In this guide, we’ll look at how personal injury lawyers covering Wokingham can support you when making a claim for an injury at work, in public or in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault. We will look at the different circumstances in which you could claim compensation and guide you through the personal injury claims process, step by step.
No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Wokingham are successfully winning compensation for thousands and can offer you the knowledge and experience they have to help you successfully win your claim for compensation.
Please read our guide and if at any point you have a question, feel free to contact our advisors you can call us on 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wokingham
- Employee Injury Claims
- Wokingham Traffic Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
- Public Open Space Accidents
- Pavement And Other Slip And Fall Accidents
- Wokingham Borough Council Duty Of Care
- Wokingham Criminal Injury Claims
- Things You Need To Know About Making A Personal Injury Claim
- What Is The Best Way In Which To Compare Lawyers
- Calculating A Typical Personal Injury Claim Payout
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wokingham
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If you haven’t pursued a personal injury claim before the process can seem daunting. With the right lawyer, however, the process can be much more straight-forward.
If you were injured at work in Wokingham because of the negligence of your employer, or you suffered an accident in a public place due to a breach of the duty of care by its operators, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. If you were involved in an RTA (road traffic accident) in the town you may also be eligible depending if a third party was liable for the accident in which caused you an injury.
We’ll look in detail at the various types of claims you can make, how you establish who is responsible for your accident if anyone and how a medical professional can support your claim.
We’ll also discuss the types of expenses you can include and direct you to our resources below to make an informed choice about the right personal injury solicitor to handle your Wokingham personal injury claim and help you win the maximum compensation today.
Employee injury claims are for people who have experienced accidents and injuries in the workplace due to negligence. In order to have a valid claim, you must prove your injury was a result of something your employer failed to do, to ensure your workplace was as safe as possible. There are very strict guidelines that employers have to follow to adhere to the law in this matter, which you can read in detail here. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is just one set of laws governing the responsibility of employers.
You are also protected in public areas or spaces that are run by the council and private operators of areas such as parks, shopping arcades, leisure centres and municipal areas under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They too have a duty of care to provide safe environments.
Finally, the roads and highways are governed by a duty of care as outlined in the Highway Code. Anyone who uses the roads has to exercise due diligence and care to other road users and pedestrians.
If at any point while reading this guide you have a question, or if you’d like to proceed with a claim, our team of friendly advisers are on hand to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
You can give us a call or get in touch online to discuss any of the topics mentioned here.
If you are injured in a road traffic accident may be as a driver, a pedestrian or even a cyclist you may be able to claim personal injury compensation if the accident was due to the negligence of a third party. Even if the other road user involved is uninsured or lacks the funds to personally compensate you, the Motor Insurance Bureau may pay compensation if you are injured.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to make a personal injury claim after a road traffic accident please call our team and through a no-obligation consultation they can inform you whether or not you have a valid case.
Public Transport Accident Claims
Accidents also happen on public transport (this includes taxi-cabs) and they are covered by the same legal expectation, which is to be as safe for public use as much as possible. Common types of incidents and injuries on public transport are:
- Slipping, tripping or falling over on a bus that pulls away too quickly.
- Whiplash as a result of a collision between your car and a bus.
- Broken bones, fractures, bruising and cuts as a result of a train crash or derailment.
- A pedestrian being knocked over on a zebra crossing due to public transport.
When considering who to make your personal injury claim against, it’s worth remembering that both the driver and the company they work for have equal responsibility for your safety.
Car Park Accidents And Injuries
Wokingham car parks are places where public injury can happen, just like any other. There are several factors which can create accidents in these places, such as:
- Motorists reversing or pulling into spaces too eagerly and not paying sufficient attention to other users or pedestrians.
- Low lying fences and poorly marked barriers.
- Flying gravel.
- Faulty barriers
If you have been injured in a car park either because of a negligent road user or the car park was in disrepair and your accident which caused your suffering could have been prevented you may be eligible for compensation. A No Win No Fee lawyer can explain how this process works in greater detail, allowing you to break down the cost implications of the injury. Their insights may allow you to access a compensation payout you hadn’t previously imagined was possible.
Unprotected by a vehicle body like other road users, cyclists are especially vulnerable to accidents and less able to use acceleration as a means of avoidance. If you were the victim of someone else’s reckless or aggressive driving that resulted in knocking you from your bike and causing injuries, you may be entitled to claim.
Also, personal injury claims involving cyclists can work the other way as well. With the increase in food delivery services, more cyclists are moving at high speed on our streets, and regrettably, pavements, than ever before.
Call our friendly team of advisors today, you can have all your questions answered and they can provide advice on what your next steps could be.
There are lots of different circumstances that someone could be injured in a public place and a variety of scenarios in which it might be appropriate to seek a public liability claim. Although parks and other natural open spaces may feel ‘self-regulating’ they are covered by the law nonetheless.
Proper lighting, the safety of trees and shrubbery and all aspects of parks management need to be attended to correctly. Any owner or operator may be liable if it can be proved that through omission, incompetence or negligence they breached their duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act to ensure as safe a space as possible for you.
Accidents In Parks, Play Areas And Other Open Spaces
Faulty playground fittings, unclearly marked barriers or fences, damaged street furniture and a whole array of other potential hazards can be stumbled across in poorly maintained outside public places.
Whilst weather can be responsible for some damage of these facilities, the onus is still on the council or operator to maintain and attend to their upkeep and any resultant injury you suffered due to a breach of this duty is a potential personal injury claim.
Retail And Supermarket Accidents
Occupiers of shopping centres and supermarkets are obliged by the law to ensure they are as safe as can be. The following are examples of accidents which could cause injuries if shopping areas are allowed to fall into disrepair or health and safety legislation is not adhered to;
- Escalators not working properly, causing accidents.
- Precarious visual merchandising displays falling on you.
- Slipping on wet floors and unattended spillages.
- Tripping over packaging, cables or other obstacles.
- Being struck by objects falling from over-stocked shelves.
- Injuries from sharp-edge shelving or poorly maintained trolleys.
- Poorly managed security alert procedures.
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault whilst shopping, at the cinema, in a leisure centre or a restaurant you might be able to pursue a public liability claim and win damages. Whilst the pain and suffering cannot be resolved by money, the costs and impact on you financially can.
It is vital that pavements are kept in a good condition as they are generally used daily by all different types of passers-by. If they are allowed to become defective or damaged they could have the possibility of causing someone harm in a trip and fall accident.
It is vital when making a public accident claim for an injury sustained through a breach in the duty of care that was owed to you that you collect as much evidence as possible. Taking images of the cause of the accident, seeking medical attention and also reporting the defect may all be vital in supporting your claim.
Councils are responsible for a huge array of services, buildings, public areas and many more so it is really important that they keep these areas they operate in a safe condition as they are used by the public every day. Having systems in place that monitor, maintain and repair the areas they look after may be something that is implemented so that defects and hazards are not missed.
Public liability claims can often be tricky to prove it is always advised to have a legal representative on your side as they have the knowledge and experience needed to know how to prove liability and get you the right amount of compensation.
If you have been the victim of a crime that caused you a physical or mental injury and there is no other avenue you may be able to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The CICA is there to provide compensation to victims of crime if they have no other way to be compensated, they do have their own criteria though.
Wokingham statistics provided by a Government source:-
Top Reported Crimes Frequency
Violence against the person 715
Vehicle offences 751
Sexual offences 260
We are going to now look specifically at the personal injury claim process in detail and how if you decide to use a solicitor how to go about finding one;
Places In Wokingham Where Lawyers Could Be Found
The areas in Wokingham where it’s possible to find a good selection of solicitors is Denmark St and Broad Street, where at least half a dozen different firms are operating. Google Maps is an excellent resource to show you the exact location, relative to you, and it’s possible to read reviews here also. Our nationwide coverage can also take the leg-work out of finding a good solicitor and helping you to refine your search here.
What Happens During An Assessment By A Doctor?
A medical assessment is an essential part of the process for making a personal injury claim and may underpin the success of your case. A medical professional will need to establish that your injuries were caused as a direct result of the negligence of an employer, public operator or road user. They will advise about long-term damage and the likelihood of any future medical problems, all of which will have a bearing on your potential compensation.
Do Cases Need To Be Handled By Local Lawyers?
Traditionally, people used a firm of solicitors that may have been local to them. However, the internet has transformed the way that people seek out and research services and a good personal injury lawyer can be accessed anywhere in the country. .
Another aspect of the internet that has streamlined the selection process for personal injury lawyers are reviews. Reading reviews can be the best way to see first-hand what other claimants have experienced and the various pros or cons of using a specific firm. There are some crucial things to look out for:
- How quickly the case was settled for other claimants?
- How well did the solicitors communicate?
- Did the client get the desired result?
Reviews from past clients can be your ’window’ into how good the firm of lawyers really is at handling a personal injury case.
Sites that offer immediate ‘compensation calculators’ can often overlook the more subtle aspects of your claim that could decide your final payout.
After your medical assessment has established the prognosis and any long- term damage, there are two heads of claim that can be sought.
- General damages – Judicial College Guidelines provide brackets amounts for different injuries.
- Special damages – incorporate all the various financial implications an injury can create. Loss of earnings, personal care, travel expenses, and any future losses can be accounted for under this heading.
When it comes to recovering costs and expenses, you must retain all bills, receipts and invoices. Without evidence, it’ll be difficult to persuade the defendant to pay them. If you’d like more information on the types of expenses you can claim for, please get in touch with our team today.
|Hand Injury||Serious||£27,220 to £58,100||Within this bracket, a serious hand injury would result in slight amputation, loss of diminution of grip, cosmetic disfigurement and dexterity.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£132,040 to £189,110||An injury of this nature would result in extensive damage to both hands, rendering them practically useless.|
|Ankle Injury||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||A moderate ankle injury is expected to cause disabilities, awkwardness, irritation, and difficulty walking.|
|Ankle Injury||Very Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||A severe injury would result in transmalleolar fracture, resulting in extensive soft-tissue damage, deformity, and pain.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Significant Scarring||£8,550 to £28,240||Scarring of this nature would be reduced by plastic surgery.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Very Severe Scarring||£27,940 to £91,350||Severe scarring would result in serious psychological trauma.|
Essentially, if your case does not succeed, you will not have to pay any of your solicitors fees. Under such an agreement, you also won’t have to pay any upfront costs, nor any costs while the claim is ongoing.
If your case is successful, your personal injury solicitor will seek a nominal fee called a ‘success fee’ (capped by law) which is deducted only after the compensation has been won, leaving the bulk of the money for you.
Get in touch today and let our friendly team guide you through the claims process by calling on 0800 408 7825.
Thank you for reading our guide. We hope that it’s been informative and helpful in your search for a personal injury lawyer and sets out the advantages of using a No Win No Fee lawyer to recover the right amount of compensation. Below are some links to further reading:
Medical Experts Who Work In This Area
|Dr Ranjit Bahra||Wokingham Medical Centre
23 Rose Street
Contacting Berkshire Magistrates Court
|East Berkshire Magistrates Court|
|Chalvey Park, |
Off Windsor Road, Slough
Contacting Wokingham Borough Council
|Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End, Wokingham
Article by EA