Over the course of a week, we could visit numerous public spaces without even realising it. From your weekly visit to the local supermarket to jogging through Abbey Park, sometimes we do not even realise that all spaces we are likely to visit will have an owner or operator.
Having an accident resulting in an injury can have massive repercussions through all aspects of our life. If the accident was caused through a negligent breach in the duty of care owed to us by those who have an obligation to keep us safe you may have the basis for a compensation claim.
We’ll also look at how personal injury law firms covering Torquay can provide a high level of service to you wherever you live.
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Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Torquay
- Work Related Injury And Illnesses
- Traffic Accident Injuries In Torquay
- Bike Accident Injuries In Torquay
- Public Place Injuries
- Slipping And Falling Accidents And Injuries
- Council – Accident Injuries
- Criminal Assault Injuries
- How Lawyers Could Help You Make A Claim For Compensation
- How To Choose Between Specialist Injury Claim Lawyers?
- How Do You Value A Personal Injury Claim?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Torquay
- Consulting A Lawyer
- Claim Guides And Services In This Local Area
Over the following sections, we’ll look at the many ways a victim of negligence could claim compensation. You will find numerous examples of accidents throughout this guide, including:
- Tripping on potholes in the local park
- Slips, trips, and falls at work.
- Shop and supermarket accidents
- Bus accidents in Torquay.
- Car accidents in Torquay.
We’ll also discuss the numerous benefits to using personal injury lawyers covering Torquay on a No Win No Fee basis. Solicitors that operate on a No Win No Fee basis do not expect any funds to start your claim nor while the claim is in process.
If you can’t find your circumstances in this guide, please don’t worry. You could receive free, impartial advice about your potential case after a simple telephone consultation with our experts. Call our team today to discuss your rights as a victim of negligence.
Am I Too Late To Claim?
As your solicitor will explain in more detail, you must take action within the applicable personal injury claims time limit. In this section, we will look at these in more detail.
If you’re an adult, you’ll have a 3-year window to claim within. Usually, it begins from the date of the accident. Though sometimes the courts see the date you obtained knowledge as the start of this timeframe.
For children, a parent/guardian may handle proceedings on their behalf. Although the victim may represent themselves within 3-years of their 18th birthday if no claim is made prior.
Some of the repercussions of an accident may be incredibly severe. As a result, a victim may lose their mental capacity. Once a recovery is made, the limitation period can start. But if this isn’t likely, a ‘litigation friend’ may act on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
To find out more, please contact our team.
The Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974 is a set of legal obligations all employers must uphold. In practising such measures, your employer could take steps to implement the following:
- Issue suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Conduct risk assessments and act accordingly.
- Ensure training is provided for all employees.
- Making sure that the workplace is generally safe for those on-site.
The above are only a handful of the numerous steps your employer could take towards a safer workplace. If your employer fails to protect you from harm, you could hold them liable for your injuries. From minor to fatal accidents in Torquay working environments, our team could connect you with an experienced No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor covering Torquay.
Although all road users are somewhat aware of the Highway Code, some may neglect their responsibility on the roads. As a result, a traffic accident in Torquay could occur.
Just put most common reasons are,
- Not looking properly.
- Failure to judge another road user’s speed/path.
- Careless, reckless or rushed driving.
- Poor manoeuvres/turns.
- Loss of control
Whether a lorry, bike or car user was responsible for your injuries, a personal injury solicitor could help you claim compensation. To discuss how a specialist can help prove another road user was at fault for your injuries, please contact our team of advisers today.
Train Station And Bus Accidents In Torquay
You don’t have to operate a vehicle to hold a valid claim. If a road traffic accident takes place while you’re a passenger on public transport, you could potentially claim compensation for your injuries. Again, a negligent party must be at fault in order to be eligible for damages.
An accident of this kind can take numerous forms, such as:
- Bus collision with another road user
- Becoming trapped in faulty train doors as they close.
- Public transport vehicle knocking over a pedestrian due to not paying attention.
- Another road user crashes into the taxi you’re using.
Click here for more information on bus accidents in Torquay. However, if you feel ready to begin proceedings, then call our team today. An adviser is waiting to take your call.
Car Park Injuries And Accidents
Not dissimilar to shopping centres, all premises of car parks should retain reasonable safety measures at all times.
It is vital that areas, where the public can make use of such as a car park, must maintain safety standards this can be done through maintenance and repair. If such an obligation does not take place then following hazards may occur;
- Tripping on a raised kerbstone.
- Falling over broken bollards, potholes or other defects.
- A faulty barrier dropping onto you/your vehicle.
- Slipping over ice/other weather hazards.
Click here for more information about compensation claims for car park accidents.
Generally speaking, pedal/motorcyclists are more susceptible to serious injury while using the roads. Unlike cars, vans and lorries, which benefit from an outer layer of protection, they solely rely on PPE.
According to ROSPA, a motorbike accident could result from:
- Speed of motorcyclists.
- Lack of visibility.
- Quicker moving off than expected.
- Road users neglecting to see another road user
If you feel another road user was at fault for your motorbike accident in Torquay, you could claim compensation for your injuries. Click here to learn more about personal injury claims for motorcycle accidents in Torquay.
In this chapter of the guide, you’ll find crucia information about what makes a public injury claim valid. Public places can consist of many different places, generally, they are spaces you can go as the public without an invitation, they could include:
- Torquay Station.
- Torquay Seafront.
- Abbey Meadows.
- Abbey Park.
As a personal injury solicitor will explain in further detail, a claim for accidents in public places is usually directed towards the operator’s public liability insurance.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident in a public space ensure you log the incident with those responsible for the area, photograph any evidence which causes the accident to happen and seek medical attention as soon as you can. Please continue reading for more information.
Accidents Suffered In Parks
Parks that you may frequent in Torquay could include Abbey Meadows or Abbey Park. As with any other public place, our local parks should be kept as safe as reasonably possible. All ages use public parks from small children wanting to play on swings to the elderly taking up some walking exercise so it is important these spaces to not pose risks of accidents.
If a park operator fails to maintain and operate the park correctly hazards may occur which could cause injury to those who use the park and its facilities. These could include;
- Overgrown tree roots.
- Broken park furniture.
- Damaged outdoor gym apparatus.
- Ill-maintained play equipment.
- Defective gates/fences.
If you have been injured in a park through no fault of your own but due to a defect or poor maintenance call our team today to see if you could be entitled to make a park injury compensation claim.
Accidents Suffered In Supermarkets
If the operator of a shopping centre neglects their duty of care, those on-site could be at risk of accidents taking place. Whether the responsible party is a business owner or local authority, any operator must uphold reasonable safety standards on their premises at all times.
Again if those responsible for retail spaces such as shops and supermarkets do not implement correct safety measures such as risk assessments, routine inspections, maintenance and repairs those who visit these areas could be injured by the following preventable hazards which may lead them to be able to make a claim;
- Loose packaging.
- Trailing cables.
- Surface defects.
A personal injury solicitor could help you claim compensation for a preventable accident causing you an avoidable injury in a Torquay shopping centre. Please call our team today for more information.
Unlike other accidents, slips and trips are extremely common—especially in a workplace environment. But how do you know if another person is to blame for such events?
The validity of your claim will generally depend on the following points:
- Did someone owe you a duty of care?
- Was this legal obligation in breach?
- Were your injuries the result of this?
If you can answer yes to all three questions, you could be eligible for compensation.
It’s important that the operator of any space reduces the chances of preventable harm arising. However, the most common causes of hazards include:
- Little/no understanding of the causes.
- Assuming slips/trips are inevitable, not preventable.
- People not taking risks seriously enough.
- Poor application of risk assessment/management controls.
If you would like to claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall, please contact our advisers. We look forward to your call.
If a solicitor can prove the council is responsible for your injuries, you could be eligible to claim.
The following could constitute a council accident;
- Accidents in public buildings (i.e. libraries, information centres, etc.).
- Council employee accident
- Public pathway defects accidents (i.e. potholes, kerbstones).
If you’re unsure whether your an accident on Torquay council property is valid, please call our team. An adviser will assess your situation for free and point you towards the next steps of your case.
Unfortunately, crime happens throughout the UK on a daily basis. Although a settlement cannot undo any physical/psychological damage you experience, it can help alleviate financial pressures that result.
Victims of violent crime can claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority when they have no other avenue for compensation. Also known as the CICA, the executive Government agency allows victims to claim even when the perpetrator isn’t caught.
Your claim could be valid if it meets the following criteria:
- You must report the crime incident in Torquay to officials.
- The claim must be brought forward within 2-years.
In some extenuating circumstances, the above time limit could be extended. Whether the crime in question is an assault, robbery or sex case, you could claim compensation for harm. Please contact our advisers for more information.
Devon County Crime Statistics
To better your understanding of crime in the Devon County area, we have created the table below. The data was taken from the Local Government Association, 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
We understand that the claims process can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when difficulties arise. But with help from a personal injury solicitor covering Torquay, you can take a huge step back while they handle proceedings.
In the following sections, you’ll find advice about a range of areas. For example, we’ll look at why you shouldn’t limit yourself to personal injury law firms in Torquay if they’re not up to scratch. At the same time, we’ll discuss the importance of attending your medical assessment.
Please continue reading for more information.
Getting A Doctor To Check Your Injury
At some point in the claims process, you’ll solicitor will organise a medical appointment at a location close to your home. It’s important you attend, as the notes that come from this will help calculate your final settlement.
In this assessment, an independent specialist will ask you a series of questions about your injuries, along with the effects they’ve had on you. Then, they will compile a report about your suffering and long-term recovery plan.
Do I Need A Local Injury Lawyer?
A common mistake made by claimants is assuming they’re restricted to local solicitors. Sometimes the best personal injury lawyers aren’t always in your area, so why settle for anything less?
You can opt for updates using other methods, such as:
Although you can meet with your representative if you’d prefer. If you would like to connect with personal injury solicitors covering Torquay following an accident, please contact our team.
When you look online for a legal representative, you might find an excessive list of results. With very little time given under your personal injury claims time limit, you won’t want to spend too long selecting a solicitor.
However, there is a quick and easy way to sort through your options.
More often than not, previous clients will leave reviews about their lawyers. In these, you can find all the crucial information you need to help you make a decision, including:
- How reliable they were.
- What their success rate is.
- Whether they handle claims similar to yours.
Along with reading reviews, you should also speak with a specialist over the phone. A simple telephone call will allow you to get to know your potential lawyer a little better.
Call our team today for free, impartial advice about how to find personal injury lawyers covering Torquay.
We understand you might be curious about how much compensation a solicitor could claim on your behalf. Although we advise you to avoid using online personal injury claims calculators. Often, these tools neglect unique factors which determine your final settlement amount.
A solicitor will calculate your payout on the basis of two losses: general damages and special damages.
What the courts see as special damages are any expenses you sustain because of your injuries, such as:
- Medication costs.
- Travel costs.
- Loss of earnings (relating to the injury)
We’ve made the table below using some figures from the Judicial College Guidelines. Please note these amounts are for guideline purposes only.
For a more accurate estimation of the compensation payout you could receive, please contact our team of advisers.
|Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex
|Simple to Serious
|£1,600 to £21,700
|Fractures of Jaws
|Serious to Very Serious
|£16,860 to £42,730
|Psychiatric Damage Generally
|Less Severe to Moderately Severe
|£1,440 to £51,460
|Moderate to Severe
|£7,410 to (the region of) £122,860
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips
|Moderate to Severe
|£11,820 to £122,860
|Other Arm Injuries
|Less Severe to Substantial Disablement
|£18,020 to £56,180
|Below-Knee Amputation of One Leg to Loss of Both Legs
|£91,950 to £264,650
When you make a personal injury claim, you might worry about how you’ll find the money to begin your claim. But by using solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis, you can leave those concerns behind.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), your representative will only require payment if the case succeeds. The amount is taken as a percentage from your final settlement; known as a “success fee”. In the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be accountable for their fees.
You’ll also gain access to the following benefits:
- The “success fee” taken to cover your legal fees is capped by legislation.
- No start-up costs.
- You won’t be caught out by any hidden charges.
A victim who opts for a No Win No Fee agreement tends to significantly reduce the financial risks associated with personal injury claims. Call our team today to talk about how No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Torquay could handle your case.
The start of your claim is a short phone call away. When you call our team, an expert adviser will assess your circumstances for free, you could even be connected you with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor covering Torquay that very same day.
You can reach our team using one of the following methods:
- Dial 0800 408 7825 to speak directly with an adviser.
- Submit your details in this enquiry form to receive a call-back.
- Instantly connect with an online specialist using our live chat function in the bottom right corner of this page.
Remember, our lines are open 24/7. Your personal injury claims time limit is getting shorter every day,, act fast before you miss out on an opportunity to secure damages.
We thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read our guide, we hope you found the answers you are looking for. In case you didn’t, you will find additional resources in this final section.
What’s more, you’ll also find where your local doctors, Courts and council buildings are too.
Report Something – Devon and Cornwall Police
Doctors Who Assess Injuries In This Area
147 Lymington Roadm
Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court – Contact Details
|Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court
|The Court House,
Torbay Council – Contact Details
Article by OA