Trafford Borough Council – How To Sue For Compensation

In this guide, we will look at what could form the basis of a valid claim against Trafford Borough Council. We will look at a number of different ways that a council could cause you harm, for example, through personal injury, a data breach or housing disrepair. 

Claim against Trafford Borough Council
Claim against Trafford Borough Council guide

In certain circumstances, your local council has a responsibility to prevent you from coming to harm. For example, they have a duty of care towards you to prevent you from being injured in public spaces (or, if you’re a council tenant, in your own home). They also have a responsibility to protect your personal data and prevent it from being exposed.

For more information on making a claim against a council, you can get in touch with our team. If they feel you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

You can get in touch by:

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7827
  • Talking to us via live chat, which is found on the bottom right-hand corner
  • Contacting us through our website

Select a Section

  1. Local Council Compensation Claims After Suffering A Personal Injury?
  2. Data Breach Local Council Compensation Claims
  3. Suing A Local Council For Housing Disrepair
  4. Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim Against Trafford Borough Council?
  5. Time Limits For Any Personal Injury Claims
  6. Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Trafford Borough Council
  7. More Resources On Making A Claim Against Trafford Borough Council

Local Council Compensation Claims After Suffering A Personal Injury?

Those in control of spaces that are accessible to the public have a duty of care towards those who use the space for the intended purpose. They should take all reasonably practicable steps to reduce the risk of injury to visitors. This is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

Their duty of care includes addressing issues such as:

  • Broken playground equipment. This could cause children to fall, resulting in a broken cheekbone or a broken rib
  • Loose paving stones. These could cause a slip or trip that results in an injury such as a concussion.
  • Barbed wire on public walkways. This could cause cuts and lacerations and may lead to diseases such as tetanus.

In order for you to claim, you must show that the council breached their duty of care, leading to an injury. For example, if the council had missed an inspection that would have brought their attention to a pothole that caused a road traffic accident, then you may be able to claim.

However, if the council could not be reasonably expected to know about and rectified the hazard in question, then you would not be owed compensation.

For more information on how an accident in a public place could form the grounds of a claim against Trafford Borough Council, speak with our team. 

Potential Personal Injury Compensation Payouts

You may be wondering, “How much could a claim against Trafford Borough Council be worth?; if so, you may find the table below useful. We have provided guidelines from the Judicial College that you can use to estimate how much compensation you could receive. 

Injury NotesBracket
(a) Tetraplegia (also known as Quadriplegia)Complete paralysis below the neck £304,630 - £379,100
(c) Moderate Brain Damage (i)Severe intellectual deficit, a change to personality and an impact on senses.£140,870 - £205,580
(d) Total Loss of One EyeThe amount awarded will depend on mental consequences and cosmetic effects.£51,460 - £61,690
(c) Total Loss of Hearing in One EarThe presence of headaches or tinnitus may impact the award within this bracket£29,380 - £42,730
(A) Chest Injuries (b)Trauma to the chest, lungs, or heart with the risk of permanent damage.£61,710 - £94,470
(G) Digestive System (a) Damage Resulting from Traumatic InjurySerious non-penetrative, injury which causes complications such as severe indigestion.£15,750 - £26,050
(J) Bladder (c)Loss of control over the bladder leading to incontinence and pain.£60,050 - £75,010
(A) Neck (a) Severe (ii)Fractures or other damage to cervical spine discs, such as damage to the brachial plexus that is permanent.£61,710 - £122,860
(H) Wrist Injuries (b)Permanent disability to a significant degree. However, some movement will still be possible.£22,990 - £36,770
(M) Knee (b) Moderate (i)Where there would be a dislocation or a tear to the cartilege which can lead to a minor level of instability. Can also present the risk of mild disability in the future.£13,920 - £24,580

When you claim, your compensation can consist of two different kinds of damages. The first of these is general damages, and this is the part that is illustrated in the table above. It compensates you for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. 

Special damages, on the other hand, compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. For example, you may have had to take time off work and have experienced a loss of earnings as a result. If you provide evidence of these losses, you could claim these costs back. 

For a more accurate figure of what you could receive, speak to our advisors today for free legal advice. 

Data Breach Local Council Compensation Claims

A data breach is defined by the Information Commissioner’s Office as a security incident that threatens the integrity, confidentiality or availability of personal data. Personal data is defined as any data that can be used, either alone or when combined with other information, to identify a natural person.  

The UK General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and an updated version of the Data Protection Act 2018 are the pieces of legislation that dictate data protection in the UK now that we have left the EU. 

In order for you to claim, you need to show that wrongful conduct on the part of the council led to the breach and that this breach caused you harm. For example, they may have had outdated cybersecurity systems in place or may not have trained their employees on data protection sufficiently. If so, you could claim for any financial and/or emotional harm that you experience as a result. 

Our advisors can tell you whether you have a valid claim against Trafford Borough Council for a GDPR data breach. Contact them today for free legal advice, 24 hours a day. 

Suing A Local Council For Housing Disrepair

If you’re wondering when a claim against Trafford Borough Council for housing disrepair could be justified, you might find this section helpful. 

According to the Defective Premises Act 1972, your landlord has a duty of care towards you. They should provide you with a home that is fit for habitation. This duty of care is owed to you as well as any visitors you have in your home that might be affected.

If your home is not fit for habitation, and you’re injured as a result, you could claim. If you live in council housing, this means that your landlord is the local authority. Therefore, your claim would be made against them. You don’t need to have told them about the defects; they could be held liable if they should have known about the issue, even if you did not tell them.

Examples of hazards that could harm your health in your home include:

  • Mould and damp
  • Loose bannisters
  • Exposed wiring

If you have proof to support a claim for injuries caused by substandard housing, you could contact our advisors for no-obligation advice on housing disrepair claims. 

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

You may be interested in pursuing compensation with the support and guidance of a solicitor, but you may be worried about the costs involved with doing so. If so, you may be interested in a No Win No Fee agreement (also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

If you choose to be represented by a solicitor, they may be able to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This will mean you pay nothing at the start of your case or while it is ongoing. 

If your claim loses, you do not pay your solicitor’s legal fees. However, if you succeed, you pay a small success fee; this will be deducted from your compensation, and you’ll always receive the majority of the amount you’re awarded. 

A No Win No Fee agreement could enable you to utilise the expertise of a lawyer from our panel without any associated upfront costs. If you have evidence of a valid claim against Trafford Borough Council, call our advisors today for free legal advice. They may be able to provide you with a solicitor from our panel.

Time Limits For Any Personal Injury Claims

You may be interested in starting a claim against your local authority. However, before you proceed, it is important that you are aware of the time limits involved with doing so: 

  • For personal injury claims, the time limit is three years from the date of the accident or the date of knowledge (this is the date that you knew or should have known that your injuries were caused by negligence)
  • For housing disrepair claims that involve personal injury, you have three years from the date of the accident or the date that you made them aware of the defect
  • Data breach claims made against public bodies are subject to a one-year time limit. For claims made against all other organisations, the time limit is six years

It’s important to note that these time limits only apply to starting a claim. Once the claim has begun, you have as long as you need to resolve it.

To find out how much time you have remaining on any claim, speak to our advisors. If you have a valid claim against Trafford Borough Council, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. 

Get Advice On A Potential Claim Against Trafford Borough Council

You can speak to our advisors if you’re interested in starting any claim. Not only do they provide free legal advice 24 hours a day, but there is also no obligation to continue with a claim just by getting in touch. 

Contact them today by:

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7827
  • Talking to us via live chat, which is found in the bottom right-hand corner of this page 
  • Contacting us through our website

More Resources On Making A Claim Against Trafford Borough Council

How To Sue For A Criminal Injury

Explaining The Personal Injury Claims Process

How To Sue A Doctor For Compensation

Statutory sick pay

Report a data breach to the ICO

Request CCTV footage of yourself

Thank you for reading this article on how to tell if you have a valid claim against Trafford Borough Council.

Article by Mcc

Edited by Sto