the damage is permanent or lasts for a number of years.
Moderate Back Injury Between £26,050 to £36,390 Constant pain and discomfort caused by a compression/crush fracture constant pain and discomfort in the back area. Including injuries such as a slipped disk or nerve damage to the spine.
Severe Knee Injury Between £65,440 to £90,290 Where disruption of the joint has taken place. Including the development of osteoarthritis, major ligament damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function and an operation has taken place to repair the injury.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we believe that access to justice for every citizen is the backbone of a fair and just society. Legal fees can be expensive and if you do not have the money you can be put off taking action. However, our panel will deal with your personal injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Essentially this entails you signing what is called a Conditional Fee Agreement before your claim begins. This ensures your solicitor is paid a small, legally capped fee if your claim is successful. Your lawyer would not be entitled to this success fee, or to recoup their costs from you if the claim isn’t a success. Plus, you won’t have to pay any start-up fees or any fees at all while the case is ongoing.
If you’d like more information on exactly how this agreement works, feel free to call us on the number at the top of this page.
We appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read our article. If you now want to take the next step and instruct a personal injury lawyer covering Swindon, there are several ways you can do this:
- Use our live chat facility on our website.
- Call us on 0800 408 7825.
- Or you can fill out the callback form on our website.
We hope you’ve found our guide to how the services of personal injury lawyers covering Swindon can help you. Below, we’ve included some further useful resources.
Doctors Who Could Carry Out A Medical Assessment
Ayubur Rahman BSS House - Swindon
Wembley Swindon SN2 2PJ
Where Your Claim May Be Heard – Swindon Magistrates’ Court
Swindon Magistrates Court
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Guide by NA
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