Council or local authority injury compensation claims
The following guide sets out everything you need to know about making a local authority accident compensation claim.
Local authorities, commonly known as local councils, are administrative bodies in local government. They provide a wide range of services to local areas including:
- Sports and leisure facilities
- Waste disposal
- Public areas
- Social care
Each council is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of these services. They follow strict health and safety regulations in order to protect the general public from harm.
If you have been injured on property owned by a local authority, or while working as an employee of the council, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Quittance's panel of solicitors have significant relevant experience with local council compensation claims and will advise you how best to proceed based on your circumstances.
If you have been injured in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
In order to claim compensation against a local council, claimants must prove that their injury was sustained as a result of negligence of the local authority. Negligence means that the local authority failed in their duty of care to keep areas safe from risk of injury. Common injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls due to poorly maintained areas
- Injuries in council-run parks or schools due to faulty of poorly maintained equipment
- Car accident injuries resulting from potholes or badly maintained roads
- Injuries at work while in the employment of the local council
To prove that the local authority was negligent, evidence such as photographs or witness statements often help with claims.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
A compensation claim against the local authority take in to account:
- Pain and suffering caused at the time of the injury
- Long-term impact on quality of life
- Psychological damage
- Loss of income due to incapacitation
- Any incurred medical costs
If someone is injured while in the employment of a local authority, for example a refuse collector, they may be able to make a compensation claim for employer negligence. If they are injured at work, they will need to prove that their employer failed in their duty of care. The council may have failed to give adequate health and safety training, or failed to provide the necessary Personal Protection Equipment.
A no win no fee agreement (also known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is agreed between the claimant and a suitably qualified lawyer.
A Conditional Fee Agreement is basically the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.
The agreement documents what the lawyer will do and how he will be rewarded if your legal case is won.
If you instruct a Quittance Personal Injury solicitor for your council and local authority compensation claim there are absolutely no sneaky hidden costs , nothing to pay up-front and the reassurance that you will never be out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.
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