Liverpool City Council – How To Sue For Compensation

This guide will look at when a claim against Liverpool City Council could be justified. If you’ve been injured as the result of third-party negligence, then you might be able to claim compensation. 

Claim against Liverpool City Council
A guide on making a claim against Liverpool City Council

Negligence is where someone who owes you a duty of care breaches this. If you are injured as a result of negligence, then you may be able to claim.

In addition to this, we will look at data breach claims and when they can be made. Parties that process your personal data have a responsibility to keep it safe; if they fail to do so and your personal data is exposed, this could harm you. If this happens, you may be able to claim.

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  1. Our Guide On Filing Claims Against The Council For Personal Injury
  2. Data Breach Claims And How To File Them Against A Local Council
  3. The Process Of Making Housing Disrepair Claims Against The Local Council
  4. Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Liverpool City Council?
  5. What Is The Personal Injury Claims Time Limit?
  6. Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Liverpool City Council
  7. More Resources On Making A Claim Against Liverpool City Council

Our Guide On Filing Claims Against The Council For Personal Injury

You may be able to sue your local council for an accident caused by their negligence. The party in control of a public place owes a duty of care to members of the public who use the space for the intended purpose; some public places will be controlled by the local authority. This duty of care is stated in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

An accident can have a big impact on your quality of life because of the injuries it causes. For instance, you may have become injured from a slip or trip accident. Due to this, you may suffer from a break or fracture such as a broken rib or a broken cheekbone.

Some of the hazards that could cause an accident in public can include:

  • Loose paving stones
  • Faulty equipment in a public park, for example, playground equipment
  • Potholes on roads that have the potential to cause road traffic accidents

If you would like to see if you have a valid claim against Liverpool City Council, speak with a member of our team today.

Possible Personal Injury Settlement Amounts 

You could receive general and special damages in a claim against your local council.

We’ve based the table below on the 16th edition of the  Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that legal professionals use to help them work out how much general damages in personal injury claims are worth. General damages is the part of your settlement that relates to the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

Please use the following amounts as a guideline only; how much you could receive will depend on the individual circumstances of your case.

InjuryNotesAmount
Brain and Head InjuryMODERATE (i) - Can involve a moderate to severe intellectual change, as well as a loss of sight with a risk of epilepsy.£150,110 - £219,070
Chest Injuries - Lung Disease(b) - Lung cancer involving severe pain, reducing quality of life.£70,030 - £97,330
Injuries Affecting SightTotal Loss of One Eye - Amount awardable will depend on age and psychiatric consequences.£54, 830 - £65,710
Injuries to Internal Organs - Kidney(b) - Carries significant risk of future urinary tract infections, as well as kidney failure.Up to £63,980
Injuries to the ElbowA severely disabling injury.£39,170 - £54,830
Shoulder InjuriesSEVERE - Can involve damage to the brachial plexus, leading to a significant disability.£19,200 - £48,030
Deafness/TinnitusTotal Loss of Hearing In One Year - Amount awardable is dependent on development of tinnitus, dizziness and headaches£29,380 - £42,730
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsMODERATE (i) - Can involve a significant injury to the hip/pelvis, but is not expected to cause any permanent future disability.£26,590 - £39,170
Back InjuriesMODERATE (i) - Can involve crush fracture to vertebrae in the lumbar region as well as a future risk of osteoarthritis.£27,760 - £38,780
Neck InjuriesMODERATE (i) - Can involve fractures and dislocation, possibly leading to spinal fusion surgery.£24,990 - £38,490

Any monetary losses you have suffered because of your injury can be compensated through special damages. This can include costs like travel expenses to and from medical appointments and lost wages if your injuries impacted your earning ability.

You should provide evidence to support special damages, such as receipts, invoices and payslips. If you fail to provide evidence, you might not be fully compensated.

For more information on when a claim against Liverpool City Council could be valid, speak with an advisor today.

Data Breach Claims And How To File Them Against A Local Council

A data breach is a security incident that results in the availability, confidentiality or integrity of personal data. Personal information can include your name, phone number and address.

Your local council might need to process your personal data for a number of reasons, for example, so that you can pay council tax. They must follow the UK General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR), and the Data Protection Act 2018, which sit together as the regime in the UK that protects personal data.

To make a claim, you must be able to prove that your case meets certain criteria. Firstly, you must prove that the breach was a result of positive wrongful conduct. This means the data breach happened because of something that the local council did or failed to do. If they did all they could to protect your personal data, but a breach happened anyway, you’d be unlikely to be awarded compensation. 

Additionally, to make a claim, you must also prove that the data breach caused you financial and/or emotional harm.

Some examples of how your personal data may have been breached are:

  • Your personal data was emailed to the wrong recipient. This recipient was not authorised to view this information. 
  • A device containing your personal data was lost after being left on public transport. 

Speak with our advisors for more information about making a claim for harm caused by a data breach. 

The Process Of Making Housing Disrepair Claims Against The Local Council

Your landlord is responsible for repairs, especially those that could endanger your health if ignored. If you live in social housing, then the council is your landlord. 

If your local council has neglected repairs for long enough, resulting in unacceptable living conditions, you could be injured. As a result, you may be able to claim. 

Below, we’ve included some examples of how housing disrepair could harm you:

  • Your property contains large amounts of mould. This causes respiratory issues.
  • The staircase in your home is old and rotting, but the council neglected to repair this. As a result, you fall through as you’re walking up the stairs, resulting in a head injury that causes a concussion.

To get free legal advice about whether you have a valid housing disrepair claim, speak to one of our advisors today.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Liverpool City Council?

You may be interested in pursuing a claim against the council with the help of a lawyer because you recognise the advantages of doing so. However, you may be put off by the potential cost of legal representation. 

A No Win No Fee agreement could be a solution. A Conditional Fee Agreement is a popular form of this kind of agreement. With a Conditional Fee Agreement in place, there’s no need for you to pay upfront or ongoing fees as your lawyer works on your claim. 

Furthermore, if you do not win, you won’t pay them for their services. If your claim is successful, then a percentage of your settlement will be deducted by your solicitor. This is known as a success fee, and it’s legally capped to stop you from being overcharged. 

If you’d like to know whether you have a valid claim against Liverpool City Council, speak with a member of our team today.

What Is The Personal Injury Claims Time Limit?

Within personal injury claims, you only have a certain amount of time to start a claim. These time limits are laid out in the Limitation Act 1980.

This is three years from when your injury happened for personal injury claims. However, this can also be three years from the date in which you became aware that your injuries were connected to an incident. 

If you are under the age of 18, the time limit for your case does not start until the date you turn 18 years of age. However, you can appoint a litigation friend to act on your behalf if you wish to make a claim before you turn 18, and the time limit is suspended. Exceptions to this time limit also apply to people who lack the mental capacity to make a claim themselves.

For data breach claims, you have one year to start a claim against a public body and six years against all other parties. 

If you are unsure about how much time you have left to make a claim against a council, speak to our advisors today. 

Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Liverpool City Council

If you have clear evidence to support a claim against Liverpool City Council, speak to us today. Our advisors can offer free legal advice in regard to your specific claim. 

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Article by MCC

Edited by STO