If you’ve suffered an injury or were made ill because of an accident which was caused by somebody else, then you might be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. If you’re looking for an accident claims solicitors that covers the Northampton area, then you should find this guide useful. It will provide examples of the types of claims that could be made including road traffic accident claims, assault claims and accidents at work claims for preventable injuries.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors can help you make a personal injury claim on a no win no fee basis even though they’re not based in your area (see our FAQs for more details on this). If you’d like to begin an accident claim right away, then please call 0800 073 8801 for a free, no-obligation, assessment. We also offer free accident claims advice if you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to begin a claim or not.
To find out more about making accident claims in Northampton, with accident claims solicitors that cover the Northampton area please carry on reading.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Northampton?
- RIDDOR Statistics For Accidents At Work In Northampton
- Claims For Injuries And Accidents At Work
- Northampton Road Traffic Accident Claims
- Falls, Trips And Slips
- Unlawful Injury And Assault Claims
- Claims For An Accident In A Public Place
- Medical Malpractice And Clinical Negligence
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Northampton
- How To Seek Compensation
- Frequent Questions – Answered
- More Details
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Northampton?
A personal injury solicitor also known as an accident claims solicitor usually offer to help clients on a no win no fee basis once they’ve assessed the accident and whom maybe liable for it. In many cases, the solicitor will ask you the following questions:
- Did the other person or business owe you a duty of care?
- Was the duty of care breached which subsequently led to your accident happening?
- Did you suffer injuries or become ill because of the breach in duty of care?
If you’ve answered yes to all of the questions, then our accident claims solicitors could help you begin a claim. You’ll need to ensure your claim is within the accident claims time limit of 3 years before claiming. This usually begins from the date the injury was sustained or the date you found out about the injury (when a doctor has officially diagnosed it). When the accident claim is on behalf of a child, then a parent can begin the claim for them before they turn 18. If no claim is made, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday.
Whichever no win no fee solicitor you choose for your accident claim in Northampton, they’ll usually offer to do the following for you:
- Assess your claim to ensure you are eligible to seek compensation.
- Help you to gather evidence to support the claim. This could include medical records and statements from witnesses.
- Manage the claim by handling any questions or objections from the other party involved.
- Advise you of any accident compensation offers that they receive.
- Or in some minority of cases that go to court represent you there.
Remember, it’s not enough to simply be injured in an accident to make a claim. You, or your accident claim solicitor, will need to prove that somebody else was to blame and that person or business will have owed you a duty of care.
RIDDOR Statistics For Accidents At Work In Northampton
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) is a 2013 statutory element of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which offers are a set of government regulations which means employers must inform the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) when certain types of accidents occur in the workplace.
The table below provides statistics for 2018/19 for the number of injuries in Northampton workplaces including the total number non-fatal injuries and the number of fatal injuries.
|Location||Total - Non Fatal Injuries||Total - Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal Injuries|
To see this data for the whole country, you can read this HSE report.
Claims For Injuries And Accidents At Work
The Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, means that all employers must have at least a minimum level of insurance to cover them if staff are injured at work and sue for compensation. A personal injury solicitor could claim against the insurance if it’s proven that you were injured in a workplace accident which was caused by some form of employer negligence.
Under its duty of care to all employees, your employer should:
- Risk assess processes regularly and mitigate any dangers identified.
- Write health and safety procedures.
- Ensure all staff are fully trained and competent in their duties.
- Provide safety equipment where needed.
- Ensure all equipment is well maintained and repaired when a fault is identified.
If any of the above doesn’t happen and it causes an employee to become injured, then it could be possible to seek compensation for any pain and suffering caused. If you believe this is true in your case, please contact our team for more details about beginning a claim.
Northampton Road Traffic Accident Claims
If you’re injured as a result of a road traffic accident which was caused by another road user, you could use an accident claim solicitor to seek compensation against them. Whether you were driving another vehicle, were a passenger, a pedestrian, a cyclist or any other type of road user, you might be able to able to claim for any suffering amongst financial losses also.
The accident could’ve been caused by a lack of attention, dangerous driving and even illegal acts like drink driving. Whatever the situation, we may be able to help you claim for any type of Northampton car accident.
The car accident claims process that you should try to follow includes:
- Photographing the scene of the accident before vehicles are removed.
- Asking witnesses for their contact details (and dashcam footage if they have it).
- Seeking medical treatment for any injuries.
- Reporting any potential crime to the police.
- Swapping insurance details with any other vehicle owner involved.
Falls, Trips And Slips
A common claim that could be dealt with by accident claims solicitors covering Northampton could be for slips, trips and falls. They can occur just about anywhere in daily life and can lead to some very serious injuries.
Common injuries caused by a fall include:
- Head injuries including concussion.
- Soft tissue damage including bruises, strains and sprains.
- Back injuries.
- Fractured bones.
Not every fall will automatically lead to a personal injury claim though. Accident claims solicitors will need to be able to demonstrate how somebody else caused you to fall before agreeing to help.
Common reasons for a fall which could lead to a claim if they lead to an injury include:
- Uneven floors or public highways in disrepair (potholes, raised paving slabs, damaged kerbstones etc).
- Wet or slippery floors which haven’t been highlighted by warning signs.
- Door mats at building entrances which are not situated correctly.
- Trailing wires in offices.
- Objects being left in walkways.
Unlawful Injury And Assault Claims
Many people don’t realise that it can be possible to make a claim if they’ve been injured during a criminal act against them. This could be for psychological or physical injuries caused by assaults, rape, sexual assaults and robberies, to name but a few.
There is a government-run scheme which aims to compensate victims of violent crimes which our accident claims solicitors can help you claim through. These types of claims are usually presented to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which awards settlement amounts to blameless victims of violent crime. To discuss what options are available to you, please get in touch.
Claims For An Accident In A Public Place
Many claims which require the help of an accident claim solicitor happen in public places. That’s because it’s not always obvious who the claim needs to be made against. Also, if there’s an occupier who’s not the owner of the public place, then the matter can become somewhat confusing, especially when both parties deny any liability for the accident.
A public place is usually a place where members of the public are allowed to visit, pass through or use without any prior permission needing to be granted.
Medical Malpractice And Clinical Negligence
All medical professionals are obliged to protect their patient’s safety wherever possible during any form of medical treatment. If the treatment they provide is deemed to be substandard (i.e. not of reasonably expected standards) and the patient suffers an illness or injury because of the negligent treatment, then a claim for compensation may be possible.
Some examples of medical negligence which accident claims solicitors covering Northampton might help with include:
- If a dentist breaks healthy teeth during treatment.
- When a patient suffers because their GP failed to diagnose their condition properly, causing a delay in treatment.
- If a surgeon causes damage to other body parts during an operation.
- When a care home resident is made ill because they weren’t given their prescription medication.
For more information about medical malpractice, click here.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Northampton
Even though we’re not based in Northampton, our panel of accident claims solicitors all offer a no win no fee service for any claims in the area that they take on.
With no win no fee, financial risk is reduced when making a claim as you don’t pay the solicitor any upfront costs for the case to begin. What’s more, you won’t pay your solicitor’s fees if they lose the claim and you’ll not have to find funds to pay them if they win as a success fee will be deducted directly from any compensation that you receive.
How To Seek Compensation
If you’d like to discuss how we can help with Northampton claims, you can get in touch by calling our accident helpline on 0800 073 8801 today. Alternatively, you can make use of our live chat facility which is available 7 days a week.
Frequent Questions – Answered
To make things a bit easier, we’ve answered a few of the frequent questions we receive from clients so when you call, we can concentrate on your claim.
How Do I Make Accident Claims In Northampton?
The simplest way to begin an accident claim is to contact us on the number above. Members of our panel of accident claims solicitors have nearly 30 years’ experience and we are happy to offer free legal advice to anybody who’s considering beginning a claim.
Do I Have To Claim With A Personal Injury Solicitor In Northampton?
Our panel of accident claims solicitors can help you make a claim even though we’re not based in the area. Because of modern communication methods, many modern solicitors don’t require face to face meetings. They deal with claims over the phone and email which means you’re not tied to using accident claims solicitors in Northampton.
What Are Medical Assessments?
An important part of any personal injury claim is the medical assessment. These are used by an accident claims solicitor to prove how your injury has affected you. It will also be used to determine how the injury could affect you in future life, if at all.
Where Could I Have A Medical For My Claim?
We like to make sure that our clients don’t need to have to travel far to undergo their medical assessment. Therefore, we have a panel of medical specialists and doctors around the UK, including the Northampton area. Here’s a sample:
Northampton, NN1 3RF.
Northampton Chiropractic Clinic,
Northampton, NN1 3RF.
75 The Avenue,
Northampton, NN1 5BT.
Now that you’ve finished this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Northampton, we’ve provided some further resources and reading material which you might find helpful.
Report Road Traffic Accidents – Information from Northamptonshire police on reporting RTAs.
Health and Safety Executive – The government department which provides risk assessments and other resources for employers.
Accident at Work – Your Rights – This guide explains your rights following an accident at work.
Medical Claims for a Car Accident – A more detailed look at making a claim for injuries sustained in a car accident.
Written by B.H.
Edited by H.H.