Accidents happen all the time and are part and parcel of life. In many cases, they’ll be the result of us trying to do too much at one time or not paying attention. However, when an accident happens because of somebody else’s negligence and causes you to suffer an injury, you might want to consider making a compensation claim against them. In this guide, we’re going to look at how a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan could support you making a claim. We’ll review what types of accidents might happen, who might be liable for your injuries and how much compensation could be paid.
Our advisors offer free legal advice regarding any claim. They’ll also offer a no-obligation assessment of the case and review any evidence you’re able to supply. All claims they decide to take on are managed on a No Win No Fee basis.
Please call us today on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your claim. If you’d like more information on finding a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering Wigan before calling, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wigan
- Work-Related Injuries And Accidents
- Crashes And Accidents On The Road In Wigan
- Bicycle Injury And Accident Claims
- Injured In A Public Place
- Slip, Trip And Fall Injury And Accident Claims
- Council And Local Authority Accident Claims
- CICA And Claims For Criminal Injuries
- How Lawyers Help You Claim Damages
- Will Checking Reviews Help You Find The Right Lawyer?
- Calculator For Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wigan
- How To Consult A Lawyer
A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wigan
If you’re considering making a personal injury claim against an individual, business or a local authority, you’ll need to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care by the party responsible for your accident; and
- They breached that duty of care; which
- Resulted in you suffering an injury or illness.
During the course of this guide, we’ll look at many scenarios which could make you decide that you want to begin a claim. We’ll show what type of accident you could claim for, how you prove liability and what amount of compensation might be paid.
Something that’s really important is beginning your claim on time. There’s a personal injury claims time limit which usually 3-years. While that seems like a long time, your lawyer will need to carry out a number of tasks before they can submit the claim. Therefore, the sooner you begin the better.
Work-Related Injuries And Accidents
Whether you work for a multi-national company with multiple offices or a small family-run firm, your employer will owe you a duty of care to try and keep you safe while you’re at work. This means that they need to regularly assess the way work is carried out and remove any dangers they identify. If they don’t, and you’re injured in a workplace accident, you could seek compensation from them for your suffering.
You might be entitled to claim compensation for accidents caused by:
- Unsuitable protective equipment.
- Inadequate training on workplace safety.
- Damaged or faulty machinery.
- A lack of rest breaks.
By law, your employer can’t sack you or treat you differently for making a claim. They will have insurance in place to cover any such claim so you shouldn’t worry about claiming the compensation you might be entitled to that could be used to aid your recovery. Please ask a member of our team about how we can support accident at work claims.
Crashes And Accidents On The Road In Wigan
Road traffic accidents are one of the most popular reasons for making a personal injury claim. All road users, including cyclists, pedestrians, drivers, and motorcyclists have a duty of care towards one another. If they breach that duty of care and cause an accident to happen, you could make a claim against them for any injuries you sustained.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an RTA, we’d advise you to gather as much evidence at the time of the accident. You should try to photograph the scene before any vehicles are moved, gather witness details, report the accident if needed and seek medical treatment for any injuries. You should also swap details with others involved in the accident without admitting liability for it.
Injuries Using Public Transport
If you’re involved in a road traffic accident where you’re a passenger on public transport, you could be entitled to claim against:
- Another road user who was responsible for the accident.
- The driver of the public transport if they caused the accident.
Public transport accident claims could be made for an accident while using a bus, train, tram, taxi, or coach. Speak with a member of our team to find out if a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan could help you claim.
Injuries In Car Parks
Injuries in private or local authority car parks can happen in a number of ways. You could be able to claim compensation if you’re injured in an accident caused by the operator’s negligence. For instance, you could claim for:
- Being struck by a faulty car park barrier.
- Slipping in icy conditions because the car park wasn’t gritted.
- Being cut by damaged furniture such as bollards or payment machines.
- Defects to the road or pathway within the car park.
Bicycle Injury And Accident Claims
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users when a collision happens. Due to the relatively high speeds they can achieve, and the lack of protection offered by a bike, cyclists can sustain very serious injuries indeed.
If you’re involved in a cycling accident, and another road user was responsible, you could begin a claim against them. Where possible, collect as much evidence and swap details with the other parties involved. Then contact an advisor to discuss whether you might be entitled to make a claim.
Injured In A Public Place
Sometimes, the hard part of claiming for an accident in a public place is identifying who’s responsible. It could be the landowner, a tenant, a business or the local authority. Our team of specialists could help if you’re struggling to identify who to claim against.
So long as you can prove that you were injured in an accident caused by a breach of the duty of care on the part of the responsible party, you could be entitled to claim. Please contact us for further information.
Injuries At The Park
A visit to the park should be relaxing or way of your child burning off some energy. It should be somewhere you can go to without worrying about being injured. However, accidents do happen in parks and, if they’re caused by the park owner’s negligence, could result in a compensation claim.
For instance, you could make a claim for an accident caused by:
- Faulty or poorly maintained outdoor gym equipment.
- Damaged fencing, gates or park furniture.
- Missing safety tiles.
- Damaged or poorly maintained play equipment.
If your child is injured, then you could represent their interests and claim on their behalf at any point before they turn 18. If you don’t, they’ll have 3-years from their 18th birthday to begin a claim themselves.
Our advisors can help with claims for injuries you or your child has sustained, so please speak with us today.
Injuries In Shops And Supermarkets
When you’re in a shop or supermarket, the retailer will have a duty of care to try and keep you safe. That means that they need to have designed safety procedures and ensure staff are trained to implement them correctly.
You could be entitled to claim for an accident while shopping such as:
- Slipping on a wet floor caused by leaks, spillages or cleaning and where insufficient warning signs are not used.
- Lacerations, cuts or bruises caused by damaged shelving.
- Falling over stock that’s been dropped or left on the floor.
Slip, Trip And Fall Injury And Accident Claims
Some falls result in very serious injuries including concussion, bone fractures, back injuries or neck injuries.
If you’re involved in a slip, trip or fall, caused by one of the following, we could help you begin a claim:
- Objects left across walkways.
- Wet floors with no warning signs.
- Poor lighting which makes a trip hazard difficult to see.
- Broken or damaged handrails which cause you to fall.
Council And Local Authority Accident Claims
The council are responsible for many of the region’s public highways including roads and footpaths. They have a duty to inspect the highways and maintain them where defects are identified.
If you’re injured by any of the following, you could be entitled to seek compensation:
- Raised paving slabs.
- Potholes or sinkholes.
- Damage or missing kerbstones.
- Tree roots that have risen through tarmac or concrete paths.
CICA And Claims For Criminal Injuries
If you’ve been the victim of violent crime in Wigan, and have suffered psychological or physical injuries, you could be entitled to seek compensation for your suffering. Where a criminal isn’t identified, prosecuted or doesn’t have the means to compensate you themselves, you could make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The scheme is backed by the government, but it has different eligibility criteria to personal injury claims. You need to have reported the crime to the police and you’ll usually need to claim within 2-years of doing so. In extreme circumstances (including some historical crimes), the time limit might be waived.
To find out if you could claim through the CICA scheme, please contact an advisor today.
Rates Of Criminal Injuries In Wigan
For your information, we’ve provided a table taken from government statistics that show recent crime figures for the Wigan area.
|Violence crimes against the person||722|
How Lawyers Help You Claim Damages
As we’ve reviewed the different types of claim you could make following an accident, we’re going to look at how a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan could support your claim. Over the coming sections, we’ll look at how you can choose a law firm, whether you need to select a local lawyer and whether you’ll need a medical assessment to support your claim.
We are able to help with the process by reviewing your case for you and connecting you with a personal injury lawyer if your claim has a chance of success. To begin the process, please speak with an advisor about your claim today.
Do I Always Need Medical Evidence?
One of the key things you have to prove to be eligible for compensation is that you’ve suffered an injury or been made ill because of somebody else’s negligence. Therefore, during the claims process, your solicitor will arrange an appointment with a local doctor or medical specialist. They will carry out a medical assessment of your injuries. Then they’ll write a report to show what injuries you sustained, the effect they had on your day to day life and whether there will be any long-term disability or symptoms.
The report is important because, as you’ll see later in this guide, compensation is based on the severity of your injury. Without a medical assessment, a defendant could argue that your injuries were less serious than you’ve stated.
Where Will My Lawyer Be Located
If you limit your search to personal injury lawyers in Wigan, you might miss out on finding one who specialises in cases just like yours. There’s no legal reason to choose local law firms and, in most cases, claims could possibly be handled over the phone, online, via email and in writing. That makes the lawyer’s office location somewhat irrelevant.
Will Checking Reviews Help You Find The Right Lawyer?
If you’re looking to buy something new, or hire a service provider, it’s highly likely that you’ll come across online reviews. When searching for a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan, you could use reviews to see what previous clients thought about compensation amounts, the service they received and how long the claim took to be completed.
In addition to reading reviews, we’d always advise you to personally speak with any potential solicitor. That way, you can find the information you won’t get from reviews such as how they plan to handle your claim and what amount of compensation they believe you’ll be entitled to.
Calculator For Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
We’re now going to look at what amount of compensation you might be entitled to receive. With each claim, there are many variables that will determine how much compensation is awarded. Therefore, instead of a personal injury claims calculator, we’ve provided the table below. It shows compensation amounts for several different injuries. The table is provided for information only. When you speak with a lawyer, you’ll be given a more personalised compensation figure once they’ve reviewed your case properly.
|Injury Type||Severity||Compensation Details||Further Comments|
|Teeth||Loss||£4,080 to £7,160||Damage or loss of two front teeth.|
|Facial Scarring||Significant||£8,550 to £28,240||Injuries where the worst damage has been reduced by plastic surgery and where the psychological reaction isn't great.|
|Neck||Moderate||£23,460 to £36,120||Injuries such as dislocations or fractures where immediate severe symptoms are seen and could require spinal fusion.|
|Back||Minor||£7,410 to £11,730||Minor soft tissue injuries of the back where a full recovery (or almost full) occurs within 2 to 5-years without the need for surgery.|
|Shoulder||Fracture||£4,830 to £11,490||This bracket is for a fractured clavicle. The amount awarded will depend on factors including whether the symptoms are temporary or permanent and the extent of the fracture.|
|Pelvis||Moderate||£24,950 to £36,770||This bracket covers significant injuries of the pelvis but where any permanent disability is not major and there won't be a great risk of future damage.|
|Arms||Fracture||£6,190 to £18,020||A compensation bracket that covers simple fractures of the forearm.|
|Knee||Severe||£48,920 to £65,440||This bracket is for a leg fracture that extends into the knee. It will result in constant pain which is permanent and limits movement.|
The figures listed are taken from a document called the Judicial College Guidelines which is used to determine how much to pay as ‘general damages’. That’s the compensation awarded to cover any pain, suffering or loss of amenity your injuries have caused. On top of general damages, your solicitor can ask for financial losses such as travel expenses, care costs, medical costs, home alterations and lost income.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wigan
If you’re considering claiming for an accident in the Wigan area, you might be concerned about how much the process will cost. To reduce the amount of stress involved, as well as the financial risk, find a lawyer who offers to work on a No Win No Fee basis.
You’ll be given an agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to sign.
The CFA is used to fund your case and has several key benefits:
- You won’t be asked for an upfront payment. This allows claims to commence right away.
- There are no solicitor’s fees to pay while the claim progresses.
- If the solicitor loses your case, you won’t be liable for any of their fees at all.
When a claim is won, your solicitor will retain a modest percentage of the compensation awarded. This is called a success fee and is used to cover the solicitor’s time and costs. Legally, success fees are capped and yours will be listed within the CFA which means you’ll know how much you’ll pay right from the start of your claim.
How To Consult A Lawyer
Thanks for reading this guide about choosing a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan. We hope that the information has proven useful and you now know whether you’ll claim or not. If you are going to do so, we’d love to help you begin your claim. To contact us, you can:
- Call a member of our team for free legal advice on 0800 408 7825.
- Send details of your claim to us and request a call back using this claims form.
- Discuss your claim with a member of our online team by using the handy live chat facility.
This is the final section of our guide about finding a personal injury lawyer covering Wigan. To provide further assistance, we’ve linked to some additional guides and articles. Also, we’ve provided contact details for Wigan council and the local Magistrates’ Court. If there’s anything else you’d like to ask, please contact a member of our team today.
Claiming Against Public Liability Insurance – Advice on when and how you can claim against a company’s liability insurance.
Public Accident Advice – Information on what you should do following an accident in a public place.
Footpath Accident Claims – Advice on when you might be able to claim compensation following an accident on a public footpath.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – The organisation that could compensate you following a criminal injury.
NHS 111 – The service you can contact for non-urgent medical advice.
The Occupiers Liability Act 1984 – Legislation that places a duty of care on businesses who occupy premises as tenants.
Medical Experts Covering Wigan
|Warwick Brindley||The Bridgman Physiotherapy Clinic,
Wigan, WN1 1TD.
|Umar Rathore||Mesnes Road,
Wigan, WN1 2DD.
|Mark Innes Burgin||Stadium Way,
Wigan, WN5 0UN.
Wigan And Leigh Magistrates Court
|Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court|
Wigan, WN1 1DW.
Wigan Council Services
Wigan, WN1 1YN.
Article by RA