If you’ve been recently injured in an accident, you may be experiencing anything from physical and psychological pain to financial shortfall. But did you know that if third-party negligence was responsible for your injury, you could be entitled to compensation?
In order for a third-party to be held liable, they must have owed a duty of care to you that they were in breach of. Many bodies owe a duty of care, from employers to local authorities, but the accident must meet the following criteria to establish negligence:
- Did the third-party owe you a duty of care?
- Was the third-party in breach of this duty?
- Were you injured as a result of this breach?
If you’re looking to make a claim, why not seek legal help. Personal injury lawyers covering Tipton could not only ease the claims process for you but boost your claim’s chances of success, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.
In the meantime, we’ve put together this guide to personal injury claims to provide you with a solid foundation of information. To find out more, please speak to one of our friendly advisors today for a free consultation and see how we could help you:
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Tipton
- How To Claim As An Injured Employee
- Tipton Road Accidents
- Tipton Motorcycle And Bicycle Accidents
- Public And Green Space Accidents
- Pavement And Other Slip And Trip Accidents
- Sandwell Council – Accident and Injuries
- Victim Based Crime In Tipton
- How Could An Injury Lawyer Help Me?
- Making Comparisons Between Different Lawyers
- How To Calculate A Typical Personal Injury Claim Payout
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Tipton
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If you’ve been injured in an accident in Tipton through no fault of your own, you can take the following steps if you are thinking of making a claim:
- Seek medical attention
- Have your injury treated and see that the accident is logged in your medical records
- Make a record of the accident
- Photograph the scene and obtain contact details from any witnesses to evidence your claim
- Consider seeking a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Tipton
- This can help ease the claiming process (but note; it’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor)
In making your personal injury claim, there are two heads of damage that you can claim for; general and special damages. Whereas general damages cover physical and psychological harm, special damages can be additionally claimed to cover injury-related costs incurred, such as:
- Including prescription fees, fuel costs and care payments
- Loss of earnings
- Covering unpaid sick leave and even the predicted loss of future pay
Please continue reading to learn more about personal injury claims, or contact one of our specialist advisors today for a free consultation.
Did you know that personal injury claims have a time limit? If you don’t claim before this expires, you risk losing out on the compensation you deserve.
For adults, the limitation period is 3 years after the accident or the date you acquired knowledge.
If the claimant is a minor, the limitation period differs as they cannot represent themselves legally. Either they wait until they turn 18 and pursue a claim themselves (at which point they become subject to the 3 year limitation period), or a parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf.
In cases where the claimant lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 outlines means of ensuring they can still receive the compensation they deserve. Until they recover the ability to claim, the limitation period is frozen. Alternatively, a ‘litigation friend’ can be appointed to claim on their behalf if recovery is unlikely.
Between 2018 and 2019, there were over 581,000 injuries sustained in the workplace. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the most common accidents included:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Handling, lifting and carrying
- Being struck by a moving object
Whether you tripped on loose wires obstructing your path or fell from a faulty ladder, you could be entitled to compensation for your workplace injury.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to ensure safety in the workplace. To ensure this as much as is reasonably possible, employers may have certain measures, such as:
- Maintenance checks
- Displaying HSE-approved signage
- Providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
However, if your employer’s negligence to their duty results in your injury, you could hold them liable. For a free assessment of your situation, please contact one of our specialist advisors today and see how personal injury lawyers could help you.
A road traffic accident (RTA) is any collision involving another road user or vehicle. Between 2018 and 2019, there were over 157,000 injuries sustained in RTAs on Britain’s roads. According to a government report, these accidents were commonly caused by:
- Failure to judge another road user’s actions
- Lack of appropriate attention
- Poor turns or manoeuvres
- Loss of control
Whether you lost control behind the wheel due to a pothole or were involved in a collision caused by a dangerous driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your RTA injury if a third-party was responsible.
Our advisors can provide you with a free assessment today and tell you whether you have a claim. For more information, please get in touch with one of our specialist advisors.
Accidents At Stations, On Buses And On Trains
Whenever you travel on public transport, you entrust your safety in the hands of its owners and operators. Although a 2019 government report found public transport to be safer than cars, accidents still happen. As a matter of fact, over 3,090 bus casualties were reported in that year alone.
If you’ve been injured in a public transport accident, you could be able to make a claim if a third-party is responsible. For example, if your bus driver made a dangerous manoeuvre that caused a collision, you could be entitled to claim against their insurance. Alternatively, if you slipped on an ungritted platform at Dudley Port or Tipton Stations and are injured call our advisors for advice.
Determining liability can be difficult, particularly in cases where those responsible for your injury weren’t even present at your accident. Therefore, it’s always best to seek help from a legal professional to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact our claims team to see how we could help you.
Accidents In A Sandwell Car Park
Another body owing a duty of care is owners and operators of car parks. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they must ensure safety on-site as much as reasonably possible, by having procedures like regular maintenance checks in place.
Therefore, if you’re injured in a car park accident due to a breach of this duty, you could be entitled to compensation. For example, if you slip on an ungritted footpath or a faulty barrier comes down on you, those in control of the car park could potentially be held liable.
If you’re wondering whether you have a claim, our specialist advisors offer free consultations 24/7. To see how our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Tipton could help you, please get in touch today.
In 2018, ROSPA reported over 17,411 injuries sustained in cycling accidents on Britain’s roads that year. As they are more exposed and less protected than cars, cyclists have one of the highest casualty rates per mile travelled and are one of our most vulnerable road users.
Cycling accidents commonly result from:
- Negligence of another road user (e.g. carelessness)
- Poorly maintained roads or cycle lanes (e.g. potholes)
- Manufacturing faults to bikes or safety equipment (e.g. defective helmet)
Whatever the circumstances of your accident, if you’ve been injured in an accident and someone else was at fault, personal injury lawyers covering Tipton could help you. For more information, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today.
Another type of place falling under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 is public spaces, such as parks, shops and restaurants even places like Tipton Library. Therefore, those in control of these places have a duty of care to uphold safety as much as reasonably possible on their premises.
If you’re injured in a public place accident through no fault of your own, you could be able to make a public liability claim if it can be proven that you were owed a duty of care which was in breach resulting in you becoming injured unnecessarily.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Tipton could not only ease the process of making a claim but boost your chances of winning the compensation you deserve.
Public Park And Green Space Accidents
You may visit Victoria Park play area or Coronation Gardens for some relaxing time out, take the children for a play or do some daily exercise. Parks are a great way to unwind, feel at one with nature and open spaces where you can often stretch out your limbs
From natural hazards to poor maintenance, public park accidents may cause injury for many reasons. However, if third-party negligence was responsible for your injury, you may be able to claim against the party responsible for the park depending on your circumstances.
For free advice and support, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today and see how personal injury lawyers covering Tipton could help you.
Shop And Supermarket Injuries
As retail environments also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, retailers’ have a duty of care to ensure safety on-site, they could be held liable if your injury was a result of their negligence.
For example, if you slipped on a spillage in a supermarket aisle without hazard signage or were struck by stock falling from a poorly maintained shelf depending on individual circumstances and proving that such accidents could have been prevented these scenarios create the basis for a compensation claim.
If you’d like a free assessment of your situation, please get in touch with our advisors today.
In 2018/9, the Health and Safety Executive found that slips, trips and falls accounted for a third of all major injuries in the workplace. The same report also found that over 95% of major cases resulted in broken bones.
As these incidents are so common often causing serious injuries it is vital that those responsible for the public safety ensure that spaces they manage must be maintained to a minimum standard removing hazardous causes where possible or using risk assessments to identify hazards.
Did you know that local authorities, including Sandwell Borough Council, also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957?
Councils have a duty of care to ensure safety as much as possible in places under their control, including public roads and footpaths. To prevent hazards from causing injury, measures like routine inspections and maintenance must be regularly implemented.
As public liability claims are particularly challenging, it might be a good idea to rely on the experience of a legal professional. Please get in touch and see if our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Tipton could help you today.
Did you know that you could also claim for psychological damage, not just physical?
The trauma that can result from witnessing or falling victim to a crime can be detrimental to many aspects of your life. However, through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you could claim compensation for your suffering. Your situation must meet the following requirements in order for you to be entitled to claim:
- The crime is reported to the police
- Legal proceedings are made within 2 years of the crime – this may vary.
If you believe you qualify for compensation, please contact our team of advisors today to see how much you could be entitled to. Personal injury lawyers covering Tipton could help you maximise your payout, taking the stress out of the claims process.
West Midlands, Including Tipton, Crime Rates
The table below provides recent crime stats for the West Midlands area:
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||58,328|
|Vehicle offences|| 47,759
As every case is unique, the claims process can be expected to differ according to factors like the severity of the subsequent injury and the level of third-party negligence responsible for it.
However, you can generally expect a claim to follow a similar structure:
- A solicitor is appointed to the case
- Evidence is collected and reviewed
- The third-party is notified of the claim against them
- Liability is accepted or denied
- A settlement is agreed
Henceforth, a claim will either be resolved and settled or disputed. In some cases, claims end up in court once disputed, but this is rare.
It’s always best to seek help from a legal professional to guide you through the claims process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve as efficiently as possible.
Areas In Tipton Lawyers May Be Found
If you’ve decided to seek legal help from a personal injury solicitor, your first thought may be of law firms on your local high street. However, have you considered whether you could be receiving better service elsewhere?
From Owen Street to Sedgley Road West, there are many personal injury solicitors in Tipton. However, by confining your search to the local area, could you be limiting your claim’s chances of success?
Should Lawyers Be Based Near You
Since technology has evolved greatly, communication can be conducted remotely. Therefore, you are not limited to law firms within your area.
With clients across the nation and years of experience handling a variety of cases, why not see how our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Tipton could help you? For more information, please get in touch with one of our advisors today.
Why Are Injury Assessments Necessary?
You solicitor will ask you to undergo a medical assessment with an independent expert.
You can expect your appointment to entail a physical examination, as well as a series of questions about your injury. The resulting report attempts to corroborate details you provided about your accident, reinforcing that you sustained your injury in the manner you described.
This information allows your solicitor to value your claim and evidence your case. Therefore, it’s vital that you attend your appointment.
If you’re considering making a claim after being injured in an accident in Tipton, it’s always best to seek help from a legal professional. Otherwise, you may risk losing out on the compensation you deserve.
However, the prospect of selecting a solicitor can be daunting, given the number of law firms claiming to provide the best service.
To help narrow your search, we recommend using online reviews. Providing first-hand experiences of past clients, online reviews allow you to see which service best suits you, based on honest recommendations.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be wondering how much compensation you could receive.
However, we advise against using online personal injury ‘compensation calculators’, as they often provide inaccurate figures. We know that every case is unique and even the smallest details must be considered. Therefore, if you’re looking for a consultation that you can trust, please contact one of our advisors today for free and impartial advice.
With years of experience valuing and handling claims, our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Tipton could help you win the compensation settlement you deserve.
Full recovery, typically within 1-2 years
£4,080 to £7,410
Frozen shoulder with limited movement for around 2 years
|£7,410 to £11,980
|Severe tinnitus and NIHL|
Resulting from exposure to noise at work over a prolonged period
|£27,890 to £42,730
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (severe)||Permanent effects preventing normal function or employment||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Back (severe)||Damage to spinal cord and nerve roots resulting in severe pain, disability and incomplete paralysis||£85,470 to £151,070|
In our experience, we know that many claimants feel deterred from pursuing compensation due to the financial risk involved.
However, with a No Win No Fee agreement, you only pay your solicitor’s fees if they win your case. With no upfront or hidden costs to pay either, you can claim with peace of mind.
If your solicitor wins your case, you’ll be expected to pay a ‘success fee’ to cover their legal fees. But this is only a small percentage of your payout, legally-capped to ensure you walk away with the maximum compensation you deserve.
Whether you’re ready to begin proceedings or would like more information, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today for a free consultation. Available 24/7, call 0800 408 7825 or use the live chat feature on the bottom right of your screen.
Whatever your situation, we’re here to help.
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Medical Experts Who We May Work With
|David McColllum (MedCo GP)||Birmingham Road,
|Dudley County Court and Family Court|
How To Contact Sandwell Borough Council
|Sandwell Borough Council|
|Sandwell Council House,
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