If your injuries were the result of another person’s negligence, you could hold valid grounds for a personal injury claim. But sometimes, these cases can be difficult to prove without legal assistance.
As this guide will explain in more detail, you could receive a modest compensation payout with the help of a personal injury solicitor. We will cover the most common types of claims, why legal assistance is important and how you could benefit from services on a No Win No Fee basis.
Whether your case is for a road accident in Yorkshire, accident in a public place, an accident on council property or for criminal injury compensation, our team can help.
Furthermore, if you’re unsure about the validity of your claim, please do not hesitate to call our team. You will receive free, impartial advice under a no-obligation consultation. What’s more, we could connect you with an expert No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer covering York that very same day.
Call us today on 0800 408 7825. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to hearing from you.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Cases In York
- Injuries And Illnesses Caused By Workplace
- Motorbike, Car And Road Traffic Accidents In York
- Bicycle Accident Compensation
- Injuries And Accidents In Public Places
- Injuries Caused By Slips And Falls
- Injuries Caused By Accidents On Council Property
- Criminal Injury Compensation
- How Lawyers Handling Cases In York Could Help You
- Should You Look At Law Firm Reviews?
- Calculating Typical Personal Injury Claim Payouts
- Personal Injury Lawyers Handling No Win No Fee Cases In York
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On this page, you will find information and advice about how to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. You could seek justice for numerous types of negligence which lead to accidents, many of which we will discuss in great detail.
This guide will seek to cover:
- Public injury claims.
- Accidents in a car park.
- Motorcycle accidents.
- Road traffic accidents.
- Claims against local authorities.
- Slip, trip and fall accidents.
For your claim to be valid, it must meet the following criteria:
- Someone else was at fault who owed you a duty of care;
- As a result of negligence;
- And lead to you suffering an injury.
If all three of these points can be proven, you could receive a settlement amount in return. Further from this, however, your claim must fall within the relevant personal injury time limit. You can find more information about this below.
For accidents involving adults, the time limit is typically 3-years from the date of the accident. However, this could also begin from the date you obtained knowledge of the injury or illness. Whereas the law is slightly different for those which involve children. The child must have a legal parent/guardian pursue a claim on their behalf before they turn 18. If the child reaches 18 and no claim has been made, the victim then has 3-years from their birthday to seek justice.
In some cases, the claimant may lose the mental capacity to claim as a result of the accident. Instead, their time limit will not begin until they recover. But a “litigation friend” can claim on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Your solicitor will require sufficient time during this 3-year period to gather important evidence, seek medical advice and complete other vital tasks. Therefore, swift action is imperative.
Contact our claims team today for more advice about limitation periods.
Whether your workspace is an office, factory or somewhere a little more unconventional, it must be kept safe as reasonably possible. All employers have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to uphold a duty of care.
Under Section 2 of the Act, employers must ensure reasonable health, safety and welfare standards within the workplace. A breach in this duty could present itself as:
- Poor risk assessment (or absent entirely).
- Damaged equipment.
- Lack of safety procedures.
- Inadequate training.
- Lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We can see in key figures from a recent Labour Force Survey that approximately 28.2 million working days were lost in 2018/19 as a result of workplace illnesses/injuries. In the same vein, the report found 581,000 working people sustaining an injury at work, with 111 workers tragically suffering fatalities.
Speak with our team to find out how you can claim compensation for a workplace accident in York today.
For a successful claim to be made after a road traffic accident in York, you will need to answer the following questions:
- Did the other road user owe you a duty of care?
- Were they in breach of this? (I.e. driving while drunk, without due care or attention)
- Was the result an injury on your part?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then you could be within your legal rights to seek justice. From low-velocity impacts to head-on collisions, any form of a car accident could result in injury. Even slight rear-end collisions can cause whiplash injuries. No matter how major or minor, we can help you take legal action against the inconvenience a car accident entails.
Carry on reading for more information about claims for an accident in Yorkshire.
Public Transport, Train, Taxi And Bus Accidents In York
You could receive compensation for a public transport accident even if you were a passenger. A claim of this type will encompass a range of transports, from trains and buses to coaches and private hire cars.
As a common mode of transport for most commuters, it is vital for our drivers to prioritise the safety of their passengers. In 2018, the average person took around 10 taxi trips, 48 bus journeys and 33 trains in England.
Accidents In A Car Park
If your accident took place in a car park, you will need to consider some important factors. Who owes the duty of care? Does the car park have a private operator? Or does it belong to a supermarket or shopping centre?
Almost any type of accident could occur in this environment and sometimes it can be difficult to prove who was at fault. But our panel of experts is well versed in such areas.
If someone else was at fault for your injuries, you may need a personal injury lawyer. Call us today and begin your claim with our panel of specialists.
On the roads, motor vehicles have an outer shell for additional protection in case of an accident. Whereas cyclists are left vulnerable to serious injuries in accidents due to their lack of protection.
In 2018, there were 99 pedal cyclists fatalities and 3,707 serious injuries as a result of bicycle accidents. This danger is unlikely to subside in the near future either.
You could claim bicycle accident compensation for a range of incidents. Some of these include:
- A driver fails to look properly when pulling out of a junction.
- You are hit by a driver as a result of their lack in the judgement of your speed.
- An accident resulting from carelessness, recklessness or speeding of another road user.
- A driver makes a poor turn or manoeuvre on the road.
Often, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for the land in which the accident took place. In addition to this, defendants may even dispute the boundaries among themselves.
But what exactly do accidents in public places look like? And what are the repercussions?
For example, these could be:
- Raised pavements, broken footpaths or deep potholes which result in trips and/or falls.
- Spillages causing slips in a restaurant, supermarket or shopping centre.
- Insecure shop displays, stock and other objects which strike passers-by.
If you were injured in a public place, talk to our panel of experts today for more information about public accident claims.
Injuries At Playgrounds And In Parks
A lawyer could also help if you sustain an injury in a public park. The last few years have seen a series of significant cuts in council budgets for park departments. As a result, there is a chance for defects and risks to develop. In particular, faulty play equipment, potholes, broken park benches or pathways could suffer such damage.
In legal cases, children are unable to represent themselves. Therefore, you as the parent/guardian will need to become a ‘litigation friend’, acting on your child’s behalf. During the claims process, you will liaise with the solicitor and courts. When you reach an agreement, the courts ensure this payment is sufficient and manage the funds via a trust fund until the child’s 18th birthday.
Injuries And Accidents In Shops
All businesses have a duty of care to ensure their customers’ welfare, in the same way, that employers must protect their staff. Every visitor should be kept safe from harm. To uphold this duty, all employees should receive sufficient training to carry out necessary safety procedures.
An accident in a retail store could result from:
- Damaged shop fittings.
- Hazards on the shop floor (i.e. Stock, liquids, poorly built shelves, faulty trollies, etc.).
- Poor food safety standards.
- Allergic reactions from cross-contamination or inadequate food labelling.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a slip, trip or fall accident could arise in almost any environment. But there are simple yet effective procedures which can help minimise this risk.
- Regular housekeeping: Clearing public walkways of rubbish, trailing wires and other obstructions.
- Maintenance/Design: All environmental factors should receive regular monitoring e.g. to determine whether walkways are wide enough/level, stairs a consistent height, handrails useable, etc.
Approximately 95% of major accidents involving slips and falls result in broken bones. In turn, these could lead to further accident types, such as falls from height. You can read more about slip, trips and falls in our online guide, simply click here.
But why not get in touch with our advisers for instant free legal advice?
For road traffic accidents, you will direct your claim towards the other road user. Whereas for accidents in a public place, your local authority may be held responsible.
The local council has a duty of care to regularly monitor public highways, footpaths, roads and the likes. If the responsible party fails to keep these areas safe, this could lead to defects developing. As a result, the risk of a serious injury is heightened.
If your injury resulted from an accident on council property, you could be eligible to make a claim. Call our claims team for free, impartial advice about what steps you can take.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Government organisation which allows victims to claim compensation after a violent crime. Even if the criminal is never caught, your claim could still be valid.
There is a range of psychological and/or physical injuries which could result from violent crimes, such as:
- Robbery/mugging (or attempted robbery).
- Sexual assault/rape.
Please note, the claims process for CICA is slightly different. Unlike personal injury claims, which limits the victim to 3-years, a criminal injury claim restricts the claimant to 2-years. There are extenuating circumstances which may waiver this limitation period, such as historical sexual abuse. However, this decision is down to the CICA.
If you are unsure about whether your circumstances fit into this time limit, please contact a member of our claims team.
Statistics For Victim Based Crime In York
In the table below, you will find data taken from crime and disorder reports in York.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against a person
|Other forms of theft
Your legal specialist will know exactly what evidence your claim requires. Although gathering evidence can seem quite daunting, you can find tips on how to assist your lawyer with this below:
- Take Photographs
As long as you are able to, you should take pictures, where possible, of the scene, cause and other relevant aspects.
- Visit A Medical Professional
Whether you visit A&E or a GP, you should seek medical advice for any harm you suffer. This will not only help with your recovery but also provide medical entries in your records. Your personal injury lawyer will use this as evidence.
- Gather Witness Details
Anyone who witnesses the events will be asked for their account of the incident at a later date. This type of evidence can often play a significant role in the case’s outcome.
- Photograph Injuries
For the duration of your recovery period, you should document the progress of your injury.
What Will Happen At My Medical Check-up?
Another form of evidence your solicitor will use to make progress with your case is a medical check-up. At some point in the claims process, you will need an appointment with a medical specialist. You will answer a series of questions about your injuries. From here, a specialist will compile a report on the effects, long-term suffering and future prognosis of your injuries.
Does It Matter Where My Solicitor Is Based?
If you fear that the top personal injury lawyers aren’t in York, then there’s no legal requirement to restrict yourself to local solicitors. With the rise of the internet, claimants across the country now have a wider range of options at the touch of a button. But why limit your search to “solicitors near me”?
The majority of modern-day personal injury claims can be made online. As a result, this limits the amount of unnecessary travel on your end. Instead, clients can receive regular updates via letter, email or post.
This practice is not uncommon for our panel of specialists. Call us today for more information.
A great place to begin your search is by reading online reviews. You can discover a wealth of information regarding your potential choices in law firms. What’s more, reviews also allow you to find out how successful, reliable and professional a solicitor is too.
But alongside reading reviews, you should look for additional methods to help with your choice. We recommend that claimants discuss their claim with a solicitor over the phone too. When you call our advisers, they will explain how a personal injury solicitor covering York will handle your case. You could also find out how much compensation is waiting for you in the final settlement.
It can be difficult to place an exact value on a group of similar claims. This is because every case is unique. However, we can provide you with an idea of how much compensation you will receive in general damages.
With this in mind, please find a breakdown of compensation amounts in the table below. These figures reflect various injury types, taken from the Judicial College’s (JC) guidelines, a legal organisation which reviews successful compensation awards from the courts.
|Minor to Severe
|£4,080 to (the region of) £139,210
|Moderate to Severe
|Minor to Serious
|£4,080 to £18,020
|Less Severe to Severe
|£18,020 to £122,860
|Moderate to the Most Serious (Short of Amputation)
|£26,050 to £127,530
|Moderate to Severe
|£13,920 to £90,290
|Moderate to Most Serious
|£11,820 to (the region of) £36,060
Ditch the rough estimates from personal injury claims calculators and call our team today for a more centralised estimation of your potential settlement agreement.
The purpose of this agreement is to minimise the financial risks legal action may bring while helping claimants receive maximum damages.
The type of No Win No Fee agreement your solicitor will offer you is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA). Under this contract, you will benefit from:
- No hidden fees or start-up costs.
- Zero liability to pay any fees if your solicitor is unable to secure compensation.
- A small, legally capped “success fee” taken from the final amount if your case wins.
Whether you want to claim criminal injury compensation or damages following a road traffic accident in York, our team can help.
We hope you found this guide useful. If you have any questions or you would like to begin your claim, you can contact our team using the methods below:
- Call Us: Our number is 0800 408 7825
- Live Chat: Speak with an online advisor using our chat facility.
- For free, impartial advice on your claim, call us today.
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Magistrates And Family Courts In York
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