By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last updated 3rd September 2021. If you’ve suffered an injury or were made ill because of an accident that was caused by somebody else, then you might be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. If you’re looking for accident claims solicitors covering Northampton, you should find this guide useful.
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 knew as an accident claims solicitor usually offer to help clients on a no win no fee basis once they’ve assessed the accident and who may be 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 of duty?
How Can Our Panel Of Personal Injury Lawyers Help?
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 time limit 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 of non-fatal injuries and the number of fatal injuries.
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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 an accident at work that 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 that 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 concussions.
- 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 that could lead to a claim if they lead to an injury include:
- Uneven floors or public highways in disrepair (potholes, raised pavement surfaces, damaged kerbstones etc).
- Wet floors which haven’t been highlighted by warning signs and cause a slip hazard.
- Doormats at building entrances that 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 that 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 medical negligence 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.
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.
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.
What Is Negligence?
For the purposes of this guide, the term negligence refers to a third party’s failure to uphold their legal duty of care. If you suffer as a result of this, you could have grounds to make a claim against them for any damage you suffer on the basis of this negligence. For example, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure your health and safety at work as much as they reasonably can. As part of this duty, they must uphold responsibilities such as regular risk assessments, supervising high-risk tasks and providing employees with appropriate PPE. However, if they breach this duty, you could suffer an injury or illness as a result and even incur financial losses. As part of a personal injury claim, all of this damage will be considered when calculating your compensation payout.
Do I Need Legal Representation In Order To Make A Claim?
Despite what many claimants believe, there is no legal requirement for them to have legal representation in order to make a claim. Therefore, if they wish, they can make a claim by themselves. However, it goes without saying that having a solicitor handle your case can both ease the process of making legal proceedings and help boost your chances of securing the compensation that you deserve. For this reason, we encourage you to speak to one of our advisors today if you’re considering making a claim and see how our panel of personal injury lawyers could help you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Are There Time Limits to Making Personal Injury Claims?
In case you weren’t already aware, yes, there are time limits to making personal injury claims. For most cases, the limitation period is up to 3 years long. Typically, it comes into effect from the date of the accident itself. However, in some cases, claimants may not have realised that they suffered as a result of third-party negligence. Alternatively, they may not have had the capacity to make a claim for themselves. In such cases, exceptions could be made to the usual 3-year time limit, so it either comes into effect from the date the claimant realised they suffered as a result of third-party negligence or is frozen entirely until they gain the capacity to make a claim for themselves.
Can I Claim on Behalf of Someone Else?
Despite having grounds to seek compensation, some claimants may be unable to access it due to their inability to make legal proceedings. If a loved one finds themselves in this situation, you may consider claiming on their behalf by acting as their litigation friend. There are many reasons why you may wish to act as someone’s litigation friend. For example, if your child is under the age of 18 and therefore unable to make legal proceedings, you may want to do so on their behalf so you can use their compensation to cover injury-related expenses like medical bills.
How Do I Make Accident Claims In Northampton?
The simplest way to begin an accident claim is to contact us on the number above. Our panel of accident claims solicitors have over 30 years of experience. As a courtesy, our team of specialist advisors can offer free advice to anyprospective claimants.
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 remotely, meaning you’re not restricted to 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.
Noe you’ve finished our guide, here are some further resources you might find helpful:
- Report Road Traffic Accidents to Northamptonshire Police – Information from Northamptonshire police on reporting RTAs.
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – The government department which provides risk assessments and other resources for employers.
- Your Rights After an Accident at Work– 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.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Northampton could help you.
Written by B.H.
Edited by H.H.