A Guide To Making Accident Claims In Gloucester
Have you been injured in Gloucester? Was another person responsible? Do you think that you could make a successful accident claim in Gloucester? If so you could find out how an accident claims solicitor covering Gloucester could help you in our dedicated guide below.
In this guide we look at when and why people could make accident claims in Gloucester as well as how a personal injury solicitor could help you. We look at common types of personal injury claims, such as;
- Medical malpractice claims.
- Accidents at work.
- Accidents and injuries in a public place.
- Road traffic accident claims.
You could also learn about your rights as a victim of a crime to claim compensation. At the end of this guide we provide the answers to some of your more commonly asked questions. So, find out more about accident claims in Gloucester below and contact us when ready to begin your claim.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Gloucester?
- Victim Of Criminal Injury Claims
- Clinical Malpractice And Negligence
- Accident Claims Against An Employer
- Instances Of Reported Accident Claims Against An Employer
- Road Traffic Accident Claims In Gloucester
- Slipping And Falling Accidents
- Accidents Which Happened In A Public Place
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Gloucester
- How To Speak To An Accident Claims Expert
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Where To Learn More
Accident claims solicitors Gloucester are solicitors who specialist in helping people to claim compensation if they have been hurt in an accident which was not their fault or harmed through medical negligence. They may also be called ‘personal injury solicitors’. In cases where a claim does need to go to court to be resolved, a personal injury lawyer may be required. All of these legal professionals help victims to get any compensation which they are entitled to.
For the purposes of this guide, if we talk about accident claims solicitors covering the Gloucester area in reference to our accident claims solicitors we mean solicitors who can cover claims in Gloucester, not necessarily those based in the area. Whilst Accident Claims UK operates a nationwide service, we do not guarantee that a solicitor will be based in your local area. You can find out why a solicitors location is not important to your claim in our FAQ section at the bottom of this guide.
If you have been the victim of a criminal injury such as an assault or were harmed by systematic abuse you could claim compensation from the perpetrator of the crime committed against you.
There are several circumstances in which our accident claims solicitors could assist you. It is important to note that you must have reported the crime which was perpetrated against you (or other person) to the police and have a crime number. You could claim compensation if you were injured by an attack or assault, if a close relative was fatally injured, if you were witness to a loved one being attacked or assaulted or if you sadly had to pay for the funeral of a loved one who was fatally injured by an assault.
Whilst in most circumstances, the accident claims time limit is three years, as a victim of crime you have just two years in which to claim compensation. You can learn more about your rights as a victim of crime at this UK Government guide.
If you were harmed due to an avoidable mistake in the way in which medical care has been provided to you, you could be able to claim compensation. Medical negligence claims may be more complex than some other types of accident claims. This is in part because of a high burden of proof required. When undergoing medical procedures or in receipt of treatment there may be potentially harmful side effects which can not be avoided.
For instance, in surgery people can be harmed even if a procedure is carried out in the best possible way. But, if a surgeon acted negligently – for example amputating the wrong body part – you should have grounds to claim compensation. You may also be able to claim for malpractice if you were not fully informed of the potential side effects before agreeing to a particular course of treatment or procedure. This is because you may not have given informed consent to your doctors. To learn more about medical negligence and how clinical negligence solicitors could help you, please see this guide.
You could make an accident claim against an employer if you were injured, became sick or even suffered undue stress in the workplace because of actions taken or not taken by your employer.
In the UK there were around 600,000 cases of work-related stress each year which accounted for 44% of work-related illnesses. The next largest cause of ill health (or injury) in the workplace at 35% are musculoskeletal injuries. If you have been harmed in the workplace you need to report this to your employer so that it is properly documented. This report may be used by your accident claim solicitors. Employers should make reporting a accident at work easy, just ask for the accident report book and keep a copy of your report.
There are many, many different ways in which people could be harmed in the workplace and for which an accident claim in work could be made. Employers have duties of care under articles of legislation as well as industry recommendations to ensure that a place of work is safe for employees to carry out their job, that they are provided with any protective equipment and that they are correctly trained to carry out their job safely. If an employer has failed to take these steps a claim could be made. Our accident at work claims guide includes a personal injury claims calculator where you can see what you could claim.
To help illustrate how many people have been injured in accidents at work, whether directly employed or self employed, we have created this table. To do so, we use figures which you can find here and which are both collected and published by the Health and Safety Executive.
This table looks at the total number of workers who suffered a workplace injury, the rate per 100,000 workers and whether there were any fatal injuries at work in Gloucester in the year 2017/ 2018.
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If you have been injured in an accident on the road in Gloucester in the last three years and if you can show that someone else was responsible for the accident, you could be able to make a road traffic accident claim. Road traffic accident is an umbrella term which we use to cover different accidents such as,
- Cyclist/ bicycle accidents.
- Car accidents.
- Injuries to passengers.
- Pedestrian accidents on the road.
- Public transport accidents.
- Whiplash injuries.
If you have been harmed as the driver of a vehicle, as a passenger or as a pedestrian, you could be able to make a claim. Talk to our team to discuss your options today.
It has been suggested that this is the most common type of accident in which people are injured. Slips and trips are common in the workplace or in public places. If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident which happened in the last three years and which was caused by someone else, you may be able to claim compensation. Such claims may be made for accidents which have happened on public or private property and where either an individual or a body/ company/ organisation were responsible.
One of the most common categories of accident claim handled by our panel of accident claims solicitors are those for accidents in public places. They are sometimes also called public liability claims. In this type of claim the party whom you claim against may be a public body, a company or a private individual. Your claim should be brought against the party who occupied or owned the space in which you were injured. This party has a duty of care to ensure that if their space is open and accessible to the public, said members of the public will be safe and free from injury in this space.
Some of the types of accident which we have already looked at above, such as a trip or a slip, could be considered a public liability claim. Places which could be considered a public place could include the streets, shops and commercial or leisure premises, car parks or public parks. Accident solicitors covering Gloucester could assist you in such instances.
At the bottom of this article we deal with some of the questions which our team are most commonly asked. However, one of the biggest concerns which many people have when approaching a solicitor is how much it will cost them. People may even worry that simply by picking up the phone they will incur charges in some way. Firstly, our team are here to provide initial consultations free of charge. If they then think that you could claim compensation they may offer you the services of a no win no fee solicitor. So, what does this mean for you?
As a claimant working with a no win no fee solicitor your case will be handled on the basis that you will not need to make any payments to the solicitor until you have won your claim. There are no payments that you need to make in order to start your claim and no payments will be made during the claims process. If at the end of the claim you are not successful and no compensation is paid out, again, there will be nothing to pay.
Remember, you only make a payment to the solicitor if you are awarded compensation.
Accident Claims UK offers a nationwide service through our panel of accident claims solicitors and medical experts. We are specialists in helping people to secure accident compensation settlements. To find out if we could help you, get in touch with our specialist team.
You could fill in our accident claim form on this page or you could send us the details of your claim to our email address, Office@AccidentClaims.co.uk.
Alternatively, you could also pick up the phone and discuss your case with our advisors. Call 0800 073 8801.
Taking any type of legal action could seem daunting if you have never had to use a solicitor before and you may have lots of questions. Whilst our team of advisors and accident claims solicitors are always happy to provide you with answers, we have provided some answers to frequently asked questions below.
How Does The Injury Claims Process Work?
We believe that from your perspective as a claimant, making an accident claim should be simple. Your biggest choice should just be in finding the right person to handle you case. Once you have done so, they should then fully handle your case and claim, taking the work off your shoulders. Whilst your accident claim solicitors will keep you fully informed, they should carry out the claim on your behalf and handle the legal side of things. In a small number of cases your claim may need to go to court. If it does, your personal injury lawyer will explain the accident claim court procedure to you fully.
Will I Need A Local Solicitor?
People often think that when either seeking accident claims advice, or wishing to make an accident claim that they have to find an accident claim solicitor in their local area. Whilst it is understandable to think that you should see a no win no fee solicitor who is located closely for convenience of visiting their office, you don’t have to. In most instances you will not need to visit a solicitor in person and communications will (in general) be carried out over the phone, by post or via email. This means you could choose a personal injury solicitor who is the best person to conduct your case, rather than the person who is closest.
Do My Injuries Need To Be Examined By A Doctor?
For most personal injury claims you will need to be examined by an independent doctor. An important part of any litigation is being able to prove your claim. As the claimant, your personal injury solicitor needs to show that you have the injury or illness which you are claiming compensation for. This will need to be noted on any official documents and accident claim forms. Whilst you should already have visited a doctor to have your injury or illness treated, this appointment will be to provide an additional evaluation of your health. The report that is subsequently produced could help to better inform what your solicitor thinks your injury is worth. To do so, they may use a personal injury claims calculator.
Where Could I See A Doctor?
As you should now know, seeing a doctor can be an important part of the injury claim process. We have already covered the reasons why you do not have to have a local solicitor work on your accident compensation claim, however, you may not wish to travel far to see a doctor.
This is why in addition to working with a panel of solicitors based around the UK, we also work with a panel of doctors across the country who could carry out medical assessments. Our accident solicitors covering this area or our team could organise for you to be assessed by our panel of doctors which includes,
Gloucester Chiropractic Clinic,
31 St. Michael’s Square,
In this guide we have already included references where you could learn more about making different types of personal injury claims, or where you could be injured and some of the ways in which accident claims solicitors Gloucester could help you. In addition to these, we also include the following resources which you may need to contact if you have been the victim of an accident and are making an accident claim in this area.
HSE reporting of accidents – Tools for an employer to use in the reporting of accidents.
Reporting a car accident in Gloucester – Follow these steps regardless of whether you are making a road traffic accident claim or not.
Gloucester and Cheltenham county court – Part of your (car) accident claims process may be to go to court to resolve your case.
Gloucester local authority – How to report highways incidents to the local authority.