Local authority injury compensation claim

Local authority injury compensation claim

For getting your life back on track

Suffering an injury when on your local council’s land can leave you feeling let down and dealing with physical and emotional burdens, not to mention concerns about medical expenses and perhaps even loss of work.

We're aware of the stress and trauma that comes with injuries due to the negligence of your local authority. These organisations are supposed to care for the surrounding community, so suffering an injury on their land or premises can feel like a betrayal and damage your faith in them. Specialising in making claims for local authority injuries, we're committed to guiding you every step of the way to secure the compensation you're entitled to. Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors is on hand to offer compassionate, clear and straightforward advice.

Regardless of the circumstances that led to your injury, we're here to support you. We'll guide you through the entire legal process, making sure that each aspect of your claim is transparent and easy to understand. With our team beside you, you're not merely gaining legal support; you're being assisted by professionals genuinely committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

To discuss your unique circumstances and find out how we can assist you, simply call us today on 0800 138 0458 , or get in touch via our website .

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

How Switalskis can help you

If you've suffered an injury due to the negligence of your local authority, you could be eligible for compensation. Our personal injury solicitors are ready to guide you through the process, representing your rights and interests from beginning to end.

Here's how we can support you:

  • We'll gather evidence to put together the strongest case we can, personalised to your specific situation. Our team is well-versed in managing injury compensation claims, with an in-depth and current understanding of the trauma that such incidents can bring, and we can bring claims against the local authority responsible for your injury.
  • We want to hear your concerns, provide you with support and offer you the service that best fits your needs. Throughout, we'll clarify any questions you have in language that's easy to understand, so you can move through the legal proceedings with ease.
  • We're connected to a network of medical experts, counsellors and support groups to assist you in your recovery journey.

Our firm has earned a reputation for tackling sensitive claims with the necessary attention to detail but without compromising on efficiency. Many of our solicitors are accredited by the Law Society , a recognition of our capabilities to effectively support you.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

About local authority and council injury claims

Various situations can result in injuries due to local authority negligence, each with its unique challenges and implications. Common instances might include:

  • Slips, trips  and falls on poorly maintained publicly-owned property or pavements
  • Accidents in poorly maintained council buildings, schools or local authority publicly-owned parks
  • Injuries from unsafe public facilities, such as leisure centres, swimming pools or playgrounds

In addition to the immediate physical toll, the emotional aftermath can be significantly distressing. You might experience stress, anxiety or PTSD following the incident. The need for medical treatment, physiotherapy or counselling could also put a strain on your finances.

With Switalskis guiding you through the claims process, you're always in the loop and supported at every stage. When you choose Switalskis, you're not merely pursuing a compensation claim; you're getting support from a team genuinely committed to your wellbeing.

What is the process of making a local authority injury claim?

Navigating a claim against a local authority might seem daunting at first, but our experienced legal team will make the process simple. Here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect when you decide to make a compensation claim against your local authority:

Step 1: Initial consultation

When you get in touch with our team, we'll weigh up the strength of your claim.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We'll start by gathering the evidence you'll need to support your argument. This might include medical reports, photos of the hazard that caused the injury, or witness accounts. We'll also check if the local authority skipped any safety checks or was otherwise negligent.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

When we've prepared a solid case we'll formally communicate with the local authority and their representatives to inform them of your claim. We'll handle all communications with the involved parties so you can concentrate on getting better.

Step 4: Negotiation

After we've brought your claim forward, the council or their representatives will review it. They might admit fault and offer a settlement, or they could dispute it.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If we can't agree on a fair deal for you, we might have to take your case to court. Our solicitors are experienced in fighting court cases.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

When the claim is settled, we'll make sure you get the compensation you deserve. It'll help to cover your recovery costs and let you focus on moving forward.

With Switalskis, you're not just a case number; you're a person going through a tough time, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

What are the time limits for making an injury claim against the council?

Generally, you've got three years from the incident date to start your claim. However there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Children: if you’re making a claim on behalf of a child, you can do so at any time before they reach the age of 18. Following this, the child has until the age of 21 to bring the claim themselves.
  • Mental capacity: if the injured person can't make the claim themselves due to mental capacity issues, the usual time limits may not apply.
  • Claims against public bodies: local authority claims might have specific protocols or shorter timeframes, depending on the nature of the case. We can guide you through this, making sure the right people are contacted and your claim is taken seriously.

To maximise your chances of a successful claim, get in touch with us as soon as possible while the details of the incident are still fresh in your memory.

What will local authority injury compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim is determined by the financial losses you've experienced due to your injury and the physical and emotional toll it has taken on you.

Your compensation can typically be divided into two main categories:

  • General damages include the actual injuries you've sustained and their impact, including both physical injuries and any psychological trauma you may have experienced.
  • Special damages cover the financial losses that you’ve experienced due to your injury, including medical fees, travel expenses and the costs of care and support.

How are local authority injury compensation claims funded?

At Switalskis, we handle the majority of our personal injury claims on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you won't need to pay any legal fees to us if your compensation claim is not successful. Additionally, there are no upfront costs for you to worry about. Instead, our fees will be deducted from your compensation amount, and this will be taken into account when calculating your claim.

It's also worth noting that your insurance policy may provide coverage for legal expenses. For example, if your injury resulted from a car accident, you may be eligible to claim back some of your legal expenses through your car insurance.

What to remember when making a local authority injury compensation claim

Following an injury on council land, it's natural to feel neglected and overwhelmed. However, there are vital steps you can take to help your situation during the compensation claim process:

  • Document the incident: take the time to create a detailed account of how the injury happened. This record will be invaluable for recalling events accurately and can provide clarity during the claims process. Depending on where the incident took place, it may also be necessary to report it, such as to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the police or your employer.
  • Photograph the injury: capture clear images of your injury shortly after the incident and throughout your recovery. These photographs can visually depict the severity of your injury and its impact on your life, serving as compelling evidence for your claim.
  • Gather witness details: if there were any witnesses to the incident that led to your injury, make an effort to obtain their contact information. Their statements can offer additional perspectives and strengthen the validity of your claim.

Making a personal injury claim is not just about financial compensation. It also serves as a means to make sure you receive the necessary resources and support for your rehabilitation.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our local authority injury compensation specialists

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Louise MoorePortal Co-ordinator
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Kelly HomarSenior Associate Chartered Legal Executive
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Robert FrostChartered Legal Executive
Johanna CaineSolicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Legal action might not be your first consideration after an accident, but pursuing a compensation claim can play a vital role in your recovery. With Switalskis, you have a dedicated team of expert and compassionate solicitors specialising in compensation claims for personal injuries by your side, providing you with essential support during the process.

Here's what sets us apart and what you can expect when working with us:

Clarity in complexity

Compensation claims may seem difficult to deal with, but we’re committed to simplifying the process for you. Our goal is to explain the complexities of making a claim in straightforward terms, making sure you understand your role and responsibilities.

Empathy at every step

Our team cares about understanding your unique circumstances. We take the time to listen to your concerns, respect your feelings and offer considerate advice tailored to your specific situation. To us, you're not just a client; you're a person going through a life-altering experience, and we're here to provide you with expert legal guidance and unwavering support.

Expertise you can trust

Our team has decades of experience in handling serious personal injury claims, and we understand the sensitivity needed in such cases. Many of our solicitors are recognised specialists in their field, accredited by the Law Society .

Championing your rights

We’re driven to protect your rights and make sure your voice is heard. Throughout the claims process, we’ll be there to guide you, keeping you well-informed and empowering you to make informed decisions. Trust us to transform a challenging situation into a path towards compensation and recovery.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

For expert legal advice on what to do following an injury on council land, call our team today on 0800 1380 458 , or get in touch with us through our website.

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