Can I Claim Against The Council For Personal Injury?

You could claim against the council if you’ve sustained an injury because of your local council’s negligence. Our team of advisers would be happy to discuss your right to claim. 

You may be entitled to compensation for the physical, psychological and financial impact the injury has had on you. Before reading our guide, you may have some questions such as:

  • Can I sue my local council for personal injury?
  • Can I claim against the local authority?
  • How do you find a No Win No Fee solicitor?

Our team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to offer you free legal advice and assess how much compensation you may be owed. If your claim is legitimate, they can connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on the personal injury claims process.

We suggest you get in touch with our team of advisers by:

  • Calling them on the above number to have a chat about your situation.
  • Fill in our online claims form to receive a response when you’re next available. 
  • Chatting with an adviser through our live chat pop-up box to receive a response straight away.

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  1. Why Would You Need To Claim Against The Council For Personal Injury?
  2. Examples Of Accidents Caused By The Local Authority
  3. How To Prove A Claim Against The Council
  4. Can I Make A No Win No Fee Public Liability Claim

Why Would You Need To Claim Against The Council For Personal Injury?

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that anyone in control of a public palace has a duty of care to keep anyone who uses the space for the intended purpose safe. They should do this by minimising hazards as much as reasonably possible.

Anywhere that the local council owns, for example, a library must be kept safe by the local council. If the local council breaches this duty of care and causes you to suffer an injury, you may be able to make a public liability claim.

Examples Of Accidents Caused By The Local Authority

There are various hazards in a public place that could cause an injury, such as:

  • Tripping over a loose paving stone – If the council is notified of a trip hazard, they should take steps to fix this. If they fail to do so and you suffer an injury as a result, you could be eligible to make a claim against the council.
  • Defective public park equipment – For example, a broken climbing frame. This could cause a child to fall off and suffer injuries, such as a broken wrist or broken arm.
  • Slip, trip or fall accident – This could occur if you fell on unsuitable flooring in a space controlled by the council. 
  • Falling down a manhole – If you fall down a manhole, you could suffer a broken leg or broken ankle injury. It’s the responsibility of the council to reduce the risk of someone falling down one of these holes. 

Don’t worry if you don’t see your injury type listed above; you may still be able to claim against the council. Speak to a member of our team for more information on your eligibility.

How To Prove A Claim Against The Council

In order to make a council negligence claim, you must prove that they breached their duty of care. You also need to provide evidence of the injuries you sustained.

For example, you could collect:

  • CCTV footage – If there are CCTV cameras on the premises, for example in a public park, you can request this footage to show exactly how the injury occurred. 
  • Pictures – Taking pictures of your injury can be helpful when it comes to making a claim against the council. This can prove the severity of your injuries and where on the body it happened.
  • Witness details- If anyone witnessed the accident happen, they could provide a statement at a later date to 
  • Medical records – If you suffer an injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You can use your medical records as evidence throughout your claim.

For more information on how you could strengthen your claim, speak to a member of our team today. They could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Public Liability Claim

Our panel of personal injury lawyers would be happy to have a chat with you about working on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement is a signed contract between you and your lawyer.

It states that if you lose your claim, you won’t have to pay your solicitors fees. If you win your claim, your lawyer will deduct a percentage of your compensation. This will be a small percentage that’s legally capped. 

You will be informed of this percentage beforehand and will still receive most of the compensation awarded to you. If you’d like to discuss No Win No Fee agreements in more detail, our team of advisers would love to help.

They’re available 24 hours a day to offer you legal advice for free and have a chat with you if you have evidence to make a claim against the council. Once you’ve talked with an adviser, you’re under no obligation to continue with our services.

However, if your claim is legitimate, an adviser can connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel if you’d like. They can then begin working on getting you the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed.

We suggest you get in touch with our experienced team of advisers via:

  • A phone call using the number above to chat with an adviser and receive 24/7 free legal advice.
  • Our claims form online to get a reply at your earliest availability. 
  • Our live chat pop-up box to chat with an adviser straight away.

More Resources In Relation To Claims Against The Council

How Do I Know If I’ve Broken A Bone? – If you suspect you have a broken bone injury, this NHS guide includes important information. 

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)– See whether you could receive SSP for the time taken off work.

Broken Leg – Have you sustained a broken leg injury? If so, this NHS article has useful information about this injury. 

We also have some other guides on our site that you may find useful:

Thank you for reading our guide about pursuing a claim against the council.