By Brett Williams. Last updated 23rd August 2021. When you’ve been injured in an accident which was caused by somebody else, you’re probably aware that you could possibly seek compensation. How do you go about finding accident claims solicitors in Barnsley though? Fortunately, you’ve found this guide which is going to explain all about making accident claims in Barnsley and how to find a no win no fee solicitor to make your claim for you.
To save time, you could call our team of specialist advisors who are able to offer free accident claims advice. After they’ve assessed your claim, if they believe your case is strong, they could introduce you to one of our personal injury solicitors covering Barnsley. To get in touch, call 0800 073 8801 today.
To find out more about hiring a personal injury solicitor before calling, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Barnsley?
- Workplace Accidents In Barnsley
- Reported Rates Of Injuries At Work In Barnsley
- Road Traffic, Car And Cycling Accidents In Barnsley
- Slip, Trip, Fall Claims
- Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
- Accidents In Public Places
- Clinical Negligence Claims
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Barnsley
- Talk To Our Team
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Local Services And Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Barnsley?
Making an accident claim for a Barnsley road traffic accident, a clinical negligence claim or even a criminal injury compensation claim can be made a lot easier if you have an accident claim solicitor working with you.
Many accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley will offer to:
- Assess your personal injury claim for free and help you decide whether you can claim accident compensation.
- Help you gather the evidence required to support your claim.
- Handle all communication with the other party involved in the claim (the defendant).
- Offer advice about any offers you receive from the defendant or their solicitor.
Our accident claims solicitors offer the above services on a no win no fee service. You will probably need to be able to prove the following to be eligible for a no win no fee claim:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- They breached their duty of care towards you and such negligence lead to your accident.
- You suffered injuries because of the accident that could have otherwise been avoided.
You’ll also need to be aware of the accident claims time limit. In the UK, that’s either 3 years from the date of the accident or 3 years from the date you’re told about your injuries. There are exceptions so please call for more details.
Workplace Accidents In Barnsley
When you are at work, whether you’re based in an office, factory, shop or warehouse (or any other type of workplace), your employer needs to ensure your safety wherever possible. If you’re injured in a workplace accident, because your employer has failed to follow health and safety guidelines, you could be eligible for compensation.
To make the workplace safer, the business owner should provide all staff with training on health and safety procedures. They should also risk assess all processes in the workplace. If a risk is identified, then the employee should be made aware of the risk and all prevention policies should be in place to remove or reduce the risk.
The employer may be responsible for your injuries if:
- Machinery is poorly maintained and causes an employee to be injured.
- Your injuries were caused because safety wear wasn’t available.
- The accident occurred because you or another member of staff hadn’t received adequate training.
To discuss claiming against your employer following an accident at work, please call and speak with one of our specialist advisors today.
Reported Rates Of Injuries At Work In Barnsley
In the table below, we’ve provided statistics to demonstrate the number of workplace accidents that have occurred in Barsley according to HSE statistics. To see how these figures compare to other areas of the UK, you can take a look at the full report here.
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers
Staggering national statistics released by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that there were 147 workplace deaths in 2018 and an estimated 1.4 million workers suffering from a work-related illness.
Road Traffic, Car And Cycling Accidents In Barnsley
A fairly common type of claim handled by Barnsley accident claims solicitors are road traffic accident claims. The types of injuries that could be sustained in a car accident in Barnsley can vary massively from a whiplash injury to much more serious injuries which the victim may never fully recover from.
If another road user is to blame for an accident which caused you to become injured, you could make a claim for compensation for any suffering caused. Claims could be made against pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, motorcyclists, buses or taxis.
A personal injury lawyer could help you claim for a Barnsley road accident if the other road user was careless, acted dangerously or broke the law to cause the accident to happen. Claims may even be possible if the defendant is not insured or isn’t identified (in hit and run cases for instance). Please get in touch to discuss how we could help you begin your claim.
Slip, Trip, Fall Claims
You might think that, if you slip or trip over, that it’s just one of those things. In fact, in some cases where somebody else caused the accident, you could seek compensation. Some injuries caused by a fall can require lots of ongoing treatment, surgery or physiotherapy so you may have to take long periods off work and lose out financially.
The HSE have identified that slip and fall accidents are very common so they have provided specific guidance about the causes and prevention.
Common injuries caused by a fall include:
- Head injuries including concussion.
- Muscle or ligament damage.
- Sprains, strains and soft tissue damage.
- Back injuries.
- Fractured bones.
If you’re involved in a slip or fall, try to photograph the cause of the accident and gather witness details.
Common causes for a slip include:
- Cables trailed across corridors or walkways.
- Wet floors with no warning signs in place.
- Poorly lit areas making trip hazards hard to see.
- Damaged handrails.
- Door mats that have moved out of the correct position or are in disrepair.
Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
The government runs a scheme which aims to compensation those injured by violent crimes. Because the compensation awarded is from the scheme rather than the criminal, its eligibility requirements differ to a personal injury claim.
You could make a claim even if the criminal is never identified. Our accident claims solicitors can help you make claims for criminal injuries so that your claim is made in accordance to the CICA guidelines.
Accidents In Public Places
You could be making accident claims in Barnsley if you have suffered an injury in a public place due to negligence. In some cases, such as injuries caused by public pathways and pavements, the claim is quite straightforward as it’s obvious who the claim needs to be directed towards.
In other cases, though, it can be trickier as it’s not immediately clear who is responsible. It could be the land or property owner or a business that occupies the place. If you can’t identify the responsible party or they deny being responsible, then accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley can help you establish who is liable.
Armed with their knowledge of the supporting legislation, the solicitor could help you identify who’s responsible and prove they are liable.
Here are some examples of public places;
- Shopping centres.
- Footpaths and public highways.
- Public car parks.
- Parks and public green spaces.
Clinical Negligence Claims
Medical negligence claims are sometimes possible when a medical professional treats you in a substandard way which makes your condition worse, causes an injury or makes you ill.
You could possibly seek compensation for any suffering caused by medical treatment as well as cosmetic procedures if it can be proved that a medical practitioner has acted in a negligent way and the harm you suffered could have been avoided had the right procedures been in place. The claim could be made for NHS negligence or negligence by a private healthcare company.
Reasons why you might consider a clinical negligence claim include:
- Suffering caused by a negligent misdiagnosis.
- Wrong site surgery.
- Childbirth avoidable injuries to mother or baby.
- Suffering caused by the incorrect medicine being administered.
- Any pain or suffering caused by care home abuse.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Barnsley
The agreement you sign, known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), will explain that you don’t need to pay the solicitor if they don’t manage to secure any compensation. It will also state what their success fee will be if they do win.
The success fee is used to pay the solicitor for their services. It’s deducted directly from your compensation, so you don’t need to find the funds to pay the solicitor yourself and is limited, by law, to 25%.
Talk To Our Team
Thanks for reading our guide about accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley. If you’re ready to speak to us about your claim today, please call us on 0800 073 8801.
Alternatively, you can use the online chat feature of this website which is available 7 days a week.
How personal injury solicitors in Barnsley and nationwide law firms can help you claim compensation.
As you will know from this guide, a personal injury claim might be possible if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence. If that’s the case, you might want to find accident claims solicitors in Barnsley. While there are many law firms in Regent Street, Church Street and other areas of Barnsley, not all of them concentrate on personal injury claims alone. That’s where we’re different.
Our team of solicitors has over 3-decades of experience in filing personal injury claims for clients. They are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and handle all claims that they accept on a No Win No Fee basis. Although we’re not based in Barnsley, our nationwide service means we can accept claims for accidents in the area.
To make the claims process easier, you won’t need to travel to appointments to meet with your solicitor. They’ll manage your case on the phone, by email and online to make everything more efficient. That doesn’t mean they’ll rush things though. At the start of any claim we take on, the appointed solicitor will discuss the claim in detail with the client. This helps them to fully understand how serious the injuries were. It also helps them to ensure everything is included within the claim.
If your case is taken on, your solicitor will gather the evidence needed to support it before doing anything else. They’ll also arrange a medical assessment (locally) so that your injuries can be documented by an independent specialist. Once that’s done, your claim will be sent to the insurance company or legal team representing the defendant.
We don’t want you to be overwhelmed by technical legal or medical jargon so your solicitor will deal with all communication on your behalf. They’ll answer any questions raised by the defendant’s representatives and try to counter any arguments over liability for you.
Importantly, we don’t always accept the first offer made by an insurer. Your solicitor will review any settlement to assess whether it covers all of the pain and suffering you’ve endured. If it does, they’ll agree upon the payment but if it doesn’t, they’ll try to negotiate a fairer amount on your behalf.
If you would like more information about how our accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley could help you, why not get in touch with our team today?
Frequently Asked Questions
In the following few sections of this guide, we’ve answered some questions that we are often asked by new clients.
How Could You Help Me To Claim?
When you contact Accident Claims UK, our specialist will assess your claim with you, for free, and offer legal advice about your options.
If we think you’ve got a good case for compensation, we could connect you with one of our panel of accident claims solicitors. With up to 30 years accident claims experience, they’re committed to trying to help you gain the right level of compensation for your injuries.
It costs nothing to call us to find out whether you could claim or not. So, call today to speak with our friendly team.
Do I Need A Local Solicitor?
Over recent years, as communication has become easier, some personal injury solicitors have become willing to deal with claims over the phone or by email. Using solicitors who are willing to work in this way means you could choose accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley rather than those who are based there.
What Are Personal Injury Medical Exams?
When a claim is submitted, accident claims solicitors need to demonstrate how serious any injuries were and what impact they could have in the future. To do this, independent medical examinations are performed.
The medical report is then used, in conjunction with other evidence, to explain why you are asking for compensation. We try to reduce the amount of travelling required during a claim, so we have a panel of medical specialists we could use across the UK to perform the medical assessment.
Where Could This Happen?
Below is a sample of the medical specialists in and around Barnsley that we could use:
South Yorkshire Physio Centre
Barnsley, S70 1NW.
Barnsley, S70 2EP.
Barnsley, S5 3TX.
Local Services And Resources
To help you further, we’ve linked to some more guides, resources and links which you may find useful.
Reporting Road Traffic Accidents – Guidance from South Yorkshire Police explaining how to report road traffic accidents.
Barnsley Court – This website has details of the local court’s opening hours and contact numbers.
Reporting Work Accidents – Information from the HSE about what types of accidents need to be reported under RIDDOR regulations.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – A useful tool which shows the amount of compensation accident claims solicitors covering Barnsley could claim for you for specific injuries.
Whiplash Claims Guide – This guide provides more information about when you can seek compensation for whiplash injuries.
Thank you for reading about how personal injury solicitors in Barnsley and accident claims solicitors in Barnsley can help with compensation claims. To learn more about or nationwide claims service, please call today.
Edited by Mel.