Whether you are at your place of work, enjoying a stroll in the park, or driving home from a busy day of shopping, an accident is never an expected turn of events – much less an accident caused by negligence.
Should you find yourself searching for how a personal injury lawyer covering Woking could support you, then please continue to read this online guide. Throughout this guide, we will cover a range of topics relating to personal injury claims, such as:
- Road traffic accidents
- Criminal injury claims
- Public place accidents
- Claims against the council.
After reading this online guide to the very end, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process, and how a personal injury lawyer covering Woking could help you. Should you find yourself with any questions, or if you feel that you are ready to begin your claim, please call our team on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Woking
- Accidents Causing Injuries At Work
- Traffic And Car Accidents In Woking
- Bicycle And Cycling Accidents
- Injuries Caused By Accidents In Public Spaces
- Accidents Caused By A Trip Or A Fall
- Injuries Caused By Local Authorities And Councils
- Injuries Caused By Violent Crimes Against The Person
- How Could I Make A Damages Claim With A Lawyer?
- How To Check Reviews Of Lawyers
- Calculator For Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Woking
- Consulting With A Lawyer
Throughout this guide, we will discuss a series of topics relating to personal injury claims and outline how a personal injury lawyer covering Woking could support you. For this guide to effectively discuss the claims process, it shall answer the following questions:
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- If I want to make a claim, do I have to choose a lawyer based in my local area?
- Do I have to begin my claim within a specific time frame?
If you have a question relating to your case, or if you feel that you are ready to begin your claim, why not speak to our claims team?
Does My Claim Meet The Statutory Time Limit?
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of a third party, then you might consider pursuing a compensation claim. For a claim to have a successful outcome, the claim must meet the following criteria:
- A claim must be made within 3-years from the date of the accident.
- Or, a claim must be made within 3-years from the date in which you obtained knowledge that the negligent actions of another caused your illness or disease.
Should you fail to begin your claim within the statutory time limitation, then your case could be barred. Therefore, it is vital that you start your claim as soon as possible. However, it is vital to acknowledge that there are exceptions to the time limitation period – most commonly, cases involving children and those that lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves.
- Should a child become injured, a litigation friend can be appointed to pursue a claim on the child’s behalf.
- Should the litigation friend fail to claim before the child’s 18th birthday, then then the 3-year time limit would begin from the date of the child’s 18th birthday – meaning they have until their 21st birthday to begin their claim.
- A litigation friend can also be appointed to those that lack the mental capacity to act on their own behalf – a claim of this nature would fall under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
For more information or to discover whether your claim meets the time limit, please speak to one of our advisers.
While at your place of work, one of the last things you might expect is to be injured in an accident. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlined some measures an employer can enforce to create a safer workplace. These measures include:
- Offer members of staff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Implement measures to prevent slip, trip, and falls.
- Supply training to members of staff that ensure they operate safely.
Should your employer breach their duty of care, it could cause a workplace accident to occur. If that is the case, then a personal injury lawyer covering Woking could be of assistance.
Road traffic accidents can have a devastating outcome, causing damage that can range from anything physical to psychological. When discussing road traffic accident claims, it is vital to highlight the different types of road users:
To pursue a road traffic accident claim, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- Does the road user owe you a duty of care?
- Was the duty of care breached?
- Did you suffer injuries as a result?
If you can answer yes to the questions listed above, then you could have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim. Within the sections that follow, you will find information relating to road traffic accident claims, such as bicycle accidents and public transport-related accidents.
Injuries On A Bus Or Other Public Transport
While public transport is considered to be a safe mode of transportation, this does not mean they are entirely risk-free. When using public transport, you are owed a duty of care that ensures you are safe from preventable harm. For example, a bus driver must abide by the rules of the road and make sure that the vehicle isn’t plagued with (preventable) hazardous conditions.
Should you become injured on public transport because of the negligent actions of a third party, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim. For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Injuries Sustained In Car Parks
Those who visit a car park should be kept safe as reasonably possible. However, should this obligation be breached, and a victim is injured, then a car park personal injury claim could be made for the negligence endured.
Directing your claim to the right entity is extremely important. In many cases, it can be challenging to hold the right party accountable, especially when you are unsure who operates the car park. So if you are hesitant about how to pursue a claim of this nature, please call our claims team today they can use their experience and expertise to provide free legal advice.
Road traffic accidents that involve cyclists can have a devastating outcome, as cyclists are often at a disadvantage due to their lack of protection. Cycling UK reinforced the idea that cyclists are at higher risk through statistics – outlining that 99 cyclists died in 2018.
Cyclist-related accidents can be prevented if other road users take into consideration:
- A cyclist’s speed
- Using manoeuvres
- Uphold the Highway Code
Should you or a loved one become injured due to the negligent actions of a third party, then you could have grounds to pursue a compensation claim.
Accidents that happen in a public space could be caused if the third party who oversees or operates the area in question neglects their legal obligation. As a result, their carelessness causes the safety of some individuals to become compromised.
A public injury claim could be made if you are injured in one of the following spaces:
- Car parks
- Parks and play areas
- High Streets
- Shopping centres
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 ensures that the visitors of public areas are greeted with safety. However, should the occupier of a public space fail to uphold their obligations and cause an accident, then a compensation claim could be a suitable path to take if you have been injured.
For more information relating to claims of this nature, why not get in touch with our team? One of our advisers would be more than happy to speak with you in greater detail.
Injuries Caused By Accidents In Parks
Playgrounds are areas that are made to let children run and play carefree. While bumps and scratches are often common, one of the last things you might expect is for a playground to go unkempt, resulting in an accident caused by negligence.
Playground accidents could be caused by one of the following:
- Potholes of significant depth
- Poorly installed apparatus that cause accidents
- Faulty equipment
All of these issues could cause avoidable damage and an accident.
Should your child become injured in a park due to a breach in the duty of care, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim. For more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
Injuries Caused By An Accident In A Shop Or Supermarket
Much like the local authority or an employer, business owners are obligated by law to implement reasonable measures to ensure their retail space is safe. Implementing effective measures can help identify and prevent hazardous issues ahead of time.
Measures could include:
- An efficient and regular system of inspection to help identify the likes of any slip, trip and fall incidents.
- Conducting regular inspections of all areas of the site, such as car parks and walkways, as well as routine inspection of the equipment – such as trolleys and escalators.
Should a business owner neglect their duty of care, it could result in one of the following:
- Falling over trailing wires
- Allergic reactions
- Falling over spilt liquids
- Hit by falling loose display items
If any of the situations sound familiar, then you may be entitled to compensation. Why not get in touch with our team to find out more.
As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), three common factors cause a slip and trip accident. These factors include:
- Inadequate housekeeping standards – e.g., unmarked floors or poor cleaning
- Obstructed walkways – e.g., cluttered pathways, trailing wires, messy wires.
- Poor design and maintenance – e.g., such as poorly installed stairs or uneven or inadequate flooring.
While the measures listed above are great for acknowledging and preventing slipping hazards, unfortunately, there are cases where a third party could neglect their duty of care -resulting in an accident.
If you would like more information, please speak to one of our advisers.
The local authority of Woking must implement reasonable safety measures to ensure the spaces that they are responsible for are shielded from preventable damage. For example, the local authority could perform risk assessments to ensure hazardous conditions such as broken kerbstones and potholes are avoided.
However, if the local authority were to neglect their duty of care, their carelessness could cause an accident. If you have been injured due to the local authority’s fault, then you could have grounds to pursue a claim.
Violent crime can cause life-altering effects on the mental and physical well-being of the victim. Nobody ever expects to be the victim of a violent crime, but should you find yourself in a similar position, a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency of the Government that offers compensation to victims of violent crime. When there is no other avenue to follow, pursuing a CICA claim could be a suitable option, as they could be made if you have been the victim of:
- Sexual assault – such as rape
For a CICA claim to have a successful outcome, some criteria must be met. Firstly, you must have reported your incident to the police. Secondly, you must begin your claim within 2-years from the date of the incident. There are of course exceptions to this rule.
If you have any questions relating to the claims process or CICA claims, please contact our claims team.
Rates Of Violent Crime In Woking
Within this section, we have included a table that outlines the top reported crimes in Woking.
|Top Reported Crime
|Violence against the person
|Other forms of theft
Should the negligent actions of a third party cause you injury or harm, then you might consider pursuing a claim. If that is the case, then it is essential to acknowledge that there are measures you can take to help strengthen your case.
- Take Photographs
Taking photographs is extremely important, as the visual evidence can help strengthen your claim and be used as evidence. It is essential to take a picture of the accident cause – such as a pothole of significant depth- before it has been fixed.
- Visit a Doctor
If you have sustained an injury due to the negligent actions of another, visit a GP or A&E. A medical professional will be able to treat your injury and will document the damage on your medical records- which can be requested at a later date.
- Collect Witness Details
If another individual witnessed your accident, collect their contact information. Your lawyer might contact them at a later date to gather a witness statement.
- Report the Incident
If you are injured at your place of work, inform your employer. They are obligated to document the incident in an accident logbook, which you can get a copy of. This also applies to accidents involving local authority and business owners.
What Assessments Do Doctors Carry Out?
A medical assessment is an essential factor of the claims process, as it will help determine the amount of compensation that is awarded. Upon attendance, the professional performing the medical assessment will document the injuries and recovery time.
Will I Require A Solicitor In My Area?
The advancements in technology mean you are no longer restricted to the lawyers based in your local area.
A lawyer can offer to support you regardless of your location, as all communication can be achieved through:
- The phone
- In writing
- Or in person.
When searching for a lawyer, you might find the process overwhelming. After all, a quick internet search will bring up pages upon pages of results – making your decisions all the more challenging. In many cases, claimants turn to customer reviews, as they can offer insight into the firm’s professionalism and the service they provide.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we would always recommend reading customer reviews and calling the firm. Not only will this provide you with a greater understanding of the firm, but it can help with the decision making process.
Many claimants often question how much compensation they could be awarded should they make a claim. While some firms might use a personal injury claims calculator to offer a compensation valuation, we have chosen something different. Using the Judicial College Guidelines, we have created a compensation table.
|Scarring of this nature would result in small scars that do not effect the appearance or the reaction of the individual.
|£3,710 to £12,900
|Severe scarring is expected to have a significant psychological impact, especially to those ages between their teenage years to their thirties.
|£27,940 to £91,350
|An injury of this nature would result in deformity and there may be a risk of long-term osteoarthritis.
|£12,900 to £23,460
|A severe foot injury would result in permanent and severe pain with serous disability.
|£78,800 to £102,890
|An injury of this nature would result disturbance of ligaments and muscles, giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries, and prolonged acceleration.
|£11,730 to £26,050
|A back injury of this nature would involve damage to the spinal cord and the nerve roots, resulting in serious consequences. There will be severe pain and disability, plus a combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
|£85,470 to £151,070
The information in the table offers insight into the compensation process, outlining how the claims process takes into account the type of injury sustained and it’s severity. However, please note that the information within the table is only guidance. For a valuation more accurate to your claim, please contact a member of our team.
Should the negligent actions of a third party cause you injury or harm, you might find yourself searching for a lawyer. When pursuing a compensation claim, many have stresses and uncertainties – more relating to finances.
A No Win No Fee agreement can help combat and reduce the financial stresses associated with the claims process, as the benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement are as follows:
- There are zero payable fees to start your claim.
- Zero payable fees to pay while the claim is on-going.
- You are not obligated to cover your lawyer’s legal fees should the claim have an unsuccessful outcome.
- If the claim is won a portion of your settlement will be deducted for legal fees.
If you would like to consult with an adviser from our claims team regarding your claim, you can reach them in one of the following ways
- The number to call is 0800 408 7825.
- To enquire online, please click here.
- If you would like to use our live chat, click the icon on the right corner of the page.
Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not only can they answer any questions you may have, but they can also help you kick-start your claim.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our online guide discussing personal injury claims. We hope you have a greater understanding of how a personal injury lawyers covering Woking could support you.
Within this final section, you will find additional reading materials;
To read our Cycling Accident Guide, please click here.
For more information relating to Public Accident Claims, please click here.
Doctors Conducting Medical Assessments
|Mark Gordon Britton
|Nuffield Hospital – Woking
Magistrates’ Courts Covering Woking
|Magistrates Courts Covering Woking
|The Law Courts
Woking Borough Council
|Woking Borough Council
|27 Board School Rd, Woking GU21 5HD
Article by IR