Have you been injured in Wallsend? Did your injury come from a preventable accident? Are you looking for personal injury lawyers covering Wallsend? This guide examines how personal injury lawyers could help to support you through a personal injury case.
Public Interest Lawyers offers support and free advice for people who have been injured during accidents that were not their fault. This guide should offer you advice so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Call our advisors and they can answer any questions you may have. They will also offer to assess your case in a no-obligation consultation. Then if they can see your case may result in compensation they could connect you with a personal injury solicitor covering Wallsend. So, call us today to speak to a trained advisor on 0800 408 7825.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wallsend
- Accidents Injuring Employees In The Workplace
- Wallsend Car And Road Accidents
- Bicycle And Motorbike Accidents In Wallsend
- Public Place Accidents Injuries
- Trip And Slip Road And Pavement Accidents
- Claims Against Wallsend City Council
- Attack And Assault Compensation
- What Do I Need To Know About The Claims Process?
- What Is The Best Way To Compare Services From Lawyers
- Calculating Injury Claim Settlements
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wallsend
- Contact Our Helpful Team
- Quick Links
In order to be eligible to claim compensation, a third party must have owed you a duty of care. This is a responsibility to keep you as safe as practically possible. Therefore if this duty of care is breached and you fall ill or suffer an injury because of this negligence then this may entitle you to be able to pursue a compensation claim.
A duty of care is when a business or some other third party is responsible for your safety. Often this will be because you are on their property. Sections of this guide will explain how situations, may mean a duty of care has been breached.
Additional, other sections will cover details of how making a compensation claim works. Including what you should know about finding and working with a personal injury lawyer and how your settlement is calculated. Instead, of providing a compensation calculator we will examine different injuries you could suffer, as well as, what amounts these would attract in compensation. Finally, we will look at how No Win No Fee solicitors work.
This article is intended to inform and provide crucial advice. If you have any questions at all contact our advisors. They are waiting to take your call.
Your employer has a duty of care over you while you are in the workplace. The law places the onus for ensuring workplace health and safety on the employer. However, it also asks that employees take responsibility for their own actions and act accordingly. Under the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 employers owe employees a duty of care.
So if you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault and you believe that the accident could have been prevented if safety measures were in place, you may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer.
To have your case assessed for free please get in touch with us.
Unfortunately, road accidents happen every day. A road accident can involve a car, van, lorry, bus, taxi driver, however, they can also involve cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians. When road accidents happen it may be obvious who may be at fault and in other complex situations it may not be so clear.
When drivers leave the scene without giving details or when uninsured drivers cause accidents those who suffer as a consequence may be able to claim compensation through Motor Insurance Bureau.
On the contrary poor road conditions could equally cause an accident. Things such as large potholes, ice, debris on the road or inadequate signage or street lighting. Those who are injured due to poor road conditions may be eligible to claim against the party responsible for maintaining the roads. This would no longer be a road traffic accident but a public liability claim.
To have your road traffic accident case or public liability case assessed call our advisors today. They are available night or day to provide you with the information you require.
Injuries At A Station, On A Train Or A Bus
If you are travelling on public transport or waiting at a station for public transport, then the operator has a duty of care over you. They are required to make sure that their stations and vehicles are operated and serviced in a manner that keeps them safe for the public to use.
In the unlikely event that you get hurt in an accident caused by unsafe driving, or by a lack of maintenance in a station, you could be entitled to seek compensation from the public transport operator.
Injuries In Car Parks
If you are in a car park, then the operators of the car park owe you a duty of care. The operators of car parks might be the owners of the business the car park is attached to or an independent car park operating company. They could also be the local council in the case of municipal car parks.
Accidents resulting in injury caused by poor or unsafe conditions in the car park, such as potholes, unsafe pavements, unsafe ramps or barriers or any other issue stemming from poor management could be grounds for seeking compensation from the operators of the car park.
Just as with any other form of vehicle, bikes and motorbikes can get involved in road traffic accidents where people can get hurt. All road users owe each other a duty of care no matter if they cyclists, pedestrians or drivers. This comes as part of the Highway Code.
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorbike users are considered vulnerable road users. This is because due to their smaller stature they can be hard to spot for drivers. It is fair to say that drivers, especially large vehicles, should take extra care when vulnerable road users are using the road. As if these are involved in a road collision they are likely to suffer worse injuries due to lack of protection.
Cyclists can also be more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident because they do not have the same level of protection that drivers inside vehicles possess. Therefore, this is a factor road authorities must consider, and ensure reasonable safety conditions on the roads for all users.
To see if you could be entitled to claim compensation call our advisors on the number at the top of the page. If they can see your case may conclude in compensation then they could connect you with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor.
Any organisation that owns or operates a premise that is open to the public is under a legal obligation to make sure that these premises are in a safe condition. Businesses and local councils are the parties responsible for most public areas. Therefore, they are obligated to ensure these places are maintained to a safe standard. They are obliged to ensure that they do not allow avoidable hazards to create a risk of injury.
This can apply to indoor areas or outdoor areas. If you suffer an injury in a place where a body exists which had a duty of care over you and there is a reasonable basis to claim that the body should have identified the risk and dealt with it, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
You can read this page for more details, and the following two sections provide good examples of how duties of care in certain public areas can be failed.
Park And Playground Injuries
Public parks and gardens are an example of how a duty of care can exist in an outdoor public area. Public parks and play areas are often run by the local council or private businesses. That means that there is a duty of care over anyone who uses the park’s facilities. Therefore playgrounds, footpaths, playing fields and plant and woodland features need to be monitored and kept in a reasonably safe condition.
Those in control of parks must ensure the park and its facilities are well maintained. Hazards must be kept to a minimum. You can read more about these kinds of accident claims on this page.
Shops are a good example of how indoor spaces can be operated by an organisation with a duty of care. Businesses have a duty of care over their customers. This means that they are responsible for preventing avoidable accidents from being caused by the shop’s facilities. Importantly, this means preventing things like slipping and tripping hazards, items falling off of shelves or accidents being caused by faulty fittings.
If you are injured in a shop or supermarket because those in control neglected to adhere to health and safety legislation you could be eligible to claim compensation. If so, our advisors can provide advice on what your next steps could be.
You can find more information about seeking compensation from shops here, and if the information there doesn’t have the answers you need or if you want to try and proceed with a claim, call us.
Pavements can become damaged or unsafe. Wear and tear, ice, tree roots, subsidence or damage caused by road works can create slipping and tripping hazards. Roads and pavements are maintained by either the local councils or the Highways authority. Or they could be part of a business. It is their responsibility to ensure that pavements are kept in serviceable condition. Therefore, they must be monitored for defects and any health and safety hazards they present dealt with. Failure to fulfil this responsibility can result in people getting hurt.
Slips, trips and falls are not uncommon. They could happen in any environment. Some happen which could not be prevented. However, others take place because of an avoidable hazard. If you are unsure if your accident may mean you are eligible for compensation call our advisors today.
North Tyneside Council, are responsible for maintaining the local roads and pavements. But their responsibilities may extend much further than that. They could also be responsible for various other properties and public services under their jurisdiction.
These might include:
- Gyms and sports centres
- Swimming baths
- Public parks
- Municipal Allotments
- Care homes
Due to the sheer amount of properties councils are in control of they may have systems in place to monitor these spaces. This could ensure that any hazards, defective equipment or unsafe services are dealt with in a timely manner to prevent the public from suffering preventable injuries.
There are two ways in which compensation could be claimed if you have been left with physical injuries or psychological trauma by being the victim of a crime. Where possible the compensation will be sought from the perpetrator of the crime. However, the perpetrator might not be apprehended or do not have any means of paying a settlement. If this is the case, then the claim can be presented to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
CICA, for short, is this national body. They award criminal injury compensation settlements when there is no other route to take. There are some ways in which the details of making a criminal injury claim differs from making a personal injury claim. Therefore you can read about them yourself on the CICA website here.
However, our advisors could also offer instant advice. You will receive a free advice consultation from our team.
The rest of this article will largely focus on certain details of the claims process, including; details on how to find a lawyer, how working with a lawyer works and how the settlement and legal fees in your case are calculated.
Parts Of Wallsend, Lawyers Could Be Found In
Lawyer firms can be found in Wallsend on High street and Hoyle Avenue. There will be no shortage of solicitors in the wider Newcastle-On Tyne area.
Why Your Lawyer May Need You To See A Doctor
You cannot make a successful personal injury claim by simply stating that you have been injured and requesting a compensation payout. You must have a reasonable chance of making a claim. Having proof and a basis for claiming the amount that you are requesting is essential.
To do this, your lawyer will make arrangements for you to be seen by a doctor. This will provide both evidence and prognosis of your injury. The prognosis will allow your lawyer, if you have chosen to use one, to calculate the amount of compensation you are entitled to. We will discuss the matter of calculating compensation a little later.
Do Claimants Need To use a local solicitor
You do not need to consider the location of your lawyer’s office when deciding which one to work with. You could work with a lawyer who is nowhere near Wallsend and it would make little difference.
This is because the work and discussions that go into preparing a claim can be done virtually. For example, over video calls, phone calls and emails. The solicitors on our panel will be happy to manage a claim like this.
You probably cannot be 100% sure what kind of person a lawyer is until you start to work with them, but there are things you can do to inform yourself. One of the best things that you can do is to read online reviews of personal injury solicitors. This can let you know which solicitors were highly regarded by their previous clients. Importantly, which ones were not. Detailed reviews can inform you about whether or not a lawyer is right for you.
Settlements can vary a huge amount. The amount you seek will be tailored to your needs. It will be based on calculating the severity of the injury and the pain, emotional trauma and any lasting disability. It could also include other lingering effects you might experience. Depending on whether your injury was relatively minor or life-changing you could be seeking anything from a few hundred pounds to potentially over a million pounds.
The table below has been collated from figures produced by the Judicial College. It serves as estimates for the amount of compensation that can be awarded for the kinds of injuries listed in the table.
|Back Injury||Minor||£2,300 to £7,410||An injury of this nature would make a full recovery without the need of surgery - typically between 3 months to two years.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£85,470 to £151,070||An injury of this nature would result spinal cord and nerve roots damage. It would lead to combination of very serious consequences that are not normally found in back injuries.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||£7,410 to £12,900||A neck injury that would result in accelerated or exacerbated a existing condition.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||In the region of £139,210||An injury of this nature would result in incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£132,040 to £189,110||An injury of this nature would result in serious injury with extensive damage to both hands. It would result in both hands being practically useless.|
In addition to settlements for the injuries themselves, compensation could also be awarded for financial losses. This is referred to as special damages. These could cover things like medical expenses, care expenses and lost earnings from work. It could also the costs of replacing lost or damaged property and belongings.
Deciding whether to use a solicitor to represent your case may come down to if you can afford one. However, this does not have to be the case. You could opt to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor. They would use a Conditional Fee Agreement to fund their work.
These agreements are made between the claimant and solicitor. Therefore both are sharing the risk. If the claim does not succeed the solicitor will not ask for their fees. On the contrary, if the claim is successful the solicitor will take a legally capped percentage of the settlement.
Thank you for reading our guide about personal injury lawyers covering Wallsend. To conclude, the phone number to call if you want to speak to our team of advisors for more information is 0800 408 7825.
Doctors Who We Work With In This Area
|Mohammed Ahmad||Physiotherapy Matters LTD
Arden House, Regent Centre
Contact Details For North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court
|North Tyneside Magistrates' Court|
|The Courthouse, Tynemouth Rd, North Shields NE30 1AG|
Contact Details For North Tyneside Council
|North Tyneside Council|
|Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY|
Article by AA