Our Guide To Using Personal Injury Solicitors Covering Worcester
We have put this guide together to help those who have suffered injuries as a result of accidents which were not their fault and are looking to see if they are entitled to compensation. This guide will explain how No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Worcester could help you win the compensation you deserve, and how our team of legal expert advisors can help prepare you for making a claim.
Please read on for more information and get in touch with us on 0800 408 7825 if you have any further questions or if you wish to start a claim.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Worcester
- Workplace And Work-Related Illness And Injury Damages Claims
- Traffic And Vehicle Accident Injury Damages Claims
- Bicycle Accident Injury Damages Claims
- Public Space Injury Damages Claims
- Slipping And Tripping Injury Damages Claims
- Council And Local Authority Damages Claims
- Criminal Injury Victim Damages Claims
- How A Lawyer Covering Worcester Could Help You
- How Reviews May Help You Find The Right Lawyer For Your Case
- Calculating A Typical Damages Award For An Injury Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Worcester
- How You Could Consult A Lawyer
This guide will briefly go into some detail about several of the most common reasons for making compensation claims and how such claims work. It will also explain important aspects of how starting a claim and working with a personal injury lawyer works.
Throughout this guide, you will find links to other, more detailed articles we have produced as well as useful outside resources. If there is anything more you’d like to know about making claims, or if you want to try to start a claim, please get in touch as soon as possible.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees and are required to do more than simply run and oversee their workplace. The law requires them to do so in a way that ensures that all reasonable steps have been taken to make sure that the workplace is safe for their employees.
This is all documented in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. If you suffer an injury in a workplace accident and you can prove a link between the accident and your employer’s failings, you could be entitled to compensation.
Accidents at work are just one of the areas in which Public Interest Lawyers can help you with free advice, thanks to our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Worcester. To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call to receive a free consultation.
You are entitled to a safe journey while using the road, and by this we mean that other road users have a duty of care over one another to drive safely, responsibly and in accordance with road traffic laws.
This means that if you are injured in an accident that occurred because of another driver’s recklessness, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Examples of the kind of conduct that could make another driver liable for inflicting injuries on you include:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving over the speed limit
- Driving a car in state of disrepair
You could also be entitled to claim compensation if you have suffered an accident caused by poorly maintained roads. In this case, the claim could be made against the local council, or other public authority responsible for maintaining the roads in your area.
Injuries When Using Public Transport
When you are riding on public transport, i.e. a bus, train, tram, a coach, or taxi, the operator of that public transport service has a duty of care over you and is obliged to ensure that their vehicle is operated in a manner that keeps you safe.
If an accident occurs because the transport was driven unsafely, or if you are injured as a result of the unsafe condition of the transport, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against the operator of the transport.
For more details about making compensation claims against public transport operators, you can either contact our team or read our dedicated article.
Injuries In A Car Parking Area
If you are injured while in a car park and it is found that the injury was caused by negligence, there could be grounds for making a claim for compensation against the operators of the car park. The operators of a car park have an obligation to ensure that the premises are in a safe condition for all who use it.
Disrepair such as:
- Insufficient or lack of proper lighting
- Disrepair in the paving or pavements
- Faulty barriers or ramps or lack thereof
- Faulty signage or lack thereof
-can make the operator of a car park liable for paying compensation in the event of an injury and an accident.
To learn more about making a claim against the operator of a car park, call our team for a free advice session, and be sure to read our dedicated guide to car park accidents.
The duty of care you are owed while out on the roads is doubly important when you are riding a bike, motorbike or moped-type vehicle. When you are on a bike you are harder to spot than other road users and are also more vulnerable to suffering a serious injury in the event of a collision.
If you suffer an injury during a collision with another road user that was caused by their negligent driving, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against them.
There are other bodies which may be liable in a case where you are claiming compensation for a cycling accident. If the accident was caused by the disrepair of the roads, such as large potholes, debris or flooding, then either the local council or the highway authority responsible for the road on which the accident occurred could be liable.
For more information on how to claim compensation for an accident you suffered while riding your bike, you can read our dedicated guide here, or you can call our team of trusted legal advisors.
Many accidents and injuries take place in public places. Whenever a public body or a business operates premises that are open to the public, they are advised to obtain public liability insurance. This is so that in the event that a compensation claim is made against them, they have the means of paying it.
The operators of public spaces have a duty of care over the people using their space and could be liable for paying compensation if someone were to make a claim after being injured while on their property, and the injury came as a result of the operators own negligence.
Injuries In A Park Or Similar Space
Public parks and play areas can become hazardous if they are not maintained properly. Public gym equipment, swings, slides and pavements can become damaged and potentially dangerous if not maintained and repaired regularly.
Lack of maintenance can also lead to other hazards, such as refuse and broken glass building up in public areas, or overgrowth of plants. The operator of a public park could have a compensation claim made against them if they have failed to adequately maintain the park and keep it safe. Click here to learn more about making compensation claims for accidents in public parks.
Injuries In A Shop Or A Supermarket
Out of all public spaces, shops are some of the most heavily frequented. It is important that shop owning businesses meet their duty of care to keep their premises in a safe condition for the public.
A range of different types of accidents resulting in a number of different potentially serious injuries could take place if a shop is not managed in a safe manner.
- Customers may be injured by falling objects from shelves
- Customers may be injured by tripping or slipping on objects or puddles left in the shop’s aisles.
- Customers may be injured by tripping on a pavement outside the shop that was in disrepair
- Customers may have accidents involving pallets and trolleys
To learn more about making claims against shops for accidents on their premises, call our team or read our guide.
Trips and falls can happen anywhere, but the danger of them can be avoided if the owners and operators of premises take certain steps to remove or prevent tripping hazards. In fact, taking these measures is a legal responsibility for any business, public authority or other parties responsible for space open to the public.
If someone is injured by falling over a tripping or slipping hazard that the owner of the property should have dealt with, then that person could be entitled to claim compensation from the property owner.
Examples of cases where a business or property owner could be liable include:
- If a customer or member of the public trips and falls on ragged carpet or broken linoleum.
- If a member of the public trips and falls and injures themselves on broken or uneven pavement.
- If a member of the public trips and injures themselves on an object that should have been cleared away.
To learn more about making compensation claims if you have been injured by tripping and falling, you can read our online guide, or you can call our team of advisors.
Local councils have a wide range of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is a duty of care for those making use of council-operated facilities. This duty of care requires them to make sure that all services managed or maintained by the local council are operated in a way that is safe and minimises the risk of someone being injured.
If someone is injured on council property due to this duty of care being neglected then the council could be liable for a compensation claim.
Examples of areas in which the local council has a duty of care and could be made to pay compensation include:
- Gyms, public swimming baths or libraries operated by the council.
- Public buildings owned or operated by the council, i.e. the council chambers.
- Pavements and roads maintained by the council.
To find out more about how you could be entitled to claim compensation for being injured on council property, call our team or read our guide.
You can seek compensation for being injured or psychologically affected by witnessing or being the victim of a violent crime. Unlike other types of personal injury claims, compensation is not sought from the person responsible for your injury (an impractical option in most circumstances) instead the compensation will be sought from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The CICA is a body funded by the Ministry of Justice which processes and awards compensation claims by those who have suffered injuries or other forms of harm caused by being the victim of a violent crime. CICA claims can be made by people who have:
- Been physically injured by a violent crime.
- Been injured while attempting to intervene in a crime.
- Have suffered psychological harm as a result of witnessing or being the victim of a violent crime.
- Have suffered loss or damage to your property as a result of being the victim of a crime.
We aim to make the process of starting a personal injury claim as simple for you as possible; we can’t stress enough the importance of finding a good lawyer. A good lawyer will help you do a much better job of collecting evidence, building a case, and calculating the worth of your compensation.
What Are Medical Assessments And When Do You Need Them?
Medical assessments will be required in order to provide official medical proof of the nature and extent of your injuries. This will be used to support your claim for compensation and to calculate how much compensation you will be entitled to claim by working out how severe your injuries are and how much they will likely affect your health in future.
Our team of legal advisors can provide you with guidance about how we can arrange for you to receive a medical examination.
Will I Need A Solicitor From My Area?
It is not strictly necessary for you to work with a solicitor based in your area. Personal injury lawyers can manage cases over the phone, through video calls and emails. Many parts of the process of working with a solicitor to make a personal injury claim actually requires you to meet in person.
This frees you up to use a personal injury lawyer based in any part of the UK without having to compromise on the standard of the solicitor you want. It also enables you to remain at home while making the claim, which may be beneficial for many claimants.
Finding the right solicitor is absolutely crucial, as having a good solicitor could potentially make all the difference to whether or not you win your case and how much compensation you could receive for your injury. You should look at reviews posted online about personal injury solicitors.
Reviews left by personal injury lawyer’s previous clients can help you to identify which personal injury lawyers have a background in dealing with cases similar to yours, which ones have the most successful records of winning cases and, perhaps most importantly, which lawyers were regarded as being good to work with.
Whenever a person makes a claim for compensation, the amount of compensation has to be calculated. There is no fixed amount which can be awarded, instead, compensation will be calculated based on the injuries of the individual claimant.
This includes how the severity of their injuries and the extent to which the claimant’s life, health and employment will be affected. In addition, it is also possible to claim special damages to cover financial losses and expenses incurred as a result of your injury.
The table below lists the figures of possible compensation payouts for various types of injuries, and are based on official Judicial College guidelines. Note that this table is intended to provide examples and doesn’t serve to be an accurate assessment of the compensation you are personally entitled to claim.
These figures also do not factor in the amounts of special damages compensation you could be entitled to claim.
|£18,020 to £45,070
|£11,980 to £18,020
|£11,820 to £36,770
|From around £2,300 to £11,730
|£46,980 to £65,420
One of the key benefits of making your claim through Public Interest Lawyers and our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers is that you can avoid the heavy costs of legal fees that making a compensation claim would usually entail.
By making a No Win No Fee claim you agree to allow your solicitor to receive a small portion of any compensation you obtain. Because of this, you will not be required to pay any legal fees upfront in order to begin your claim. You would also be avoiding the danger of being heavily indebted with legal bills if your claim is not successful.
It is also good to keep in mind that any fee your solicitor does receive after winning your claim is legally capped.
To ask any more questions about the terms and conditions of a No Win No Fee claim, please get in touch.
Getting in touch to start a claim or to seek free advice is easy, just call us on 0800 408 7825 or send us a message on our live support chat messenger.
Thank you for reading our guide to the services offered by our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Worcester. Below, you can find some further guides you may find of use.
Our Local Medical Experts
|Wishing Well Center
Bromsgove, Worcester, B61 8QY
Magistrates’ Courts Covering Worcester And Worcestershire
|Worcester Magistrates’ Court
|Castle St, Worcester WR1 3QZ
Worcester City Council
|Worcester City Council
|Worcester City Council
Guide by AA
Edited by II