If you have experienced medical negligence in Kilmarnock accident and emergency, have suffered whiplash in a car accident on the A77, or have slipped and fallen in the supermarket on a wet floor, you might be looking for advice to see if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. Accident claims solicitors covering Kilmarnock could assist with every aspect of making a personal injury claim, from offering advice and support to building a case against the liable party.
But, how complex is the claims process, and what do you need to know before you instruct the services of an accident claim solicitor? This guide aims to provide the answers you need. In it, we’ll cover common causes for such claims as well as looking at the accident claims time limit, and talk about why using a no win no fee solicitor could be a good option for you. We’ll also introduce our panel of accident claims solicitors, explaining how we could help with everything from claiming clinical negligence compensation to making a workplace injury claim. If you’d prefer to talk to us, then our number is 0800 073 8801.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Kilmarnock?
- Kilmarnock Car, Traffic And Road Accident Claims
- Statistics Related To East Ayrshire Injuries At Work
- Workplace Injury Claims
- Slip Trip And Fall Claims
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
- Public Place Accident And Injury Claims
- Clinical Negligence Compensation
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Kilmarnock
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If you’re wondering what help our panel of solicitors covering Kilmarnock could provide you with, there are many different answers. Firstly, if you are unsure if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation they will explain third party liability without the use of legal jargon.
In general terms, this means that someone who had some kind of responsibility to you and acted recklessly or negligently in this regard could be held liable for any injury caused by this behaviour. Some examples of liable parties could include:
- An employer who has responsibility for your safety while at work.
- A healthcare provider who has a duty to care for your health and well-being.
- A business that has a responsibility to protect its customers while on their premises.
- A road user that has a duty to abide by the rules of the road to keep other users from facing undue risks.
These are just a few examples. Our panel of accident claim solicitors will explain more about this and talk to you about who could be considered liable for your specific accident/injury. Below, we’ll deal with some of these situations in more detail.
Another way in which a personal injury solicitor could assist with a personal injury claim would be to help build a solid case for accident compensation. While you could go it alone with a claim, there is no denying that having an accident claim solicitor could help you to build the strongest case possible, which could maximise the amount of accident compensation you could receive.
Some road accident scenes are easy to analyse, making it easy to see who was to blame for the traffic accident, but some could be more difficult to figure out. With our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kilmarnock on your side, the liable party will be identified and the solicitors could assist you in launching an accident claim for the injuries you have sustained if the accident which was not your fault. Road accident claims could cover a wide range of different incidents, from small fender benders causing whiplash to a fatal crash. But what sort of evidence could you collect in order to help your personal injury lawyer build a strong case for compensation?
- Take notes of what’s happened – It might seem likely that you would remember every detail of the road accident for a long time, but you could forget some small details that will make a difference to your claim. Taking down notes about what has occurred immediately after the accident should jog your memory later down the line.
- Obtain witness information – Not only could you get the driver’s details but also the details of the bystanders or other road users that have witnessed what happened. This could provide useful evidence for accident claims where liability is in dispute.
- Take pictures with your phone – Many of us carry our phones with us everywhere and taking a few pictures of the scene and of your injuries could be helpful.
- Make sure you claim within the accident claims time limit. In most road accident claims, this would be 3 years from the day of the accident. There are exceptions please call for more details.
Obviously, if you are seriously injured, you may not be able to gather this evidence, but it might be reassuring to know that if the accident is treated as a police incident, then the police might have gathered some of this evidence during the course of their investigation.
Below, we take a look at local accident statistics. These are provided by the HSE and can be viewed along with other locations across the country on their website.
|Location||Total - non fatal injuries||Total - non fatal injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal injuries|
As you could see from the above table, accidents can and do happen in the workplace. But what is the difference between accidents that occur that aren’t anyone’s fault, and accidents at work that could lead to accident claims in Kilmarnock? The answer is as follows:
Any employer has a responsibility to its employees in terms of protecting their health and safety while they are at work. They could do so by taking a number of different measures. They could:
- Risk assess the tasks within the workplace and the workplace itself.
- Provide relevant training/instruction on how to perform tasks safely.
- Provide PPE to protect workers.
- Change the way tasks are performed to make them safer.
These are just a few of the measures that could be taken to avoid accident and injury. If the measures taken by your employer were deemed to be reasonable and an accident did happen, then you might not be able to claim, but if it is proven that your employer did not lower the risks as much as reasonably possible, you could engage the services of accident claims solicitors covering Kilmarnock in order to make a compensation claim.
When it comes to slip, trip and fall claims, you might be under the assumption that there would be no one else to blame, after all, it was you that tripped, slipped or fell. But what if the reason for the fall and your subsequent injury was down to someone else’s negligence? If your employer had made you use scaffolding that was unsafe and you fell, injuring yourself, or if a supermarket shelf had collapsed, providing a trip hazard and you fell there, then you could potentially make a claim for compensation. This is because, as we mentioned earlier in the guide, there was third-party liability. The supermarket or the employer had a responsibility to ensure your safety and they failed to do so.
When it comes to how much compensation for a fall, this could be a little trickier to confirm. This is largely because there are so many different types of injuries you could suffer in a slip or fall accident. If you tap your injury details into a personal injury claims calculator, it might then pull up a sum that relates to your type of injury, but would it really know how serious your injury was? An accident claim calculator could only ever provide an estimate. If you speak to a personal injury lawyer from our panel, they may be able to give you a rough guide by looking at the Judicial College’s guidelines and the evidence you already have.
Unfortunately, crime does happen across the UK, and if you’re looking into a criminal injuries compensation claim, this could mean a crime has affected you in some way. Whether you have been injured as the intended target of a violent assault or injured because you were trying to stop a crime, or even if you have witnessed a violent act and have suffered mental trauma as a result, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) could compensate you. We must make you aware though, that the claims time limit for claims through CICA is usually only 2 years from the incident date. Of course, there could be an exception. These exceptions largely relate to claiming for something that happened to you in the past – historical abuse for example – or if you lacked mental or physical capacity to claim at the time. If you’re unsure as to whether you have a claim for criminal injury compensation, all you would have to do is call our helpline for free, impartial advice.
By definition, a public place is anywhere a member of the public is allowed to access, whether they pay to go there or access the area for free. This could include:
- Shopping Centres
- Streets/Public Walkways
- And More..
If you are injured in a public place, it is likely that someone was responsible for that area. In some cases, accident claims could be levied against the Local Authority, as they may have responsibility for streets and public parks for example. If you were injured in a shopping centre, cinema or other privately owned businesses that allow public access, then your claim could be against that business if they were shown to be negligent in keeping the area safe for the public to use.
Finally, let us review clinical negligence claims. These could be made if a healthcare professional has acted negligently and it has had a detrimental effect on your health. Clinical negligence could happen in either an NHS or private hospital or clinic and could involve:
Surgical negligence – This could include retained instruments, failed anaesthesia, operation on the wrong body part etc.
Avoidable birth injury claims – These could include incorrect use of birth tools, failure to perform a caesarean when medically necessary, failure to spot signs of distress in infant or mother.
GP Negligence – This could include misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, incorrect prescription, etc.
Dental Negligence – This could be failing to spot signs of oral cancer, removal of a healthy tooth etc.
Care Home Negligence – This could include poor bedsore management, poor infection control, failure to monitor mobility and more.
It is vital to note that inorder to make a claim for medical negligence you must have suffered unnecessarily. Of course, the list is not exhaustive, so if you or a loved one suffered medical negligence, do get in touch and we could see if you have cause to launch accident claims in Kilmarnock.
In our opinion, our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kilmarnock are a wise choice for those looking to make a claim. The way in which the process works is below:
- You would talk to a legal professional about your claim.
- They would advise if they could take on your claim on a no win no fee basis.
- They would provide a CFA (an agreement that sets out what percentage of your claim would go towards legal fees).
- They would fight your case.
- When settlement is made, the solicitor would be paid the percentage agreed.
- If a settlement is not forthcoming you would not have to pay your solicitor.
As you can see, nowhere in the above process says you need to pay any money upfront. This is because there is no need for upfront payment. Also, you could benefit from the fact that in these cases, solicitors would be unlikely to take on any case they were not sure they could win.
0800 073 8801 is the only number you need to contact Accident Claims UK – although you could also email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the live chat or contact form on this page. Whether you are ready to claim, or you’d prefer to ask a few more questions to ascertain whether you would have cause to launch accident claims in Kilmarnock, we’re listening, and we’re always ready to assist. All advice is free and we won’t put you under any obligation to make a claim.
Below, we reveal answers to a few more questions you might still have concerning accident claims in Kilmarnock.
Can I Claim Compensation With A Personal Injury Solicitor?
If you fit the criteria mentioned above in that you’ve received an injury or fallen ill at the hands of someone who had a responsibility to you, why not give Accident Claims UK a call. We would asses your case and let you know if we feel you could be eligible to make a claim, and we’ll then provide you with accident claims solicitors covering Kilmarnock should you be ready to make a claim.
Is The Location Of My Solicitor’s Offices Important?
You may assume you need a ‘solicitor near me’ to make a claim, but as we offer a nationwide claims service, we could assist with accident claims in Kilmarnock – and we have carefully selected the personal injury lawyers on our panel, so you could be sure of good legal representation.
Do I Need To Have A Medical Examination, Could You Organise This?
In order to make a full claim for personal injury, you are required to undergo an independent examination as it is used as a key piece of evidence when helping to calculate the general damages aspect of your claim.
Where Could This Doctor Be Based?
We work closely with doctors on a panel that spans the UK. You could be seeing an independent medic not far from where you live. For example:
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HSE Incidents – If you’d like more information on incident reporting, this page could help
Kilmarnock Court – Although not a great number of cases go to court, the court details can be found here
Ayrshire Police – Police contact details can be seen here
East Ayrshire Council – You’ll find relevant details here.
Beauty Treatment Claims – This is a guide to what compensation you could claim for incidents in beauty salons.
Self-Employed Workers – See if you could make claims for incidents involving your job.
Restaurant Claims – See if an accident in a restaurant could lead to a claim.
Article by JJ.
Edited by CE.