By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 10th September 2021. Welcome to our accident claims solicitors covering Ashford guide. This guide explains why personal injury solicitors covering Ashford don’t have to be based there.
When you are the victim of an accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, you may feel left in the dark with no sense of direction for your legal rights. There are many ways in which third party negligence can harm you both physically and psychologically, which is why it’s important to understand what could be considered a valid claim and whether you are entitled to compensation. In such cases, you could find the expert services of accident claims solicitors covering Ashford to assist you in the claims-making process
Although our panel of accident claims solicitors are not based in Ashford, we could help you make a successful personal injury claim. We have created this guide to provide you with helpful information and useful tips on how to conduct a successful accident claim for compensation.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Ashford, Kent?
- Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Compensation For Slip And Fall Accidents
- Work Accident Compensation Claims
- Statistics For The Number Of People Injured At Work In Ashford
- Car Accidents, Road Accidents And Traffic Accidents
- Compensation Claims For Criminal Injuries
- Accidents In A Public Place
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Ashford
- Talk To Accident Claims UK
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Resources For Ashford, Kent
The topic of accident claims may be confusing to those who haven’t experienced them in the past, which is why we have created this guide to help explain those areas which may seem complicated.
An accident claim is a form of legal process which seeks to provide a victim of negligence with compensation for their damages. Accident claims in Ashford could be made for a physical or psychological injury that was the result of another person’s breach in the duty of care they owe to you. This could be an employer who ignores their responsibility to keep employees safe or a public body that fails to maintain public roads and footpaths. For the best chance in making a successful claim for an accident in Ashford, you could find the services of a personal injury solicitor useful in securing the highest possible settlement for your damages.
You could be eligible to claim compensation for the harm that has come to you from an accident that was caused by someone else. You do not need to be limited to using the services of solicitors in Ashford Kent as you are not restricted by law. Our firm has accident claims solicitors covering Ashford who can help those seeking compensation.
Of the services we provide, our solicitors could also:
- Help you collect evidence to support your case.
- Assess whether you have grounds for a valid claim and whether it is within the applicable accident claims time limit.
- Process your claim on your behalf.
To learn more about the services an accident claim solicitor could provide, read on.
Alongside our accident claims solicitors covering Ashford, our panel of medical negligence solicitors could also help you claim compensation for harm caused by clinical malpractice. A healthcare professional owes you a duty of care while you are under their observation and when their treatment drops below reasonably expected standards injuries and/or illnesses may occur. If you have been caused ‘avoidable harm’ as a result of a healthcare professionals actions or omissions then you could have grounds to bring a claim for medical negligence.
There are various circumstances in which you could bring a claim against a professional in the healthcare industry. These include:
- Damage To Healthy Teeth: Dental procedures which result in otherwise healthy teeth/gums becoming damaged by negligent actions
- Delayed/Misdiagnosis: This covers cases where a disease/medical condition has been misdiagnosed or treatment has been delayed and the condition has worsened as a result. Victims of cancer cases can also be included in this.
- Avoidable Labour/Childbirth Injuries: Harm to both the mother and child at various points of the pregnancy, labour and immediate post-natal care periods.
- Hospital Negligence: This could encompass a wide range of causes, including poor hygiene standards, dispensing of incorrect medication, or treatment below acceptable standards.
- Residential Care/Nursing Home Negligence: The inability of care home staff to provide elderly residents reasonably expected standards of care. This could include abuse, wrong medication, malnutrition, or bedsores.
- Surgical Errors: Mistakes made by staff which result in operations of incorrect parts of the body, injuries to healthy organs, amputation of the wrong limbs, or foreign objects left inside the patient.
- General Practitioner Mistakes: Failure by a GP to maintain their legal obligation to patient welfare could materialise as incorrectly acting on test results, failing to retain accurate records or prescription of the wrong medicine.
If you have suffered from a medical accident in Kent you could be entitled to compensation. Call our advisors today for more information about how our panel could help you to make a medical negligence claim.
Our clients have commonly asked in past cases “What’s a slip and fall accident?” or “Who is held responsible for slip and fall accidents?” When it comes to accidents of this nature, the subject may be so broad that you could feel overloaded with information. But we believe you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed. Slips and falls could simply be caused by negligent actions from another person, public body or private owner. This could include potholes on the road that haven’t been maintained properly or uneven surfaces that haven’t been properly signposted.
Below are some examples of what could be considered as reasonable grounds to make a claim on.
- Uneven surfaces not properly signposted
- Weather hazards
- Loose rugs or uneven mats
- Oily/wet surfaces
- Blocked views
- Obstructed footpaths
- Bottom draws negligently left open
- Poor lighting
- Wrinkled carpeting
These types of accidents are some of the most common ways in which people are injured in the UK. At work, people are mainly injured by slips and trips according to data from the Health and Safety Executive.
An employer is responsible for preventing workplace accidents or injuries to the best of their abilities. In such cases where an employee suffers an injury in an accident at work that could have been avoided had the proper safety precautions been put in place, the victim could be entitled to make work accident compensation claims in the UK. This could include crashes, collisions, cuts and lacerations, exposure to loud noise, inhaling toxic fumes, or being hit by falling objects. You can see how common these accidents are if you look at the 2019/20 figures from the HSE.
To avoid such accidents taking place, an employer is legally obliged by various guidelines of legislation to uphold their duty of care. In ensuring this is done successfully, some steps an employer should take may be:
- Training employees to carry out daily tasks safely
- Providing both a safe working environment and safe equipment.
- If any safety equipment is necessary for the job, ensuring it is provided. This could be personal protective equipment such as headphones for noise.
If your employer has neglected his/her responsibilities and caused you to become injured or contract an illness, our accident claims solicitors could help you.
According to a report by the Health and Safety Executive, there are currently 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from an illness related to their work. In addition to this, there are 65,427 reports of workplace injuries in 2019/20.
To help hone in these statistics to your local area, we have created the table below to illustrate the rate of fatal and non-fatal injuries, as well as those per 100,000 workers.
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For further statistics about the rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries in various areas across the country, download this PDF guide by the HSE.
You could be looking for accident claim solicitors if you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the result of another road user’s reckless actions. If so, our panel of accident claim solicitors could provide you with expert guidance in receiving a settlement for your injuries.
A personal injury claim could be brought against another car driver, moped rider, motorcyclist, horse rider, cyclist, or even a pedestrian crossing the road if it can be proven that the person in question caused you to suffer injuries.
As the primary cause of a road traffic accident can vary significantly from case to case, it may be wise to consider the advice of an accident claims solicitor. Even though our panel of solicitors are not based in Kent, they are able to cover the area and provide you with claims assistance. Whether you have suffered from whiplash or a much more severe injury, our panel of accident claims solicitors could help.
A blameless victim of deliberate harm could be entitled to accident compensation for physical or psychological trauma. You could make a criminal compensation injury claim with a no win no fee solicitor from our team of specialist lawyers.
The criminal actions of another could lead to a broken bone or a form of psychological trauma, even if it is delayed in presenting itself. For example, with regards to PTSD, the accident claims time limit will begin from the moment the victim was aware of the PTSD and it had been diagnosed.
Furthermore, victims can also seek compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or ‘CICA’ for short. This is a government organisation that provides compensation to people who have suffered from violent crime throughout the UK. For more information about how you, a friend or a close relative could receive a settlement for a criminal injury, click here.
When it comes to something as simple as an accident in a public place, it’s not always easy to decide who is liable for your injuries. A public place is considered to be any space which can be entered as a member of the public. This could include a local park, the street, a shopping centre or a leisure centre.
There are various parties which are responsible for public spaces, which is why the professional opinion of an accident claims solicitor could be helpful in deciphering who could be accountable. If you were injured in a local park because of an unsafe swing, a public body may be held responsible. For injuries sustained in a car park or a shopping centre, your claim may be against a private company.
To make personal injury claims, contact our accident claims solicitors covering Ashford for expert accident claims advice and guidance.
Sometimes the issue of how an accident claim will be funded is an area that deters people with perfectly valid cases for compensation claims. However, we believe that the financial side of compensation claims should be as easy as possible. In most accident claims, a no win no fee agreement could be the most affordable way to fund your claim.
This agreement simply states that if your case is unsuccessful for whatever reason, the final bill for your solicitor’s legal fees won’t fall on you. However, you and your accident claims solicitor will pre-discuss what percentage of your compensation will be used to settle those fees if your claim is successful. Also known as a conditional fee agreement (Or CFA for short), this type of financial agreement is offered to the majority of our clients.
Whether you are looking for a personal injury lawyer to help you make a claim for a head injury or impartial legal advice about the claims process, our accident claims solicitors covering Ashford could help you receive compensation for an injury or illness caused by a breach in the duty of care owed to you.
Instead of limiting yourself to ‘no win no fee Kent solicitors near me’, you could expand your search to legal firms based across the country who possess the capabilities to handle your claim for an accident in Ashford, even if they are based elsewhere.
We hope this guide has helped answer any questions or queries that you may have had before beginning your online search. However, below we have answered some of the most common questions asked to our accident claims solicitors by previous claimants.
How Could Your Team Help My Claim?
Our panel of accident claims solicitors have up to thirty years’ experience across a broad spectrum of personal injury claims. Our specialist team are just a phone call away 24 hours a day and could provide you with expert accident claims advice about your unique case. If you have any queries, call us today.
Will I Have To Claim With Solicitors Near Me?
A common misconception among some people is that they may think they are limited to the legal firms in their local area in case they need to visit their solicitor. With the vast amounts of communications methods available to us, it’s now easier than ever to contact your solicitor regardless of where they are based.
In most cases, your personal injury solicitor will contact you over the phone, by email or through the post. This means you can broaden your options to legal advisors across the UK. With this in mind, our accident claims solicitors covering Ashford could be suitably placed to professionally handle your case.
Will I Have To See A Doctor?
It may be difficult to place trust in the hands of a doctor, especially if you are making an accident claim for medical negligence. However, the role of this medical assessment in your personal injury claim is to simply provide supporting evidence to your case in order to gain the highest settlement possible.
A doctor from our panel of medical professionals will write a detailed report of the extent of your injury/illness and how this has impacted your health. They may also include information about what treatment you require and your future prognosis.
Where May I See Your Medical Expert?
You could be seen by a doctor in or near to your local area. Our panel of doctors are able to cover a wide range of areas across the country. These doctors may include:
Julie Rose Stadium,
The Charing Practice,
1 Surgery Close,
37 North Gate,
Could accident claims solicitors covering Ashford give me any assistance if I caused an accident?
If an accident were entirely your fault, it would be unlikely that you could pursue a compensation claim. However, not every accident is clear cut in terms of who is at fault. In particular, when it comes to a road traffic accident, it could be difficult to decide blame at the scene. This is why accident investigators exist, to work out what caused an accident. We would strongly advise anyone who suffers injury in a car accident to refrain from apologising or admitting fault at the scene. After all, it could be found later that the other motorist had contributed to the accident too. If you have been injured in an accident that you partly caused but where someone else is also to blame, please call our team.
We could assist you in claiming compensation if someone else is partly to blame for the accident, but you were also somewhat at fault. However, we must warn you that such cases could be complicated, especially when it comes to negotiating for compensation. You would not normally receive the maximum compensation for your injuries if you contributed to them. Instead, your payout could be somewhat reduced to reflect the amount of fault on your side. To speak to our specialist solicitors about making a claim for such an incident, simply call our advisors. We’d be glad to answer your questions and connect you with one of our solicitors if we believe you could have a valid claim.
What do I need to know about the accident claims solicitors covering Ashford I’m considering using?
While the location of a law firm or lawyer’s registered office, as long as they’re registered in England and Wales does not matter, there are some things you might want to find out about them. You may want to ensure they’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and that they offer No Win No Fee legal services. Aside from this, it may be worth checking into the experience they have. Have they been trading only a short time, or do they have years of experience? Do they have good reviews from past clients is another thing you might want to investigate? Lastly, you might want to ask questions about the success rate of the solicitors and law firms you’re considering. All this could give you peace of mind your claim is in good hands.
Reporting Accidents, Incidents And Diseases
How to report an accident to the Health and Safety Executive
Canterbury Combined Court Centre
Where to find the Canterbury Combined Court and how to write to their facilities
Ashford Borough Council
Information regarding your local council or local authority and reporting an injury at work
The policing neighbourhood in the Kent Police force area
Death Or Fatal Accident
Who can claim compensation for a death or fatal accident
Snow And Ice Slip, Trip Or Fall
How to claim compensation for an injury caused by wintery weather conditions
Can I Claim For GP Or Doctor Negligence?
Help and advice about what to do when your GP or doctor fails to uphold their duty of care.
Thank you for reading this accident claims solicitors covering Ashford guide. We hope we’ve explained why personal injury solicitors for Ashford claims don’t have to be based there.