By Olivia Steadman. Last updated 9th September 2021. Have you been harmed as a result of an accident in Brighton and Hove? Do you suspect your injury was caused by another person’s negligence? If so, you could be entitled to compensation. There are countless forms of negligence that could be the cause of an accident, from a breach in the duty of care owed to you by an employer to failure of care by a medical professional.
Despite not being based in Brighton And Hove, our panel of accident claims solicitors could help you make a successful claim for third party negligence as the solicitor’s location does not play a part in the outcome of a claim. In this guide, we will consider the various ways in which damages could be received for accident claims in Brighton, how a personal injury lawyer could help you and why you shouldn’t limit yourself to accident claims solicitors local to Brighton and Hove.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Brighton And Hove?
- Reported Accidents At Work And Occupational Injuries In Brighton
- Workplace Accidents And Occupational Injuries
- Traffic Accidents Or Car Crashes In Brighton And Hove
- Slips, Trips And Falls
- Assault Compensation Claims
- Claims Made Through Public Liability Lawyers
- Failure Of Medical Care
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Brighton And Hove
- Making A Claim
- Supplementary Information
An accident claims solicitor is a legal professional who could help you claim compensation for an accident caused by the negligent actions or omissions of a third party. This could be another road user, an employer, a public body or a private owner. However, to ensure your claim is valid, you must have been harmed in the form of a physical or psychological injury that you can prove has affected your health.
Although you don’t need the services of a solicitor when making a claim, working with a specialist accident claim solicitor gives you the best chance of both making a successful accident claim in Brighton and Hove and securing the highest possible settlement for the injuries that you have sustained.
In addition to this, there are several services that a solicitor could provide. Some examples of these are listed below:
- An accident claim solicitor could assess whether your case is valid and within the applicable accident claims time limit relevant to your injuries.
- They will help you collect the relevant evidence to support your case.
- They could provide you with a centralised estimation of the settlement you may receive by using a personal injury claims calculator.
There are numerous ways in which a person could be harmed in the workplace and the level of severity may vary depending on the type of accident suffered. Although some people may not be aware of workplace accidents, in 2018/19 alone there were 1.4 million people suffering from an illness related to their work in the UK. A further 69,208, people who have been reported work-related injuries, according to this report written by the Health and Safety Executive.
To better illustrate these statistics, we have created a table to demonstrate the rate of workplace accidents in Brighton And Hove. This table will look at the total number of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries, alongside the rate per 100,000 workers in 2018/19.
|LOCATION||TOTAL – NON FATAL INJURIES (2018/19)||TOTAL – NON FATAL INJURIES PER 100,000 WORKERS (2018/19)||FATAL INJURIES (2018/19)|
|Brighton And Hove||188||154||3|
As an employee of any company, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. If this duty is breached in any way and the result is the contraction of an illness or an injury, you could be eligible to make a claim. Examples of Accident claims in Brighton for the negligent actions of an employer include failure to provide you with a safe working environment, or lack of training in how to carry out daily activities correctly.
There are various guidelines and articles of legislation that detail an employer’s responsibilities in ensuring their employees are safe at work. To avoid harm, an employer must:
- Provide a safe working environment and equipment that is safe to use.
- Train employees in appropriate safety precautions to ensure they can carry out their job role in the correct way
- Ensure the workplace has any necessary safety equipment on-site, such as personal protective equipment.
To claim accident compensation for an occupational injury, you could benefit from the specialist services of a personal injury solicitor.
To use the country’s transport networks as a road user or a pedestrian is generally very safe to do so. However, if another road user is to act negligently it could cause a traffic accident. In such cases, the victim harmed could be entitled to claim car accident compensation through the car accident claims process. The term ‘road user’ could encompass a wide spectrum of parties, including a car driver, moped rider, cyclist or pedestrian crossing the road.
You could be looking for ‘car accident solicitors near me’, but we believe that an accident claims lawyer who is capable of settling a car accident claim could be based anywhere in the country. Our car accident solicitors covering Brighton are more than experienced to handle accident claims in Brighton and Hove even though we are not based there.
If you have suffered from a car accident in Brighton and Hove then you, you may be able to claim compensation for any injuries that have resulted from third party negligence. You could make medical claims for car accidents or other types of Brighton and Hove road accidents with our expert team. Call us today to discuss your case or read this guide for further information.
Various organisations state that slips and falls are either one of or are the most common ways in which people are injured in the UK.
The cause of such accidents could be anything from icy pavements to obstructed footpaths. Even potholes in the road could cause a pedestrian to trip and fall while crossing the road. Some examples of these have been listed below:
- Wrinkled carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Bottom drawers not closed properly
- Obstructed views
Alongside the examples of claims listed above, our accident claims solicitors could also help you receive compensation for criminal injuries in Brighton.
A criminal injury or criminal accident might present itself as physical or psychological trauma. However, you could be entitled to claim assault compensation if your life has been affected by either of them. For example, a physical injury from criminal assault could be a broken bone, or for psychological harm, it could be something that presents later, such as PTSD. In these circumstances where the psychological harm may not present itself straight away after you are exposed to a situation, the accident claims time limit will begin from the moment it had been diagnosed.
Our accident claims solicitors covering Brighton and Hove could help you by assisting you in processing your claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We have a panel of expert public liability solicitors who could assist you in making claims for accidents that occur in a public place. Not only do our panel of solicitors cover Brighton, but they can also cover claims made from anywhere in the county.
Claims for accidents that occur in a public pace often mean that an entity who provides a public service has acted in a negligent manner or breached their duty of care, which has led to unnecessary suffering to a member of the public.
For example, if a faulty or defected pavement has caused an injury to a member of the public, they would look to the Local Council if they intended to make a claim. If an incident caused by negligence occurred in a shopping centre or a car park, the claimant would look to hold a private company responsible.
Making claims of this nature can be complex, that’s why we suggest using the services of a public liability lawyer to assist you in making such a claim. If you are looking for more information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are looking for guidance on how to make a compensation claim for medical negligence, but you are unsure about what this means exactly, you may find this section of the guide useful. The term ‘medical negligence’ is used to describe an injury or illness caused by a medical professional who did not follow the correct guidelines when delivering a form of treatment. These actions are deemed ‘negligent’ and the injury or illness you may have suffered is seen as ‘avoidable harm’. We use the term ‘avoidable harm’ in this context as sometimes treatments may have necessary side-effects which may lead to an injury that cannot be avoided.
Almost any medical practitioner providing healthcare services could be held responsible for your injury or illness, such as your doctor, dentist or even a nurse. Anyone delivering healthcare services to you legally owes you a duty of care.
Some examples of medical negligence include:
- Foreign objects left behind after surgery
- Contraction of diseases through improperly sterilized needles
- Wrong-site surgery (including amputation of the wrong limb)
- Damage to healthy organs, teeth, limbs, etc.
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis (also applicable in cases of cancer)
- Misleading/incorrect treatment referrals
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors covering the Brighton and Hove area could help you bring a claim against healthcare providers that are part of the NHS or the private sector.
A No Win No Fee solicitor could help you bring forward accident claims in Brighton and Hove for the types of accidents listed above. You may be slightly confused about what the term ‘No Win No Fee’ actually means and what conditions are encompassed in this agreement.
When you come to make an accident claim with one of our accident claims solicitors covering Brighton, they will provide you with impartial advice about how this financial agreement could benefit you.
A No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is a type of funding method by which the claimant is only responsible to pay for their solicitor’s legal fees if their claim is successful. If for whatever reason, their case is unsuccessful, the final bill will not fall on them. What percentage of the final settlement will be used to settle these fees will be discussed at the beginning of the claims process.
Our accident claims solicitors offer No Win No Fee agreements to all the claims they handle, call us today on the number at the top of this guide to discuss your options further.
Your accident claim solicitor could be the difference between a successful claim and a lost opportunity for compensation, which is why it’s important to choose the most suitable legal firm. The next step in the claims process should be to get in contact with our specialist team to begin your accident claim. Whether you are looking to make accident claims in Brighton or would like accident claims advice our solicitors could help. Although we are not based in Brighton And Hove, we have accident claims solicitors covering Brighton and Hove to handle a wide range of cases.
Finally, we hope this guide has provided you with advice with regards to making an accident claim. However, if you are still feeling a bit unsure, our question-and-answer section below may help clear any confusion.
Do you have to have a lawyer to make a claim?
Before we answer any other questions, let’s address a common misconception that many claimants have. If you’re under the impression that claimants need legal representation in order to make a claim, this is not the case. In fact, there is no law stipulating that claimants can’t make legal proceedings on their own.
However, despite this, there are many benefits to having a solicitor. You could take advantage of their experience within and knowledge about the claims process and help ensure that you get the most compensation you deserve from your claim. Here at Accident Claims, we work with a panel of accident claims solicitors covering Brighton and Hove. They have a combined three decades of experience between them and offer to handle claims on a No Win No Fee basis. If you’d like to learn more about what they could do for you, please speak to one of our advisors today.
How long do you have to make a claim?
Personal injury claims can only be made within a time limit of 3 years after an accident happens. Therefore, if you attempt to claim compensation after this window has expired, you risk losing out on the payout that you deserve. There are some exceptional cases where this time limit can be adapted, however. For example, if your child has grounds to make a claim but they’re under 18, the time limit would only become effective once they come of age. Similarly, if a loved one is mentally incapacitated and therefore incapable of claiming for themselves, the time limit would be frozen until they are capable.
Can you make a claim on behalf of someone else?
As mentioned, there are some cases where the claimant is incapable of claiming for themselves. This is a reason why you may wish to act as someone’s litigation friend, as it would allow you to make a claim on their behalf. By doing this, you could secure them with the compensation they deserve, which can help fund things like medical bills and care costs, if necessary. The rest of their compensation can be put into a trust so it can be stored safely until the claimants is ready to access it themselves.
How Could An Accident Claims Solicitor Help Me?
With up to three decades of experience, our accident claims solicitors may be able to offer you a no win no fee agreement and can cover all across the country. Our lines are open 24/7.
Do I Have To Claim With A Solicitor In Brighton Or Hove?
You don’t have to feel obligated to use a solicitor in Brighton Or Hove if you’re not confident in their legal abilities. However, with so many different methods of communication available to us all, you can utilise the services of a personal injury solicitor based elsewhere in the country and still communicate with them via email, phone or post. When it comes to making a claim you have several options to consider.
What Are Medical Assessments?
A medical assessment conducted by a specialist from our panel of doctors is an examination of your injuries and how they have impacted your health. From this, an impartial report will be written. This report is therefore particularly important as it will detail the extent of your required treatment and your future prognosis, which will be used as supporting evidence for your accident claim.
Where Could I Have A Medical Exam?
Our panel of doctors work across the country to ensure your medical exam is conducted as locally as possible. This panel of doctors includes:
2 Ship Street,
17 Jubilee Street,
111 Queens Road,
This guide has been created to provide you with initial information about what circumstances could be grounds for a settlement claim. However, we feel that the resources below could provide you with supplementary information that you may find useful.
- What Are My Legal Rights After An Accident At Work?
Knowing your rights when you’re injured or you fall ill in the workplace
- Whiplash Claims Calculator
This guide explains how to make a claim for whiplash
- How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Burn Injury?
This guide explores how much you could claim for a burn injury
- Reporting Workplace Accidents to HSE
How to report an accident, incident or disease under the proper guidelines
- Reporting Accidents In Leisure Facilities by ROSPA
Information about reporting incidents and safety concerns at leisure facilities
- Reporting A Car Accident to Sussex Police
Guidelines and advice from Sussex Police about how to report crimes, issues and incidents.
- Brighton County Court
Information about where to find Brighton County and Family Court
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Brighton and Hove could help you.
Article by HH.
Edited by CK.