Solihull Borough Council – How To Sue For Compensation

It may not always be clear if you can claim against Solihull Borough Council for compensation. So we have provided this guide as a way of supplying important information about the claims process. Local councils provide services and access points to the general public within their area. They provide numerous different services. Under the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 among other legislation, the local council owe the general public a duty of care to keep them as safe as reasonably possible in certain situations. This guide will help clarify under what circumstances a personal injury claim or data breach claim against a local authority might be valid. 

Claim against Solihull Borough Council guide
Claim against Solihull Borough Council guide

Our advisors offer free legal advice, are available 24/7, and can confirm if you’re eligible to claim against a council in just one phone call. Furthermore, they can put you through to our experienced panel of specialised solicitors who can help build your case if your claim is valid. Contact our team using the details below. 

  • Call us on 0800 408 7827
  • Contact us via our website.
  • Please write to us using the Live Chat window on the right-hand side of the screen.

Please read on to learn more about data breach claims, council housing disrepair claims and making a personal injury claim against a local authority. 

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  1. Guidance On Personal Injury Claims Against Councils
  2. Making A Compensation Claim About A Data Breach Against A Local Council
  3. What Must I Know About Filing Housing Disrepair Claims Against The Local Council?
  4. Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Solihull Borough Council?
  5. Is There A Deadline For Me To Make A Claim?
  6. Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Solihull Borough Council
  7. More Resources On Making A Potential Claim Against Solihull Borough Council

Guidance On Personal Injury Claims Against Councils

To make a claim against a council, you need to prove that their negligence caused your injury. Furthermore, making a successful  personal injury claim revolves around proving that: 

  1. The third party had a duty of care towards you
  2. Their actions breached this duty of care
  3. These actions led to your injury
  4. Your injury was totally avoidable.

Proving these things is integral to the personal injury claim process. Therefore, we always advise getting the help of a personal injury solicitor. They have the knowledge and experience to be able to prove these 4 points and help you gather the evidence you need. Every controller of public space that can be entered by the public for the purpose intended, has a duty of care towards the people using it. This is defined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957

Furthermore, the types of incidents that lead to you making a personal injury claim can vary. 

We have below looked at different scenarios that may mean people want to seek personal injury compensation: 

  • Slip trip and fall injuries – Injuries like this could occur from raised kerbs, potholes and defective payments (usually, the height of the pavement defect needs to be greater than one inch). 
  • Public Place accidents – This includes spaces like parks and playgrounds. Examples of things that could cause injury include broken park benches and broken playground apparatus. 
  • Road traffic accident – vehicle collision caused by defective road surfaces that cause driver and passenger injuries. 

Potential Personal Injury Compensation Payouts

When a claimant makes a successful personal injury claim they can be awarded up to two different types of damages. General damages compensate for the suffering caused by the injury whereas special damages look to reimburse financial losses both past and future. 

In the compensation table below we have taken bracket amounts that have been provided by the Judicial College. These figures are from past cases that have been settled in court. The table only includes general damages it does not look at special damages.

The Judicial College provides more information about the amount you could receive from personal injury claims. This is because they analyse previous payouts, comparing them to the type of injury suffered. This helps them build compensation brackets which you can see below. The Judicial College has provided these figures. 

Injury TypeCompensation AmountDescription
Eye£3,710 to £8,200This bracket includes minor eye injuries caused by things like being struck in the eye and exposure to fumes, such as smoke.
Chest£2,060 to £5,000Injuries in this bracket lead to collapsed lungs where an uncomplicated and full recovery is made.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£7,680 to £21,730In this bracket, recovery will have largely been made by the injured person. As such, any symptoms that are still affecting them will not be grossly disabling.
Neck£23,460 to £36,120Injuries in this bracket include dislocations or fractures leading to immediate and severe symptoms and which could make spinal fusion necessary.
Neck£7,410 to £12,900Injuries in this bracket may have caused an exacerbation or acceleration of a pre-existing condition, usually doing this by less than five years. This bracket is also for moderate soft tissue injuries.
Back£11,730 to £26,050This bracket includes injuries like ligament and muscles disturbances which lead to backache and prolapsed discs resulting in repeated relapses.
Clavicle£4,830 to £11,490This injury is a clavicle fracture. The level of the award depends on factors like the level of disability caused and the amount of residual symptoms caused.
WristIn the region of £6,970This injury is a Colles' fracture of an uncomplicated nature.
Hand£58,100 to £85,170An injury in this bracket is amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers.
LegUp to £11,110This bracket is for simple fractures to the fibula and tibia bones or soft tissue injuries.

If you are unsure whether you have a valid claim against Solihull Borough Council why not call our advisors through a consultation that is free of charge with no obligation to continue with our services your case can be assessed. You will be provided advice on the merits of your case and have an option to be connected with a personal injury solicitor for a valid claim. 

Depending on the type of incident, evidence you could include when seeking compensation includes medical reports, witness details (may be asked for a statement by the solicitor) and photographs of where the accident took place. 

Making A Compensation Claim About A Data Breach Against A Local Council

You may be wondering, “what is considered a data breach?” The Information Commissioner’s Office ICO is responsible for policing data protection in the UK. A data protection breach is a security breach leading to the alteration, loss, unauthorised disclosure of or access to and unlawful or accidental destruction of personal data. Every data processor and data controller needs to adhere to particular rules and regulations when handling your personal data. 

Therefore, you could receive data breach compensation if the controller has made a mistake or suffered from an oversight, which leads to your data being breached. Furthermore, you also need to have been negatively affected by this to claim successfully. 

The UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 establish the procedure for how data processors and controllers handle your data. They also clarify what is meant by negative impact. It means that you need to suffer either material damage (financial damage) or non-material damage (psychological damage, such as stress, anxiety or depression) for you to claim. 

What is a local council data protection breach? 

claim against Solihull Borough Council statistics graph

Above is a graph with statistics taken from the ICO about data security incidents reported by local Governments to them in the second financial quarter of the year 2021/22.

Above are stats related to local Government data security incidents. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulates the use of personal data in the UK to make sure data controllers and processors adhere to UK GDPR sufficiently. With that in mind, they record statistics outlining recent data breaches. 

As you can see, the reasons they occur include:

  • Failing to redact information (reported 42 times in Q2 2021/22) 
  • Posting or faxing data to the wrong person (reported 28 times in Q2 2021/22) 
  • Emailing information to the incorrect recipient (reported 32 times in Q2 2021/22) 
  • Unauthorised access to personal information through a non-cyber method (reported 23 times in Q2 2021/22) 
  • Losing or having data or paperwork stolen from an insecure location (reported 11 times in Q2 2021/22). 

Please contact our advisors to learn more about receiving compensation for a GDPR data breach. They offer free legal advice 24/7. By using the contact details above, they can inform you in just a few minutes if you’re eligible to claim and can put you through to a specialised data breach solicitor. 

What Must I Know About Filing Housing Disrepair Claims Against The Local Council?

Can you make a housing disrepair claim against Solihull Borough Council?  In the past local councils have been responsible for social housing. In recent years lots of the houses owned and rented out by local authorities have been sold off to housing associations. Some councils still act as landlords and rent out properties. Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants to provide them with accommodation that is habitable.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Solihull Borough Council?

What is a claim against Solihull Borough Council on a No Win No Fee basis? If you opt to work with a solicitor on your compensation claim, have you thought about funding one through a No Win No Fee agreement like a Conditional Fee Agreement CFA? This type of agreement is a contract between you and the solicitor that states what conditions must be met so that they can receive their fee. 

A No Win No Fee solicitor will be paid a success fee if they win your claim. This is usually a percentage of the settlement. If for instance, the claim failed you would not be obliged to make any payment to your No Win No Fee solicitor.

This is one of the main benefits of using our panel of personal injury solicitors – their legal fees are paid at the end of the claim once your settlement has been agreed. Furthermore, this means that you don’t have to worry about paying for the solicitor’s legal fees during the claim. Also, you wouldn’t have to pay these legal fees if your claim isn’t successful. 

Is There A Deadline For Me To Make A Claim?

Additionally, an important part of making a claim is knowing the appropriate time limit to begin claims proceedings. This is because it differs based on the type of compensation you’re looking to claim. 

  • Personal injury claims – Usually, the time limit to begin a claim is three years from the date of the injury or three years from when you became aware of the injury. However, if you’re looking to claim for a personal injury that occurred while you were a child, you have three years from the date of your eighteenth birthday to claim. This is clarified in the Limitation Act 1980.   
  • Data breach claims – You have one year to claim if you’re claiming against a local council or six years to claim against a private organisation. 
  • Housing disrepair claims – You have six years to claim from the date of the injury to potentially receive housing disrepair compensation. 

Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Solihull Borough Council

If you have any questions or queries about making a claim against Solihull Borough Council, please contact our advisors. Their advice is free of charge, and they’re available 24/7. They can also inform you in just a few minutes if you’re eligible to claim. Whether you want to make a claim against a local authority for housing disrepair, personal injury or a data protection breach, they can put you through to specialised solicitors that could help you. 

Our panel of solicitors can work your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This makes it easier for you to hire a solicitor, from a financial perspective. This is because you won’t have to pay your solicitor’s legal fees until after your claim has been successful. Contact us today using the details below. 

  • Call us on 0800 408 7827
  • Contact us via our website
  • Write to us using the Live Chat window on the right-hand side of the screen. 

More Resources On Making A Potential Claim Against Solihull Borough Council

What is a claim against Solihull Borough Council? Use the links below to further your knowledge. 

If you think you have broken a bone and would like medical guidance, please refer to this NHS guidance. 

The ICO provides more information about data awareness

Want to make a claim against your council? If so, view this Government website for guidance. 

Would you like to know more about the personal injury claims process? If so, read this article on our website. 

If you’ve suffered a broken hip and would like to seek compensation, please read this guide. 

Do you want to know if you can claim for a broken rib injury? If so, click on this page. 

For advice about a claim against Solihull Borough Council, please contact us using the details above.