If you live in Weston-Super-Mare and are involved in an accident which causes an avoidable injury which was not your fault, you might feel that you are owed compensation. Whether the accident happens in Sovereign Shopping Centre, or on a footpath leading to the beach, you could possibly be able to make a claim if the injury was caused by the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care. Therefore, we’re going to look at how a personal injury solicitor covering Weston-Super-Mare could help you claim compensation. We will consider when somebody else might be responsible, how the claims process works and how much you might receive.
We’re able to support you by providing free legal advice about your claim and show how a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer could offer support and guidance.
To discuss starting a claim right away, please contact us on 0800 408 7825 today. Alternatively, to find out more about claiming for a public injury claim, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Weston-Super-Mare
- Claims For Accidents In Workplaces In Weston-Super-Mare
- Road Traffic Accidents And Injuries
- Bike And Bicycle Accident Compensation Claims
- Injuries Caused By Accidents In A Public Place
- Slip And Trip Compensation Amounts
- Accident Or Injury Claims Against North Somerset Council
- Assaults, Attacks And Violent Crimes
- How Do I Claim For My Injury Or Illness?
- Read Reviews To Find The Right Lawyer For Your Case
- Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Settlements
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Weston-Super-Mare Cases
- Consult A Personal Injury Claims Lawyer
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Weston-Super-Mare
In many cases, you’ll be able to claim against a company’s public liability insurance when they have breached health and safety legislation and you have suffered an injury as a result. The main problem with the process, for claimants, is that the defendant’s insurer might try to deny liability or lower the value of the claim. That’s why having a specialist representative to put your case across is really important.
During this article, we’ll look at what steps a personal injury lawyer covering Weston-Super-Mare will take to try and prove your case. For instance, they might need to gather CCTV footage, witness statements or medical records. As you can see, this might take some time, so our advice is to seek legal representation as soon as possible. As well as allowing your solicitor time to complete their work, you need to ensure the claim is filed within the personal injury claims time limit. In most cases, this is a 3-year period.
Claims For Accidents In Workplaces In Weston-Super-Mare
When you’re at work, your employer needs to try and keep you as safe as possible. That’s the case whether you work on a site, in a factory or in an office. To do this, they should risk assess your working environment regularly and remove any problems they identify. If they don’t, and you’re involved in an accident as a result, you could seek compensation for their negligence in causing you harm.
For instance, you might be able to claim if you were injured because:
- You hadn’t received safety training.
- There was insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- You weren’t allowed to take enough rest breaks.
- The equipment you were using was poorly maintained or faulty.
Road Traffic Accidents And Injuries
When a road traffic accident (RTA) in Weston-Super-Mare occurs, you may want to hire a personal injury solicitor to help claim against the person responsible for your injuries. Whether the accident happened on the M5 motorway, the A370 or on Kewstoke road leading to the beach, you could be entitled to claim for your injuries if another driver was responsible.
We’d advise you to take photographs of the vehicles before they’re moved and seek medical treatment for any injuries. Whilst you should swap details with any other party involved, don’t say anything that might be construed as an admission of responsibility for the accident. When you’re able to, call us to help so that we can review your options.
Weston-Super-Mare Train, Bus Or Taxi Accidents
There are a few types of claims that could be made if you’re injured as a passenger on public transport. The first is against another road user who’s caused the accident to happen and the second is against the operator of the train, bus, taxi or tram that you were a passenger on if they caused the accident.
You could also claim if you are injured on public transport due to damaged furniture or hazards that cause risks which should have been removed.
Accidents In Car Parks
An injury sustained in a car park could lead to a claim against the operator of the car park or the driver of another vehicle in the event of a collision depending on your circumstances. The types of car park accidents that could lead to a claim against the operator include:
- Injuries caused by a faulty barrier which drops on to your vehicle.
- Slips caused because icy hasn’t been cleared properly.
- Injuries caused by damaged bollards or road defects including potholes.
Bike And Bicycle Accident Compensation Claims
As with other road users, cyclists are owed a duty of care by anybody else using the road. Therefore, if you’ve been knocked off your bike and sustained injuries, due to somebody else’s mistake, we could help you claim compensation. Please let us know what happened so that we can assess your options.
Injuries Caused By Accidents In A Public Place
In the coming sections of this article, we’re going to look at some accidents in public places which could entitle you to compensation. We’ll review accidents in parks, shops and also claims against local councils.
To be eligible to claim, you’ll need to show that somebody who owed you a duty of care to try and keep you safe, breached that duty and caused an accident to happen in which you sustained injuries. If that’s the case, you might be entitled to claim compensation from their public liability insurance.
Injuries Caused By Accidents In The Park
A visit to a local park such as Grove Park or Clarence Park West shouldn’t be anything other than an enjoyable trip. However, your visit can be spoiled if you or your child sustain an injury while you’re there.
If an injury was caused by the park operator’s negligence, then it’s possible you could seek compensation. For instance, injuries resulting from the following could lead to a claim:
- Damaged or broken gates or fencing.
- Broken or poorly maintained gym equipment.
- Missing or damaged safety features.
- Broken or unmaintained play equipment.
If you’d like us to help you claim for a park accident, please get in touch. We can even help if you’re claiming on behalf of your child.
Injuries Caused By Accidents At Retail Parks And Public Shopping Areas
If you sustain an injury in a shop, retail park or shopping mall, you could make a personal injury claim if the accident was somebody else’s fault who owed you a duty of care. For instance, you might be allowed to claim for injuries caused by:
- Sharp edges on damaged shelving.
- Stock that’s either fallen or been left on the floor.
- Wet floors due to a leak, spillage or cleaning where signage wasn’t used to indicate a hazard.
Slip And Trip Compensation Amounts
One of the most common public accidents is where you slip, trip or fall. If the fall was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you could be eligible to ask them for compensation for your suffering. That suffering can be caused by injuries like a broken bone, concussion or a back injury.
Here are some real-life examples of where you could claim following a fall:
- If you fall down a flight of stairs because the handrail was damaged.
- When you slip on a wet floor that’s just been cleaned but there were no signs to warn you of the danger.
- If you trip over because inadequate lighting meant you couldn’t see a trip hazard.
- Where you tripped on extension cables that had been laid across a walkway.
Accident Or Injury Claims Against North Somerset Council
Local authorities are responsible for the upkeep of a lot of public highways in the region. They have a duty to perform regular checks of the paths and roads which they’re responsible for and then to carry out repairs in a timely manner once a defect has been identified.
If it can be shown that the council failed to fulfil their duty, you could be able to claim for injuries caused by:
- Tree roots that have broken through the surface of a path.
- Damaged kerbstones.
- Potholes or sinkholes.
- Raised paving slabs.
Assaults, Attacks And Violent Crimes
If you suffer an injury during a violent crime against you that you had no responsibility for, you could be entitled to seek compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (or CICA). The scheme is available when criminals don’t have the means to compensate you themselves.
You are able to claim for psychological and physical injuries caused by:
- Assaults (such as ABH or GBH).
- Sexual assault, rape and historical sexual abuse.
The CICA scheme has its own criteria for claiming. The most important being that you must have reported the crime to the police and the time limit for claiming is 2-years from the date of the incident (although exceptional circumstances can be used to extend the time limit).
For assistance beginning a CICA claim, please reach out to our advisors today.
Rates Of Victim Based Crimes In North Somerset
To show the extent of crime in the area, we’ve included the following table. The figures come from the Local Government Association and cover the 12 months ending March 2020.
|Most Common Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence acts (against the person)||1,567|
|Thefts (non vehicle)||1,377|
How Do I Claim For My Injury Or Illness?
The next few sections of this guide are going to show you how to choose a legal representative. We’ll look at what evidence you’ll need to support your claim, where your solicitor could be based and how online reviews might help you choose.
Instead of going through the selection process yourself, you could contact us for a free assessment of your claim. If we believe you’ve got a strong enough claim, we’re able to introduce you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. That means you can get your claim started straight away and remove the hassle of searching as our panel have decades of experience handling personal injury claims between them.
Why You Need Medical Evidence And How To Obtain It
To support your claim, you will need medical evidence that proves what injuries were sustained. That’s because compensation known as general damages is paid based on the severity of the injury. That means, without supporting evidence, the defendant could argue that they didn’t cause all of your injuries and you might not receive the right level of compensation.
Therefore, during your claim, your solicitor will arrange for you to visit a local practitioner for a medical assessment. They’ll review your medical records, examine you and ask questions about your injuries. Following that, they’ll send a report to your solicitor with details of your injuries (whether they’re healed, short-term or long-term) and how they’ve affected you.
Does My Lawyer Need To Be Located In This Area?
There are many services where hiring somebody local is beneficial. However, when choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Weston-Super-Mare, there’s no difference between a law firm offering nationwide services or those based in Gerrard Road or Beach Road. That’s mainly because your solicitor will handle most of the case via email, telephone, in writing etc. If needed they may contact you by video conferencing too.
Read Reviews To Find The Right Lawyer For Your Case
Online reviews are available for just about any service or product you’re considering. You can even use them to find the best personal injury lawyers covering Weston-Super-Mare.
You’ll be able to gain knowledge of what other clients have said about the claims process, the amount of compensation they received and how professional the solicitor was. However, there are some things you won’t find out in reviews. That’s why we’d advise you to speak directly to any lawyer you’re thinking of using. If you do that, you’ll be able to ask more personalised questions such as how they plan to manage your case and the amount of compensation they hope to achieve.
Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Settlements
You probably want to know how much compensation you’ll receive for the injuries you’ve sustained. The table below provides some example amounts taken from a document used by solicitors called the Judicial College Guidelines. These figures cover the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Importantly, they make up just one part of your claim. When you’ve spoken to a personal injury lawyer, and they’ve assessed your claim in full, they’ll be able to give you a personalised compensation estimate.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Compensation Bracket||Detailed notes|
|Eye Injury||Loss||£49,270 to £54,830||A bracket which covers injuries resulting in the total loss of one eye.|
|Jaw||Fracture||£6,460 to £45,540||This bracket covers a simple fracture where immobilisation is required but full recovery occurs.|
|Neck||Minor||Up to £7,890||Whiplash type soft tissue injuries where full recovery (without the need for surgery) takes between 1 and 2 years.|
|Back||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Injuries include ligament damage and muscle damage that cause backache as well as prolapsed discs which require laminectomy.|
|Shoulder||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||This bracket covers a dislocated shoulder along with lower brachial plexus damage which leads to pain in and around the shoulder and neck.|
|Arms||Fracture||£6,610 to £19,200||This bracket is for simple fractures of the forearm.|
|Knee||Severe||£69,730 to £96,210||These serious knee injuries include those where the joint has been disrupted, osteoarthritis has developed and lengthy treatment was required.|
|Achilles Tendon||Serious||£24,990 to £30,090||The tendon will have been completely severed but there will have been successful treatment to repair it. Disabilities such as weakness, limited movement or residual pain will remain.|
The other element you can include in your claim is any expenses incurred in relation to your injuries. This is known as special damages and can include lost income, damaged personal property, care costs, travel costs and medical expenses. Again, after your claim has been assessed, you’ll be told what special damages you can include.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Weston-Super-Mare Cases
Many people will naturally worry about how much they need to pay a personal injury solicitor for their services. To alleviate that worry, and reduce the financial impact of making a claim, our panel of solicitors covering Weston-Super-Mare operate claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
Before they can take on a claim, they need to check that it’s viable and there a chance of success. Once they’ve completed their assessment, you’ll get a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA). This is a No Win No Fee agreement that’s used to fund your claim.
The main benefits of claiming in this way are:
- Claims can start straight away because there are no upfront payments needed.
- You won’t have to pay for any solicitor’s fees while the claim is progressing.
- If the claim is not successful, you won’t need to pay solicitor’s fees at all.
To cover their costs, your solicitor will need to deduct a small percentage of any compensation should they win the case. This is known as a success fee which will be listed clearly in your CFA. To put your mind at ease, it’s important to point out that success fees are legally capped.
Consult A Personal Injury Claims Lawyer
If you’ve read this article about finding personal injury law firms covering Weston-Super-Mare helpful and are considering making a claim, why not let us help you begin? There are a number of ways to contact us including:
- Calling an advisor directly on 0800 408 7825 for free claims information.
- Using this online enquiry form to provide details of your claim.
- Or, if you prefer, you can connect with an advisor online using our live chat option.
The first thing that will happen when you get in touch is that an advisor will review everything that’s happened as well as any evidence you have available. If they believe your claim has merit, they’ll be able to refer you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. When that happens, your claim will be conducted on a No Win No Fee basis if it’s accepted.
We’d like to thank you for reading this guide about personal injury lawyers covering Weston-Super-Mare. As well as the information we’ve already provided, you might need to contact the local council or court while pursuing your claim, so we’ve included their details here along with further guides and resources.
Bus Accident Claims – Information that could prove useful if you’ve been injured while using a bus.
University Accident Claims – If you’ve suffered an injury, caused by negligence, while at university, you’ll find this guide helpful.
Motorcycle Accident Claims – Information on claiming compensation following an RTA while riding a motorbike.
Motor Insurers Bureau – This organisation could pay compensation if you’re hit by an uninsured driver.
Find Your Local A&E – An online tool from the NHS allowing you to search for local hospitals.
The Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 – This legislation is often the basis for accident at work claims.
Where Could I See A Doctor?
|Michael Pimm||New Bristol Road,
Weston-super-Mare, BS22 6AJ.
|Anna Ross||Cowan House,
Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1XQ.
Weston-Super-Mare County And Family Court
|Weston-super-Mare County Court and Family Court|
|North Somerset Courthouse,
Weston-super-Mare, BS22 7BB.
North Somerset Council Covering Weston-Super-Mare
|North Somerset Council|
Walliscote Grove Road,
Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
Article by RA