Accidents can happen any time of day or night, in any location and often they are just ‘one of those things’. However, some accidents that happen could have been prevented and were actually avoidable had the appropriate care or actions been taken. If you have been injured and you believe someone else was at fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
At Accident Claims UK, we have a panel of solicitors that cover the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area as well as across the country who could help you make a successful claim. We have written this guide to provide you with lots of useful information about the accident claims process and what type of accidents you can make a claim for. If you’d like further advice or wish to discuss your personal case in more detail, our panel of accident claims solicitors will be happy to help. Just call us on 0800 073 8801.
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- Compensation For Slip And Fall Accidents
- Compensation After An Assault Or Criminal Injury
- Compensation For Accidents In Public Places
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If you have sustained an injury from being in an accident that someone else caused, you may have eligibility to make a claim for accident compensation. Accident claims in Newcastle-Under-Lyme could potentially be made if you are injured due to the negligence of the local authority, healthcare provider, your employer, a driver or the owner of a restaurant for example. Regardless of where the accident occurred, if you want the best chance of a successful claim and to win the highest amount of compensation possible for your case, having a personal injury solicitor who is ideally suited to your case may make all the difference.
Personal injury solicitors are experienced solicitors that specialise in personal claims and can help you to secure compensation by assessing initially that you have a valid claim, sourcing and gathering evidence, making sure every aspect of the claim is included in order to claim the maximum amount possible for your unique case, making sure all of the legal requirements of the accident claim is met, and more.
If your employer has acted negligently and it has harmed you in some way, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against them. Compensation for a work accident can be sought with the help of accident claims solicitors covering Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Although it is important to note that it is not compulsory to have a solicitor to make a personal injury claim. Employers have a duty of care to their staff to ensure their health, safety and well-being at all times wherever possible whilst undertaking work duties. They are legally required to follow Government set health and safety regulations which can be found here. Some of the steps employers can take to adhere to HSE expectations and prevent accidents from happening to their best of their ability are:
- By providing personal protective clothing and equipment where necessary.
- Carrying out risk assessments to highlight and address potential hazards.
- Providing appropriate and sufficient training where necessary.
- Ensuring all machinery and equipment is regularly maintained and fit for purpose.
- Ensuring health and safety policies and procedures are up to date and followed correctly by all members of staff
If an employer fails to provide safe working conditions and somebody is hurt as a result, an accident claim could be made for compensation.
One of the most common accidents at work are injuries caused by incorrect lifting and handling techniques. The following manual handling injury claims guide produced by Accident Claims UK may be helpful if this applies to your injury.
Thousands of people are injured at work every year with varying levels of severity. The impact an injury at work can have on an individual and their family, particularly if they are the main bread winner, can be devastating.
In the table below we can show the number or workplace injuries in the Newcastle-Under-Lyme region 2018/19;
|LOCATION||TOTAL – NON-FATAL INJURIES||TOTAL – NON-FATAL INJURIES PER 100,000 WORKERS||TOTAL – FATAL INJURIES|
The HSE statistics in the table can be found here https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ridreg.xlsx . These statistics also show the total number on injuries in all areas of the UK.
All medical practitioners whether they are a doctor, nurse or dentist, have a duty of care to provide a professional and caring service to their patients. A medical mistake could have a devastating effect on someone’s life and well-being. If you have been injured or suffered psychological trauma due to an error made by a medical professional which ultimately could have been prevented, you may be entitled to claim for medical negligence compensation. A medical error due to negligence could involve:
- A cosmetic surgeon causing unnecessary scarring.
- Wrong medication being prescribed or given/
- An incorrect or misdiagnosis.
- Failing to spot a serious condition.
- Poor hygiene or use of unclean utensils causing cross-contamination.
These are just a few examples of medical negligence. In order to have the basis for a medical negligence claim a patient must have suffered unnecessary harm. Regardless of whether your injury is minor or severe, if you have suffered due to medical negligence, a medical negligence solicitor could help you to get the compensation you deserve. Have a read of our following guide for more information regarding medical negligence claims for misdiagnosis. If you’d like further advice on this matter, don’t hesitate to contact Accident Claims UK.
If an accident caused by someone else results in you being injured, you may be able to claim for road traffic accident compensation. Being involved in a road traffic collision can be a harrowing experience, even if you are not physically injured yourself, you may be left with psychological trauma such as PTSD. Psychological injuries may not always be apparent straight away but may appear over a number of days or weeks or even months. Compensation claims for PTSD due to a road accident Newcastle-Under-Lyme may be made but the accident claims time limit will not start until the PTSD has been diagnosed.
It isn’t just drivers at risk of a traffic accident in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, but also passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and even horses and their riders. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious life threatening injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a road traffic collision and you would like to know more about making a claim for compensation, contact Accident Claims UK.
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of accidents causing injuries to people in the UK. According to the HSE, slip and fall accidents are the main cause of injuries to workers.
Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere, at work, in the shopping centre, at a leisure centre, in a car park, practically anywhere, but if they are caused by somebody else’s negligent actions, a slip and fall accident claim may possibly be made. Slip and fall settlement examples include:
- Slipping over a spillage in a supermarket.
- Falling off faulty equipment in the local park.
- Tripping over on an uneven path.
- Falling down an uncovered manhole.
Slip and fall accidents can cause a number of varying injuries such as sprains, strains, brakes and fractures for example. If you have suffered after a slip and fall accident that was caused by the negligence of a third party, our accident claims solicitors maybe able to help you to make a successful claim.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors can also assist those who are victims of criminal actions or assault. Claiming compensation after assault or criminal activity can be made for both physical and psychological injuries, and thanks to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, even if the assailant remains unknown or uncaught, victims of crime can still receive compensation for their ordeal.
If you have sustained an injury or been left traumatised by an assault or criminal activity in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, call Accident Claims UK to speak to an expert personal injury solicitor.
Public spaces are basically anywhere a member of the public is allowed to go such as parks, streets, car parks, shopping centres and cinema complexes for example. Public spaces may be owned by organisations such as the local authority, or could be privately owned by a business or land owner. If you are injured in a public place in Newcastle-Under-Lyme due to the negligence of those responsible for the area, you may be able to claim compensation from their public liability insurance which they are legally required to hold.
Before a claim can be successful however, liability needs to be proven and this can sometimes prove difficult. Choosing to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with your accident claim may give you the best chance of your claim being successful. Contact Accident Claims UK today and we can connect you with an accident claim solicitor that covers the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area and who is experienced in claims for accidents in public places.
A no win no fee solicitor can make claiming compensation a lot more affordable than what you may think. This is because with a no win no fee policy, the personal injury solicitor only charges you for their legal fees if they successfully win you a compensation award for your injury. The payment is made by them taking a small percentage of the final settlement amount paid to you. If they fail in securing you compensation however, they will not charge you for their time.
If you’d like to find out more about no win no fee, contact us today and we will be happy to explain in detail what it means exactly.
If you have been injured after being involved in an accident that was not your fault in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, contact Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 for free expert accident claims advice. We have a team of experienced accident claim solicitors who can cover the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area and can help you to secure the maximum settlement amount for your injury.
Below we discuss some of the frequently asked questions by claimants who have suffered an injury caused by various reasons from being in a car accident, slipping on a restaurant floor, to being misdiagnosed by their GP:
- What Ways Could A Solicitor Help Me?
Our panel of accident claim solicitors could conduct your claim on your behalf as they will know what is required, will understand the legal terminology, can help collate crucial evidence and make sure that everything is included correctly to secure you the maximum amount of compensation for your case. Our accident claim solicitors all offer a no win no fee policy and have been in the industry for many years.
- Does It Matter Where My Solicitor Is Based?
Actually, it doesn’t matter where your personal injury solicitor is based providing they specialise in accident claims, have experience in your type of claim, and have a great track record of successful claims. Accident Claims UK work with solicitors that are not based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, but who do cover the area, and so we can connect you with a solicitor suitable for your case.
- Why Are Medical Assessments Necessary?
To be able to have a successful compensation claim, collecting as much evidence as possible is crucial. By having a medical assessment, you are confirming and documenting your injury, this in itself is proof that your injury did, or does exist and therefore is essential. Medical reports will contain information such as the type and severity of the injury you have, what treatments are recommended if any, an idea of recovery time and whether there will be any permanent health problems as a result of the injury. The main contributing factor when deciding the compensation amount is the type and severity of the injury and the effect it has had on the claimants life and well-being.
- Do You Work With Doctors In My Area?
Yes. We work with a team of medical experts in the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area. Some of the team we use are:
- Sam Al-Jafari, 2 Gower Street, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ
- Stephen Grant Charlesworth-Jones, Mencom House, 2 Gower Street, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ
- Simon Briggs, Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic, Church House, Blackfriars Road, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 2RD
- Andrew Johnson, Cornwall House, Sandy Lane, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 0LZ
This guide looks at what rights you have if you have had an accident at work or suffered a workplace illness.
A guide for people who have been injured in a cycling accident.
Here there is some information on the Government website about CICA.
Information here on how to report an accident or incident under RIDDOR.
Article by KH
Edited by MM.