Stockton-On-Tees | Personal Injury Solicitors | No Win No Fee
By Stephen Lambert. Last Updated 14th June 2023. Welcome to our guide about Stockton-On-Tees personal injury solicitors. There are many different injuries and incidents that can lead to compensation claims; including car crashes in Stockton-On-Tees, food poisoning, construction accidents, injuries from faulty products, slips and trips, motorbike accidents, repetitive strain injury, industrial diseases and much, much more. If you have been injured in Stockton-on-Tees and it was not your fault, this guide reveals everything you need to know about making a claim with personal injury solicitors.
When am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?
When determining whether you are likely to be entitled to compensation, you need to ask yourself three key questions about your potential personal injury case, which are as follows:
Who caused the accident? This is imperative. If you are to claim, you need to show that someone else is responsible for the accident, either by making an error or acting negligently and that this caused your injuries. You certainly won’t be able to claim if you caused the accident. After all, you can hardly launch a compensation case against yourself! If you were partially to blame, you may be entitled to some compensation, yet the amount will be considerably lower to reflect your involvement.
Have you seen a doctor for your injuries? A lot of people elect to cope with their injuries themselves when they are only suffering from minor symptoms. However, it is vital to see a doctor, as they will provide you with a professional medical report, and this is the most important piece of evidence in any claim. This report will state your medical diagnoses, the extent of your injuries and the treatment plan you need to follow, which is then used to determine how much money you will get.
When did the accident occur? Last but not least, there is a three-year time limit on all personal injury cases. Therefore, if you were involved in a fall on 17th May 2021 you will have until 17th May 2024 to make a claim. It is vital to note that court proceedings must be issued within this time frame. The only exceptions to this time limit occur when injuries have developed over time, such as industrial deafness, and as a consequence, it is impossible to pinpoint an accident date. In such situations, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis instead.
Legal Expert’s Research Into Personal Injury Claims Against Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council
Legal Expert has found through a Freedom of Information request that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council paid out £187,016.95 in personal injury compensation last year.
There were a total of 62 personal injury claims submitted from April 2022 to April 2023. The leading causes included accidents involving potholes or street furniture, slip, trips, or falls, and accidents on school premises.
As a local authority, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has a duty of care towards visitors and employees who use their highways, premises or spaces. If a council fails to ensure these areas are reasonably safe, it could be considered a breach of their duty of care.
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What role does having the right solicitor play?
It can take months for a personal injury case to be settled and, therefore, it is imperative to have the right personal injury lawyer on your side. He or she will play a critical role in getting you the compensation you deserve. Service levels differ despite the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulating this sector, and so you do not want to risk your chances of a payout on a poor quality solicitor. You won’t get a second chance to make a claim.
Reviews of solicitors in Stockton-On-Tees
Let’s take a look at some of the best tips for finding the best accident lawyers to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Go for No Win No Fee
There is only one place to begin and this is with the benefits that are associated with a No Win No Fee service. If you go for a solicitor that works to this payment agreement you will not need to pay any upfront costs to get the ball rolling. Moreover, risk is minimised by an extensive degree, as you will not have to pay any legal fees if your case is not successful. This ensures a better service as well, as No Win No Fee solicitors are more impacted by the outcome of your case.
The last thing you want is to be someone’s practice project. You cannot afford to take such a massive risk when it comes to something as vital as securing compensation. Therefore, make sure the lawyer in question has an extensive amount of experience in the industry. It is also a good idea to check to see whether they have handled cases similar to yours before. You don’t want to use a lawyer who specialises in road traffic accidents if you were involved in a workplace construction accident.
Finally, read reviews of solicitors that have been left by previous clients to learn about their experience with the lawyer in question. What do they have to say? Were they happy with the service? Would they recommend them? This is the best way to get an honest insight into the level of quality you are likely to experience if you go for that solicitor.
It is important to use a solicitor close to me?
A lot of people who have been injured in the area feel it is a necessity to opt for Stockton-on-Tees personal injury solicitors. However, this could not be further from the truth. You can work with a solicitor based anywhere in the UK, as most cases are handled via telephone anyway. This means you can choose someone based on his or her experience and reputation, rather than being forced to choose someone in your locality.
Common personal injury claims our team conducts
In this section, we will take a look at some of the most common personal injury claims our team conducts. Please note that we can handle many more types of claims than these. This is simply an insight into some of the most common ones.
Industrial disease claims
Industrial diseases range in terms of their severity and the impact they have on the person’s life. One thing to note, however, is that a lot of industrial diseases do not present themselves for many years. We see people falling ill because of a job they had a decade ago. They therefore assume that they cannot claim – but you can! For such cases, you have three years to claim for the date of your diagnosis.
Medical negligence claims
Have you been injured as a result of clinical negligence? Either from a lack of care or treatment that has gone wrong, unfortunately there are cases where people suffer because of negligence. If this has happened to you, you should report the incident to the NHS or the clinic or hospital in question. Our medical negligence solicitors will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Workplace accident claims
Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the workplace all of the time, especially in dangerous industries and environments, such as construction sites. However, if you have experienced an injury because your employer has made an error or acted negligently, you will likely be entitled to compensation.
It is important to establish the fact that many different incidents can take place in the workplace. There are accidents that occur and injuries happen instantly. This includes the likes of falls, trips and slips, as well as construction accidents, injuries from malfunctioning equipment and such like. However, there are also injuries that occur over time because of the working environment. This includes industrial diseases, industrial deafness, repetitive strain injury, vibration white finger and asbestos related conditions. If you’re still unsure, feel free to contact Legal Expert online or on the phone if you want to check if Stockton-On-Tees personal injury solicitors can support your potential work accident claim.
Trip or falls claims
Slips, trips and falls are a very common type of personal injury claim. This is because they can happen in so many different ways, from tripping due to a pothole in a car park to slipping on a wet floor that has not been marked in the correct manner. No matter what has happened, if you can show that someone else caused the incident, you can claim.
Types of serious injury claim
We also have lawyers for serious injury claims. This can be any type of case whereby the person has suffered life-altering injuries. We can also assist if you have been injured as a consequence of criminal activity. Suffering an injury because of criminal activity can be one of the most distressing and worrying types of personal injuries, especially if the criminal activity was directed at you. In these instances, it is of course necessary to contact the police and inform them of everything that occurred.
Road traffic accident or car crash claims
From car crashes to motorbike accidents, there are many different incidents that can occur on the roads. In some cases, it is also necessary to report road traffic accidents to the police. This is especially the case if you have been involved in a hit and run. In these instances, you will still be able to make an accident claim. These are known as untraced driver claims.
Road traffic accident statistics for County Durham (seriously injured or killed)
For insight into how often road traffic accidents occur in all parts of the UK (including County Durham and beyond), we can look to statistics published by the Department for Transport (DfT). According to the DfT’s provisional results report for 2020, there were 115,333 road casualties reported on UK roads during the year. 1,472 of these road casualties were classified as fatalities. Other findings from the report include the following:
- Compared to the 2019 statistics, total road casualties decreased by 25% in 2020 and road deaths specifically decreased by 16%.
- Out of all the road casualties reported in 2020, 23,486 of them were categorised as killed or seriously injured (KSI).
- 22,014 road casualties were recorded as ‘serious’ incidents in 2020. Also, 91,847 road casualties were reported under the category ‘slight’ injuries.
Making a No Win No Fee claim for your accident or injury
One of the most important pieces of advice on using a solicitor that anyone can give you is to find someone that is happy to work to a No Win No Fee agreement. Read on to discover the benefits that are associated with this option when claiming in Stockton-on-Tees.
Monetary risk is eliminated – This is the main reason why so many people opt for No Win No Fee lawyers. If your case is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees. This is exceptionally beneficial because most people cannot afford the risk of investing significant sums of money only for their solicitor to fail in securing compensation for them.
No large upfront payment required to start your claim – This is beneficial for those who do not have the cash available to fund the large initial costs that are associated with using the services of a traditional solicitor. Instead, you do not need to make an enormous upfront payment in order to begin the claim process.
Better service guaranteed – The two benefits that have just been mentioned come together to make certain that you experience a service of an exceptional quality when working with Stockton-On-Tees personal injury solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis. This is because the No Win No Fee solicitor is going to work as hard as they can to make sure that your case is a success, as the outcome of the case is going to impact the amount of money they receive for the work that they have put in.
What fees will I be charged, and when?
You will only need to pay if your case is successful. The amount you pay will be a percentage of your payout. You will have agreed on this percentage with your solicitor beforehand.
How to start your accident or injury claim
If you are ready to make a claim, all you need to do is give us a call and we will take it from there. There are also some steps you can take to strengthen your personal injury claim. This includes the following:
See a medical professional – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the fact that you simply must see a doctor if you want to have any chance of securing compensation. You will struggle to find a lawyer that will take on your case if you have not seen a medical professional, as the report they provide is the most crucial piece of evidence.
Report the case (if applicable) – In some instances, it is necessary to report the incident you have been involved in. For example, if you have been involved in a workplace accident, you need to inform your employer and/or safety representative, as they are required to have an accident book by law and will need to record the incident in this. Another example includes road traffic accidents, which usually need to be reported to the police.
Keep proof of expenses – You should keep proof of any out of pocket expenses you have encountered because of your injuries. This includes the likes of loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel costs, childcare costs, vehicle repair costs and such like.
Make a note of everything that occurred – As soon as you get the opportunity, you should make a note of everything that happened in as much detail as possible. This will ensure you don’t forget anything important later down the line.
Get in touch with Legal Expert – We are one of the leading law companies in the United Kingdom, with many years of experience in helping personal injury victims to get the full amount of compensation they deserve. Our entire team of Stockton-On-Tees personal injury solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, ensuring a degree of financial protection.
Where can I get additional information?
Making the right decision depends on receiving the correct information. Get any questions answered before you choose a solicitor by browsing our website. We have an abundance of useful information available.
Talk to our claims team today
Once you have chosen to get underway, you can start the claim for compensation by calling 0800 073 8804 or via LegaExpert.co.uk contact form here. If you would like to discuss your options with a personal injury solicitor before making a decision, request a callback or call us.
There are many reasons why you should use us to make a claim. Legal Expert is one of the leading law companies in the United Kingdom. We have plenty of experience and an impeccable reputation in the industry, which is built on foundations of trust, quality and honesty. If we do not think you have a strong case, we will tell you. This is something you can be certain of, as our full team of professionals work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that we have nothing to gain by simply taking on your case irrespective of its strength. Solicitors that charge by the hour may do this. But, since the payment structure is entirely different, you can be sure that we won’t waste your time.
You will also struggle to find another company boasting the level of experience we have. We have been helping personal injury victims to get the money they deserve for many years. We have worked on an unbelievable number of different cases. You can be confident that we will have handled cases similar to yours time and time before. After all, when making a claim for an accident, it’s definitely not something you want to leave to chance.
Useful contact information for Stockton-On-Tees
If you have been involved in an accident in Stockton-on-Tees, then here are some useful organisations that you should contact in addition to an accident claim and Stockton-On-Tees personal injury solicitors.
Local Road Safety Information – Local area’s safety information can be seen by clicking here.
Local Court – The website can be seen here. Contact details are:
Teesside Combined Court Centre,
01642 340 000
Local Police Station The website can be seen here. Contact details are:
Stockton Police Station
Local Hospital-The website can be seen here. Contact details are:
University Hospital of North Tees,
Stockton on Tees,
Tel: 01642 617617
Claims for any Accidents that happen at work – When it comes to working accidents, Legal Expert’s guide tells you all you need to know.
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