By Brett Williams. Last updated 28th August 2021. When you are caused to suffer because somebody else has been negligent, it’s only right that you might consider making a compensation claim against them. Using an accident claim solicitor to support you could improve the chances of winning the case and receiving the right level of compensation for your injuries. This guide will help you understand how accident claims solicitors covering Dover can help, what types of claim they could help with and how you can provide evidence to prove your claim.
If you would like to discuss accident claims in Dover with a personal injury specialist, please call 0800 073 8801 today. They’ll assess your claim for free and with no obligation. If you’d rather find out how our personal injury solicitors covering Dover can help, please carry on reading.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Dover
- Claims For Road Traffic Injuries And Accidents
- Claims For A Workplace Accident
- Dover Workplace Injury Statistics
- Injuries From Slipping Accidents
- Claims For Medical Malpractice
- Crime Victim Compensation
- Public Accidents
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Dover
- What Could I Do Now?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- References And Related Guides
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Dover
This guide is going to help you understand what type of accident claims are possible and when you might be eligible to make one. To see if you could be eligible to make a claim, answer the following 3 questions:
- Were you owed a duty of care by a person or organisation?
- Were they negligent in some way, causing an accident to occur?
- Did you suffer an injury or become ill as a result?
If you’ve answered yes to all 3 questions, you could be able to begin a claim. Another thing you’ll need to consider though is the accident claims time limit. This is the 3-year period following your accident. Alternatively, the 3 years can begin from when your injuries or illness is diagnosed. There are further exceptions to the time limit and if you’re unsure about any of the answers to the 3 questions, speak to one of our advisors who’ll be able to assist you today.
If you call our advisors and one of our accident claims solicitors takes on your claim, they will:
- Help you to gather all of the evidence you need to support your claim. You might need medical records, CCTV footage, witness statements or photographic evidence.
- Compile your claim and send it to the defendant.
- Deal with all communication with the defendant, their solicitor or their insurer.
- Explain your options if you receive a compensation offer.
There are very rare cases which can’t be settled amicably. These cases could therefore be assessed by a court, and your chosen solicitor could represent you.
Claims For Road Traffic Injuries And Accidents
If you’ve suffered an injury in a road traffic accident that was caused by somebody else, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries. The key thing with these types of claim is to gather evidence. From minor shunts to a serious accident on the A2, any evidence you can obtain will help your claim.
If you’ve suffered an injury in a road traffic accident, try to:
- Take photographs of the accident. Do so before vehicles are moved so it’s easier to work out what happened.
- Ask witnesses for their details.
- Visit your GP or accident and emergency department to have your injuries assessed.
- Get the other driver’s details including their registration number and insurance details.
- If there are any vehicles fitted with dashcams, try to secure a copy of the footage.
Claims For A Workplace Accident
When you’re at work, you should feel safe and secure and free from risk. Your employer has a duty of care, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to remove risk wherever possible.
While you’re never going to find a workplace that’s completely risk-free, employers need to identify where they are and take steps to reduce them. This means they need to:
- Provide safety equipment where needed. This could be clothing such as hard hats or boots, or it might be handrails where a floor can get wet or slippery.
- Train staff adequately in any task they’re expected to do.
- Ensure machinery and equipment is maintained following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Repair any faults or defects as soon as possible.
If you’ve been injured at work because any of the above didn’t happen, you might be able to claim compensation from your employer. It’s illegal for them to punish you, discipline you or fire you for claiming, so don’t worry about doing so. They will also have insurance in place to cover accident claims so it won’t directly affect the running of the business.
Dover Workplace Injury Statistics
In the table below, we’ve shown how many Dover workplace accidents were reported to the HSE between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers
The full report can be found here and it shows the same data for all areas of the UK. To find out how accident claims solicitors covering Dover could help you make a claim, please get in touch and let us know the details of your accident.
Injuries From Slipping Accidents
If you slip,trip or fall because of somebody else’s mistake, you could be entitled to compensation. Often a fall will lead to serious injuries including broken bones, concussion, back injuries, and muscle damage so it is only fair that you’re compensated for your injuries.
Proving that somebody caused your accident is vital but usually the evidence required is quite easy to obtain. Following a fall, you should:
- Seek medical attention. Medical records can be used as evidence to support your claim.
- Photograph the cause of the accident. This could be a broken handrail, a slippery surface with no warning signs, trailed cables or a raised paving slab.
- Ask witnesses for their details and a statement of what they saw.
- Report the accident so that it’s recorded in an accident report book where possible.
- Photograph any visible injuries as further evidence.
Claims For Medical Malpractice
Claims for medical negligence are possible if you’ve received poor treatment from a medical professional which caused you to suffer through an injury or illness. You can claim if you were injured while being treated for a medical condition or undergoing cosmetic procedures.
Some of the reasons you might be able to claim include:
- The professional didn’t explain the procedure and any risks prior to proceeding.
- You suffered because of delayed treatment due to a misdiagnosis.
- Side effects or suffering was caused because you were given the wrong medication.
- The wrong procedure or wrong equipment was used causing you to suffer.
Crime Victim Compensation
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) allows victims of crime to claim compensation. It is a government run body that means you could be able to claim for your injuries, loss of income and other expenses caused by any criminal act committed against you.
The scheme doesn’t follow normal personal injury claim policies which means compensation amounts may differ, the time limits are different and different rules of eligibility apply.
A public accident, meaning an accident that occurred in a place that you’re allowed to visit, use or pass through without permission, could lead to a compensation claim if it’s caused by somebody else.
The public place could be run by the local authority, a business or an individual. Identifying the responsible party is key to making a claim so you could use the land registry or ask at neighboring properties if it’s not immediately clear who’s responsible.
You should try to gather evidence of the accident scene, such as photographs. It would also be helpful to your case if you are able to obtain details of any people that witnessed your accident as it will strengthen your claim for compensation. You should also report the accident to the responsible party, if possible so that it is recorded in their accident report book.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Dover
If you’re worried about the costs involved in making a claim our accident claims solicitors handle cases on a no win no fee basis. This helps to reduce the financial risk and overall stress of making a compensation claim.
A no win no fee solicitor will work without any up-front fee and won’t be paid if they fail to secure compensation. If they do win, they’re services are covered by a success fee. The success fee comes out of your compensation (maximum of 25%) automatically before the rest is sent to you. The benefit of this is that you won’t have to find the money to pay the solicitor from your own funds.
What Could I Do Now?
Thanks for reading our guide. We hope you now know how accident claims solicitors covering Dover can help you make a personal injury claim. If you’d like to discuss your accident with a specialist today, you can call us on 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, we could call you back when it’s convenient if you fill in this online claims form.
Frequently Asked Questions
When we’re contacted about accident claims in Dover (and other areas of the UK), we’re often asked similar questions. To assist you, and to save time when you contact us, we’ve answered some of the more common ones below.
How Do I Begin An Accident Claim?
The easiest way to begin your claim is to pick up the phone. One of our friendly advisors will provide free accident claims advice and assess your chances of being compensated. If they believe you’ve got a good chance of winning your claim, they could connect you with one of our panel of accident claims solicitors.
They always work on a no win no fee basis to make claiming less stressful and have up to 30 years of involvement in making accident compensation claims. They’ll work tirelessly to try and ensure you get the level of compensation you deserve. Please call the number at the top of the screen to begin your claim today.
Will I Need To Meet My Solicitor?
It’s so much easier these days to communicate with businesses than it was in the past. So much so, many accident claims solicitors covering Dover are happy to deal with claims using phone calls and emails rather than face to face meetings.
This means that you can choose your personal injury solicitor based on their recent cases, their experience and how professional they are when you speak to them, rather than choosing one based on their location alone.
Can I Claim If The Responsible Party Hasn’t Been Identified?
If you are making a personal injury claim, you will need to prove who was responsible for your accident and injuries. You’ll also need to show that they owed you a duty of care. If you can’t, it may be worth checking with a personal injury solicitor to see if they can work out who was to blame.
However, there are a couple of claims that could proceed without knowing who caused your injuries. In criminal injury claims, CICA (a government organisation) are able to process claims where the criminal has not been identified, charged or prosecuted. In road traffic accident claims, the Motor Insurers Bureau could pay compensation for those injured in hit and run collisions where the other driver is never found.
Can Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Dover Help Recover Expenses Linked To Accidents?
Personal injury claims obviously include an element to cover any pain and suffering caused by your injuries. However, you might not have heard of special damages. This part of a compensation claim aims to return the claimant to the financial position they were in before the accident took place.
Each claim will vary but special damages could include:
- Loss of earnings – where you claim back money lost if you’re not able to work because of your injuries.
- Care costs – to cover the time a friend, professional carer or relative spent supporting you.
- Medical costs – this could cover prescription fees, other medication costs or non-NHS services.
- Travel costs – such as public transport fares, parking fees or fuel costs linked to hospital appointments.
- Walking aids or other devices that are required to help you if you’ve been left with some form of disability.
As part of the claims process, you should keep any documentation such as bank statements or receipts to help prove your special damages claim.
Will I Need A Medical Examination?
When making an accident claim, it’s really important that your personal injury lawyer can prove the extent of your injuries. The part of a claim known as general damages is linked directly to the severity of an injury so it’s vital for the solicitor to demonstrate this correctly.
Therefore, an independent doctor is used to complete a medical assessment and provide a report. The doctor will ask a number of questions and assess you medically before compiling your report. The report is used to demonstrate how you were affected by the injury, if it will affect you in the future and how severe it was.
Once your solicitor has received a copy of the report, they’ll use it, in conjunction with other medical evidence, to work out how much compensation they think you should receive.
Where Could A Doctor Carry Out My Medical Exam?
We work with a panel of doctors across the UK to try and ensure you don’t have to travel far for your medical assessment. Those local to Dover include:
Dover Physio Clinic,
41 High Street,
Dover, CT16 1EB.
References And Related Guides
For the last section of this guide about accident solicitors covering Dover, we’ve provided some further guides, links and external resources which we hope you’ll find useful. If you require any further accident claims advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
RIDDOR Guidance – Information regarding the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 from the HSE.
Report a Road Traffic Accident – An online tool from Kent Police where you can report a road traffic accident.
Whiplash Symptoms – Guidance from the NHS about the symptoms, and treatment, of whiplash injuries.
Slips and Falls – A useful guide that explains when you could claim for an injury from slipping caused by somebody else.
Workplace Accident Claims – This guide provides more information about when you could claim for an accident at work.
Medical Negligence Claims – Details of how medical malpractice at a hospital or other medical facility could lead to a compensation claim.
This is the end of our guide on personal injury and accident claims solicitors covering Dover can help you claim. To discuss your case with our team, why not get in touch today?
Article by BH.
Edited by CK.