By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last updated 1st September 2021. If your health has suffered or you’ve obtained an injury and it could have been avoided, and it was caused by someone else, then you could be seeking accident compensation.
Accident claims in Durham could come from a number of different situations, but they tend to follow one clear pathway. It has to be proven that someone else was negligent or behaved irresponsibly and this caused you to suffer from an avoidable illness or injury. If this sounds familiar to your situation then you might be looking for accident claims solicitors covering Durham to help you with your accident claim. But what kinds of accidents would be covered? And is there a time limit to making a personal injury claim?
All these questions and more are answered in the guide below. Whether you have suffered negligence at the hands of your doctors, which has led your health to suffer, or an employer has not given you protective equipment, and you have suffered an injury at work, at Accident Claims UK, we offer free accident claims advice, including guides on lots of different types of injury.
We could also provide you a personal injury lawyer from our panel of accident claims solicitors to help you claim accident compensation. Calling 0800 073 8801 puts you right through to our advice line, where you could speak directly with one of our impartial advisors.
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Whether you’re confused by legal jargon, at a loss as to whether you could have a Durham accident claim, or you’re wondering what sort of accident compensation you would be entitled to, you could benefit from the services of a personal injury solicitor.
While it is possible for people to go ahead with a personal injury claim alone, this could cause all kinds of problems in terms of ensuring you have everything you need to build a strong case. Accident claims solicitors covering Durham may have experience dealing with claims just like yours and they would know exactly what is needed to file a strong claim, maximising not only your chances of a successful claim but also the amount of compensation you could get from it.
Within the sections below, we delve into some of the common reasons you might be looking into accident claims in Durham, while also providing advice about why a no win no fee solicitor might be an appropriate choice for you, and explaining how our accident claims solicitors could help you with the accident claims process.
All road users should use the road in a manner that is safe and does not cause unnecessary risks to other road users. If they do not do so, and an accident ensues where someone is injured, then they could be held liable for any injury claims relating to the accident.
This could include injuries such as whiplash and broken bones, to more serious, even life-changing injuries. It could include an A690 or A1M accident, or even a bridge accident or motorway accident.
A road accident claim could be caused by drivers or other road users, such as motorcyclists if they:
- Overtake dangerously leading to a crash
- Drive over the speed limit
- Don’t stop at traffic lights
- Neglect road signs
- Lack attention to the road
- Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Use their mobile phone
Whether you’re a passenger in a car, coach, bus or taxi, or you’re a driver who has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could ask for the help of accident claim solicitors with your personal injury claim for road accident compensation.
It may be worth noting at this point that if the driver were to have left the scene without leaving their details, becoming untraceable, or if they were not insured, this could still lead to a claim, as your personal injury lawyer could file a claim with the MIB.
If you’d like to know how common workplace injuries in Durham, you can see the HSE 2013/14 -2017/18 statistics below. Further information could be found on their site.
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No matter what type of work you do, or who you work for, your employer has a duty of care to protect the health and safety of all of their employees. They are required by law to do so.
There are a number of ways in which an employer could reduce the risk of accidents at work. They must risk assess the workplace itself and the tasks they do within that workplace. This will allow them to;
- Provide equipment to protect you from certain risks, such as safety gloves, goggles, hard hats, boots etc.
- Provide training in every aspect of doing the job safely, whether it be heavy lifting, operating machinery or any other type of work.
- Ensure that the workspace is set up correctly for you to work – i.e., in an office, a workstation should adhere to the DSE regulations, for example.
- Ensure the workplace itself is risk assessed and changes are made to reduce foreseeable risks, such as handrails affixed to stairwells, adequate lighting in darker areas, trip hazards removed etc.
If the business employing you does not take action to reduce known risks, and you are injured because of this, you could choose accident claims solicitors covering Durham to offer their experience and knowledge when making your workplace injury claim.
You might be interested to know that it is not only one-off incidents that could lead to accident claims in Durham. You could also claim compensation if industrial illnesses are contracted when an employer did not work to reduce the foreseeable risks of you obtaining such a condition. These conditions could include asbestosis, mesothelioma, workplace deafness, vibration white finder, tendonitis, RSI and more.
Whether you fell over a loose floorboard or broken paving slab, or you fell from a height because a stairwell was poorly lit, or you slipped on a spillage on the shop floor that had not been clearly marked out or cleaned up, you could suffer a wide variety of injuries leading to compensation after a trip or fall. It could be important to note that if you have suffered minor injuries, you could still make a claim for compensation.
Accident claims in Durham could be made for trips and falls that were the fault of someone else, and it depends largely on the place that you fell who would be deemed responsible for what happened to you. You could claim pavement accident compensation within a council accident claim, or claim against Teeside International Airport because of a slip or fall at the airport.
Your personal injury solicitor could help in a number of different ways, from providing a rough estimate of what your claim could be worth, as an alternative to putting details into a personal injury claims calculator, to offering support and advice on whether an offer you might receive for your claim could be worth accepting or whether they could fight for more. They would be able to take much of the stress of claiming compensation off your shoulders so that you could concentrate on recovering from any injuries you’ve sustained.
In instances where you were a direct target of violent crime or where you were injured in the course of a violent crime without being an intended victim. A violent crime could cause not only physical injuries but also mental trauma too. When you are a victim of violent crime, you could claim for;
- Psychological injuries.
- Physical injuries.
- Loss of earnings for any time taken off work.
- Future loss of earnings if you are expected to need further time off.
- Care costs concerning both professional care and gracious care from family and friends.
- Medical expenses for treatments or medication not provided by the NHS.
- Travel fees relating to appointments concerning your injury.
If you’ve incurred a cost as a direct result of you being a victim of crime, then you could look into whether accident claims solicitors covering Durham could help you make a claim through CICA. It could be wise to act fast though, as in general, claims of this nature could have just a 2-year accident claims time limit.
Were you injured in a school or public park accident due to faulty play equipment? Did a pothole in a public car park cause you to fall and hurt yourself? Did you fall down steps in a public shopping centre because there was no handrail attached?
If so, then you might be looking for accident claims solicitors covering Durham to assist with making accident claims for public place accident compensation. Depending on where the accident happened, the person or entity responsible might be the local council for a pavement accident claim or a private owner/operator of a public area. Your accident claim solicitor should be able to ascertain who is at fault for the accident you’ve had, and they could help launch a public place accident claim against the liable party.
Whether you’ve suffered negligence in Durham accident and Emergency, or you’ve been misdiagnosed by your local GP, causing your health or injury to worsen, then you could have cause to launch a claim for medical negligence. This is because every healthcare provider has a duty to take care of your health. If they fail to do so via the proper protocols and standards of care, then accident claims solicitors covering Durham could help you make a claim against the at-fault party, whether this was an NHS negligence case or one against a private hospital.
There are various ways that medical negligence in Durham could occur. It could be the fault of a surgeon who operated on the wrong limb, a midwife who forgot to regularly check you which has led to issues with you or your baby. It could be a GP who does not check you over and misses a clear indication of a disease, or even a dentist who does not remove the right tooth. Whichever way you’ve suffered negligence, if it has had a harmful effect on your health, you could make a claim.
If you looked for a no win no fee solicitor in Durham and have landed on this page, it could be because our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Durham work on this basis. What this means is that you don’t have to pay upfront to begin your claim.
In fact, your financial risks could be reduced because you would not have to pay anything upfront, or if your claim did not result in a settlement. No win no fee means just that. If your claim is unsuccessful then you would not be required to pay your solicitors legal fees. The agreement between you and your personal injury solicitors would be that a percentage of your compensation would fund their legal fees, and the rest would be yours. If you’d like to know more regarding this type of agreement please contact us to discuss more.
There’s no reason not to call 0800 073 8801 if you have queries on the accident claim process or would like to make accident claims in Durham.
Our friendly advisors will talk over all aspects of your claim, answering any questions and providing advice you can trust. If you prefer email, then firstname.lastname@example.org is the address to send your query to, alternatively, you could use the live chat or fill in the contact form on this page.
Below are a few more questions and answers about accident claims that may provide useful information.
What is negligence?
If you’d like to see whether you could have grounds to make a claim, you can speak to our team of advisors today for a free consultation on your case. However, in order to prove negligence, you’ll need to ensure that your situation at least meets the following criteria:
- A third party owed you a duty of care by law
- Which they then failed to uphold or breached
- And you subsequently suffered some sort of damage
Do I need a personal injury lawyer in order to make a claim?
There is no legal requirement to have a personal injury lawyer if you want to make a claim. Technically, you are allowed to make legal proceedings on your own if you wish to. However, having the expertise of a personal injury lawyer can help enhance your claim’s chances of success and ease the process of winning compensation.
Is there a time limit for making a personal injury claim?
Yes, in most cases, the time limit for making a personal injury claim is 3 years. If you attempt to make legal proceedings for your case after the relevant time limit has expired, you may no longer be eligible to claim. This time limit typically comes into effect on the date of your accident itself. However, it could also begin at a later date if you didn’t initially have the knowledge that third-party negligence was responsible for your injuries.
What are the benefits of using a No Win No Fee solicitor?
As mentioned, having the expertise of a personal injury lawyer can help enhance your claim’s chances of success and ease the process of winning compensation. For many people put off by solicitor’s fees or without the funds to afford one upfront, a No Win No Fee agreement can help them get legal representation. As part of these agreements, there are no initial or running fees to pay and only a small success fee is deducted from your settlement once your claim is won. If your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t have to cover the cost of your solicitor.
How can I contact Accident Claims?
We have a team of specialist advisors that can provide a free and impartial consultation on your case. If you’re interested in seeing whether you could be able to make a claim, how much compensation your claim could be worth and whether our No Win No Fee panel of personal injury lawyers could help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. You can call the number at the top of this page or complete a contact form on our website to get a call back. Alternatively, you can chat to one of our advisors using the live chat feature on your screen.
Could A Personal Injury Solicitor Help Me Claim Compensation?
If someone has caused an accident and you have been injured because of it, or their negligence has led to injury or illness, then you could make a claim for compensation. Here at Accident Claims UK, we’re proud to be able to provide clients with some great personal injury solicitors who can cover the Durham area. All you need to do is call us for assistance.
Is It Important For Me To Select Between Local Law Firms?
Typing ‘solicitors near me’ into Google or any other search engine could bring up any number of lawyers in the area, but as a nationwide service, we are very careful about the quality of legal representatives we provide. This could give you peace of mind that the lawyer we provide has the proper credentials and the right experience to work on your claim.
Will A Doctor Check My Injuries?
In the majority of personal injury claims need you will need to attend an assessment with an impartial doctor, who will comment on the injuries you sustained and advise on your prognosis along with any further treatment you may require. This will form the foundation of your accident claim for compensation.
Will A Doctor Close To Me Check My Injury?
Luckily, you should not have to travel far to see such a doctor. We work with a fantastic panel of independent doctors, including:
- Guy Stevenson
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
- David Pontefract
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- Durham Pavement Injury Policy – Here you’ll see the government’s information on pavements and personal injury.
- Our Guide To Pavement Accidents – This is our information on accidents on pavements.
- Durham County Court – If you need to know where the local court is, then this page provides useful information.
- Hair Removal Claims– Claims of this type are covered here.
- HSE Reports – You could see more information on what incidents need reporting to the HSE here.
- Negligent Care Homes – Claims can be made by the victim or their loved ones for negligence in care homes.
- Durham Police – Reporting an accident.
Thank you for reading our personal injury claims guide. Once again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today to see how our accident claims solicitors Durham could help you.
Article by JJ.
Edited by CK.