If you’re based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and you’re injured in an accident caused by somebody else, you may have considered making a claim for compensation. But where do you start? The claims process could be a lot easier if you hire a personal injury lawyer covering Washington, Tyne and Wear. You could claim for road traffic accidents, workplace accidents or slips, trips and falls in public places.
To make your search for a legal representative easier, why not contact one of our specialist advisors. They’ll review your claim with you, provide free advice and could refer you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel if the claim looks to be strong enough. Importantly, all claims taken on by our panel are carried out on a No Win No Fee basis.
To find out more about how we could help, please call 0800 408 7825 today. If you’d rather find out more about how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Washington, Tyne and Wear could help you, please read the rest of our guide.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Injury Lawyers Covering Washington, Tyne And Wear
- Accidents At Work In Washington And How To Claim Damages
- Vehicle Accidents In Tyne And Wear
- Injuries Caused By A Bike Crash Or Accident
- Injuries Which Happened In A Public Space
- Slipped, Tripped Or Fallen Over
- Sunderland Council And Accident Claims Process
- Washington Tyne And Wear Crime And Assault Compensation
- What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
- How Looking At A Lawyers Reputation Could Help You Choose Who To Handle Your Case
- How Payments For Damages May Be Calculated
- No Win No Fee Injury Lawyers Covering Washington, Tyne And Wear
- Consulting A Lawyer
- Resources For Those Making A Claim
A Guide To Using Injury Lawyers Covering Washington, Tyne And Wear
At the time an accident happens, the last thing you’ll be thinking of is making a compensation claim. However, it could be important later on because you may lose out financially because of the accident. For instance, compensation could be used to reimburse any lost income that you’ve suffered because your injuries meant you were unable to work.
When you are involved in an accident, you should:
- Take photos at the scene of the accident. Where possible, try to do this before anything is removed.
- Ask any witnesses for their details.
- Report the accident where possible.
- Visit A&E or your GP so that any injuries are treated.
- Write down the date, time and location of the accident.
This list applies to any type of accident including an accident at work, a road traffic accident, an accident in a local park or any other type of accident in a public place.
By taking these steps, you could make the job of a personal injury lawyer covering Washington, Tyne and Wear a lot easier as there will be evidence to support your claim.
We advise all potential claimants to seek legal advice as soon as possible. It’s often easier to recall what happened leading up to an accident in the days and weeks following the incident. If you leave it too long, you may forget important parts of what occurred. Also, there is a personal injury claims time limit. This is usually 3-years from the date of the accident, although it can vary. The sooner you start, though, the more time you’ll allow your solicitor to carry out their work.
Accidents At Work In Washington And How To Claim Damages
There is a duty of care placed on all employers to try and make sure staff are safe while in the workplace. They are required to conduct risk assessments regularly, identify dangers and remove them or reduce them. Failing to do so could mean an employee has the right to sue if they’re injured in an accident as a result of employer negligence.
The types of thing employers should do to avoid accidents include:
- Train staff properly on safety procedures.
- Allow adequate rest breaks.
- Ensure suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available.
- Maintain and repair equipment and machinery.
Vehicle Accidents In Tyne And Wear
Injuries sustained in accidents on Washington roads such as Parkway, the A195 or even Village Lane could lead to a compensation claim if they happened because another road user was negligent.
If you’re involved in a road traffic accident (RTA), you should take down the details of the other driver and vehicle, photograph the scene and call the emergency services if there are injuries. After the event, you could use medical records as evidence to show what injuries were sustained and the treatment you received.
To find out how we could help you make an RTA claim, speak to a specialist today.
Bus, Taxi Or Train Passenger Injury Claims
You could also be eligible for compensation if you’re injured as a passenger on public transport. Whether it’s a taxi, bus, tram, train or coach, we could help you claim if you are injured in a collision whether the fault of the driver or due to third party negligence. Please let us know how you were injured, and we’ll explain your options.
Injuries At The Car Park
There are some accidents in car parks, beside collisions, which could require you to make a claim against the car park owner. For instance, you might want to claim if you’re injured because:
- You cut yourself on damaged doors, bollards or ticket machines.
- You slipped in icy conditions which hadn’t been salted.
- The car park barrier struck you or your vehicle.
- You tripped on a defect such as raised paving or potholes.
Injuries Caused By A Bike Crash Or Accident
Even when a cyclist is wearing a helmet, any form of collision can result in very serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident which left you with injuries and was caused by somebody else, you should collect the same sort of evidence as we listed in the RTA section above. Then you could contact us so that we can review the evidence to see if you have a valid claim.
Injuries Which Happened In A Public Space
In the next sections of this article, we’re going to look at accidents in public spaces. Even when the operator allows members of the public to visit without permission, and the operator might not be onsite at the time, they’ll usually still have a duty of care to try and ensure visitors are safe. If they fail to meet that duty, and you’re injured because of their negligence, you could possibly be entitled to claim against their public liability insurance.
Injuries In Playgrounds And Parks
If you take a trip to The Princess Anne Park or other parks in Washington, you will hope that you’ll have an enjoyable time while you’re there. That enjoyment can be curtailed somewhat if you or somebody you’re with is involved in an accident. If visitors to parks are injured, and the accident was as a result of the park owner’s/operator’s negligence i,e, failure to comply with health and safety legislation applicable to public spaces, you could begin a claim against them.
Park accidents caused by any of the following could potentially make your claim viable:
- Damaged play equipment.
- Poorly maintained gates or fences.
- Faulty outdoor gym facilities.
- Missing safety equipment.
We could help you claim for injuries sustained in a park accident or claim on behalf of a child who’s been injured as well. Contact the team today for advice on what to do next.
Injuries At The Shops
If an accident takes place in a shopping centre, a compensation claim could be a possibility if it was due to the negligence of a retailer or the operator of the shopping centre. There are many different scenarios which could lead to such a claim which you can review in our shop injuries accident guide.
Slipped, Tripped Or Fallen Over
Any type of accident where you slip, trip or fall can be really frustrating. It can also mean you sustain injuries which require multiple operations to put things right. When the accident is caused by a negligent act, a breach in the duty of care that was owed to you, there might be a chance of making a claim. For instance, you could claim for injuries caused by:
- Electrical cables stretched across your route through a building.
- Wet floors which have just been cleaned but without adequate warning signs.
- Trip hazards that were impossible to see because of broken lighting.
- Broken handrails causing you to fall down the stairs.
Sunderland Council And Accident Claims Process
Sunderland City Council, along with other councils, is responsible for many of the paths and highways in your area. Their duty, according to the Highways Act 1980, is to have a good system of checking roads and rectifying defects that they identify.
Injuries could be caused by the following:
- Uneven paving slabs.
- Missing kerbstones.
- Potholes (and also sinkholes).
- Plant roots breaking through the surface of a path.
Where possible, you should try to use a tape measure or ruler when photographing a defect to show its size. Then, show us the evidence you have, and we’ll provide free legal advice of no obligation in a consultation.
Washington Tyne And Wear Crime And Assault Compensation
When you’ve suffered physical or psychological injuries during a violent crime, you might think its enough that the criminal is prosecuted for their actions against you. However, you might also be entitled to claim compensation for your suffering too. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provide compensation in such scenarios, even if the criminal is never caught.
The CICA scheme requires you to report the crime to the police and you’ll usually have to claim within 2-years from the date of the incident. This can be extended in extreme circumstances.
Therefore, if you’d like to claim for an assault, sexual assault or historical abuse through the CICA scheme, please let us know.
We’ve added the table below for your information. It contains details of the most reported crimes in Sunderland for the year ending March 2020. The figures, which include the Washington area, are taken from statistics from the Local Government Association.
|Most Report Incidents
|Other types of theft
|Violence (against individuals)
|Retail crimes / shoplifting
What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
Now we’re going to look at what you could do to find the best personal injury lawyer covering Washington, Tyne and Wear, to offer support and help. We’ll look at what tools you can use to aid your search, how they’ll use medical reports to support your claim and where they could be based.
If you prefer not doing the leg work, we could connect you with a personal injury solicitor covering Washington, Tyne and Wear, from our panel. The panel has got decades of experience handling all sorts of personal injury claims and provide a No Win No Fee solution for all claims they take on.
Will My Case Be Handled By A Lawyer From This Area?
When you look for legal support to make your case, you’re not obliged to choose solicitors based in the Galleries in Washington. You have the freedom to choose a solicitor based anywhere you like because claims are generally dealt with using email, online conferencing, in writing or on the telephone. Searching further afield means you might end up finding a solicitor who has dealt with cases just like yours or is an expert in the type of claim you’re making.
Why Do Claims Require Evidence Of The Injury?
When compensation is awarded for your injuries, the amount paid is based on how severe they were. To do that, your solicitor will arrange for a local medical assessment to be carried out. The specialist who conducts your assessment will review what injuries you’ve suffered and how they’ve affected your daily life. Once the assessment has finished, a report will be provided to your solicitor which shows the extent of your suffering. It will also, importantly, detail any long-term symptoms you might be left with.
How Looking At A Lawyers Reputation Could Help You Choose Who To Handle Your Case
One of the main tools used these days for finding a service provider is online reviews. We think they’re a great way of starting your search for No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Washington, Tyne and Wear. Within a review, you’ll often find what level of service previous clients received, how long a claim took and if the client was happy with the compensation they received.
In association with reviews, we’d also suggest that you speak with any law firm you’re considering using. That way, you’ll get more personalised information from the solicitor because you’ll be able to ask what plans they have for managing your claim and what amount of compensation they believe you’ll receive.
How Payments For Damages May Be Calculated
So, when you raise a personal injury claim, what can you actually claim for? There are generally two main elements to a claim known as general and special damages. When general damages are paid, they aim to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries.
Rather than using a personal injury claims calculator which can result in misleading compensation figures, we’ve provided the table below to show example amounts paid as general damages. The figures listed are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines which is a document used in compensation claims to help determine settlement amounts.
|Type of Claim
|£3,710 to £4,790
|This bracket is for a displaced fracture with complete recovery following surgery.
|£6,060 to £8,200
|This bracket covers simple fractures where a complete recovery has been made following immobilisation.
|£4,080 to £7,160
|Serious damage or loss of two front teeth.
|£7,410 to £11,730
|Full recovery of whiplash type injuries to the soft tissue where recovery time, without surgery, is between 2 and 5 years.
|£4,080 to £7,410
|Soft tissue injuries of the shoulder where recovery is full, or almost full, in less than 2-years.
|£14,690 to £30,050
|Serious injuries which impair function of the elbow but where surgery isn’t required and there’s no permanent significant disability.
|£48,920 to £65,440
|This bracket covers leg fractures that extend into the knee joint and lead to constant and permanent pain which limits movement and reduces agility.
Special damages are used to try and reimburse any costs you’ve paid out for as a result of your injuries. Each claimant will have incurred different costs, but you could claim for lost earnings, travel expenses, medical costs including prescriptions, care costs and, for longer-term injuries, loss of future income as well.
No Win No Fee Injury Lawyers Covering Washington, Tyne And Wear
Making a compensation claim can be daunting. It’s quite easy to be consumed with worry about how much the whole process will cost you. That’s the reason a No Win No Fee agreement is a popular way of funding a claim. Not only do they remove a lot of the worry, but it also takes away a lot of the financial risks too.
Once a solicitor has reviewed what happened, they’ll offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to read. Once you’ve signed the CFA, your claim can start.
The main reasons why claimants like using a CFA to fund claims are:
- You’re not charged anything upfront which allows the claim to start quickly.
- There won’t be any solicitor’s fees payable while the claim progresses.
- If your claim is lost, you aren’t responsible for any solicitor’s fees.
When you sign your CFA, one thing you’ll notice is the ‘success fee’. This a small portion of your compensation retained by the solicitor if they win your claim. It’s used to cover their costs, but you don’t have to worry about it because it’s capped by law and the exact percentage will be listed in the CFA at the start of your case.
Consulting A Lawyer
If you’ve read the information we’ve provided and would now like our help to start your claim, here are the best routes to contacting us:
- The easiest method is to call us on 0800 408 7825. Our advisors are waiting to speak with you.
- If you prefer to deal with us online, our live chat team are ready to answer any questions.
- Alternatively, to request a call from one of our specialists, use this enquiry form.
The claims process we’ll use is pretty straightforward. First of all, we’ll conduct a no-obligation telephone consultation with you. Any questions you have can be asked here and we’ll give any advice we’re able to. Then, if there’s a chance of submitting a successful claim, you’ll be referred to a specialist personal injury solicitor from our panel. If they agree that the claim you’re considering is viable, they’ll provide their services on a No Win No Fee basis for you.
Resources For Those Making A Claim
We do hope that this guide about hiring a personal injury lawyer covering Washington, Tyne and Wear, has proven useful. To offer more help, we’ve linked to some extra information which may well be useful. To request any additional information from our team, please make contact today.
Public Liability Insurance Claims – Details which could help you if you’re going to claim against a company’s public liability insurance.
Claim For An Accident In A Car Park – Information on your rights if you’re injured in a public car park.
Public Toilet Injuries – Advice on claiming if you sustain an injury following an accident in a toilet.
Insurance Checking Tool – Check if your vehicle is insured using this online tool.
Whiplash Information – NHS advice that can help you check if you’re suffering whiplash.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 – A piece of legislation that could be used to support a public accident claim.
Where Your Injury May Be Checked And Who May Carry This Out
Doxford Business Park,
Sunderland, SR3 3XW.
|Millfield Medical Centre,
Sunderland, SR4 7AF.
Sunderland Family, Magistrates And County Court
|Sunderland County, Family, Magistrates’ and Tribunal Hearings.
Sunderland, SR1 3AP
Sunderland City Council
|Sunderland City Council
Sunderland, SR2 7DN
Article by RA