If you’ve suffered due to a data breach or endured personal injury due to negligence or wrongful misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have evidence of a valid claim against Salford City Council, this guide could be of use. We aim to help you understand what you could do next.
Suffering a personal injury or data breach can result in various physical, psychological, or financial issues. Local councils are responsible for keeping the personal data they hold about you safe and keeping you safe from harm in public spaces that they control.
Our advisers can have a chat with you about your situation if you have evidence of a valid claim. Once you’ve talked with an adviser and your potential claim appears to be strong, they can connect you to a lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on your claim. However, you’ll be under no obligation to proceed with this service.
We suggest you contact our experienced advisers via:
- Telephone on 0800 408 7827 to have a chat about the personal injury claims process.
- Our online contact form to get a reply whenever is best for you.
- Our live chat pop-up box to receive a response immediately.
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- Could I Claim For A Personal Injury Against A Local Council?
- What Is A Data Breach Compensation Claim Against A Council?
- When Could I File Housing Disrepair Claims Against A Local Council?
- Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Salford City Council?
- Time Limits For Personal Injury Claims
- Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Salford City Council
- More Resources On Making A Claim Against Salford City Council
The local council is responsible for minimising hazards as much as reasonably possible in any place they control. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that anyone who controls an area that is accessible to the public has a duty of care to protect those who access it (whether invited or not).
Here are some examples of how you could suffer an injury in a public place:
- Slip, trip or fall claims – An example of this could be if you trip over a loose paving stone on a public footpath. The local council could be responsible to fix this as they’re in control of many paths and roads, but not all. If the council are notified of the hazard and don’t take measures to fix the defect, it could cause a broken foot injury or broken toe injury.
- Public park defects – For example, a child could injure themselves on a broken climbing frame on a public park if the local council hasn’t fixed it, despite having been aware of it. This could result in a broken ankle injury or a broken rib injury if the child falls from a height.
Potential Personal Injury Compensation Payouts
The below compensation table includes figures taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) showing how much compensation each injury could be worth. The JCG is a publication that solicitors use to help value injuries.
The below compensation table is for example purposes and the figures may vary.
|Ankle Injuries||Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||Ankle transmalleolar fracture with significant soft-tissue damage that causes deformity.|
|Ankle Injuries||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Fractures and tears to ligaments that result in disabilities less serious than above. This can make it difficult to stand or walk for longer amounts of time and difficulty walking up and down the stairs.|
|Wrist Injuries||(a)||£44,690 to £56,180||The wrist loses all its function. An arthrodesis could have been carried out.|
|Foot Injuries||Amputation of Both Feet||£158,970 to £189,110||The compensation amount is similar to below-knee amputation as the loss of an ankle joint occurs in both.|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (ii)||£11,730 to £26,050||Serious disability with severe and permanent pain. For example, forefoot amputation where a full amputation nearly had to be carried out.|
|Wrist Injuries||(b)||£22,990 to £36,770||Significant disability occurs that’s permanent. However, there is still some movement.|
|Mental anguish||£4,380||Fear of oncoming death.|
Many personal injury claims include general damages (compensation for psychological and physical injuries) and special damages (compensation for financial losses caused by injuries). The above figures fall under general damages.
Each successful claim will involve compensation for general damages. However, special damages are dependent on whether the claimant suffered an injury that wasn’t their fault that caused them financial loss and whether the financial losses can be evidenced.
For example, you may have paid out of pocket travelling to and from medical appointments.
If you have evidence of a justifiable claim against Salford City Council, our advisors could help. Why not get in touch?
The UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was brought into British law in 2018 and acts alongside an amended version of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). It states that parties that collect, hold or process your personal data, for example, local councils, need a lawful reason to do so.
There are multiple incidents that can be referred to as a personal data breach. These include the unlawful access to, disclosure, loss, alteration or destruction of personal information.
The chart above includes statistics taken from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) showing the number of local government non-cyber and cyber data security incidents in quarter 1 and quarter 2 of 2021/22.
As seen above, quarter 1 had 236 data security incidents, whereas quarter 2 had 251. This means that there were 15 more data security incidents in quarter 2 of 2021/22 than quarter 1.
This guide aims to help you understand the concept of a claim against Salford City Council. However, if you have evidence of a valid claim, why not reach out to us?
The Defective Premises Act 1972 outlines the liability landlords have for badly constructed and unmaintained buildings, alongside any resulting injuries.
If you are currently in council housing, the council could be seen as your landlord. Therefore, if you’ve reported disrepair to them, they didn’t act within a reasonable timeframe and you suffered an injury as a result, you could claim.
There are various types of housing disrepair that your landlord may be responsible for fixing, such as:
- Problems with the exterior – Your landlord could be responsible for fixing any problems you report with the exterior and structure of the house
- Damp – If your housing is damp, your landlord should resolve this issue as soon as reasonably possible to prevent you from becoming ill.
- Heating/boiler issues – A broken boiler or heating system can mean you have no hot water or heating in the house. This can lead to you becoming unwell, particularly in the winter months.
If you have evidence of housing disrepair negligence, our advisers can give you advice on your rights. If you have a legitimate claim, they can connect you to a housing disrepair solicitor from our panel to begin working on your claim.
Some claimants and their solicitors decide to sign a No Win No Fee agreement. This outlines the rules the solicitor has to follow so they can receive their payment. Our personal injury lawyers and data breach solicitors would be happy to discuss working with you on this basis.
You won’t have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees if your claim is unsuccessful. If your claim is successful, your lawyer will take a small percentage of the compensation. This is a ‘success fee’ and it’s capped by law.
There are many benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement which our advisers would be happy to discuss with you. You can get in touch with our friendly advisers today to discuss No Win No Fee claims in more depth.
The usual personal injury claims time limit is generally three years. This equates to three years since the date your injury occurred or from when you linked your injury to someone else’s negligence. However, sometimes there are exceptions to this, such as:
- Child accident claims. The three-year time limit if you’re under 18 begins on your 18th birthday. However, someone you trust can become a litigation friend to claim for you sooner than this if you’d prefer.
- Mental capacity. The three-year personal injury claims time limit, if you lack the mental capacity to claim, begins when you commence recovery. On the other hand, if you don’t recover mental capacity, a person close to you can act as a litigation friend to make the claim on your behalf.
Would you like to discuss your rights if you have evidence to make a valid claim against Salford City Council? You can contact our advisers to talk through your situation and see how much compensation you could be able to claim.
Once you’ve talked with an adviser, you don’t have to continue with our services if you don’t wish to. However, if you’d like to, you can be connected to a personal injury lawyer or data breach solicitor from our panel if your claim is legitimate.
They can then have a chat with you about No Win No Fee agreements and explore your next steps.
You can contact our advisers by:
- Giving them a call on 0800 408 7827 to have a chat.
- Filling out our online contact form to receive a reply at your convenience.
- Talking to an adviser on our live chatbox for an instant reply.
How To Sue For A Broken Hip – Have you sustained a broken hip injury? Our guide includes useful guidance about this.
How To Sue Your Employer For A Broken Thumb At Work – If you’ve suffered a broken thumb injury at work and it wasn’t your fault, read our guide.
How To Sue Your Employer For A Broken Forearm At Work – Have you suffered a broken forearm injury at work? You may be able to claim compensation.
How Do I Know If I’ve Broken A Bone? – This NHS article includes important information about bone fractures.
Your Data Matters – This ICO page explains how you can be more data-aware and what rights you have over your personal information.
Thank you for reading our guide about what justifications and evidence you may need to make a claim against Salford City Council.
Article by NAY
Edited by VIC