By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated August 27th 2021. Welcome to this guide on accident claims solicitors covering Bridgwater Here, we explain why personal injury solicitors covering Bridgwater would not need to be based there.
Have you suffered from an injury or illness caused by third party negligence? Are you searching for legal advice to make accident claims in Bridgwater? If so, this guide could provide you with useful information about personal injury claims.
You could be entitled to compensation for a road traffic accident, industrial injuries, an accident at work or even malpractice clinical cases. Although we are not located in Bridgwater, our team of accident claims solicitors covering Bridgwater could help you make a successful accident claim as they have up to three decades of experience working within the industry so with their skills, knowledge and experience they would know the process in which to handle your case.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Bridgwater?
- Industrial Injuries And Accidents At Work
- Somerset Work Injury Statistics
- Traffic And Road Accident Claims In Bridgwater
- Falling And Slipping Accident Claims
- Injury Claims As A Victim Of Crime
- Public Space Accident Claims
- Malpractice And Clinical Claim Cases
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Bridgwater
- Contact Accident Claims UK
- Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions
- Reference Materials
If you are looking to make accident claims in Bridgwater for a physical or psychological injury, or an illness contracted at work, the legal knowledge of a personal injury lawyer could help you make a successful claim.
A medical negligence claim could be made if your health suffers due to the negligence of a health care provider, reckless driving of another road user, or towards an employer who has failed to uphold a safe working environment. What needs to be a must is that an injury or avoidable harm is caused as a consequence of third party negligence.
There are a number of services an accident claim solicitor could provide to support your personal injury claim. For example:
- A solicitor could estimate your potential compensation pay-out through a personal injury claims calculator.
- Their legal knowledge could assess whether you claim is valid within the applicable accident claims time limit.
- Your lawyer will also help collect the right evidence to support your claim.
You won’t need to restrict yourself to Bridgwater personal injury solicitors to bring a workplace accident or injury claim. This type of accident at work claim could be for a range of injuries or illnesses that have arisen from an employer acting in a negligent way. For example, if the equipment provided to you was faulty or you are not trained fully to do your job safely, it could potentially cause serious injuries.
To ensure workplace injuries and illnesses are avoided at all times, there are various guidelines and articles of legislation which highlights an employer’s responsibilities. For example, employers may be held accountable if they ignore their duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. The same applies to:
- Upholding a building in good repair.
- Maintaining safety for both the workplace and any equipment.
- Protecting employees from risk.
- Covering floor openings when not in use, such as vehicle examination pits.
- Providing safety glass, if necessary.
- Minimising risks caused by snow/ice on outdoor routes.
More steps to maintaining a safe working environment can be found in this report by the Health and Safety Executive.
In the table below are statistics relating to the rate of workplace injuries in Somerset. This includes both non-fatal and fatal injuries, along with the rate per 100,000 workers.
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You can find additional statistics on workplace injuries in South West England and the rest of the UK in this PDF guide produced by the Health and Safety Executive.
Unfortunately, the HSE revealed that in 2020/21 142 workers were killed at work. You can see which industries were affected below.
According to a report issued by Somerset Intelligence, collision and casualty numbers have remained highest on ‘A’ class roads across the county consistently over a five year period from 2013 to 2017. In addition to this, of the 1,464 recorded casualties in 2017 resulting from collisions on Somerset roads, 22 of these were fatal.
Our expert team of accident claims solicitors understand that every road accident is different. There a number of factors to take into consideration when making a claim, from the circumstances of the accident and what injuries were suffered, to the vehicle(s) involved.
A personal injury claim could be made for a range of incidents, such as a car accident in Bridgwater traffic, a motorcycle accident on the motorway or a lorry crash at a junction. To ensure you have the best possible chance of securing a settlement, the professional accident claims advice of a personal injury solicitor could benefit your claim.
A slip, trip or fall accident is recognised as one of the most common causes for accidents at work in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive. What is considered legal grounds for a compensation claim, however, may depend on the conditions, third party responsibility, or criteria set out by a governing body. To better illustrate what this might mean, we have provided a brief description of each accident, alongside examples of what these may be caused by.
If there is less friction between a surface and a person’s footwear, or no friction at all, a slip is likely to occur. Some common causes of slipping accidents include oily surfaces, weather hazards, spills or even loose-fitting mats/rugs.
This describes circumstances where a person loses their footing from catching their foot on a defective surface or an obstruction. A trip could be caused by loose cables/wires, poor lighting, potholes or defective pavements. In cases where an injury has been suffered in the street, the pothole or defective pavement must fit a certain criteria or guidelines set out by the governing body.
A slip or trip accident, such as the examples given above, could lead to a fall. As a result, there could be short-term and long-term complications that result from this, depending on the severity of the fall.
For accident claims advice about slip and fall accidents, alongside specific information regarding government criterion for defective pavements, contact us today.
A claim for a criminal injury is another area of personal injury our accident claims solicitors could also help you receive compensation for as a victim of crime. If you have suffered from physical harm or psychological trauma due to the criminal actions of another, you may be able to claim compensation.
The first step to take as a blameless victim of criminal injury is to report the incident to the police at the most convenient moment. Once you have done this, you can contact an expert from our accident claims team who will be able to help you claim compensation for your suffering. A claim may be brought forward for physical injuries or psychological harm, such as PTSD.
To find out if you, a friend or a family member are entitled to make a personal injury claim as a victim of crime with our personal injury lawyers, contact us today.
A public space accident claim is a legal process of gaining financial compensation for an accident in a public space caused by someone else’s negligence. What party the claim may be brought against, however, is a question of who may be responsible for the space the accident was sustained in.
There are numerous types of public spaces which are managed by private and public bodies. This could include a local park, the street, a retail park or leisure facilities. If you have been harmed in a public place in Bridgwater, our personal injury lawyers could help you make a claim today. Your claim could be made against a local authority responsible for maintaining A-roads and local parks, or a private owner responsible for a retail park.
A claim for malpractice clinical cases may seem a bit daunting at first, especially if you are unsure about what could be construed as medical negligence. However, our panel of accident claims solicitors could help simplify all the technical jargon to ensure you understand the claims process.
For the purpose of making a compensation claim, the term ‘medical negligence’ is used to describe a substandard of care delivered by a healthcare professional that results in unnecessary harm to the patient. This could come from almost any healthcare professional, including a doctor, nurse, dentist, general practitioner or even residential care home staff.
Below are some examples of circumstances in which medical negligence could arise:
A dentist who makes a mistake or acts negligently, which leads to a routine check-up or course of treatment causing damage to otherwise healthy teeth, gums or any other oral areas.
If a surgeon fails to uphold reasonably expected standards of care during surgical procedures, it could lead to significant complications for the patient. This may include performing a wrong site surgery, failure in surgical procedures, inadequacy to remove foreign objects left behind after surgery or wrongful death.
Nursing Home Negligence:
This could present itself as a poor-quality of care dispensed by care home staff or negligence while attending to elderly residents. As a result, our loved ones could suffer from bed sores, fractures, malnutrition or errors in administering medication. You can find more information about care home negligence in our online guide.
These are just a handful of examples which may be grounds for a medical negligence claim. Contact our team to discuss whether you have a claim against a private practice, the NHS or even a residential home.
We have a specialist team of accident claims solicitors covering Bridgwater who are here to help. With up to 30 years’ experience in personal injury claims, our solicitors have helped countless clients receive compensation for accidents caused by third party negligence. In most cases, we offer clients a No Win No Fee agreement to help fund their claim as we believe this is one of the most affordable ways in which a person could fund their accident claim.
A no win no fee solicitor operates under the agreement that they will not charge a client for their fees if the compensation claim is unsuccessful. If their case is successful, a maximum of 25% will be deducted from the client’s settlement to cover the legal costs. What percentage will be set aside is pre-discussed between the client and the solicitor prior to beginning the accident claims process. This reduces the financial risks of making an accident claim and allows you to relax just that little bit more during the process.
We hope this guide has provided you with a basic understanding of the claims process. Our panel of accident claims solicitors aim to be as helpful as possible in order to avoid any unnecessary stress for the claimant. The next step in beginning a personal injury claim is to contact our specialist solicitors, regardless of whether you need help to make a claim for industrial injuries or accidents at work.
In the section below, some of the most frequently asked questions which people may have when making a personal injury claim have been answered. If you cannot find your question below, you can speak to our accident claims team who may be able to answer your questions for you.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
It is more or less impossible to accurately determine how long a personal injury claim could take as each unique case can vary. Where a straight forward whiplash claim may take a couple of weeks, malpractice clinical cases may be more complex and could take a couple of years.
Rather than setting you up for disappointment by fixing an exact date for the end of your case, we would rather provide you with the average claim duration of when the claim will be settled.
Do I Need A Solicitor In My Area?
This is a common misconception held by claimants who may be looking to make an accident claim. In actual fact, you can use a solicitor who is based anywhere in the country. Our accident claims solicitors covering Bridgwater are able to communicate with clients based in various places across the UK by email, over the phone or through the post.
There’s no need to limit yourself to the legal firms in your local area, especially if you feel that their services are insufficient. By broadening your online search from ‘solicitors near me’ to ‘accident claims solicitors UK’, you may find a more experienced solicitors firm located elsewhere.
Will I Be Asked To See A Doctor?
You may be asked to undergo a medical examination in the process of your personal injury claim. The purpose of this assessment is to highlight the extent of your injury/illness and what impact the accident suffered has had on your life. This will enable your accident claim solicitor to calculate a more centralised estimation of the potential damages you may be awarded, alongside providing substantial evidence to support your case.
You could be seen by an impartial doctor from our panel of healthcare professionals covering Bridgwater. Some of these practitioners have been listed below.
Will My Doctor Be Based In This Area?
Your doctor could be based anywhere in the country, which means you won’t have to travel far for your medical exam. In Bridgwater, this panel of doctors includes:
East Quay Medical Centre,
East Quay Medical Centre,
East Quay Medical Centre,
How would accident claims solicitors covering Bridgwater process my claim?
When personal injury solicitors cover in Bridgwater take on claims under a no win no fee agreement, you would have to sign this document before they were able to go ahead and start on your claim. Therefore, the first thing you would need to do is read over this document and ensure you agree to its terms. Once this process was complete and be a good start working on your claim they would begin to gather evidence. At some point during the claims process, you would need to visit an independent medical expert in order to receive an independent medical report detailing your condition and your injuries.
Once your solicitor had all the evidence and documentation they needed, they would submit your claim to the liable party. If the liable party agreed that they were at fault, they could then offer you a compensation settlement. Your solicitor could advise you on whether to accept this settlement or whether to fight for more. Sometimes, a liable party could dispute or refuse liability, and they may even say that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are. This could delay your claim somewhat, but your solicitor could advise you every step of the way. If it becomes necessary for your case to go to court, they could support you throughout this.
When your solicitor has successfully obtained a compensation settlement for you, either directly by negotiating with the viable parties insurers, or through the courts, they would deduct their successfully from this and the rest of the conversation would benefit you. If your claim is unsuccessful for some reason, and the lawyer took it on under no win no fee terms, he would not pay them the success fee or cover their costs.
What should I be looking for in accident claim solicitors covering Bridgwater?
As we have mentioned their location does not have much of a bearing on your case. However, there are a certain number of things you may want to check before you agree to work with any law firms or solicitors. We would advise you to check that they are registered in England and Wales and are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We would also advise you to check that they have handle cases like yours before, and whether they have good reviews on independent review websites.
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Article by HH Edited by Mel.