By Olivia Ross. Last updated 13th September 2021. Making accident claims in Chatham may be something you have little experience in doing unless you’re familiar with personal injury law. When it comes to making a personal injury claim, no two cases are the same, and it could take a personal injury lawyer with experience in the specific type of claim you’re making to help maximise not just your chance of securing accident compensation, but also maximise the payout you receive.
So, how would you know if you have a valid accident claim? If you can answer yes to the below questions, it could be worth looking into whether accident claims solicitors covering Chatham could help you build a case:
- Have you been injured? This could include mental and physical injuries.
- Was someone responsible for ensuring your health and/or safety? (This could include road users, an employer, a business owner, a local authority and more).
- Did they behave dangerously or negligently?
- Was your injury a result of this behaviour?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you could have cause to look into whether you can launch personal injury claims in the UK to claim compensation.
How Accident Claims can help
If you carry on reading this guide, you will find lots of useful information on making an accident claim. This will include details of types of injury compensation claims you could consider the beginning, such as filing a slip and fall claim, claiming public accident compensation, compensation after a work accident or injury compensation for a car accident, to name but a few. We will also take you through how our accident claims solicitors could assist with accident claims in Chatham.
Please take a look at the sections below, and if you are left with any queries afterwards, then don’t hesitate to call us. Our number is 0800 073 8801. We do hope you find this accident claims advice guide useful.
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- Car And Road Traffic Accidents In Chatham
- Slip And Fall Claims
- Criminal Injury And Assault Compensation
- Compensation Under Medical Negligence Claims
- Public Place Accident Claims
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Chatham
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Claiming injury compensation could be easier with accident claims solicitors covering Chatham. This is because they could have a wealth of experience to bring to your claim. A personal injury solicitor could help with claims such as;
- Road traffic accident claims
- Slip, trip and fall claims
- Workplace accident claims
- Medical negligence claims
- Criminal injury claims
- Public place accident claims
And many more scenarios. If you have been injured because someone else is at fault, then accident claim solicitors could use their experience to put together a compensation claim that could result in compensation payment. This could be offered in order to cover the perceived cost of your pain and suffering as well as financial losses you could have sustained because of the accident.
Within the sections of this guide below, we take a look at some of the most common questions we are asked about personal injury claims. We will explain the service that our panel of accident claim solicitors offer, as well as talking more in-depth about some of the types of claims mentioned above. If you would like to ask us anything at any point, then our lines are open for you to call and speak to an advisor, whether you’re ready to begin a claim or not.
The first scenario we will take a look at is compensation for a work injury. You may feel a little worried about considering accident claims against your employer, but it might be wise for you to consider the following points:
- Making a claim could highlight an issue that needs fixing, which would prevent the same thing from happening to anyone else.
- The business that employs you should have taken insurance that will cover the cost of your accident claim.
- Your employer would not be allowed by law to try and treat you differently due to the fact that you are making a claim. Your rights should be protected. If your employer tried to treat you differently, they could be in trouble for acting against you.
- Most employers welcome the opportunity to look after their employees. If you are injured in the course of your work because your employer was negligent, they could feel bad and may hope to redress the balance. A compensation payment may not compensate for what you’ve been through, but it may help you move on from the incident.
Taking all this into consideration should alleviate your fears about making accident claims in Chatham against an employer. But what would constitute a workplace claim? Let us explain…
Your employer has a duty through the law to provide a safe working environment, in which risks are assessed and minimised as much as reasonably possible. This could be by providing training, PPE, safe working practices, supervision or physical assistance (for lifting and carrying, for example). They should also risk assessing your working area, keeping areas free of hazards wherever possible. If they do not do this, and you are injured, then you could consider making a work injury claim.
The data below covers incidents in 2018/19 in the Medway region which includes Chatham. You could find more information about other areas, and other tables on HSE’s reports page.
|Total – non fatal injuries 2018/19
|Total – non fatal injuries per 100,000 workers 2018/19
|Fatal injuries 2018/19
Should you be injured in a car accident in Chatham that was not your fault, it might be worth looking for accident claims solicitors covering Chatham to help handle your claim for you. The accident claims time limit for this type of claim is often 3 years, as with many other types of personal injury claims. However, there are a few exceptions, which may be worth exploring – so do not hesitate to call us if you’re unsure.
When it comes to road traffic accidents in Chatham, just like anywhere in the UK, making a claim depends largely on proving someone else was at fault. This could be another driver, a motorcyclist, someone responsible for the condition of the road, a pedestrian, or a cyclist for example. One thing you may be worried about is if the liable party has fled the scene or is uninsured. However, there is a way you could make accident claims in Chatham for accidents that involve uninsured or untraceable drivers. This would be through the MIB. The Bureau was set up to compensate victims of accidents caused by uninsured or untraceable drivers.
Slips and falls could result in any number of injuries to many different parts of the body. This could depend on where it was that the accident took place and where you landed. Some examples could include:
- Trips on broken pavement stones that have not been fixed.
- Slips on ice that has not been gritted on a public walkway.
- Falls from scaffolding that has not been made safe.
Of course, there are many different scenarios of slips and falls that could lead to accident claims in Chatham. But as you can see, in each of the scenarios above, there could have been a way in which each accident could have been avoided. This is what accident claims solicitors covering Chatham would need to prove for your case to be considered a valid one.
If you were injured as the result of an assault, and compensation claims were something you were looking into, you might be interested to know that it may not just be direct assault victims that could claim for compensation. A no win no fee solicitor could assist with claims to CICA for emotional and mental trauma caused by witnessing a violent assault as well as victims that have been directly affected physically. It might be wise for us to inform you that claims time limits for CICA claims could be slightly shorter than other accident claims, as many are set at 2 years. However, if the criminal activity involves historical abuse, it could be possible to claim years later. Do get in touch if that is the case with you, as we would be able to assess whether we feel you may have a criminal injury claim.
Medical negligence could take different forms. Whether you have suffered birth injuries to you or your baby because your midwife failed to notice that you or your baby was in distress, or your surgeon operated on the wrong side of your body, requiring more surgery to correct, you could make a negligence claim. This is because medical professionals have a duty to ensure you are looked after to the required standards, and if they do not do so, they could be liable for a claim. Whether it is NHS negligence you’ve suffered, or negligence in a private setting, why not consider finding a personal injury solicitor to help you make a claim.
There are lots of different spaces that could be considered public places. These could include shopping or leisure centres, libraries, local parks and pavements. If you can go to a certain place as a member of the public, then that would be classed as a public place.
When it comes to working out who a liable party would be for an accident in a public place, it would depend on the space in question. For example, a local authority could be to blame for a poorly maintained play park that has caused an injury. Or, a private company could be held liable for an injury caused at a shopping centre because a wet floor had not been signposted. Your accident claims solicitors covering Chatham could help ascertain who your claim should be put to.
Making no win no claims comes recommended, as it does not require an upfront payment to your personal injury lawyer to begin your case. The way in which these methods work is by an agreement between you and your lawyer which sets out a percentage of your settlement that would be used to fund your legal bills. Once a successful payout is made, that percentage of the payout (which is capped at 25%) would go to your lawyer, while you would usually take the rest, unless other arrangements have been made for bills to be paid etc.
It could not be easier to get in touch with Accident Claims UK to get some accident claims advice or to begin your personal injury claim. Calling 0800 073 8801 is just one way to get in touch. You could also fill in the contact form on our website and we could call you. Alternatively, you could email email@example.com and we will aim to get back to you as quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate in asking for help – it’s what we’re here for.
There are a few different questions that we hear a lot about accident claims and we’ve answered these below. If anything is not covered here or you’d like more information, just pick up the phone and call us.
Do I have grounds to make a personal injury claim?
If you’re unsure about whether you may be eligible for compensation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of specialist advisors to receive a free consultation. In the meantime, you can generally establish whether you may have grounds to make a personal injury claim by seeing if the following points apply to your situation:
- A third party owed you a duty of care by law
- Which they breached failed to uphold to you
- And you suffered some sort of damage as a result
How long do I have to begin my claim?
In case you weren’t already aware, there are time limits within which personal injury claims can be made. Generally, the personal injury claims time limit is 3 years, which runs from the date that you sustained your injuries. If you attempt to begin a claim after the limitation period that applies to your case has expired, you risk no longer being eligible for compensation.
There are some cases, however, for which extensions or exceptions can be made to the usual 3-year time limit. For example, if a claimant didn’t realise that a third party was responsible for their suffering until after 3 years had already passed, they may still be entitled to make a claim. In such cases, the time limit would begin to run from the date that they gained this knowledge. Similarly, if a claimant is unable to make a claim for themselves, the limitation period wouldn’t come into effect until they were mentally capable of doing so.
Do You Have To Claim With A Solicitor?
You could go ahead and try to make a claim without a personal injury solicitor, but we would not advise this as claiming with a solicitor means you have someone to rely on to give you advice based on your specific claim. For example, if someone offered you a certain settlement, how would you know whether you could be entitled to claim for more. Your personal injury lawyer would have the experience to know what similar claims have been settled and how to maximise your claim. Here at Accident Claims UK, we put you under no obligation to use our service when offering advice. However, we would be delighted to help you claim the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
Will I Need To Work With A Local Solicitor?
It is not vital that you work with a solicitor in Chatham. While you may have accident claims in Chatham, you do not have to search ‘solicitors near me’ to find a solicitor to handle your claim. You simply need accident claims solicitors covering Chatham. As a nationwide service, we are in a great position to provide you with all the accident claims assistance you could need.
Why Do I Need A Medical Assessment?
The medical assessment is often a vital part of your claim. In order to provide an independent report, you would visit an independent expert in the medical field who would take a look at your medical notes, examine you and write a report detailing your injuries and your prognosis. This could be used for the calculation of your award. While you may have put your details in a personal injury claims calculator, we would urge you not to take the figure predicted as highly accurate. There will be specifics about your claim that could change the amount of compensation you are offered.
Will My Medical Assessment Take Place Near To Me?
Your medical could take place near to your home. This is because we have a panel of doctors covering Chatham. These could include:
Warren Road, Hilltop Farm,
Blue Bell Hill
Here are some alternative resources you could use to further your understanding. Included are some of our other personal injury claims guides and some local information that could be of use:
- Building site accident claims guide – If you’ve been injured at work on a building site, this guidance might be useful.
- Cycling accident claims guide – Cyclist accident claims advice is detailed in this guide.
- Wrongful death claims guide – If someone you love had a fatal accident due to third-party negligence or dangerous behaviour, then this guide may help.
- Reporting Illness, Incidents and Accidents – HSE’s guidance can be found here.
- Medway County Court and Family Court – You can see local court details here.
- Report A Road Accident To Kent Police – Local accident reporting information can be seen here.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Chatham could help you today.
Article by JJ
Edited by PM.