By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last updated 2nd September 2021. Have you suffered an injury through an accident that wasn’t your fault? Are you looking for accident claims solicitors covering Kettering to help you make a personal injury claim?
If so, you’ve arrived at the right place. This guide will explain when you could make an accident claim for your injuries and how an accident claim solicitor could help you get the level of compensation that you might be entitled to.
If you would like to discuss how we could help you start a claim today, then please call us on 0800 073 8801. We could connect you with one of our panel of accident claims solicitors who work on a no win no fee basis for all cases they conduct.
If you’d rather find out more first, then continue reading this handy guide.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Kettering?
- Car, Bus And Other Road Traffic Accidents In Kettering
- Kettering Workplace Accident And Injury Claims
- Kettering Workplace Injury Statistics
- Fall, Trip And Slip Injury Claims
- Clinical Negligence And Malpractice Claims In Kettering
- Public Place Accident Injury Claims
- Claims For A Criminal Injury
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Kettering
- Contact An Accident Claim Solicitor
- Accident And Injury Claim FAQ’s
- Kettering Accident Victim Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Kettering?
A personal injury solicitor who helps you make a claim for accident claims in Kettering will usually assist you by:
- Collect evidence to support your claim. Including CCTV footage, witness statements and medical records.
- Submitting the claim on your behalf.
- Dealing with the defendant’s lawyer or insurer so that you don’t have to.
- Offering advice on what you should do if you receive a compensation offer.
Our solicitors are not based in Kettering but can cover the area and before they’ll take on your claim, they’ll provide a free initial consultation. This is so that they can determine if:
- The defendant in the case owed you any form of duty of care;
- If they caused an accident to happen because they breached their duty of care;
- And if you were injured in the accident or made ill.
If all of the above is true, then you could be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Please call and speak with one of our advisors to discuss the claims time limit that will apply to your circumstances.
There is a multitude of accidents that could lead to a claim. We’ll cover many throughout this guide, but they could include claims for a pedestrian accident, car accident, a medical negligence claim or any other accident which led to a personal injury.
Car, Bus And Other Road Traffic Accidents In Kettering
Accident claim solicitors are often called upon to assist with claims for injuries following a road traffic accident (or RTA). Any type of road accident whether it be a crash, pedestrian injury or even a bus accident could lead to a claim if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence and caused you to suffer an injury. You could also claim on behalf of a loved one if they were involved in a fatal accident.
It’s important that you try to gather evidence to support this type of claim quickly. You won’t get too many chances if the scene is cleared and witnesses leave. Therefore, you should try to:
- Get contact details from any witnesses.
- Photograph the accident (before anything is moved if possible).
- Seek medical treatment for your injuries.
- Secure any dashcam footage as soon as possible.
Call us to discuss how we could help you make an accident compensation claim following a road traffic accident.
Kettering Workplace Accident And Injury Claims
Under UK law, all employers must ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff while at work wherever possible. This means that they need to check the workplace for risks and make changes and remove the risks where possible. If they cannot remove the risk entirely, they should make sure that it is reduced significantly.
No workplace is completely risk-free, but your employer could be liable for injuries sustained in accidents caused by:
- Faulty or damaged equipment.
- A lack of training for you or other staff.
- Missing or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
You might worry about claiming against your employer but it’s illegal for them to discipline you for making a claim (so long as it’s an honest claim). They’ll also have insurance to cover the claim so you shouldn’t worry about claiming compensation which you might be entitled to.
Kettering Workplace Injury Statistics
In the table below, we’ve outlined the number of accidents in Kettering workplaces reported to the government between 2013/14 to 2017/18.
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers
You can compare the number of accidents with other areas of the UK by viewing the full report here.
Fall, Trip And Slip Injury Claims
One of the most common types of injury handled by accident claims solicitors covering Kettering is those sustained during a fall. A fall doesn’t automatically mean you’re entitled to compensation though.
If you caused the accident by not taking the correct precautions, a claim is unlikely to be taken on. However, if the fall was caused by the negligence of somebody else, you might be eligible to receive compensation payment for your injuries.
Some common injuries caused by a slip, trip or fall include:
- Head injury, such as concussion.
- Soft tissue damage and severe bruising.
- Tendon, ligament or muscle tears.
- Back injury.
- Broken or fractured bones.
Call to discuss your accident with one of our specialists. They could help you with claims for a slip, trip or fall at work, school, in a shop, at the gym or anywhere else if it was caused by an error or negligent act.
Clinical Negligence And Malpractice Claims In Kettering
It can be quite worrying if you need to undergo a medical procedure to resolve an illness or injury. The same can be true if you choose to undergo cosmetic treatment. In either case, any medical professional who treats you needs to ensure your safety as much as possible. If they make a mistake which means you become ill, suffer an injury or your existing condition is made worse, then you could seek compensation for your suffering.
Claims are possible against the NHS or private healthcare providers. Any medical professional could be claimed against including GP’s, surgeons, midwives, care workers, hospital staff, nurses or dentists.
You could claim for:
- Injuries caused in following any medical or cosmetic treatment.
- Suffering caused by a misdiagnosis.
- Illnesses or side effects because the wrong medication was provided.
Claims for medical negligence can prove tricky due to the complex evidence and processes involved. Therefore, we’d recommend having a specialist on your side from the start. Please speak to one of our advisors today if you’d like to discuss starting a claim for medical or clinical negligence.
Public Place Accident Injury Claims
When you’re injured in a public place, that is somewhere you’re able to go without seeking approval, you could sue the responsible party if the accident was caused by their negligence.
In the same way as other claims, you should try and gather any evidence such as witness statements and photographs of the accident scene.
The tricky part with these claims can be if you can’t identify the responsible party or they deny liability for the accident. The claim can be further complicated if there is both an owner and an occupier who both point the finger at each other.
Claims For A Criminal Injury
Not everybody realises that if you’re injured by a criminal act against you, you could still be compensated for your suffering. This won’t normally be a personal injury claim against the criminal because a) they may not have the ability to pay compensation and b) they might not be identified.
Instead, the claim could be made via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (or CICA for short). They are a government organisation that compensate victims for physical, mental or sexual injuries, loss of earnings, funeral expenses and other expenses linked to the injuries.
Because it’s not a personal injury claim, there are different rules for claiming. Also, if you claim for multiple injuries, the scheme doesn’t pay 100% of the compensation for all of them. The first injury is compensated fully, then subsequent injuries receive reduced compensation on a sliding scale. However, the scheme does still provide a method of receiving compensation which wouldn’t be possible if it did not exist.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Kettering
When looking to accident claims solicitors covering Kettering, you might be put off because of the potential cost of hiring one. That’s where no win no fee solicitors come in.
They begin by offering a free assessment of your claim to help you understand if you have a claim or not. Then, if you’re happy to proceed, they’ll provide you with a CFA (Conditional Fee Agreement).
This document outlines what success fee you’ll pay the solicitor if they win your claim on your behalf. It will also clearly explain that, if the claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay a thing.
Contact An Accident Claim Solicitor
If you’d like to begin a claim today, then we’d love to hear from you. To get in touch, you can call our free number on 0800 073 8801. If you’d rather, you’re able to get in touch via our live chat facility, 7 days a week.
Accident And Injury Claim FAQ’s
If you’ve got a lot of questions about making a claim, you’re not alone. We’re often asked similar questions by new clients, so we’ve answered some of them here.
How can Accident Claims help?
At Accident Claims, we have a specialist team of advisors that provide free and impartial consultations for prospective claimants. By getting in touch with us today, you could learn whether you have grounds to make a claim, how much compensation you could be eligible for and how our panel of personal injury lawyers could help. As mentioned, we work with accident claims solicitors Kettering that provide No Win No Fee services to claimants. At the end of your consultation, if you’d like to seek legal representation, we can connect you to a member of our panel right away.
Is there a time limit for making a personal injury claim?
Yes, if you weren’t already aware, you can only make personal injury claims within certain time limits. For most cases of personal injury, claimants have up to 3 years to make a claim. If legal proceedings are attempted after this limitation period has expired, they could lose out on the compensation that they deserve. It’s also important to note that there are some cases where exceptions to this 3-year time limit can be made. For example, if your child is entitled to compensation but isn’t of legal age to claim it yet, the limitation period won’t come into effect until they are.
Can I make a claim on behalf of another claimant?
Yes, this is referred to as acting as a litigation friend. You may wish to assume this role on behalf of a loved one that has grounds to make a claim but isn’t able to make legal proceedings for themselves. For example, as mentioned, children aren’t able to make legal proceedings until they turn 18. However, you may be paying out of pocket to cover costs such as medical expenses and home adaptations as a result of their injury. Therefore, you may feel the need to claim on their behalf, securing their compensation to cover these costs and putting the rest away for them once they are of age to access it themselves.
Could I claim compensation for my injuries?
Our accident claims solicitors have over 30 years of experience handling claims for accident compensation. They’ve handled all sorts of different cases and understand the different pieces of legislation that can be used to help with claims. Most of all, they’re dedicated to trying to ensure clients receive the correct amount of compensation for their injuries.
Our team of advisors offer free accident claims advise about any personal injury and are available daily to provide help and support if you are looking to start a claim.
How are No Win No Fee agreements beneficial?
Compared to solicitors that charge by the hour, No Win No Fee solicitors neither charge upfront fees or running fees. This way, you can hire them without having to worry whether you have enough funds for their services. What’s more, they won’t charge you if they don’t win your claim, meaning you won’t have to pay out of pocket if you don’t receive any compensation. Therefore, the financial risk involved in the claims process is significantly minimised, allowing claimants to proceed with peace of mind.
Will I need my solicitor to be local?
Nowadays, there’s nothing stopping you from using accident claims solicitors covering Kettering rather than those who have an office there. That’s because, due to modern methods of communication, many solicitors are happy to provide accident claims advice and handle claims over the phone or by email.
Therefore, you can base your decision on how much experience the solicitor has got and their recent cases rather than basing it on their location alone.
Are medical assessments necessary?
One of the key things your personal injury lawyer needs to do is demonstrate how serious your injuries were. As your solicitor isn’t a medical professional, they need to provide evidence from those that are. This will include medical records from a GP or hospital if you attended one. It will also include a report from an independent medical doctor.
We have a panel of doctors across the country who carry out these assessments. They then provide a report that shows what impact your injuries caused you and what effect they could have on you in the future.
Where may my medical assessment take place?
As mentioned above, we work with a panel of doctors all over the country, and below we have provided you with two examples of doctors who are located in the Kettering area;
Satra Innovation Park,
Kettering, NN16 9JH.
Kettering Accident Victim Resources
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Kettering. To help you further we’ve linked to some additional guides and resources below:
- Workplace Accident Reporting – Guidelines for employers about the type of accidents that must be reported to the government.
- Northampton Court – The website for the local court provides contact details and opening times.
- Whiplash Injuries – A guide from the NHS which explains the symptoms and available treatments for whiplash injuries.
- Can I Claim for an Accident at Work? – A more detailed look at when you could claim compensation for workplace accidents.
- Criminal Injury Claims – Information about making an injury claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
- Accident Claim Calculator – If you’re looking for a personal injury claims calculator, read this guide which explains how much you might be awarded.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Kettering could help.
Article by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.