In our guide, we explain when you could potentially claim for nerve damage after an accident in a public place. We outline the duty of care that is owed by occupiers of public places in these circumstances and detail some potential causes of nerve injuries.
Furthermore, we look into what forms of evidence can help to establish liability in a claim and further support such. In addition to this, our guide explores what personal injury compensation you could possibly receive and how solicitors may value this harm in accordance with guidelines.
Moreover, we highlight the difference between the kinds of damages you may receive and how evidence can also be beneficial in supporting your claim in relation to this.
As well as this, our guide outlines how a No Win No Fee arrangement may benefit you if you make a damaged nerve injury claim with a solicitor.
For further guidance on when you could claim for nerve damage after an accident in a public place, please continue reading. If you would prefer to discuss your circumstances directly, you can contact a member of our team to receive a free assessment of your claim.
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Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the person who is in control of the premises is responsible for taking steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those who use the space for the intended purpose.
A public place is any space owned by a public or private institution that is open for the public to utilise. If you suffer nerve damage after an accident in a public place, you could be eligible to claim compensation if you were harmed as a result of a breach of duty of care.
You should show that:
- You were owed a duty of care
- There was a breach of this duty
- This caused you to suffer injuries as a result
If you can illustrate the criteria above, you could be eligible to begin a public liability claim. You can get in touch with our team today for guidance on the process of claiming.
When you injure or damage your nerves, this can mean that you lack sensation in the affected part of your body, as your nerves may be unable to transmit the necessary signal to the brain. It could also mean that you experience a tingling or burning sensation.
There are many ways an accident could occur in a public place as a result of negligence. Examples include:
- A shelf in a supermarket may be faulty and fall onto your hand, causing you to suffer nerve damage.
- You may be walking through a car park to a gym when you trip over a manhole cover that is defective or broken. You could suffer a knee injury and potentially damage the nerves in this manhole accident.
- You may slip on a wet floor in a gym due to a lack of wet floor sign. You could fall and suffer a gym injury to your back, causing nerve damage.
If you want to know how to claim after an accident in a public place, please contact our advisors for free advice.
Having evidence to support your claim will be useful. This can help to establish liability for the accident that caused your nerve damage. If an occupier is in breach of their duty and you are injured as a result you could be eligible to claim.
Evidence can include:
- Witness contact information: Anyone else who has seen the accident occur could give a statement as part of the process of claiming.
- CCTV footage and photographs of the accident site and injury: If you take pictures of the physical injury you have suffered, this can help to prove the harm you have experienced. CCTV can show how the accident occurred.
- Copies of medical records and a diary illustrating the effect on your mental health: Having medical documents to show the nerve damage you have suffered can support your claim, as well as illustrate the mental effect of the injury through a diary or notes from a therapist.
Acquiring evidence can be done with the assistance of a solicitor from our panel. For further guidance on evidence that can help you in your claim process, please get in touch with our team.
When claiming for nerve damage after an accident in a public place, you may be entitled to receive compensation. One type of compensation is general damages. These reimburse you for the suffering you have experienced as a result of the accident and injury.
When solicitors are in the process of valuing the harm you have endured, they may use compensation brackets for assistance. These are contained within the Judicial College Guidelines, which align figures with injuries of various natures.
These are in the table underneath, however, the amounts are not guaranteed, and they may not be an accurate representation of the compensation you will receive for your claim. The individual details of your circumstances will be considered and reviewed in relation to your compensation.
|Paralysis below neck.
|£324,600 to £403,990
|Paralysis below waist.
|£219,070 to £284,260
|Severe (a) (i)
|Injury to the spinal cord and nerve roots leading to serious consequences that are not typical of a back injury. Severe discomfort and disability.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Severe (a) (ii)
|Nerve root damage causing a loss of sensation and impairment of mobility, bowel, and bladder function.
|£74,160 to £88,430
|Moderate (b) (i)
|Damage to an intervertebral disc with irritated nerve roots and limited mobility. This also includes compression/crush fractures.
|£27,760 to £38,870
|Less Serious (c) (i)
|Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries such as nerve damage in the lower limbs.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Serious Injury To The Thumb (t)
|Involves amputation of the tip, fracture requiring the insertion of wires or nerve damage.
|£12,590 to £16,760
|Moderate Injuries To The Thumb (u)
|There is damage to tendons or nerves. Also includes injuries necessitating arthrodesis.
|£9,670 to £12,590
|Causing lasting symptoms such as paraesthesia.
|£10,200 to £15,780
|Very Serious Fractures
|Multiple fractures causing severe consequences such as paraesthesia.
|£30,490 to £45,540
What Are Special Damages And Could I Be Awarded Them?
Special damages are another form of award you could receive. These cover the financial losses you have suffered after sustaining an injury after an accident in a public place.
These can consist of any costs you have incurred paying for transportation to your hospital appointments, any money you have spent on adjustments to your home, and any reductions in your earnings.
Evidence such as payslips, invoices, bank statements, and public transport tickets can help to support your claim for special damages.
When claiming for nerve damage after an accident in a public place, you may choose to work with a solicitor. They could propose to work on a No Win No Fee basis.
If they offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement, this usually means that you will be under no obligation to pay for your solicitor’s services if your claim is unsuccessful.
However, with this arrangement in place, your solicitor will deduct an amount from your compensation if your claim is successful. These are success fees, and the percentage they are allowed to take is restricted legally through the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
For more information about No Win No Fee, please contact our team.
Contacting Our Team
If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a claim for your nerve damage, you can speak with an advisor from our team. They can provide you with further guidance and assess the circumstances of your claim.
To reach a team member, please do so in the following ways:
- Call us on 0161 696 9685
- Contact us by completing our webpage form
- Use our chat feature to start a conversation
Thank you for reading our guide on when you could claim for nerve damage after an accident in a public place. To read more of our information, please visit the relevant links:
- How To Claim For Personal Injury In A Pub Or Bar
- Do You Need A Solicitor For A Personal Injury Claim?
- A case study for a £19,000 compensation payout for a nerve damage injury and when you may have a valid claim.
- This article follows a case study where there was a £18,000 compensation payout for a broken cheekbone which resulted in nerve damage and paraesthesia
For external sites:
- Protocol For Public Liability Claims – Justice – Government Guidance
- Falls – NHS
- Peripheral Neuropathy – NHS
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