Newport in south Wales was once called the most violent town in Britain. It is now a city and it would seem that nothing much has changed – although it is no longer the most violent place to live. Residents might wonder at that, as a local man was attacked there on his way home in the early hours of New Years Day 2014 – he subsequently lost an eye and had metal plates fitted into his face.
If you are the victim of an unprovoked assault, then you may be searching for a firm of injury solicitors in Newport or elsewhere.
Injury solicitors in Newport
If you are a resident of Newport, you may be seeking injury solicitors in Newport because you have been a victim of an accident and can prove that you were not to blame for it. If your accident occurred in Britain, you have three years in which to claim for injuries arising from an accident that you were not responsible for. If, however your accident occurred at sea, in the air or at an airport then you would have only two years in which to file a personal injury compensation claim.
You may also be entitled to file a personal injury compensation claim if you have been diagnosed with an illness which you and your injury solicitors in Newport, for example, can prove was caused because of another person’s negligence. You have three years in which to file a claim for this type of illness.
Victim of a violent attack?
If you have been assaulted, whether on the street, or while a crime was in process, you may be able to make a claim for your injuries through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) if the attack occurred in England, Wales, or Scotland, or through the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme if the assault happened in Northern Ireland. You have two years from the date of the crime in which to file a claim.
The minimum the CICA will pay for injuries is £1,000, with the maximum being £500,000. In other words, you cannot claim for minor injuries.
Although you can download a form from these sites and fill it in yourself, it would be wise to engage the services of an experienced criminal injuries solicitor to help you because the claims process can be very complicated and prolonged.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need expert legal advice and help to file any potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline on one of our freephone numbers. You can call us at any time as our lines are always open for your calls. From a landline the number to ring is 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call us now to discuss your potential claim for compensation?