This online guide is aimed at giving you a basic overview of making a compensation claim. It goes over some scenarios which could lead you to make a claim for an accident in Walsall. It also shows how personal injury lawyers covering Walsall could be able to help you claim. If you think that you would like the help of a personal injury lawyer and you could be in a position to get compensation for your injuries, this guide is for you.
We’ll explain what constitutes liability and how that could affect your claim, as well as clarify legal jargon. We’ll include the laws and rules in place that require certain parties to protect your health, safety and wellbeing in different areas.
Your claim will have its own unique aspects, meaning that this guide might not answer all of your questions. If you do have other questions, our personal injury claims team can help you. You can call us on 0800 408 7825, any time of the day or night. An expert advisor will answer your questions, and tell you about the other ways we can help you.
Choose A Section:
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Walsall
- Accident At Work Claims In Walsall
- Vehicle Accidents In Walsall Claims
- Cycling Crash Claims
- Public Space Accident Claims
- Can A Slip Or Fall Lead To A Personal Injury Claim?
- Local Council Accident Claims
- Violent Or Victim Based Crime Claims
- What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
- How Helpful May Reviews Be In Finding A Law Firm?
- How Payments For Damages Are Calculated
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Walsall
- Talking To A Lawyer
- Other Information Which May Help You
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Walsall
This guide is aimed at teaching you what you need to know before starting accident claims. By using examples, we intend to help you to discern whether you might have a claim and whether a solicitor can help you with it. The first part of this guide covers types of claims that involve injuries resulting from incidents such as:
- Accidents that happen in the workplace.
- Car accidents and other types of traffic accidents, including cycling accidents.
- An accident in a public place such as a park, shopping mall, restaurant, etc.
- Tripping, slipping or falling over.
- Injury caused by an accident that the local council was responsible for.
We also cover how the injured victim of a crime can claim compensation.
The next part of this guide moves away from detailing different types of claims, to give more general help and advice about the process of making a claim. We explain some of the things you should consider when looking for a good solicitor. You will also learn why online reviews could be a good starting point for your search for legal help.
Towards the end of this guide, before the resources list, we give information about valuing your injuries and reclaiming financial losses. You will learn how the level of suffering you went through can have a direct impact on how much compensation you receive. We also explain what a No Win No Fee solicitor is, and the benefits of them and personal injury lawyers covering Walsall.
Is Your Claim Valid?
Your claim will need to be valid for a solicitor to process it for you. In general, this would mean that:
- A third party owed a duty of care to protect your wellbeing.
- Their breach of this duty led to you falling victim to an accident.
- You were injured as a result.
Our claims team can help you with working out if you have a valid claim or not. Give them a call.
Do You Need More Information?
Because of the uniqueness of your claim, you may have some questions, including those about using personal injury lawyers covering Walsall, that we have not answered in this guide. Our team can help you if you do. Our phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the bottom of this page is a contact number. You can use it to get in touch with one of our advisors.
Accident At Work In Walsall Claims
Your employer must take responsibility for your safety at work by providing you, as practicably as possible, with a safe working environment. This is required under UK law: the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 reinforce the Act’s requisite for proactive management of workplace risks. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 also strengthen the Act’s basic health, safety and welfare aspects of safety at work. And depending on your job, your wellbeing may be protected by other legislation. For example, if your role requires you to use display screen equipment every day for an hour or more at a time, your employer should be protecting your health under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as well as the Act.
It could be that claiming after an accident at work is possible if your employer does not comply with these regulations in a way that leads to you being injured. Personal injury lawyers covering Walsall are familiar with workplace accident claims. Our advisors can put you in touch or offer some free legal advice if you give us a call.
Vehicle Accidents In Walsall Claims
You may be considering claiming after suffering injuries during a road traffic accident in Walsall. Whatever vehicle you use or if you were a pedestrian, you could be able to claim, providing the accident wasn’t your fault. You may claim after a car accident in Walsall, or a lorry accident in Walsall, for example. You could also be able to claim if you are injured as a passenger of a vehicle. This includes public and private transport such as a bus or taxi accident in Walsall. Any road user can attempt to make a claim for injuries caused by an accident that was not their fault. And this includes:
- Vehicle drivers (cars, vans, lorries, etc.) as well as cyclists and motorcyclists.
- Passengers (in a private vehicle or using public transport).
- Pedestrians using public or private roads.
- Other road users, such as horseback riders.
If you are unsure whether you have a valid traffic accident claim, please call our team to find out. Personal injury lawyers covering Walsall could also help.
Public Transport Accident Claims
If you are injured whilst on public transport and it wasn’t your fault, you could be in a position to claim. The same is true if you are a passenger in a public service vehicle such as a police car or ambulance. You might be injured in a bus accident in Walsall, or a train accident at Walsall station, for example. The circumstances of the accident will indicate who you make a claim against. For example:
- If the driver of the vehicle you are travelling in caused the accident, you could claim against the transport company.
- In the event that the negligence of the transport company caused the accident, then you could claim against them. For example, if poor maintenance of a bus causes it to crash, and the company was aware that the bus needed maintenance, you could claim.
- If another road user caused the accident, then you could claim against them.
If you are unsure who to make your claim against, please speak to our claims team. They can help you to answer this question.
Public Or Private Car Park Accident Claims
It isn’t just a Walsall car accident that you can claim for. You can claim for other accidents, such as one that took place in a car park. This could be a public car park, provided by the council for example, or it could be a private car park, provided by a supermarket for example. Who you will claim against depends on how the accident was caused.
Say you were injured in an accident that was caused by another person using the car park. For example, a car driver crashed into you. You could claim against this driver.
Suppose that the accident was the result of a hazard caused by the controller of the car park’s negligence to maintain the area. For example, if you tripped on a 3-inch-deep pothole a supermarket was aware of but didn’t fill and you were injured, you could claim against the supermarket.
To find out who you would potentially claim against, call our personal injury claims team. An advisor will tell you who, based on the circumstances of your claim. They can also put you in touch with our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Walsall if you’d like to proceed with their services.
Cycling Crash Claims
As a cyclist (or a motorbike rider), you are considered a vulnerable road user because a bike is smaller than other types of vehicle such as cars. Hazards that could affect you include:
- The backdraft caused by a closely passing lorry, or high side winds.
- A vehicle overtaking you too closely running you off the road.
- You are not seen by a driver who is pulling out of a side road.
Personal injury lawyers covering Walsall are familiar with the process of helping people claim for road traffic accidents. Call our team today, to learn how they can also assist you.
Public Space Accident Claims
If you are avoidably injured in accidents in a public place, the controller of the space may have public liability insurance that could be used to pay your compensation, should your case prove successful. By public place, we mean any space that the public has access to. The controller of the space is responsible for keeping you safe.
Local Park Accident Claims
If you are injured in an accident in a park due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. The same is true if one of your children suffers an injury. Hazards in a park or playground could include:
- Overgrown tree roots causing you to fall.
- A faulty slide injuring your child.
- Poorly maintained pavements causing you to trip over.
To learn more about making a claim for an accident in a park or playground or personal injury lawyers covering Walsall, please call our claims team today.
Local Shop Accident Claims
It may be possible to make public injury claims if you are injured in a public place such as a shop or restaurant. This would also include premises such as a shopping centre. Which entity you pursue a claim against, will depend on the circumstances and where the accident took place. For example:
- If you are injured through no fault of your own in an accident that took place inside a retail store, you could claim against the store controller, even if the store is located inside a shopping mall itself.
- In the event that a hazard such as a broken handrail wasn’t fixed in a shopping centre and you were injured, you could claim against the controller of the shopping mall itself.
If you cannot decide whom the liability applies to in your own case, please give us a call. An advisor will answer the question for you.
Can A Slip Or Fall Lead To A Personal Injury Claim?
Claims following falls, trips and slips are accidents that personal injury lawyers covering Walsall are familiar with. These types of accidents can happen almost anywhere, at almost any time. Many may recover quickly from their injuries. Others, such as the elderly, could be more susceptible to serious injuries, such as a shattered pelvis or dislocated arm.
Causes of slip, trip and fall injuries could include:
- Torn carpets, cracked floor tiles or warped wooden flooring.
- Food or drink that has been spilt on the floor and should have been signposted as a hazard or attended to.
- Uneven flooring that you should’ve been made aware of.
Each of these is an example of an accident that could have caused you significant harm. If you choose to use a solicitor, they could be able to help you to claim for a trip, fall or slip accident. Call our team for more information.
Local Council Accident Claims
Your local council is responsible for protecting your safety when you are on their premises. This could include your local park, which we looked at in a previous section. Other examples of council premises where you might be injured include:
- Your local library.
- The council offices or town hall.
- A leisure centre or community centre.
- A local youth club.
- Some public roads and pavements.
If you are injured in an accident for which the local council was responsible, personal injury lawyers covering Walsall could be able to help you to claim the compensation you are eligible for. Our claims team can provide you with more information. Give them a call.
Violent Or Victim Based Crime Claims
If you’re the victim of a crime that results in your injury, whether physical or psychological, the perpetrator may never be caught. If you never know the identity of the criminal, who can you make a personal injury claim against? There is a special government agency that comes into play in such circumstances. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) exists to compensate those who’ve suffered injuries because of crime. If the perpetrator is caught, but they’re unable to pay victim compensation, you may still be able to claim through CICA.
Victims of crimes such as sexual assault, rape, aggravated burglary or physical assault could apply to CICA for compensation. A solicitor can help you to do this. Call and talk to an advisor to learn more about making a CICA claim today.
Walsall Crime Rate Statistics
The table below contains statistics about the Walsall crime rate in 2020.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
|Other theft offences
What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
The personal injury claims process begins with ensuring that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. You can then choose whether or not to use a solicitor to help you claim. They should ensure you have an independent medical assessment to prove your injuries were a consequence of the accident and they should help you to collate evidence of financial losses too.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Walsall should be able to help you with your claim in many ways. They could, for example:
- Provide you with needed information such as the personal injury claims time limit that will apply.
- Help you to prepare evidence and documentation.
- Value your claim and advise you on how much to claim for.
- Represent you at court if needed.
One of our advisors can tell you more about the role of a solicitor if you call and speak to them.
Locations In Walsall Where Lawyers May Be Found
Some of the locations in Walsall you could try and find a legal firm include:
- Walsall High Street
- Peal Street
- Dudley Street
Does my lawyer need to be local?
Solicitors can work on your case from anywhere in the country. You don’t have to use personal injury lawyers in Walsall. You can use any legal firm you wish, so long as they’re able to handle your claim. Try and find a specialist accident and injury lawyer, for the benefit of expertise and experience.
Do My Injuries Need To Be Assessed?
If you choose to use the services of our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Walsall, your lawyer should ask you to go for a medical examination to support your claim. The assessment is aimed at proving that your injuries were the result of (or were worsened by) the accident. The results of the examination can be submitted as supporting evidence for your claim. They can also be used by your lawyer to help them place value on your claim.
How Helpful May Reviews Be In Finding A Law Firm?
If you can find some online reviews of solicitors, they could be useful. Be sure to read reviews that are up to date and cover a claim similar to your own. If you do choose a law firm based on a review, you should call them up on the phone for a final check of their suitability.
Alternatively, our team of advisors can do the legwork for you. They offer free legal advice and are available 24/7 to put you in touch with our panel of personal injury solicitors.
How Payments For Damages Are Calculated
The Judicial College regularly publishes guidelines related to the value of injuries. Solicitors may use these guidelines to value your pain and suffering (general damages). We used them to create the table below.
|Level of Severity
|Categorised as minor back injuries, these would be injuries such as burns, lacerations, and sprains and strains (including whiplash). The victim would recover totally within five years.
|Up to £11,730
|Categorised as serious toe injuries, these would include injuries that will leave the toe deformed in some way (but still in place), and this would mean the victim’s gait or mobility would be affected permanently to some extent.
|£9,010 to £12,900
|Scarring of the Face
|Categorised as trivial facial scarring, the victim would have scars that are only just visible to somebody who is standing close and speaking to them.
|£1,600 to £3,310
|Total blindness and deafness
|For what is considered the most devastating of injuries.
|In the region of £379,100
|Very severe foot injuries would include severe pain or permanent disability. An example would be the traumatic amputation of the forefoot.
|£78,800 to £102,890
The values above don’t include special damages. Special damages compensate you for the financial losses you accrue because of your injuries. For example, you may:
- Take unpaid sick leave.
- Pay for prescriptions.
- Pay for transport to and from the hospital.
- Buy walking aids or home adaptations.
- Pay for care.
- Have your friends or family provide gracious care.
You could recover these costs so long as you can provide evidence (using invoices, for example). Speak to our friendly team of advisors to find out more.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Walsall
A solicitor offering a No Win No Fee agreement could provide you with the legal help you seek, and reduce the financial risks at the same time because:
- There are no upfront solicitor fees while your claim is ongoing.
- You don’t pay your solicitor’s fee if you lose your claim.
- If you win your claim, you’ll pay the solicitor a modest success fee.
- The success fee is legally limited.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Walsall can offer you their services through a No Win No Fee agreement. If you’d like to find out more about this or how to get in touch with them, call our advisors through any of the methods below.
Talking To A Lawyer
Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault? Do you think you have the basis of a claim? Do you need to find a good personal injury lawyer covering Walsall? Get in touch with us for whatever help you need:
Other Information Which May Help You
These other free guides on our site could be helpful:
Search for information about your injuries or condition on the NHS website
Health and Safety Executive statistics on reported accidents in the workplace
Where Your Injuries May Be Checked Over
|David McCollum (MedCo GP)
|24 Birmingham Road
|24 Birmingham Road
Magistrates Courts Covering The Walsall Area
|Walsall Magistrates’ Court
|5 Darwall Street
Article by AH