Blackburn | Personal Injury Solicitors | No Win No Fee
By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 6th June 2023. In this guide, we talk you through the steps of making a claim for an injury you suffered in Blackburn with the help of a personal injury solicitor. If you’ve been injured in an accident in Blackburn due to another party breaching their duty of care, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Blackburn personal injury solicitors can help you to file a claim and this guide explains how Legal Expert can help with its No Win No Fee service, the most common type of accident claims people make and accident statistics in the local area.
Why should I use a personal injury solicitor?
For years our team of injury solicitors have been advising clients on the chance of success with their personal injury claim. There is a large amount of legislation in the UK to support those looking to make a claim against somebody else and the Legal Expert team fully understand all of the technicalities that exist so are best placed to support clients through the claim process.
In general terms, claims must be filed within three years of the accident happening but in the case of undiagnosed conditions, you have three years to start your claim from the day you find out about the illness. For instance, if a patient is told he has Mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the workplace many years ago then he has 3 years to begin making his claim from the date the doctor tells him the diagnosis (not from when the asbestos entered his body).
Personal Injury Compensation Payouts By Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Personal injury compensation cost Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council a total of £227,286 last year, Legal Expert has uncovered through a Freedom of Information request.
There were 27 personal injury claims made against the council from April 2022 to April 2023. The amount of compensation paid out was irrespective of the date that the claim was made.
Amongst the causes of the personal injury claims submitted against Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council included:
- Pothole accidents
- Surface defects
- Footway and carriageway defects
- Slips, trips and falls
- Sudden and unforeseen accidents
- Accidents relating to signs
Any local authority owes a duty of care to employees and visitors to ensure they are reasonably safe when using premises, spaces or highways that they control.
If council negligence has resulted in you suffering an injury, you could be eligible for compensation. Contact our advisors at any time and you could be connected to our experienced personal injury solicitors.
What are the criteria for making a compensation claim?
If you want to win a Blackburn personal injury case, and you hire a solicitor to support your case, then your solicitor needs to be able to demonstrate that:
- Firstly, you were owed a duty of care by the defendant in some way.
- Secondly, that the defendant failed in their duty of care
- And finally, that because they breached their duty of care you were injured or became ill.
It is the job of Blackburn personal injury solicitors to gather evidence to substantiate the claim but so long as all three of the conditions above are met then you’d have a good chance of being awarded compensation for your injuries.
Steps to choose the right personal injury solicitor
Making a compensation claim can be a timely process with cases taking many months or even years (for complex and severe cases) to be fully settled. Even though solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) the level of service offered by each solicitor can vary greatly. It is therefore recommended that you research your solicitor before choosing which one to use.
Reviews for solicitors across the country
When choosing Blackburn personal injury solicitors, you may think that the first step would be to call one and ask them questions directly, but we’d recommend that you do some online research first. Most firms will have a reviews section or there may be reviews on review sites from previous clients. The things you should look for are:
- Customer satisfaction
- Evidence of cases being won regularly
- Comments about the professionalism of the solicitor used
You may be working with your solicitor for a considerable amount of time, so it is important that you choose the correct one and one that you can get along with on a personal level as well.
Another consideration, when speaking with the solicitor, is the amount that will be charged as a success fee if you are awarded compensation. A success fee is a percentage that is retained by the solicitor as payment for their service if you win and it can vary greatly.
Are solicitors services location specific?
It is important to note that a solicitor does not need to be based in any particular area to be able to make a claim for you. National personal injury solicitors could in fact make a claim for a personal injury case anywhere in the United Kingdom.
The only local service is when you need to attend a medical assessment which always takes place as locally as possible to ensure you do not have to incur the inconvenience of travelling far.
What claims do our Blackburn personal injury solicitors handle?
Legal Expert can make claims for any type of personal injury, where somebody else was to blame, from simple incidents to major negligence claims. The following are some of the more common claims that Blackburn personal injury solicitors often make:
Industrial disease claims
Industrial disease and accident claims are made by Legal Expert against an employer because they have failed to ensure the safety of employees by not providing the right equipment, not training staff properly and not repairing or replacing defective equipment. Essentially, all employees, in any industry, are owed a duty of care to make the workplace safe. If you’ve been involved in an industrial incident which was caused by your employer’s negligence, then we can help to file a claim.
Medical & clinical negligence or malpractice claims
Medical negligence and clinical malpractice can be one of the most complex cases to deal with. When you attend a GP surgery, hospital, clinic, health centre or dental surgery you do so with faith that the person treating you will do so safely. If they abuse that faith and you become ill or injured, then you can make a claim against the operator of that medical facility.
Medical negligence claims can also be sought when something goes wrong with cosmetic procedures and can be made against both NHS and private medical establishments.
Accident at work claims solicitors
Under the health and safety at work regulations, you are expected to be provided with a safe working environment and safe equipment for completing your job. If you’re injured at work and it was caused by faulty equipment, unsafe conditions, lack of training for you or a colleague who caused your accident or if your employer was negligent in any other way then Blackburn personal injury solicitors are able to lodge a No Win No Fee case for you. For more information read our guide to workplace accidents.
Hyndburn Local Authority Area workplace casualty statistics
The table below details all of the accident at work injuries reported for the Hyndburn local authority that were reported under RIDAGGR regulations:
|Accidents report at work in the Hyndburn local authority area||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Electrocution related injuries||1||1||1|
|Injuries caused by machinery||6||3||4|
|Falling from heights||18||10||3|
|Animal-related injuries, such as dog bites||1||0||1|
|Manual lifting related injuries||42||17||23|
|Slip, trip or fall accidents||25||27||25|
|Hit by a moving vehicle||0||4||2|
|Hit by a falling object||15||7||9|
Fall & trip injury claims
If you slip, trip or fall then the injury caused can often be very painful, long lasting and require surgery to remedy. If the slip was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then you can make a personal injury claim. For instance:
- Your slip was caused by a wet floor with no warning signs.
- Your slip happened because you couldn’t see a trip hazard due to broken or no lighting.
- You slipped because of damaged paths, kerbs or potholes.
In any fall, if somebody else was to blame, Legal Expert can help by making your compensation claim.
Serious injury compensation claims
Serious or severe injury claims can be complex and take time to finalise because the impact on the claimant’s life going forwards means that all costs, treatments and changes to their lifestyle need to be taken into account. As with all claims the things included usually include: Cost of treatment, cost of care, costs to repair or replace damaged property, loss of earnings and future loss of earnings and in the case of the severe accidents the costs of modifying the home can sometimes be claimed for.
With life changing injuries such as brain damage, paralysis and amputations the claim may need to be made by somebody else if the claimant is unable to manage the claim alone. Speak to Legal Expert for advice if this is the case for you.
Car crash and road traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents can be made for drivers, passengers and pedestrians who’ve been injured because of another drivers negligence. This can include: not paying attention, dangerous driving, drink driving and many other reasons.
Claims for road traffic accidents can become complex if there are multiple vehicles involved and preparing the claim can become quite intricate which is where the expertise of your personal injury solicitor is vital.
If you’re unsure if the other driver was negligent then please call our team who’ll be able to offer free legal advice on your situation.
Reported road accident casualties in Blackburn with Darwen
There are certain statistics which we can view in order to get insight into how frequent road accident casualties are within the Blackburn with Darwen area. A 2020 report published by Lancashire County Council reveals that during this particular year, 380 road traffic casualties were recorded by police in the Blackburn with Darwen area. 86 of the casualties in the area were killed or seriously injured (KSI). Across the wider Lancashire area, there were 2,354 road traffic casualties recorded by police, including 785 cases of people being killed or seriously injured.
How do No Win No Fee solicitors work?
No Win No Fee cases are just as complex as cases that are paid for by the hour and involve a lot of work by the solicitor preparing the claim. The things that a solicitor will do in a No Win No Fee case include:
- A free consultation where the client explains their accident, the injuries and the impact it’s had on them.
- Preparing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA or No Win No Fee agreement) which will include the percentage that the solicitor will charge as a success fee.
- Checking with legal and medical experts that the case has sound grounds to proceed and that there isn’t a technicality or loophole that would mean negligence wouldn’t be proven.
- Gathering evidence to support the claim such as witness statements, medical records and medical assessments.
- Putting the claim together and sending a detailed request for compensation to the defendant or their legal contact. This will include an amount requested and the reasons to support that amount.
- Assessing the response from the defendant and discussing it with the client. If an offer of compensation is made then they will consider accepting, refusing, countering or taking the case to court if an agreement cannot be reached.
- Finally, the solicitor, if the claim is successful, will send the payment to their client after taking their success fee that was agreed at the start of the process.
These, in general, are the steps that most Blackburn personal injury solicitors will take when putting together a No Win No Fee case and, as you can see, can be quite time consuming if the case is complex.
What is a success fee?
As mentioned above the success fee is the amount a solicitor agrees with their client that will be kept by the solicitor if they manage to win compensation. However, when using No Win No Fee agreements, if the solicitor fails to win compensation then the client doesn’t have to pay anything to the solicitor at all which is what makes personal injury claims affordable to so many people who, without No Win No Fee agreements, probably wouldn’t want to risk making a claim.
Can I find more information before making a claim?
If you’re ready to make your claim or if you’re not yet sure about whether to claim or not then you can call Legal Expert for free advice and we’ll answer any questions you may have and also offer advice on what steps you can take prior to beginning your claim with us.
Speak to us today
Hopefully, now that you’ve read this guide about Blackburn personal injury solicitors, you’re ready to begin your claim with Legal Expert today. If you are then you can contact us in any of these ways:
- Telephone us on 0800 073 8804.
- Live chat with our specialist team of advisors from any page on our website.
- Request that we call you back at a convenient time for you.
- Fill in our online claim form, it’s relatively short and won’t take long to complete.
Helpful services and contact information in this area
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Blackburn, then as well as contacting Legal Expert there are a number of other services you may need to use. We’ve listed some of them below:
Local Police Station
Town centre station
St Johns Court
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday closed.
The Court House
Tel: 01254 687 500
Opens at 9.15am
Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
Tel: 01254 263555
As well as all of the information on Blackburn personal injury solicitors in this guide here are a few useful documents that may help you to prepare for your claim:
Council Accident Claims – a guide to making personal injury claims against local authorities such as tripping on kerbs, paving slabs or potholes using solicitors specialising in council accident claims.
Road Traffic Accidents – A more detailed guide on road traffic accident solicitors including what you should do at the time of the accident.
Hazardous Materials Claims – if you’ve been injured at work by hazardous materials then this guide gives more information on how to claim.
Other Helpful Compensation Guides
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- Bicester Personal Injury Solicitors
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- Birmingham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Blackheath Personal Injury Solicitors
- Bognor Regis Personal Injury Solicitors
- Bolton Personal Injury Solicitors
- What Evidence Do You Need To Claim For Loss of Earnings?
- More Information About Council Accident Solicitors
Thank you for checking out our guide about making a personal injury claim with the assistance of Blackburn personal injury solicitors.