By Brett Williams. Last updated 28th August 2021. If you’ve been involved in an accident recently, where you suffered an injury and the accident was caused by somebody else, you could be entitled to compensation for the injuries. Accident claims solicitors covering Caerphilly could help ensure you receive the right level of compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Although not based there, we can help you begin accident claims in Caerphilly and our personal injury solicitors covering Caerphilly all work on a no win no fee basis. If you’re ready to begin your claim, please call 0800 073 8801 today.
If you’d prefer to learn more about how an accident claim solicitor could help you, please continue reading this helpful guide.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Caerphilly?
- Traffic And Road Accidents In Caerphilly
- Tripping, Slipping, And Falling Claims
- Medical And Clinical Malpractice
- Compensation For Accidents At Work
- Caerphilly Work Injury Statistics
- Crime Victims Compensation
- Public Place Accident Claims
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Caerphilly
- Talk To Our Team
- Frequently Asked Questions
- References And Guides
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Caerphilly?
You might be wondering how accident claim solicitors and what types of claims they can help with. This guide will answer those questions and provide examples of when a claim might be possible. Before agreeing to take on a personal injury claim, a solicitor might ask you to demonstrate that:
- You were injured in an accident; that
- Was caused by somebody else’s negligence; and
- The defendant owed you a duty of care, which they breached causing the accident to occur.
They’ll also only be able to help if your claim falls within the accident claims time limit. Currently, in the UK, that’s 3 years in most cases. The time starts from the date of your accident or the date you were made aware of your injuries, or if you are a minor (under 18) at the date of the accident then you have until the age of 21 to make your personal injury claim. The time limit for a criminal injury compensation claim is 2 years. If you are uncertain of the time limit that applies to your circumstances, please contact one of our legal advisors.
If you meet the criteria to claim, then accident claims solicitors covering Caerphilly can help with many different types of claims including clinical malpractice claims, whiplash claims, a stabbing in Caerphilly or a public place injury claim.
To begin your claim, when you’ve read this guide, you can call our specialist advisors. They’re a friendly team that are happy to provide free legal advice about claiming. They’ll also assess your claim for free to see if you’re able to seek compensation. If they think your case is strong, they could refer you to one of our accident claims solicitors. They could help you with:
- Evidence gathering.
- Submission of your claim.
- Communicating with the defendant.
- Advice on compensation offers received.
Traffic And Road Accidents In Caerphilly
If sustained an injury in a road traffic accident caused by another road user, you could seek compensation for the injuries. You could claim if you’re injured as a pedestrian, a driver, a cyclist, a passenger, a motorcyclist or a passenger on public transport if the accident was caused because another road user was negligent.
You’ll need evidence to support your claim though. This might include things like medical evidence from a GP or hospital, witness statements, dashcam footage or CCTV. Another important piece of evidence is photographs of the scene of the accident. If possible, you should take photos on your phone as soon as possible and preferably before any vehicle is moved away from the scene.
Tripping, Slipping, And Falling Claims
A trip slip or fall can cause multiple and sometimes serious injuries. They are the type of accident that could happen almost anywhere. To be able to claim compensation, the accident will need to have been caused by somebody else’s actions or lack of action. Some scenarios where another persona could be liable for a fall include:
- When you fall over an object that was difficult to see due to poor lighting.
- If you trip on cables trailed across your workplace.
- When you slip on a wet floor with no warning signs in place.
- If your fall was caused by a damaged handrail.
If you’ve suffered an injury from falling and would like to discuss making a claim, please contact an advisor today.
Medical And Clinical Malpractice
Medical or clinical negligence claims are not just made against the NHS. They could be possible against private healthcare providers and can cover cosmetic treatments as well as medical procedures.
If you’ve received substandard treatment from a medical professional, which caused you to suffer side effects, become ill or sustain an injury, you may be able to claim against them.
Compensation For Accidents At Work
Every employer in the UK is duty-bound to keep their staff safe at work because of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This piece of legislation means employers need to reduce risks wherever possible. While it’s pretty much impossible to remove every risk, the company you work for should:
- Perform regular risk assessments.
- Write a health and safety policy and ensure staff know about it.
- Explain staff duties clearly.
- Ensure employees are trained adequately.
- Provide sufficient rest breaks.
- Maintain and repair all machinery.
- Make sure protective equipment is used where required.
Caerphilly Work Injury Statistics
To demonstrate just how common accidents at work are, we’ve provided the information in the table below. It shows accidents in Caerphilly workplaces, reported to the HSE, between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers
You can see how this data compare with the rest of the UK by viewing the full HSE report here.
Crime Victims Compensation
It’s not commonly known but the UK government operate a scheme that allows victims of crime to seek compensation. This is really good as, in many cases, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to make a personal injury claim against the criminal, especially if they’re never identified.
The criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) allows claims that include compensation for:
- Sexual, physical or mental injuries caused by the crime.
- Loss of income.
- Funeral expenses in the most serious cases.
The amount of compensation is different to a normal personal injury claim. If your claim is successful and you’ve sustained multiple injuries then you’ll receive 100% for the most serious injury, 30% for the next serious and 15% for the third most serious injury. So, while that’s not as good as a personal injury claim might pay, it does allow some compensation to be awarded where you might not have any other options.
Call today to speak with one of our special advisors if you’d like to begin a CICA claim. We could help ensure your claim is filed correctly and you receive the correct amount of compensation for your injuries.
Public Place Accident Claims
Accidents that happen in public places could lead to a compensation claim in the same way as other accidents. The main problem that occurs with these types of accidents is identifying who’s responsible for the public place. It might be a local authority, an individual or a business.
A good place to start is by asking neighbouring properties if they can help identify the owner. Failing that a land registry search might help you. If you’re struggling, call Accident Claims UK and speak with an advisor to see how our panel of solicitors can assist you.
To aid your attempt to make a claim for an accident in a public place, you should try and take photographs of what caused the accident. You should also report the accident where possible, get witness details and seek medical attention too. Some public places are covered by CCTV too, so you could try and obtain footage of the accident happening.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Caerphilly
One way of reducing the financial risk of hiring a personal injury lawyer is to work with one who offers a no win no fee service. Our accident claims solicitors all work on this basis.
When using a no win no fee solicitor, you’ll sign a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This agreement makes it clear that you don’t need to pay upfront and there’s nothing to pay if your solicitor fails to win the case.
When compensation is awarded to you, a success fee is deducted to pay the solicitor for their services.
Talk To Our Team
We hope that you’ve found this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Caerphilly helpful. If you’d like to begin a claim today, you can contact us by calling 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, you could request a call back by filling in this form or contact us via live chat, 7 days a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
We often receive very similar questions from new clients who contact us about accident claims in Caerphilly and other areas of the UK. Therefore, to help you, we’ve answered some of the more common ones below.
How Could Your Team Help Me?
First of all, our expert advisors are happy to offer you free accident claims advice about your circumstances. They’ll work with you, at your pace, to assess your claim. If they believe you meet the criteria for making a claim, they could introduce you to one of our panel of accident claims solicitors who are not based in Caerphilly but can cover the area with ease.
They work on a no win no fee basis when they take on a claim and are dedicated to trying to ensure you’re paid the compensation that you deserve.
Will I Need To Meet My Solicitor?
Over the past few decades, the way we communicate with each other has become so much easier. Therefore, many accident claims solicitors covering Caerphilly don’t require face to face meetings and are happy to handle a claim over the telephone and using email.
This means you don’t have to choose your solicitor based on their location. You can choose one that you believe is the best accident claims solicitor for you.
Can Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Caerphilly Deal With Psychological Injuries?
Where liability for an accident is proven, you should be compensated for any suffering that results from your injuries. While it’s common to hear about settlements being paid for physical injuries, you could also be paid for any psychological issues that arise.
This could include compensation for distress, anxiety, depression or even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As an example, if you’ve been knocked off your bike by a lorry, anxiety might stop you from riding your bike again for some time after you’ve recovered physically. Therefore, a claim might be possible.
What If I’ve Lost Money Due To My Accident?
When an accident claim is made, it will usually consist of two elements. The first (general damages) covers your injuries. The next part is called special damages and concentrates on any costs, financial losses or expenses caused by your accident and injuries.
Each claim has to be assessed to see how much money has been lost but a special damages claim could include:
- Care costs to cover any time spent looking after you by carers, friends or relatives.
- Medical expenses such as fees paid for non-NHS treatment or prescription fees.
- Any income you’ve lost because your injuries prevented you from working.
- Modifications to your vehicle or home that help you deal with any long-term injuries or disabilities.
- Travel costs such as fuel, parking or train fares related to medical visits.
Do I Have To Visit A Doctor?
When you make an accident claim, a vital part of the claim is proving how serious your injuries were. The amount of compensation paid is directly linked to the extent of any injury. Therefore, your personal injury solicitor will use an independent doctor to perform a medical assessment.
They will assess your medical condition and ask a number of questions about your injuries. Then they’ll write a report for your solicitor. The report is used to demonstrate how severe your injuries were and how they affected you. The report will also indicate if you’re likely to suffer in the future too.
Your solicitor will use the report and other medical evidence as a basis for the compensation claim.
Where Are The Doctors You Work With?
We aim to ensure your medical assessment happens locally. Here are some of the medical specialists from our panel of doctors who are local to Caerphilly, who you might be sent to:
93 Cathedral Road,
Cardiff, CF11 9PG.
Health & Sports Physiotherapy,
Cardiff, CF14 5QP.
References And Guides
Thanks for reading our guide about accident claims covering Caerphilly. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our specialist legal advisors. For more helpful information, please take a look at the resources and links below.
HSE Accident Reporting – Information from the HSE explain when an accident at work needs to be reported to them.
Local Court – The local court that service Caerphilly. Includes telephone numbers and opening times.
Head Injuries and Concussion – An NHS guide about what to do following a head injury.
Crime Victims Compensation – Information about when you can claim compensation for criminal injuries.
Accident Claim Calculator – This guide shows how a personal injury claims calculator can be used to work out accident compensation amounts.
Accidents at Work – This is a guide regarding accidents at work and how you could be eligible to make an accident claim for compensation.
Thank you for reading about how our accident claims solicitors and personal injury claims solicitors could help you seek damages. Please call if you’d like free legal advice on how to make a claim.
Article by BH.
Edited by CK.