Peterborough Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 23rd September 2021. Welcome to our Peterborough personal injury solicitors guide. In this guide to finding a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor who covers your area, we provide information for people who have been harmed and who are looking to find personal injury solicitors covering Peterborough and national to the UK for their claim. We hope to demonstrate that you do not have to work with a solicitor based there in today’s world. In fact, whilst our main offices are not in Peterborough, our national service can help people wherever they are.
This guide will also look at some of the most frequent forms of compensation claim that our personal injury claims team deals with.
How our solicitors can help you to claim compensation
In the UK, there is a large body of legislation in place which is designed to help protect people, whether they are at their place of work or in any other situation. Our team of solicitors and lawyers have many years, some even decades, of experience in helping to claim compensation on behalf of claimants successfully. Each claim we handle is approached with the same focus on customer care and satisfaction. While we will push to secure you the highest possible settlement, we will never do anything that will jeopardise your claim or settlement.
For our team to make a personal injury claim, your solicitor will need to show certain evidence that establishes that your accident happened, that someone else was liable, and that this was the cause of the injuries you sustained. As part of this, we will collect medical evidence of your injuries or illness, when and where it happened, and any statements from witnesses.
To win your claim against the defendant, we will need to show that they;
- Owed you (the claimant) a legal duty of care.
- That the defendant in some way was in breach of this duty of care.
- That this action or inaction was responsible for what happened to you.
The earlier you start your claim, the more time the Peterborough personal injury solicitors will have to collect this necessary evidence.
Why having the right solicitor is vital for making a successful claim
Our team will always put your needs first and will try to make the process of making a personal injury claim with us as simple and easy to do as possible. However, any legal action can take months or sometimes years to complete. We should note that most cases will be conducted in just a few months.
All solicitors in the UK are registered with and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. However, this does not mean that they offer the same services, charge the same fees, or work in the same way. Your personal injury solicitor may need to be privy to both personal, medical, and even financial information to make your claim. You need to be able to form a good relationship with them and trust their services. Having the right solicitor can make this process easier to go through.
Should you read reviews of solicitors in your area?
There are many ways to find out more about a particular service or product. One of the best ways is to read reviews of that service, such as a personal injury lawyer, which previous claimants have written. Reading reviews can be a good way to find out more about what services they provide. You can read reviews written by people we have helped in the past here. Whilst reading reviews of different legal services can help, the best way to find out exactly how we can help you is to phone our team today.
Does it matter if my solicitor is not based in my local area?
You might have come across this guide when looking for Peterborough personal injury solicitors, thinking that you need to use No Win No Fee lawyers in your area. This does not have to be the case. In most cases of taking this type of legal action, you will not need to meet with your solicitor in person. There are many ways to correspond with them and be kept up to date on your claim’s progress. Looking at the experience of a solicitor, the services their firms offer, and the fees levied is a much better way to gauge if they are right for your case. We can help to arrange a medical close to you with our experts, such as;
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Examples of common types of claim we can help you with
There is a potentially limitless list of ways people could be harmed by the action or the negligence of another person, intentional or not. That said, there are some circumstances that we see people make injury claims for more often than for other injuries. In the following sections, we will briefly look at these.
Industrial disease compensation claims
Have you recently been diagnosed with an industrial-related disease such as dermatitis, asthma, or mesothelioma? Was this condition attributed to where you worked or your job in any way? If so, you may be able to claim compensation. Cases of industrial diseases can happen if employers do not follow health and safety regulations or if you are not instructed in the best way to carry out a task.
In many industrial disease cases we have seen, it has taken many years after exposure began for the consequences to become apparent or for a condition to be diagnosed. In such instances, though the exposure or accident may have happened outside of the usual three-year window, if you can show that you have only now become aware of the harm caused, our personal injury solicitors for Peterborough can still help you make a claim. Our guide to claims for illnesses caused by your working environment has further information on this type of claim.
Instances of medical negligence in a hospital or other healthcare practice
Medical or clinical negligence happens across the country and affects thousands of people per year. Whilst many of these instances are not too serious, negligent treatment can result in additional injury or sickness for some patients. If this has happened to you, we can help. Due to these types of claims being potentially complex, we have produced a dedicated guide to claims for medical negligence in Peterborough. In this guide, you can find statistics about medical negligence in Peterborough and how our team could help if this has happened to you.
Workplace accident and injury claims
Whether you are an employee, a contractor, or even self-employed, if you have been involved in an accident at work, our team could help you. You could be able to claim compensation for an accident at work caused by a fellow employee or by the company as a whole. No matter what happened to you, contact us to find out if you could claim.
In the table below, we have included statistics for the rate of accidents in the workplace in this area. If you have been harmed in any of these ways, you could have a legitimate Peterborough personal injury case.
|Work accidents in Peterborough Local Authority (RIDAGGR)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Slips, trips, or falls on the same level||114||112||77|
|Slips, trips, or falls from a height||34||16||20|
|Caused by electricity||3||0||2|
|Caused by machinery||19||9||10|
|Caused by explosives/ explosions||0||1||0|
|Caused by being exposed to a fire/ burn injuries||0||0||1|
|Exposure to substances hazardous to health||6||5||3|
|Caused by animals||3||2||2|
|Manual handling accidents||146||63||73|
|Assaults and physical attacks||20||11||17|
|Struck against something or struck by a moving vehicle||29||18||19|
|Being hit by some form of object||39||22||29|
|Crush injuries (may be caused by a collapse)||1||0||1|
|Other misc causes||38||36||32|
Injuries caused by slipping or falling over
Being injured by slipping or falling over, whether out shopping, when walking down the street, or whilst at work, is the most frequently harmed people in the UK. From the table above, we can see that the largest number of claims people could make for workplace accidents in Peterborough with a personal injury lawyer would be for this type of accident in most years. So, please continue reading to discover how you can claim online courtesy of a Peterborough personal injury lawyer.
Serious or severe forms of injuries
Serious injury claims deal with circumstances in which your injury has catastrophically affected the claimant, their person, their life, their ability to work, and their family. The effects of such injuries will often be extremely devastating, not just for the victim but also for their loved ones. Due to the severe nature of this type of claim, we have again produced a comprehensive guide, taking you through examples of different forms of harm you could have suffered and the amounts of compensation you could be awarded. Please read our guide to serious injury claims here.
Road traffic accident and car crash claims in Peterborough
The team of personal injury solicitors at Legal Expert has many years of experience helping people involved in road traffic accidents in the Peterborough area make a compensation claim. You could have been involved in a car crash, an accident on a motorbike, or have been crossing the road as a pedestrian, but however your accident happened, you may be eligible to claim the likes of whiplash.
Peterborough road traffic accident statistics
The table looks at those killed or seriously harmed in vehicle accidents.
Road traffic accidents happen in this area as often as they do across the rest of the country. From officially released figures, we can see that in 2013 there were 695 slight accidents, 80 which were considered serious, and 8 which led to deaths. This fell in 2014 to a total of 676, which represented a significant decrease that was not reflected across the whole of the country. In this area, there are several black spots for accidents that have been identified. These were the A15/A1129 crossroads as well as the roundabout of the A1179 and A15. Our personal injury solicitors for Peterborough can explain how to claim for accidents on roads like these.
No Win No Fee personal injury compensation claims
We understand the decision to start legal action can be difficult to make. For some people, the prospect of having to pay legal fees and costs could be enough to dissuade them from making a personal injury claim. By using a No Win No Fee lawyer, you will not need to worry about the costs of doing so.
By making this type of claim, you will be covered under a conditional fee agreement. In this agreement, the action which your solicitor will carry out will be set out, along with the general services they will provide and what you can expect to pay if you win your claim. This means that by working with a No Win No Fee lawyer, you can be confident that you will know what you will need to pay and when you will need to pay it. You can also be confident knowing that you will only need to pay if and when you have been awarded a settlement.
This table provides estimates from the Judicial College about what you could expect to receive in settlements for various injuries.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
What will you need to pay and when?
As with any service, you will need to pay for your No Win No Fee solicitor. However, you will not need to pay for their service if they can not secure you a settlement. Put simply, you will only need to pay for their services if you win. If you lose your compensation claim, there are no fees to pay.
How to start your claim with Legal Expert
The best way to start any personal injury claim is to get in touch with our team. We can provide you with all the information you need to make a successful claim and have the experience to do so.
Where to get more information
The most important part of taking any legal action is deciding which solicitor to choose to work with. As we have seen, your solicitor plays a vital role in the claims process, and you need to have confidence in their ability and be comfortable working with them. Before choosing which solicitor to hire, get the answers to any questions you still have by reading more of our comprehensive guides or contact us via the methods below.
Speak to our team today
When you are ready to begin your claim, you can contact the Peterborough personal injury solicitors that we work with today through several methods. You can phone us on 0800 073 8804, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a call from our team, or use the online form on this page to start the claims process. Our friendly claims team are here seven days a week to help.
Whichever method you choose, we are ready and waiting to start your claim today.
Helpful contacts for the Peterborough area
If you have been involved in an accident or injury in this area, you might need help or assistance from one of these services.
Local Police Station
Bayard Place Police Station
Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1HZ
Tel: 01480 456111
Local Crown Court – Crown Buildings
Tel: 01223 488321
Edith Cavell Campus,
Tel: 01733 678000
Peterborough Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
When will I receive my first settlement offer?
This could come anytime during the claims process once the defendant accepts liability.
How much will the offer be?
It could be any figure, though the defendant will generally offer a sum below what you’re claiming for.
What makes a good settlement offer?
This is an offer that meets around 80% of the target that you wish to receive.
Do I have to accept the opening offer?
No. In fact, very few claimants accept the first offer due to the high possibility of a stronger second offer.
Therefore, should I reject the opening offer?
We would recommend this, though you should speak to your solicitor before making this decision.
What happens if I turn down an offer?
This would prevent you from deciding at a later date to accept the offer as it’s no longer on the table.
What is a counter-offer?
This is where you would respond by suggesting a figure that you would be happy to settle on.
And would the defendant be willing to present my counter-offer to me?
This is possible so long as you can provide a justification for the figure that you’re suggesting.
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