Cambridge Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 13th September 2021. Welcome to our Cambridge personal injury solicitors guide. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and live or work in the Cambridge area, you may have fallen into a common misconception by thinking that you need to use Cambridge personal injury solicitors to make your claim. However, this is a very common mistake that people make, and through this article, we hope to clearly show why you do not need to work with a solicitor or lawyer who is here or who is located close to you. Instead, we hope to show that the best solicitor should represent you for your claim, not the person closest to you.
Please find out more about our legal services and about how to claim by reading through this guide. When you are ready to launch your claim with an initial consultation, you can do so using the contact details on this page.
When and why am I eligible to make a compensation claim?
If you have been hurt somehow or have had a previous injury discovered and diagnosed in the last three years, and if you were owed a duty of care by someone who failed to live up to this, our team could help you make a claim.
In many cases, people diagnosed with an accident in the workplace, or an illness, such as asbestosis, may not fully be aware of what has happened to them for many years after the harm has been caused. Whilst there is (for most claimants) a three-year period in which to make a claim, for those with such illnesses, the important date to be aware of is when you received your diagnosis, not necessarily the date the harm happened.
To make a successful claim with accident claims solicitors, there are several things that you will need to prove or show. These are as follows;
- You and your accident claims solicitor need to show that the person or organisation you are claiming against (the defendant) owed a duty of care to you.
- That the defendant did cause a breach in this duty of care.
- That this breach on the defendant’s part was indeed the cause of what happened to you (i.e. your injury, illness or harm suffered.
To get the answers to these points and determine if you qualify to make a No Win No Fee claim, please contact our team today. Our personal injury solicitors covering the Cambridge area can help you right away.
Why you need the right solicitor or lawyer
Working with the best personal injury solicitors for a No Win No Fee claim is the most important step that you can take in the process of getting the highest possible personal injury compensation settlement. In just the Cambridgeshire area, there are around a hundred different solicitors, meaning that you have many choices in which service to use. We understand that this also means that making that choice might not be easy. In this guide, we hope to show why Legal Expert is the best service for you, even though our offices are not in this area.
What you should look for when reading reviews of solicitors services
Up and down the country, solicitors and law firms are all governed by the same body, but their standards in providing that service vary. One good way to find out how good the services a solicitor provides is to read reviews of solicitors. This can be a great way to start to build a picture of which solicitor to work with. You can read reviews of our service to see what previous customers think.
Does it matter where my solicitor is located?
When making a compensation claim, your personal injury lawyer can be based anywhere in the UK. Rather than basing your choice on geography, you can base your choice on the track record of the solicitors and what fees they charge if you win your claim. The only part of any personal injury claim that might need to be carried out closer to you could be any medical assessment you need. Legal Expert works with medical experts across the country, meaning that we can often organise these checks in your area. And this means that our personal injury solicitors also cover Cambridge.
What are the most frequent types of personal injury claims?
If you are searching for a Cambridge personal injury solicitor to help you make a compensation claim, we recognise that there are many different circumstances under which you could have been hurt. We also understand that the person or persons you are claiming against and the level of harm suffered will also be individual to your claim. In the following sections, we explore some of these circumstances in greater detail. This table provides a glimpse into the types of injuries that victims generally claim compensation for.
|Brain Damage||Very severe||The person might be able to follow some basic commands. However, they will need full-time care and show little meaningful response to their environment.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Neck Injury||Severe||A neck injury that is associated with incomplete paraplegia or results in permanent spastic quadriparesis.||In the region of £148,330|
|Knee Injury||Severe (ii)||Constant pain and limited movement caused by a leg fracture that has extended into the knee joint.||£52,120 to £69,730|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||The person will have suffered with significant disabilities. However a substantial recovery has taken place or is expected to.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Back Injury||Moderate (ii)||Frequently encountered back injuries, that disturb the ligaments and muscles and cause backache.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||A dislocated shoulder with damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus that causes shoulder and neck pain.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Elbow injuries such as lacerations, simple fractures or tennis elbow syndrome. The recovery rate will affect how much is awarded.||Up to £12,590|
|Leg Injury||Less serious (iii)||Simple tibia or fibula fractures, or soft-tissue injuries, with minor ongoing symptoms.||Up to £11,840|
|Whiplash Injuries With Psychological Injuries||One or more||Lasting for 18-24 months||£4,345|
|Whiplash Injuries||One or more||Lasting for 18-24 months||£4,215|
Claiming for cases of industrial diseases
We recognise that there are many different ways in which your work or workplace could make you sick. In some cases, these illnesses are referred to as an ‘industrial disease’. We can help you establish that you have suffered an industrial disease and which workplace it was caused by. Industrial diseases could take many years to present, and this commonly means that you will need to claim compensation from a workplace you left many years ago. If you think you have become sick due to your work, please contact us today to start a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Claiming for cases of medical negligence
If you have been harmed due to how you received medical treatment, you could make a clinical negligence claim with our medical negligence solicitors. In general, negligence in this context describes circumstances in which someone is hurt because they did not get the right form of care. Whether this harm was caused at a private facility or by the NHS, we could help you.
As the circumstances surrounding clinical negligence claims can be complex, we have provided a special guide to clinical negligence claims in Cambridge. Your claim could be made to Addenbrookes hospital, the local Nuffield Health facility, or any other facility in the area. In any event, our personal injury solicitors for Cambridge can help you.
Claiming for cases of workplace accidents
Whether you are a doctor or a nurse, work on a building site, or in an office, you can be hurt whilst carrying out your duties at work. We have helped people to make similar workplace accident claims. Your personal injury case could involve a claim directly against the employer or be related to the actions of a fellow employee not having been trained correctly. If you have been harmed whilst carrying out duties at work, our professional, personal injury lawyers can advise you on how to claim.
Statistics for workplace accidental claims in Cambridgeshire
The statistics we have included in the table below show the number of people who have been harmed whilst working in this area. This could be sustaining sickness or injury. These figures have been compiled by the local authority and were reported under the RIDDOR.
|Statistics for accidents at work in East Cambridgeshire||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Being exposed to a harmful substance||1||1||2|
|Falling from a height||22||12||35|
|Caused by an animal||19||8||6|
|Being physically attacked||5||0||2|
|Falling over on the same level||32||28||19|
|Being struck against||4||5||5|
|Big hit by a vehicle||0||3||1|
|Being hit by something falling onto you||25||9||10|
|Being trapped under something which collapses.||2||0||0|
Claiming for cases of trips or slips
From the statistics available for accidents at work collated and shown above, we can see that trip and fall accidents are still one of the most widely seen causes of injury sustained. This is true of not just this county but the UK as a whole. Injuries sustained in this manner also relate to other types of accidents. This might be people being harmed by things falling on them or being electrocuted. And this type of accident could happen both in the workplace and whilst in public places. Whatever the circumstances may be, our personal injury solicitors covering Cambridge are here to help.
Claiming for cases of serious injury
If you have suffered a severe injury caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may have suffered not just due to the initial injury but also through the overall effect on your financial position and your life in general. Serious injuries may necessitate a long period of absence from work or even having to stop work altogether. Similarly, you may have had to pay a lot for medical and care costs or may need to buy adaptive equipment to allow you to stay in your home. Such costs can add up quickly. If you may claim damages after a serious injury, we will help you get the best possible compensation settlement.
Find out more about this type of claim in our guide to serious injury compensation settlements.
Claiming for car crashes or road traffic accidents
Our personal injury lawyers are very experienced in handling various car crashes and road traffic accident claims. They will strive to secure you the highest possible settlement for your road traffic accident.
Road traffic accidents, such as car crashes, happen as frequently in this area as they do across the country. They are reasonably frequent, and in 2013 there were a total of 1,962 accidents on the road. These break down as:
- 1,635 ‘slight’ vehicle accidents.
- 308 ‘serious’ vehicle accidents
- 19 accidents resulting in fatalities.
This increased to a total of 2,201 in 2014. This followed a trend seen in many areas of the country. Some of the roads and junctions seeing the highest number of accidents include crashes at the roundabout of the B480 and A420 and the mini-roundabout of the B4150 and B4495.
Statistics and instances of road traffic accidents in Cambridgeshire
In the following table, we have included statistics for the number and types of road traffic accidents that have happened across the county. The table includes details of people who have been harmed or killed in these time periods. Note that our personal injury solicitors for Cambridge could assist with any road traffic accident claims.
|2011/ 12||2012/ 13||2013 / 14|
|Other types of vehicle||37||37||25|
|Cars (and similar vehicles)||1||0||0|
|Motorcycles (and similar vehicles)||4||12||3|
|Buses and coaches||0||1||0|
|Accidents to pedestrians.||6||5||6|
No Win No Fee injury and accident claims
When claiming with our No Win No Fee lawyers, we really do mean that you will not have any legal fees to pay until your claim has been completed. Our solicitors can help you without you needing to pay anything to get your claim started. We will also make sure that you fully understand the No Win No Fee agreement before signing it. We aim to stop any monetary barriers to you making a personal injury claim for the damages you are entitled to claim.
If your No Win No Fee solicitor does win your claim, you will be awarded, which is commonly called ‘general damages’. These are awarded for the harm you have suffered. You may also be awarded special damages. This is awarded regarding things you have had to pay for and which you are eligible to claim.
Are you really No Win No Fee?
If, after pursuing your case, your personal injury lawyer cannot secure your compensation, you really will not be charged for their services. Any claims which are made under this type of agreement will not incur any charges upfront. If a claim is successful, the fee you need to pay your No Win No Fee lawyer will have been outlined in your agreement. So, this is one of the many benefits of working with our personal injury lawyers covering Cambridge.
How to start your personal accident or injury case
We hope that this guide has presented you with all the information you need to make a personal injury claim. To start your personal injury case, the best step you can take is to contact our team. Before you do so, there are several simple steps you should take.
You should collect as much of the following evidence as you can before contacting our team. Doing so will enable our personal injury solicitors to hit the ground running with your claim. Collect the following:
- Medical notes or reports of your injury and any treatment received. This might even be evidence of clinical negligence suffered.
- Report the accident or injury to the appropriate people and get a copy of your accident report log. This could be from a shop, your workplace, or another location.
- Try to take a photo of what caused you to be hurt.
After this, your next step is to get in contact with our specialist personal injury claims team.
What else might I need to know before making a claim?
Being able to make the right decision about making a claim, such as how to do so and what personal injury solicitor to work with, depends on having all the right information. You can get the answers to any questions you may have by calling us or by reading more of our guides.
Speak to our expert team today
When you are ready to begin your personal injury claim, you can contact our team to do so. The best ways to contact us are via phone, email, and the contact forms on this page.
Our team can then talk to you and discuss your claim, or we call you back at a time more convenient to you. We hope that we have shown why you do not need to use Cambridge personal injury solicitors after being hurt in this area.
Helpful resources for people injured in Cambridgeshire
If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault in this area, we have included the contact details for several organisations which you may need to contact. We have also included further guides which contain helpful information.
Accident and injury at work claims
Legal Expert guide to accident at work claims
Accident in a shop claims
How to claim compensation after being hurt whilst in a shop or on their property.
Road safety in Cambridgeshire
Find out more about steps to make the roads across the city and county safer at this initiative.
Cambridge crown court
In a very small minority of cases, a claim may need to go to court to be settled. If this is the case with yours, you may need to go to the cities courts to resolve your claim.
There are several police stations and hospitals across the city. Below, we have given the details for those most centrally located.
Parkside Police Station
Tel: 01223 358966
Tel: 01223 245151
Cambridge Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
What is a personal injury claim?
This is a claim that the victim of an accident that isn’t their fault files to attempt to recoup compensation.
And what is compensation?
This is a financial amount that caters to the accident’s impact and its injuries on your life.
What is a settlement?
It’s a compensation figure that the defendant agrees to pay to avoid the case going to trial.
And what makes up a typical compensation payout?
Any compensation figure consists of both special damages and general damages.
So, what are special damages?
Special damages focus on the costs of your injuries, e.g. medication, hospital appointments, travel to appointments and any home modifications.
And what about general damages?
These relate to your actual pain, suffering and temporary, if not permanent, loss of amenity.
What factors could influence your compensation payout?
These include the nature and severity of the injury, along with any long-term health complications.
And are there precise template figures for compensation?
No, because even for the exact same injuries, there may be differences in cases, such as strengths and weaknesses of evidence, as well as any additional special damages.
Thank you for reading our Cambridge personal injury solicitors guide.