By Brett Williams. Last Updated 20th August 2021. Have you been injured as a result of an accident that was not your fault? If so, you could be considering making a personal injury claim with accident claims solicitors covering Gillingham. In this guide, we will provide you with crucial details on making an accident claim. Keep on reading to find out everything you might need to know about choosing personal injury solicitors covering the Gillingham area.
Can I make a claim?
This is the all-important question. It is vital to establish whether you are eligible to make a claim and who could possibly be liable to pay any damages. Generally, you have to prove the following three statements to be true.
- The incident occurred as a result of someone else’s error or negligence. This person/company/employer etc owed you a duty of care. You cannot be at fault for your own suffering if you are to claim.
- The accident happened within the past three years. This is the accident claims time limit on the majority of personal injury cases. The usual exceptions relate to injuries that have occurred over time, such as industrial deafness. In these instances, you could have three years from the date of your diagnosis. Other exceptions could involve claims for children, and claims for injuries that have only been discovered within the past three years.
- Your health has suffered or you have received a new injury or illness that would not have happened only for the negligence. In cases of medical negligence, this could relate to the worsening of a condition due to negligent treatment.
If you have any queries about whether your situation could lead to accident claims in Gillingham, all you need to do is give us a call. You will find plenty of useful information below as well.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Gillingham?
- Public Place Injury Claims
- Workplace Accident Claims In Gillingham
- Rates Of Workplace Injuries In Maidstone
- Road Traffic Accident Claim Solicitors
- Falling And Tripping Accident Claims
- Claims As A Victim Of Criminal Injuries
- Medical Accidents In Gillingham
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Gillingham
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- Frequently Asked Questions
- Additional References And Resources
When it comes to making a personal injury claim, one of the most important things that you might need to do is to find a personal injury lawyer that could handle your case for you. While it may be possible to make an accident claim without the assistance of a no win no fee solicitor, this is definitely not recommended by our team. The personal injury claims process and personal injury law, in general, could be very complicated. If you do not have an accident claim solicitor to assist you, this is something that the other team could exploit.
This is why you might need to take the time to find the most appropriate personal injury solicitor for you. There are lots of accident claim solicitors to choose from, so you might wish to take the time to narrow down your search properly. It might be good to look for a solicitor who has worked on many accident claims in Gillingham that are similar to yours. You could also make sure you opt for a no win no fee service, you can find more details about this toward the end of the guide. Aside from this, you may want a solicitor that has a good reputation. It might be a good plan to read reviews that have been left by others and make sure that whether it’s solicitors in Kent or elsewhere you’re considering working with, they are easy to get in contact with.
In the next sections, we are going to take a look at some of the different types of personal injury claims in that could be made in Gillingham. Let’s begin with public place injuries. As the name suggests, this could relate to any sort of accident or injury that happens in a public environment which has happened due to the negligence of the owner of the space, occupier or even public body. This could be in the park, on a pathway, or another area where the public is able to access without permission. It is not always clear with such accidents who may be responsible if at all anyone. If you are struggling with liability do not hesitate to give our advisors a call at any time.
In addition to public place injury claims, you may also be able to make a claim if you have been injured while in the workplace. Our accident claims solicitors could help put a case together when it comes to workplace accident claims. In these cases, you would need to show that your employer is responsible for what has happened to you. There are many ways this could be the case, from failing to provide a safe work environment to not giving you the right personal protective equipment. Your employer could also be deemed responsible if you were assaulted and they knew the person who attacked you was a risk. From industrial hearing loss to manual handling incidents; the situations could differ considerably. When it comes to these sorts of claims, it might be important to report the accident to your employer at the earliest opportunity because all employers are required to have an accident book by law.
Below, we take a look at the statistics for workplace injuries in Maidstone, which is the nearest place to Gillingham that has statistics for workplace accidents and injuries reported to the HMRC.
|Total – non fatal injuries
|Total – non fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
Road traffic accidents could also be very common when it comes to Gillingham accident claims. This not only relates to incidents involving cars but it could also mean cases whereby pedestrians have been hurt as well as motorcyclist, bike, and bus accidents. When making these sorts of claims, it could be important to get the details of the person that caused the accident. This includes their contact information, as well as their vehicle registration number and the details about their insurer. However, if the perpetrator has fled the scene of your road accident, you may still be able to make an accident claim via the MIB. However, the way the claim is made could be slightly different. But this is not something for you to worry about, as we could handle it for you.
There is no denying that out of all of the different claims that are made slip, trip, and fall claims could well be the most common. This is because they could happen in any environment and they could happen in many different ways. There could be people who have slipped during the winter because of dangerous ice that should have been treated. There could have been those who have fallen because of defects with public pathways. There could have then been people that have tripped because of unsafe obstructions in stores. The situations could differ but it is all about showing that you are not to blame for what happened to you and someone else had the responsibility to make the area safe, and has failed to do so.
Next, we are going to take a look at claims involving criminal activity. If you have been injured because of a criminal act, you could make a claim, irrespective of whether you were the intended target or not. With these claims, the cases could be made with the CICA. The CICA was established to ensure that victims of crime are compensated for what has happened to them, meaning you could claim whether or not the guilty party has been found. It might be important to note, though, that the personal injury claim time limit is a lot shorter, at two years, and so you might want to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Last but not least, we have clinical negligence claims in Gillingham. This could relate to instances whereby a medical professional has acted in a certain way, or not taken any action when they should have, and this has caused the person in question to suffer an illness or injury, or for their current condition to get worse which all could have been avoided. This could be at a public or private centre; it could also be at a hospital, GP practice, or dentist. The situations could differ considerably too. Some examples of medical negligence could include the following:
- The incorrect tooth being extracted while at the dentist
- Retained surgical instruments
- Surgery carried out on the wrong part of the body
- Incorrect diagnosis of a condition
- Late diagnosis of a medical condition
- Incorrect treatment
- Failing to realise that a mother and/or her baby are in distress during birth
- Care home negligence
- Failing to spot the signs of a serious condition
- Negligent medical advice
The standout feature of our panel of solicitors’ service is the no win no fee payment structure. There are many benefits associated with this. You won’t need any money to begin your claim. Financial risk is also reduced dramatically. You could rest assured that the solicitor will only take on your claim for no win no fee compensation if they believe you have a strong chance of winning your case.
All you need to do is get in touch with Accident Claims UK at 0800 073 8801 and we could handle everything for you. We are proud to have many years of experience. We could successfully help many personal injury victims to get the compensation they deserve and thus it is likely that our solicitors have dealt with cases similar to yours time and time before.
How our accident claims solicitors covering Gillingham could help you claim compensation
It would be nice if compensation claims were simply a case of asking the defendant to admit what happened and to pay you a set amount of compensation. However, things aren’t as easy as that. Most claims end up on the desk of an insurance company. Before they’ll pay you anything, they’ll want evidence that their client was negligent and caused your accident to happen. Even when you can prove that the insurer might argue about how serious your injuries were and so you’ll need medical evidence to support your claim. If you can’t demonstrate liability and the level of your injuries succinctly, you are likely to lose your case or receive a reduced level of compensation.
For that reason, we suggest that you let a solicitor represent you. If you do, the chances of winning your case could increase and so could the amount of any compensation paid. If your claim is taken on by one of our solicitors, they’ll do everything possible to try and make sure you are compensated fully.
The claims process begins with your solicitor going through the case with you in detail. By doing so, they’ll be able to make sure all aspects of your suffering are included within your claim. They’ll also start collecting evidence to try and prove what happened. Also, before the claim is filed with the defendant, an appointment with a local independent medical specialist will be arranged so that the extent of your injuries can be documented.
Once everything is in place, your solicitor will send the claim on to the defendant and await a response. If liability is accepted, the claims process will move on to reviewing the settlement amount. If it is not, your solicitor will provide additional documentation and evidence to try to counter any objections raised by the defendant or their insurer.
As the claim continues, you’ll be able to ask any questions that arise. You’ll also be sent updates regularly by your solicitor. If you’re interested in claiming and would like to see how our accident claims solicitors covering Gillingham could help you, please get in touch. There’s nothing to lose as we provide a no-obligation case review along with free legal advice.
Below, you will find the answers to some of the most commonly received questions about accident claims.
In What Ways Could A Solicitor Help Me?
A personal injury solicitor could be able to help you in many different ways. This could begin with providing accidents claims advice. However, if you want to proceed and make a personal injury claim, they could assist you all of the way, from gathering evidence to securing a payout.
Why Does A Solicitor Need To Based In My Area?
A lot of people could limit their search to only considering accident claims solicitors in Gillingham. However, you are not restricted to accident solicitors near me on the likes of Google. Instead, you could search for accident claims solicitors covering Gillingham. This could mean a personal injury lawyer based anywhere in the UK. This is how our panel of accident claims solicitors could help you.
What Medical Checkups Are Needed?
Medical assessments and examinations could be important when it comes to making compensation claims in Gillingham. This is because they could act as evidence. They would show what has happened to you and the severity of your injuries and how they are going to impact the rest of your life. This would be used to determine how much compensation you are going to get.
Where Will My Checkup Take Place?
We could help you to see a medical professional in your area, for example, we could arrange an appointment with any of the doctors below….
7 Boughton Parade
26 Kings Hill Ave
Below, you can see more information about the local area’s resources as well as some specific guides that might be of interest to you.
Reporting workplace accidentst – Workplace accident reporting can be explained here.
Report a car accident – Kent Police’s details can be found here.
Local courts – Should you need it, the local court’s website is here.
Were you subject to an assault at work? – If so, our guide may provide some information you might need.
All about car accidents – Learn more about claims arising from car accidents.
Injured as a cyclist – Cycling claims are covered in this in-depth guide.
Thanks for reading our guide on how personal injury solicitors and accident claims solicitors in Gillingham work.
Edited by Mel.