Personal Injury

It is a fact that every day people suffer injuries through accidents that are not their fault. You may have been involved in an accident in the last three years and not sure who was at fault. Call our specialist lawyers for advice to see if you are able to make a claim for compensation. 

Types of Personal Injury Claims 
  • Motorbike Accidents 
  • Military Claims 
  • Accidents at Work 
  • Road Traffic Accidents 
  • Injury Claims for Trips and Slips 
  • Serious Injury Claims 
  • Fatal Claims 
  • Accidents abroad  
  • Sports Injuries  
  • Injuries  involving animals  
  • Defective Premises Claims 

 

Our specialist team has through their experience recovered millions of pounds in damages for their clients.

Accidents at work can cause injuries or even death having a massive impact on the lives of you and your loved ones: the pain and suffering of the injury itself is often compounded by having to take time off work and pay medical bills and other expenses.

Employers are obliged to maintain a safe working environment, both in your place of work and anywhere else you are sent to work.  Employers also must have insurance to cover accidents at work to comply with the law.

Common accidents in the workplace include accidents caused by dangerous machinery or unsafe equipment; the use of machinery or equipment in an unsafe way; failure to provide safety or personal protective equipment; lack of adequate training for you or other co-worker(s); the carelessness or pranks of co-worker(s); slipping on wet surfaces; tripping over equipment left lying around; repetitive strain injury caused by repeatedly performing a similar task or trailing cables; lifting and manual handling; and falls from height from scaffolding ladders or other working platforms.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to claim damages for your injuries and expenses.  

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim.  

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are injured in road accidents. Personal injuries suffered in road accidents are fairly common.  According to the Department of Transport, in 2008, 2,538 people died and 231,000 people were injured in road accidents in the UK.

If you or a loved one are injured, die or suffer financial loss in a road accident caused by the fault of someone else, you may be able to claim {damages}. This applies whether the accident victim was a passenger, another driver, a motorcyclist, a cyclist or a pedestrian.

Where the person responsible was driving a vehicle, the damages will normally be paid by the driver’s insurers or by the Motor Insurers Bureau (the ‘MIB’) if he is uninsured.

It may also be possible to recover damages if you are injured by an untraced ‘hit and run’ driver; part of another vehicle or a spillage of, say, diesel which has been left on the road; a defect, such as a pothole, in the road; or a hazard, such as a spillage of slurry, an escaped animal or unlit road works, on the road.

Our team have handled hundreds of road accident claims ranging from six figure fatal and serious injury claims to two-week whiplash claims. We offer “no win, no fee” conditional fee agreements to fund appropriate cases.

Our effective yet friendly and approachable claims service aims to help injured people recover the full amount of damages to which they are entitled, with “no win, no fee” funding in appropriate cases.  We are happy to travel to see you outside our offices, for instance, at your home, your place of work or in hospital, if this helps you.

If you have been injured in a motor accident, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. If the police have not yet been notified of the accident, notify them as soon as possible.  When telephoning the police ensure that you obtain and carefully record the name and collar number of the police officer you speak to, together with any police or crime reference number for the incident.  If you fail to do this and the driver who caused the accident turns out to be uninsured, you may not be able to recover any damages.
  2. Obtain several photographs which clearly show the scene of the accident, any damage to the vehicle(s) involved, if possible, the other driver(s) involved, the depth, width and length of any defect, for instance, a hole in the road, which contributed to the accident.  Try to include a 50 pence piece for scale (NB Most mobile phones have cameras).  Obviously, it will not be possible to do this, once the defect has been repaired.
  3. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to your accident and if possible statements describing what happened.
  4. Identify any closed circuit TV (“CCTV”) cameras which may have caught the accident.  Try to ascertain who operates the CCTV system and contact them and ask them to preserve the footage showing the accident as it may be needed as evidence of your accident.
  5. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible.  Give details of your accident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim. 

Motorbikes are dangerous.  That’s a part of the appeal.  But the reality is that riders do get hurt.  When the unthinkable happens, who do you turn to? Blackburn & Co. offers a specialist claims service for bikers who have been hurt in accidents.  We aim to get you proper compensation for all your losses- from lost wages to new gloves to a new bike.

We’re bikers too, so we understand how important the right service is at a time like this.  We’re real solicitors with real experience in securing major Personal Injury pay-outs of damages.  Other firms may offer you a fast buck so they get their fees quick – we never settle for less than you fully deserve. Don’t trust your situation to a faceless claim factory you saw on cable TV.  Talk to Blackburn & Co – you’ll have a named solicitor handling your case from day one.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. If the police have not yet been notified of the accident, do so as soon as possible. When telephoning the police ensure that you obtain and carefully record the name and collar number of the police officer you speak to, together with any police reference number for the incident. If you fail to do this and the driver who caused the accident turns out to be uninsured, you may not be able to recover any damages.
  2. Obtain several photographs which clearly show the scene of the accident, any damage to the vehicle(s) involved, if possible, the other driver(s) involved, the depth, width and length of any defect, for instance a hole in the road, which contributed to the accident. Try to include a 50 pence piece for scale (NB Most mobile phones have cameras). Obviously, it will not be possible to do this, once the defect has been repaired.
  3. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to your accident and if possible statements describing what happened.
  4. Identify any closed circuit TV (“CCTV”) cameras which may have caught the accident. Try to ascertain who operates the CCTV system and contact them and ask them to preserve the footage showing the accident as it may be needed as evidence of your accident.
  5. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible. Give details of your accident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim. 

Under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, a claim can be brought against the manufacturer or processor of a product which is faulty and which injures you or a loved one in normal usage in England and Wales.  There is no need to prove that the manufacturer or processor was negligent or at fault.

Almost any defective manufactured product can cause injury, giving rise to a potential claim.  Generally, defective product claims arise where an injury is caused by poor design, poor manufacture (often resulting from poor quality control), and failure to warn about risk of injury when defects are discovered after sale or inadequate instructions are provided for the product.  Some of the most common defective products include electronic goods, toys, pharmaceutical products, footwear, bio-medical devices and furniture.

If you or a loved one is injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to claim damages for your injuries and expenses. 

f you have been injured by a defective product, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. If possible, take photographs of the defect which caused the accident to clearly illustrate the defect.
  2. Take photographs of the injury/scarring.
  3. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible.  Give details of the incident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim. 

A visit to the hairdressers is generally an enjoyable experience which leaves the customer feeling good about their appearance and new hairdo.

Unfortunately, things do sometimes go wrong.  We have helped people who have suffered burns to the scalp, damaged hair and bald patches resulting from the negligence of hairdressers.  In serious cases, the injured person is left with permanent damage to their hair, dermatitis and damage to the scalp and psychological injury.

If you or a loved one suffers an injury to the scalp or hair, you may be able to recover damages.  

If you have suffered hair or scalp damage at the hairdresser, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. Report the damage to the hairdresser and their insurers immediately.
  2. Take photographs of the damage to your scalp and/or hair, if possible (NB most mobile phones have cameras).
  3. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to your accident and if possible statements describing what happened
  4. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible.  Give details of your accident or illness to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim. 

Service in the Armed Forces is inherently dangerous.

Like any other employer, the Ministry of Defence is obliged to minimise the dangers to its personnel.  It must maintain a safe working environment, both in your place of work and anywhere else you are sent to work, at home and abroad, on and off duty.

Military accidents can cause injuries or even death having a massive impact on the lives of you and your loved ones: the pain and suffering of the injury itself is often compounded by having to take time off work and pay medical bills and other expenses.

Common military injuries are caused by road traffic accidents; weapons; explosives; equipment failures; sports and adventure training; training exercises; parachuting; fast roping; mountaineering.

If you or a loved one has suffered a military injury, you may be entitled to claim damages for your injuries and expenses.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to claim. 

Animals can cause injuries or even death either as a result of a deliberate attack or when they are not properly controlled.  According to DEFRA, 210,000 people, including 4,000 postal workers, were bitten by dogs in the UK. In particular, recently a number of children have been badly injured and even killed in attacks by dogs.

Animal owners are responsible for ensuring that their animals do not injure other people.  This includes ensuring that animals are properly controlled and restrained in public.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 requires owners of dogs belonging to the following breeds to keep the dogs on a lead and muzzled in public places, as well as being noted on the Exempted Breeds Register: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasiliero.

The Animals Act 1971 also imposes duties on animal owners.
Commonly, injuries caused by animals involve attacks by guard dogs; attacks by dogs whose owners lose control in public places; attacks by dogs in the home; attacks by aggressive and/or stampeding horses, cattle and other livestock in fields; injuries caused by livestock straying onto roads causing motor accidents; injuries caused by horses panicking and rearing/throwing their riders.

If you or a loved one is injured by an animal, you may be entitled to claim damages for your injuries and expenses.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to make a claim.  

If you or your loved one has been blamelessly physically or psychologically injured by a violent crime or by criminal activity in England, Scotland or Wales, you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (“CICA”) which is a government funded body.

CICA may also award compensation to someone whose spouse, partner, child or parent died as a result of a fatal criminal injury.

Common examples of criminal incidents where CICA may award compensation include: random street attacks; knife attacks; muggings; assault during burglary.

CICA may award compensation where your injury was accidental, as well as deliberate.  For example, where you are pushed to the ground by a criminal fleeing the scene of crime you would still be able to apply for compensation from CICA for any injuries suffered.  CICA will also award compensation where you were injured whilst trying to prevent the criminal act, for example, if you hurt whilst trying to stop a mugging.

Generally, the claim needs to be made within two years of the incident and you must have reported the crime to the police as soon as possible and co-operated with the police investigation of the incident.  You can however claim even if no-one is ultimately charged or convicted.

CICA may refuse or reduce the amount of compensation if it considers that your behaviour induced the criminal incident.

Please see CICA’s website at http://www.criminal-injuries.co.uk for more details of the scheme, together with the tariff setting out the current awards of compensation for criminal injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of violent crime or criminal activity, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. Report the incident to the police immediately, if you have not done so already. Co-operate with the police investigation.
  2. Take photographs of the outward signs of any injuries, for example, bruising, cuts etc.
  3. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to the incident and if possible statements describing what happened.
  4. Identify any closed circuit TV (“CCTV”) cameras which may have caught the incident.  Try to ascertain who operates the CCTV system and contact them and ask them to preserve the footage showing the incident as it may be needed as evidence of your accident.  Pass the details on to the police.
  5. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible.  Give details of the incident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to make a claim.  

Slips, trips and falls cause injuries and sometimes even death to thousands of people in the UK every year. They can occur anywhere – in the workplace where the Health & Safety Executive estimates that over 10,000 people were seriously injured in slips and trips at work in 2012, in public places, on the street, on private land and in places likes shops and restaurants.  These accidents can injure anyone, irrespective of age, ability or fitness.

The injuries range from minor bruising to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Many such accidents are easily preventable, for example, by clearing up a spillage on a supermarket floor, removing slippery leaves from a path or repairing a hole in the pavement.  It may be possible to claim damages where the fault of someone else causes a slip, trip or fall.

Our effective yet friendly and approachable claims service aims to help injured people recover the full amount of damages to which they are entitled, with “no win, no fee” funding in appropriate cases.  We are happy to travel to see you outside our offices, for instance, at your home, your place of work or in hospital, if this helps you.

If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. Obtain photographs which clearly show the depth, width and length of any defect, for instance, a hole in the pavement, which caused your slip, trip or fall.  Try to include a 50 pence piece for scale (NB Most mobile phones have cameras).  Obviously, it will not be possible to do this, once the defect has been repaired which may damage your ability to claim.
  2. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to your accident and if possible statements describing what happened.
  3. Identify any closed circuit TV (“CCTV”) cameras which may have caught the accident. Try to ascertain who operates the CCTV system and contact them and ask them to preserve the footage showing the accident as it may be needed as evidence of your accident.
  4. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible. Give details of your accident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to make a claim. 

Holidays provide a vital opportunity for many of us to enjoy ourselves, relax and escape from the pressures of our day-to-day lives, allowing us to return refreshed and with great memories.  Unfortunately, sometimes accidents or illnesses do happen which can ruin a holiday and, in some cases, have catastrophic long-term effects on you and your loved ones, especially where an accident results in severe disability or death.

Common accidents whilst on holiday include slips, trips and falls in hotels and cruise ships; sporting, skiing or adventure holiday accidents; accidents whilst travelling, for instance, on the plane, coach or boat; accidents caused by faulty accommodation or equipment

Common illnesses contracted whilst on holiday include gastroenteritis caused by contaminated swimming pool water or poor hygiene and/or food preparation resulting in bacterial and viral contamination of food or water in restaurants and hotels with agents such as campylobacter, cryptosporidium, Escherichia coli (‘E-coli’), giardia, norovirus, rotavirus, salmonella or shigella; legionnaires disease resulting from contaminated air conditioning systems;

It may be possible for a claim for damages to be brought against the tour operator which arranged the holiday without involving foreign parties.

If you have suffered an illness or been injured in a holiday accident at work, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. Report the accident to your tour operator and the local agents immediately.
  2. Take photographs, if possible (NB most mobile phones have cameras).
  3. You have got the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to your accident and if possible statements describing what happened.
  4. Identify any closed circuit TV (“CCTV”) cameras which may have caught the accident.  Try to ascertain who operates the CCTV system and contact them and ask them to preserve the footage showing the accident as it may be needed as evidence of your accident.
  5. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible.  Give details of your accident or illness to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to make a claim. 

Under the Defective Premises Act 1972, a claim can be brought against the owner or builder of any building which is poorly constructed or maintained by anyone who is injured as a result.

Furthermore, anyone who is injured on a property over which someone else exerts sufficient control to be classed as an occupier may be able to claim damages under the Occupier’s Liability Acts.

Generally, defective premises and occupiers liability claims arise where a hazard is allowed to exist on premises which subsequently causes injury: for example, the collapse of a poorly constructed part of a building; carbon monoxide poisoning or respiratory problems caused by inhalation of mould spores resulting from inadequate ventilation; slips, trips and falls.

If you or a loved one is injured by a hazard in a poorly maintained or constructed building, you may be entitled to claim damages for your injuries and expenses.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you must, as soon as possible:

  1. If possible, take photographs of the defective product to clearly illustrate the defect.
  2. Retain the defective product as it may be needed as evidence in relation to the claim. Do not return it to the manufacturer.
  3. Take photographs of the injury/scarring.
  4. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible. Give details of the incident to the doctor who examines you to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.

Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to make a claim. 

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