Are you looking for accident claims advice following an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you’ll find this guide really useful. We’ll cover what types of accident can lead to a claim and what you need to do, at the time of the accident, to make claiming easier. We’ll also explain how accident claims solicitors covering Cheshunt can represent you.
Although we’re not based in Cheshunt, our accident claims solicitors are happy to help with claims for injuries sustained there and they always work on a no win no fee basis. If you’d like to begin a claim today, call us free on 0800 073 8801.
To find out more before you call, please carry on reading.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Cheshunt?
- Claims For Falling And Slipping Accidents
- Claims For Road Traffic Accidents In Cheshunt
- How Many People Are Injured At Work In Broxbourne?
- Cheshunt Injured At Work Claims
- Public Accident And Injury Compensation
- Making A Clinical Negligence Claim
- Criminal Injury Compensation
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Cheshunt
- How Do I Start My Claim?
- Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims
- Where To Find Out More If Injured In Cheshunt
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Cheshunt?
The amount of different accidents and injuries that could lead to a compensation claim is way too long to be listed here but we will aim to cover as many types as possible. Claims could be made for injuries sustained in an accident on the A10, a train incident or even a horse accident in the Cheshunt area.
The main points that a personal injury solicitor will need you to prove before agreeing to take on your case are that;
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant.
- They were negligent which caused an accident to happen.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
If you can prove all of the above, then one of our accident claims solicitors could help you make a no win no fee claim. For all clients they take on they will offer:
- A free assessment of the claim and free accident claims advice.
- Help and guidance with gathering the evidence needed to support the claim.
- The compilation and submission of the claim to the defendant.
- Managing all communication with the defendant or their legal team.
- Advice on whether you should accept a compensation offer or not.
There are a very small percentage of claims that don’t get resolved by an agreement between both parties. In these cases, your solicitor would represent you in court too, should the need arise.
Claims For Falling And Slipping Accidents
Trips and falls might seem like minor accidents when viewed from afar, but they can cause really serious injuries which either don’t heal fully or take months or years to recover from.
When the accident is caused by the negligence of another person, establishment or authority you could seek compensation for any injuries sustained.
- Tripping on road defects like raised paving slabs or potholes.
- Slipping on a wet floor with no warning signs.
- Failing to spot a trip hazard because the area was poorly lit.
- Falling down the stairs because a handrail was damaged.
Claims For Road Traffic Accidents In Cheshunt
A car crash or any other type of road traffic accident (RTA) in Cheshunt can lead to pain, suffering and financial losses. It’s only right, therefore, that if somebody else was to blame for the accident, that you should seek compensation for your injuries.
At the time of an RTA, you should try to:
- Take photographs before the vehicles are moved.
- Ask witnesses for their details.
- Identify if any vehicle captured the accident on a dashcam device.
- Seek medical treatment where needed.
- Swap name, address and contact details with the other driver along with their registration number and contact details.
How Many People Are Injured At Work In Broxbourne?
We’ve included the table below to show how many accidents at work occurred in Broxbourne (the district Cheshunt is in) between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
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The table shows the number of accidents, fatal accidents and accidents per 100,000 workers to allow a comparison with other areas of the UK. To see the full report, please click here.
Cheshunt Injured At Work Claims
All employers are obliged, under health and safety legislation, to make sure you’re as safe as possible while at work. It might not be possible to remove all risks from the workplace, but steps need to be taken to reduce them as much as possible.
Therefore, your employer needs to:
- Reduce potential dangers identified during risk assessments.
- Train all staff properly.
- Ensure equipment is kept in good working order and repaired when required.
- Make staff wear protective equipment where it’s been identified as a method of making a task safer.
If you’ve had an accident at work where any of the above has not been put in place or executed properly, you could make a claim against your employer. Don’t worry about the implications of claiming as, if the claim is genuine, your employer can’t discriminate against you. They’ll also have insurance in place to cover any claims.
Public Accident And Injury Compensation
Some accidents happen in public places that anybody can use, visit or enter without asking permission from the owner. Public places include car parks, footpaths, public highways, parks and shopping centres.
When an accident does occur, you might need to do some extra work to identify who’s liable. It could be a local authority, an individual, a charity or a business. Whoever it is, if the accident was caused by a neglectful act or omission then you could be possible that you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Making A Clinical Negligence Claim
A medical professional will always owe their patient a duty of care to keep them as safe as possible while treating them. This mean they must try to follow the recommended procedure, keep hygiene standards high to avoid infection and to use the correct equipment. They should also explain the procedure and any risks before treating you.
Claims could be made against doctors, nurses, midwives, surgeons, anaesthetists, care workers, dentists, beauty technicians and hospital staff. Such claims could be against the NHS or against private healthcare providers.
We recommend that you photograph any visible injuries, report them and seek advice from a different medical professional regarding remedial treatment.
Criminal Injury Compensation
If you’ve been injured during a criminal act against you, then you might not have considered that you could be compensated for your injuries. CICA (the Criminal Injuries Claims Authority) is a government organisation that has been set up to award compensation for those who have suffered as a result of physical, sexual or mental injuries caused by crime. They can also cover loss of income and other expenses associated with your injuries.
The scheme operates differently to a normal personal injury claim. The compensation amounts are different and with multiple injuries, you’ll receive reduced payments for each subsequent injury. Also, the time limits for claiming are less than with personal injury claims (2 years rather than 3).
That said, the scheme does allow you to seek compensation where you might not have had any other method of claiming. You could even claim if the criminal hasn’t ever been caught.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Cheshunt
One thing that puts people off claiming accident compensation is the perceived costs involved with hiring a personal injury lawyer. That’s why our panel of accident claims solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for all of the claims that they handle.
A no win no fee solicitor is only paid if the case is successful. Failure to do so means you don’t have to pay your solicitor anything at all. When they win the claim, their success fee (the maximum fee allowed is 25%) is deducted from your compensation.
How Do I Start My Claim?
If you’ve read this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Cheshunt and decided that you’d like us to help with your claim, then please get in touch today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims
Hopefully, the guide has provided all of the information you’ve needed about accident claims in Cheshunt. As we’re asked some common questions by new clients, we’ve answered some of them below.
What Could A Claim Compensate Me For?
An accident claim solicitor can request payment for a number of different things to ensure you’re compensated appropriately. First of all, you could claim for general damages. This covers the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Then you could include a number of different ‘special damages’.
Special damages can include travelling expenses, care costs, medication charges, personal property damages and lost earnings. If your injuries are likely to affect your ability to work in the future, then you could also claim for future loss of earnings.
When Should I Start My Claim?
When you begin your personal injury claim, you’ll need to be aware that there is an accident claims time limit of 3 years for adults. This begins on the date you were injured or when you are made aware of your injuries.
In the case of children, a parent or responsible adult can make a claim for them until they’re 18 or the child’s time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday.
Do I Need To Be Medically Assessed And Will This Be In My Area?
It’s really important that a personal injury solicitor can demonstrate how serious your injuries are/were. They can do this by using any medical records obtained from a GP or from the Cheshunt accident and emergency department, but they’ll also need an independent report.
Therefore, any accident claim you make will require a medical assessment. If you choose to utilise our accident claims solicitors, you’ll be happy to know that we also work with a panel of doctors who are close to your area. Some members of our panel of doctors can be found below;
Harlow Occupational Health Service,
Harlow, CM20 2DJ.
Barnet, EN4 0PY
Will I Have To Travel And Meet My Solicitor?
The good thing about today’s modern world is that communication is so much easier than it was in the past. This means that many accident claim solicitors are happy to handle claims by telephone and email. This avoids the need for face to face meetings and enables you to have regular updates on the progression of your claim. It also means you are able to choose to use accident claims solicitors covering Cheshunt, rather than those who are based there.
Where To Find Out More If Injured In Cheshunt
Hopefully, you now have all the information about hiring accident claims solicitors covering Cheshunt that you need. However, to assist you further, we’ve provided some useful links and guides below.
Reporting Accidents – Information from the Health and Safety Executive about the types of accidents at work which must be reported.
Hertford Court – Details of Cheshunt’s local court including phone numbers and opening times.
Whiplash Injuries – Information from the NHS about the symptoms of whiplash which is a common injury following a car accident.
Injured at Work Claim – A guide which explains in more detail when you could claim for injuries sustained in the workplace.
Road Traffic Accidents – This guide could be helpful if you’ve been involved in traffic accident in Cheshunt.
Fatal Accident Claims – A guide which will help if you’re having to deal with an accident in Cheshunt that led to a fatality.
Article by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.