Welcome to our guide explaining how to find quality personal injury solicitors. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else breaching their duty of care towards you, then you may be able to claim compensation. You don’t have to do this, but it could help you navigate the claims process and get more money from your settlement.
We will look at how seeking legal representation could benefit you. In addition, we’ll provide details on what a No Win No Fee agreement is. Furthermore, we will offer you guidance on finding a personal injury solicitor to represent you in your claim.
We understand if you find the claims process somewhat daunting. So for further help and free legal advice, chat with our expert team of advisors. You can get in touch using the number at the top of this screen.
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- What Role Does A Personal Injury Solicitor Play?
- Why Work With Personal Injury Lawyers?
- Types Of Cases A Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help With
- How To Find The Best Personal Injury Solicitors For You
- Connect With No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors Today
- Discover More About Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury solicitor’s most important role is to fight for people’s rights when they’ve been harmed in a way that isn’t their fault. They do this by helping people get the compensation they deserve if they’re injured as a result of a breach of duty of care.
They could guide you through the often complex process of making a personal injury claim. In addition to this, they can provide you with expert advice and update you at each stage of your claim.
Furthermore, they can help you obtain different evidence, such as witness statements and medical records that may be needed to support your claim. They may also be able to arrange a medical assessment for you, which can confirm the injuries you sustained in the accident.
Choosing to work with one of the personal injury solicitors from our panel means you’ll have access to their expert knowledge in personal injury law. Additionally, a solicitor could benefit you in the following ways:
- They’re familiar with legal principles, so they can help you understand any legal jargon used throughout the claims process.
- They can help value claims accurately and advise on what you could include in your compensation claim.
When you have a solicitor working on your case, they’ll know what can be included in the special damages head of your claim. This includes any financial losses you have experienced as a result. They will be able to advise you about what can be included in the special damages head of your claim and help you collect evidence to prove it.
Furthermore, our panel of solicitors all operate on a No Win No Fee basis. As part of that agreement, they can help front costs associated with making a claim with legal representation, for instance, paying for medical records and other medical evidence.
In this section, we will explore the different types of cases our panel of personal injury solicitors could help you to pursue under personal injury law.
Additionally, we will look at the duty of care owed to you and how to determine whether it’s been breached.
Road Traffic Accidents
The Highway Code sets out the duty of care each road user owes to one another. Due to the way each of them navigates the roads, this may vary depending on whether you’re a pedestrian, driver or rider of a motorbike or bicycle.
However, they each need to consider the safety of one another when using the roads. If they don’t, it could result in unfortunate consequences like the following:
- A passenger suffering a severely broken nose because the car behind hit the back of their vehicle
- A driver suffering a spine fracture after another car pulls out of a side road and hits the side of their car
- A cyclist is hit when a car swerves into the cycle lane, causing them to fall off their bike and break their arm.
If you’re hit by a driver who leaves the scene of the accident or who doesn’t have insurance, you may still be able to make a claim with a personal injury solicitor through the Motors Insurers’ Bureau.
It’s important to note that the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 have changed the way that lower-valued injury claims are made. Now, if a driver or passenger over the age of 18 has sustained injuries worth less than £5,000, they will need to claim through an online portal. However, a personal injury solicitor can also help you with this.
Accident At Work Claims
In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care towards you. This involves doing everything they can, within reason, to keep you safe.
If you suffered any of the following injuries due to your employer breaching their duty of care, you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim:
- Having your arm amputated because you were injured by faulty machinery that your employer failed to maintain
- Suffering noise-induced hearing loss after your employer failed to provide you with ear protection to protect you from long term exposure to loud machinery
- Sustaining ongoing back problems due to your employer failing to provide chairs with proper lumbar support
This list is not extensive. Personal injury solicitors from our panel could help you with a wide range of claims that have not been touched upon; get in touch with us today for more information.
Public Liability Claims
In line with the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, every person in charge of a public place needs to take reasonable care to keep the people using their facilities safe. This act doesn’t specify exactly who the occupier is; however, it does state that it should be someone who could have foreseen that the accident would happen and who had the power to take steps to prevent it.
If your employer fails to take reasonable action to prevent accidents from happening, this could result in you being injured. As a result, you may be eligible to put forward a claim.
The following examples show how a person in control of a public space could be liable for the accident in which you sustained your injuries:
- The local council leaving road surfaces in poor condition, causing a member of the public to sustain serious brain damage in a motorcycle accident
- A cinema failing to put visible warnings of extremely hot water taps in the bathrooms, causing someone to suffer serious scalds
- A local restaurant failing to follow food safety laws causing a customer to be hospitalised with salmonella
It can be difficult to find a solicitor you trust to take your case. For that reason, it’s important that you take all the steps to find the best solicitor for you.
This could include:
- Asking your family and friends for recommendations
- Taking a look at reviews to gain an insight into a solicitor’s past experience with similar claims
- Speaking with a number of different solicitors
You can also speak to our team if you would like to be connected with a solicitor. Our advisors can appoint you a solicitor from our panel.
All of the solicitors from our panel can take cases on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won’t be asked to pay solicitor fees if your solicitor is unsuccessful with your case. You also won’t be asked to make upfront or ongoing payments while your claim is being worked on.
If your solicitor succeeds in winning your case, you will need to pay a small success fee. You and your solicitor will have agreed upon this amount before they start work on your claim.
Don’t forget, if you have any questions, you can get in touch with a member of our team using the number at the top of the page. One of our advisors could connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel to work on your case.
In order for our advisors to connect you with a personal injury solicitor, they will need to assess that the claim you hold is valid. To do this, they will look at three things to determine whether negligence occurred.
Firstly, they’ll look at whether someone owed you a duty of care. Next, they will consider whether someone breached the duty of care owed to you. Finally, they will look at whether you suffered any psychological or physical harm as a result.
Once they have assessed your case, they can appoint a No Win No Fee solicitor to you from our panel. This is provided that your claim meets the three requirements of negligence.
Another thing they will need to consider is how long ago your accident happened and whether you’re within the personal injury claims time limit. Generally, you have three years to start a claim.
As stated in the Limitation Act 1980, this could either be from:
- The date you were injured in the accident
- The date you obtained knowledge that someone’s negligence caused or contributed to your harm (the “date of knowledge”.)
However, these time limits may not apply in certain circumstances. Please get in touch with our team to check your eligibility to put forward a claim.
Our team is available 24/7 to take your enquiries. You can get in touch using the button at the top of this page.
The NHS provides guidance on when to visit a walk-in centre.
For any road safety statistics see the Reported Road Casualties Annual Report 2020.
See the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for further information on occupational diseases.
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Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on personal injury solicitors. Hopefully, you’re more informed on how they can benefit you and how you could access the services of one.
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