If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence in Wolverhampton, you could be entitled to claim compensation. This page is a primer on how to do this. It will explain some of the different situations in which you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim and we will explain how working with a personal injury lawyer works and how to find the personal injury solicitor who is the best fit for working on your case.
We encourage you to read through this guide and other pages that are linked to here and to call our advice team on 0800 408 7825 in order to receive a free consultation.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Wolverhampton
- Lawyers Handling Wolverhampton Workplace Accidents Claims
- Lawyers Handling Wolverhampton Car Accidents Claims
- Lawyers Handling Wolverhampton Bike Accidents Claims
- Lawyers Handling Claims For Injuries At A Public Place
- Lawyers Handling Claims For Slip And Fall Accidents
- Lawyers Handling Claims Against The Council
- Lawyers Handling Criminal Injury Claims
- How To Make A Claim With A Personal Injury Lawyer
- Will I Find The Best Personal Injury Lawyer Reading Reviews?
- Calculating Damages For Accidents And Injuries In Wolverhampton
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Which Cover Wolverhampton
- Contact A Lawyer Covering Wolverhampton
The first thing you need to know about making personal injury claims is the different situations in which you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. To have grounds for making a personal injury claim, you would have to identify how some other party has had a responsibility for your safety, a duty of care, and to identify how this duty of care was violated in order to cause the injury. There will be a series of sections which will describe some of the most common ways in which you could be injured in accidents as a result of a duty of care being broken.
The latter portion of the article will go into some details about how the process of making a personal injury claim works. Information on finding a personal injury lawyer covering Wolverhampton, how your compensation is calculated and how you can make a No Win No Fee claim to avoid the danger of losing money through legal fees in a personal injury claim.
This guide is just an introduction, don’t worry if you still have questions and confusion, you can call our team of advisors to ask any questions you wish. You can also call our advisors if you would like to talk about being put in contact with a personal injury solicitor covering Wolverhampton to make a claim with.
A personal injury solicitor could help you to seek compensation for an injury suffered in an accident at work, or for an illness related to hazards in your occupation if caused by employer negligence. That is if there is reason to accuse your employer of breaching the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 or some other aspect of health and safety regulations.
Employers are legally responsible for making sure that all possible and reasonable health and safety measures are enforced in their workplace if an injury occurs because this obligation was not met, a workplace injury claim could be brought against the employer. This could include incidents like:
- Accidents occurring due to a lack of employee training.
- Injuries occurring because of a lack of protective equipment.
- Exposure to health hazards due to a lack of proper containment or protective gear.
- Accidents and injuries caused by faulty equipment.
You can find out more about making a personal injury claim for an injury or an illness from a workplace safety hazard by calling our advice team and receiving a free consultation from them.
One circumstance in which you could have the right to seek compensation would be if you are injured in a road traffic accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. There are different ways a road traffic accident could happen and different ways in which you could be entitled to subsequently claim compensation.
If you are injured in a car accident caused by another driver then you could be entitled to claim compensation from them. Drivers should always have drivers insurance so that this is possible. If it is not feasible to receive compensation from the driver responsible for causing the accident, because they don’t have insurance or if the accident was a case of hit and run, then the accident claim can be made to the Motor Insurance Bureau.
If the car accident was caused by the conditions of the roads, then the claim could be made to the authorities responsible for the maintenance of the roads. It is the duty of the road authorities, local councils at a local level and national authorities for motorways, to ensure that roads are safe to use. If this has not been done and an accident has resulted because of this negligence, then these authorities could potentially be liable. You can find out more about his by calling our accident claims team.
If the accident in which you were injured occurred while you were riding on any form of public transport or while waiting at a public transport station due to it being unsafe or badly operated, you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the operators of the service. Public transport operators are responsible for their passenger’s safety and can be liable if their failure to make sure their services are run properly resulting in people getting hurt.
Car Park Accidents
You could also be entitled to claim compensation from a car parks operators if you were injured while parking your car in a car park if the accident was caused by the car park being in a state of disrepair due to neglect and mismanagement. Car parks operators are responsible for making sure that their facilities are in good enough condition to be used safely by the public and can be made to pay compensation if they fail to do so properly. You can find out more about your right to claim compensation in this way by calling our advice team.
Lawyers Handling Wolverhampton Bike Accidents Claims
If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault while cycling you could also be entitled to claim compensation in much the same manner as in other kinds of road traffic accidents. The one major difference is that when cycling you are in greater danger of being injured as a result of an accident. You are harder to spot when cycling, more easily knocked off your vehicle and more exposed to the impact of collisions. Drivers and road maintenance authorities must take these things into account and take responsibility for the safety of cyclists accordingly.
If you would like to know more about what you can do if you have had an injury while cycling, you can read this page and contact our team of personal injury claim advisors.
If you have an accident and get hurt while out in a public place, indoors or outdoors, and it wasn’t your fault but rather caused by safety hazards in that public space, you may have grounds to make a personal injury claim. Whoever is responsible for running a public place is responsible for making sure it is kept in a safe condition for members of the public to use. They could be liable for paying a compensation payment if someone gets hurt as a result of failing to do so.
If you would like to know more about how making claims like this work you can read this article. You can also learn more about how these claims work by reading the examples in the following two sections.
Accident In A Park Or Playground
A public park is one example of an outdoors public place where the party responsible for its management has a duty of care over those using it. Most public parks and playing areas are under the administration of the local council authorities. These bodies must make sure that their facilities are safe for the public to use. If this responsibility is not met and someone gets hurt as a result, by injuring themselves on a faulty piece of playground equipment for example, or by hurting themselves on defective furniture, then the organisation could face having a personal injury claim brought against them.
To learn more about this kind of personal injury claim you can read this article. You could also direct questions about this type of personal injury claims to our advice team.
Accidents In Shopping Centres And Supermarkets
Businesses which own shops and other retail spaces must also run their property in a manner that makes them safe for members of the public. Failing to do so could lead to a variety of potential accidents. Slips, trips and falls due to badly maintained or wet flooring, or items left in the aisles, items falling from shelves or accidents relating to unsafe trolleys or carts.
If you have experienced an accident that wasn’t your fault in a shop in Wolverhampton then you can read this page and contact our team of advisors.
If you are injured by having an accident when walking along the pavement due to the condition of the pavement presenting a tripping hazard you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim against the local council. This is because the local council is responsible for making sure that pavement infrastructure is in place and is safe for the public to use. If this responsibility has not been met, they could be deemed responsible and therefore liable for an accident that occurs due to the pavement being in a state of disrepair.
You can find out more about this type of claim works by calling our team or by reading our page on making personal injury claims against the local council after suffering tripping or slipping accident on the pavement.
Wolverhampton City Council operates and provides many different services and essential utilities, employing hundreds of people or more in the process. This places the council in a position of a duty of care in a number of different ways.
Councils are in a position of responsibility as an employer, and claims like those discussed in the earlier section on workplace accidents could be made if they fail in this regard. They are also in a position of responsibility as a provider of social care and social housing. If people are injured while living in these accommodations due to the council’s negligent discharge of their responsibilities then a council could potentially be liable for paying compensation. A council could also be faced with a public liability injury claim if people are injured while on council property due to a breach in the duty of care.
You can find out more about making a personal injury claim against a council on this page, or by calling our team of advisors.
Another way in which lawyers could help you in making a compensation claim could be in seeking criminal injury compensation. Criminal injury compensation could be claimed if you have been injured or psychologically affected as a result of being the victim of a crime. Criminal injury compensation could be awarded without an individual being convicted of the offence in question so long as there is proof that the offence did take place. If someone is convicted and they have the means they could be made to pay compensation. If they don’t have the means or if there is no conviction the claim could be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
If you would like to know more about how making a criminal injury compensation claim works, you can call our team of advisors as well as visiting the CICA website.
Wolverhampton Crime Statistics
The table below shows some of the latest crime statistics for the Wolverhampton area. You can see more details about the crime statistics in your area here.
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The next few sections are going to go through some of the things that are useful and important to know about going through the process of claiming and winning compensation for a personal injury.
Personal Injury Claim Medical Examinations
One part of the process of claiming personal injury compensation is undergoing a medical examination. The reason for this is to ensure that there is proof that the injury exists as you claim and also to allow for a calculation to be made of the value of the settlement you will be seeking.
Do You Have To Use Lawyers In Wolverhampton?
There is no need to worry about the physical location of your lawyer and their office. If you work with our panel of solicitors you can work with a solicitor remotely through phone calls, emails and video calls. This makes it redundant to look for personal injury lawyers based solely in Wolverhampton and you can focus on finding the personal injury lawyer who can do the most to help you and your case.
It could certainly be helpful to look online at reviews of personal injury lawyers. Sometimes reviews can be the only way of getting an idea of what a personal injury lawyer is like to work with as well as giving you a good idea of how successful a track record the solicitor has in making personal injury claims.
Part of the process of claiming compensation is calculating how much compensation you will be entitled to claim for. This is done based on measuring the severity of the injuries. The pain, psychological issues, health problems and financial effects of the injuries will all be calculated and a financial value assigned to them in order to calculate how much compensation you ought to be entitled to receive.
Below is a table, which shows roughly how much certain types of injuries could be worth according to guidelines set out by the Judicial College. These figures, of course, do not serve to tell you exactly how much you could be entitled to receive, and they do not include special damages (the compensation for financial losses) but they can be useful in giving you some idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to.
|Hearing loss/ tinnitus
|£6,580 to £42,730
|Toxic fume/ smoke inhalation
|£5,000 to £11,820
|£51,420 to £65,710
|£14,140 to £36,060
|Severe pain disorders
|£39,530 to £59,110
Some people might find it difficult to pay for legal fees; they may feel put off from making a claim with a solicitor. One way of avoiding this issue is to make a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor. This is a type of legal contract that you can sign with a personal injury solicitor in which your legal fees will be waived in exchange for paying a portion of the settlement you receive to the solicitor if your claim is successful. This success fee is capped by law.
You can call 0800 408 7825 or you can send a message via our websites live chat feature which pops up at the bottom of the screen to contact our advisors. You can also use these contact methods in order to discuss your situation with one of our team’s advisors.
Doctors Conducting Medical Examinations
|Bilston Dental Practice
218 Wellington Road, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Magistrates Court
|Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court
|9 North St, Wolverhampton WV1 1RE
City Of Wolverhampton Council
|City of Wolverhampton Council
|Civic Centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH
Article by AA