When you’re injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else, then you might be able to make an accident claim for compensation. Not every accident can lead to a claim, but in this guide, we’ll explain when you could be eligible for compensation and how accident claims solicitors covering Perth could help you. We’ll also explain the types of accident that can happen and what you should do if you’re involved in one.
Although we’re not based in Perth, our panel of accident claims solicitors could help you make an accident claim in Perth on a no win no fee basis. To find out whether you’re eligible to claim, call our advisors today on 0800 073 8801.
For more information about accident claims in Perth, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Perth?
- Car Accident And Other Road Accident Compensation Claims
- Statistics To Illustrate Rates Of Injuries At Work In Perthshire
- Perth Accident, Injury And Illness At Work Compensation
- Trip Claims For Compensation
- Violent Crime Victim Compensation
- Public Space Accident Claims
- Medical Negligence And Malpractice Compensation
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Perth
- Talk To Us To Begin Your Claim
- Q&A Section
- Perth And Perthshire Area Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Perth?
A personal injury solicitor is somebody who’s specially trained in legislation that can be used to support those injured in an accident caused by third part negeligence. They could help with any type of claim from an accident at work to a car accident but to do so, they need to be able to show that somebody else caused the accident which led to your injuries.
There are many types of claims that could be made, including claims for:
- Road traffic accidents.
- Medical negligence.
- Public place accidents.
- Accidents in the workplace.
- Trips, slips and falls.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors can help with any type of Perthshire injury claim and will offer the following services:
- A free initial assessment of your claim to help you decide whether compensation is likely.
- Help and guidance to collect the relevant evidence to support your claim. This could include witness statements, accident reports, dashcam footage or medical records amongst other things.
- Handling of all communication with the defendant or their solicitor.
- Offering expert advice on what your options are if you receive a compensation offer.
- In the very rarest of cases which don’t get settled, your solicitor would represent you in court.
You should bear in mind that there’s a 3-year accident claims time limit. This begins when your accident occurs or from the date your doctor diagnoses your injuries.
Car Accident And Other Road Accident Compensation Claims
Accident claim solicitors are often asked to help with road traffic accident claims. They can usually be made when another road user causes an accident to happen because of some form of negligence. This could be due to dangerous driving, not paying attention or even breaking the law (using a phone while driving for instance).
Whatever the reason for the accident, if it causes you to suffer an injury, you could seek compensation from the other road user. Here’s what we recommend you do, following an RTA:
- Photograph the scene as soon as it’s safe to do so. Preferably, this should be done before any vehicles are removed.
- Seek medical assistance for any injuries.
- Ask any witnesses for their details.
- Swap details with the other road user. If they’re a driver, get the registration number and insurance details.
Statistics To Illustrate Rates Of Injuries At Work In Perthshire
Accidents at work can also lead to a compensation claim if the employer caused the accident in some way. The table below shows how many injuries were reported to the HSE following accidents in Perth workplaces between 2013/14 to 2017/18.
|Location||Total - Non Fatal Injuries||Total - Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal Injuries|
|Perth and Kinross||155||242||0|
The full report, including stats for all regions of the UK, can be found here.
Perth Accident, Injury And Illness At Work Compensation
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 means that all employers have a duty of care to keep staff safe at work wherever possible.
This means that they need to:
- Carry out risk assessments for workplace tasks and make changes where necessary to reduce the risks.
- Train all staff appropriately.
- Ensure equipment is well maintained and fixed when faults occur.
- Make sure staff were protective equipment where it is a requirement to do so.
Trip Claims For Compensation
When you slip or trip, the fall can result in some very serious injuries. They can include broken bones, fractures, head injuries, back injuries, tissue damage and bruising.
If the fall was caused by the negligence of somebody else, then you could seek compensation from them if they owed you a duty of care in which they breached through negligence causing you avoidable suffering. As these types of accidents can happen just about anywhere, your claim could be against an individual, the local authority, business owners or your employer.
Examples of when somebody might be liable for your injuries include:
- Falling down some stairs because of a broken handrail.
- Tripping over cables trailed across corridors.
- Slipping on a wet floor where no warning signs were used.
- Falling because a trip hazard wasn’t visible due to poor lighting conditions.
Violent Crime Victim Compensation
It’s not that well known but, if you’re the victim of a crime, you may be able to claim compensation for any injuries suffered from the Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The scheme doesn’t follow the same rules as a personal injury claim (it has its own time limits and compensation amounts are different) but it does mean that you could seek compensation when you might not have been able to so. This includes claiming when the criminal wasn’t identified.
Public Space Accident Claims
Public spaces can be defined as anywhere you’re allowed to go, use, visit or pass through without asking permission. They can include public highways, parks, shops, car parks, village greens and footpaths. They can also include supermarkets, cinemas, shopping centres etc.
An example of an accident in a public place could be a trip caused by a raised paving slab. In this case, it could be the local authority that the claim is made against. However, not all cases are as clear cut. The local council has a criteria in which your circumstances must fit in order for you to be eligible to make a claim.
There are situations where it can be tricky to work out if it’s the owner or the occupier (the tenant) who’s at fault. If they both blame each other the claim could potentially drag on. Luckily, our accident claims solicitors have the experience and legal knowledge to understand which party is liable and who the claim would need to be made against.
Medical Negligence And Malpractice Compensation
A claim for medical negligence can be tricky because of the complex evidence that’s sometimes required. Therefore, having a specialist solicitor on your side can prove really useful.
The definition of medical negligence is where you’ve suffered an injury or been made ill because of substandard treatment performed by a medical professional.
Claims can be against private healthcare providers, the NHS or the medical professional responsible. They can be made for injuries caused by medical treatment as well as cosmetic procedures.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Perth
The cost of hiring an accident claim solicitor might put a lot of people off from making a claim. That’s why we advise using a no win no fee solicitor to reduce the financial risk. Our accident claims solicitors always work on a no win no fee basis when they take a claim on.
The agreement is known a conditional fee agreement (CFA). It explains what the success fee will be if your solicitor wins the claim. It also explicitly states that, if they lose, then you don’t have to pay them anything at all.
Success fees are used to pay the solicitor when they win a case. They’re deducted straight from the compensation meaning you don’t need to find the funds to pay yourself. By law, a success fee is limited to 25% of your compensation.
Talk To Us To Begin Your Claim
If you’ve read this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Perth and have decided that you’d like to use us to start your claim, then please get in touch today. You can call us on 0800 073 8801 or use our online claim form to arrange a call back at a convenient time.
You may have many questions about your Perthshire accident claim which our specialists will be happy to answer. To save time though, we’ve answered some of the more common queries below.
Could Your Accident Claim Solicitors Handle My Claim?
Our panel of accident claims solicitors are committed to ensuring any client they take on is compensated properly for their injuries. They have up to 30 years of claims handling experience. Obviously, they can’t take on every case, but if you answer yes to the following 3 questions, they could be able to help you:
- Were you owed a duty of care by the defendant?
- Did they breach it and cause an accident to happen?
- Were you injured or made ill by the accident?
If you think you’re able to begin a claim, or need accident claims advice from a specialist, you can call our team today. Our advisors offer free assessments of any claim and could pass your case to our accident claims solicitors if they think you’ve got a chance of receiving compensation.
Will I Meet My Solicitor In Person?
The beauty of the modern world is that communication is so much easier than it was in the past. Many solicitors are therefore happy to deal with a personal injury claim over the phone and by email. This can mean that there’s no waiting for face to face appointments and allows you to choose accident claims solicitors covering Perth, rather than those who are located there.
Will A Doctor Examine My Injury?
As part of your accident claim, your personal injury lawyer will need to demonstrate how serious your injuries were. That’s because compensation is determined by the severity of an injury. Therefore, an essential part of the claim is an independent medical assessment. They are carried out by doctors who produce a report for your solicitor which explains the nature of your injuries, the impact they had and what affect they might have in the future, if any.
The report, in conjunction with any medical records from your GP or a hospital, will be used to help to determine the level of compensation your solicitor will request from the defendant.
Where Will I Visit A Doctor?
We have a panel of doctors and medical specialists across the UK to ensure you won’t need to travel too far for an assessment. Here are some in and around Perth that we could send you to:
Mark Innes Burgin
The Alba Clinic,
148 Princess Street,
Dundee, DD4 6DG.
Perth And Perthshire Area Resources
You’ve reached the end of this guide about finding accident claims solicitors covering Perth. We have provided some more useful information below including more guides and some useful links.
Perth Court – Information from the local court including opening times and contact telephone numbers.
HSE Scotland – A dedicated page about how the Health and Safety Executive operate in Scotland.
Public Space Accident Claims – This guide can help you understand if you can claim for broken pavement accidents.
Whiplash Claims – Information on how whiplash occurs and when you could seek accident compensation for it.
Road Accident Compensation – This guide explains when you can claim for injuries caused by a car accident and other RTA’s.
Article by HH Edited by Mel.