By Olivia Liberty. Last updated 6th September 2021. If you’ve come here because you’re been looking for personal injury claims advice following an accident that wasn’t your fault, this guide can help. Choosing the right accident claims solicitors covering Poole can be important because it could impact how much compensation you’re awarded. However, it should be noted that you don’t have to stick with local solicitors either, as some accident claims solicitors may be happy to deal with your claim over the phone and via email.
In this guide, we’ll explain the types of accidents that could lead to a personal injury claim, when to claim accident compensation and how you could use a no win no fee solicitor to make your claim.
If you would like to talk to one of our accident claims specialists about your injuries today, then please call 0800 073 8801 right away. To find out more prior to calling us, please carry on reading.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Poole?
- Injuries In Public Places
- Industrial Injuries And Workplace Accidents
- Poole Accident At Work Statistics
- Road And Car Accident Claims
- Trip And Slip Accidents
- Assaults And Injuries From Violent Crimes
- Medical Blunders And Negligence
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Poole
- What Should I Do Now?
- Accident claims solicitors covering Poole – FAQs
- Requesting Further Information
An accident claim solicitor is someone who specialises in conducting compensation claims for victims of third-party negligence. This can include cases of public place accidents, medical negligence or workplace accidents.
Before determining whether they’ll take on your case, a personal injury solicitor will usually try to establish:
- Whether the other party involved in your accident owed you a duty of care;
- If they breached that duty of care in some way;
- And if the breach of duty was the cause of an accident that left you injured.
There is an accident claims time limit which is currently 3 years. This begins on the date of the accident or the date when a doctor diagnosed your psychological injuries, such as PTSD. There are of course exceptions please call our advisors for more information.
When you use a solicitor to help you make a compensation claim, they’ll usually offer services of:
- A completely free assessment of your claim.
- Helping you gather any supporting evidence required to back up your claim, e.g. medical records, CCTV, dash-cam footage or witness statements.
- Fielding any queries or objections from the insurance provider or solicitor acting on behalf of the other person involved in your accident.
- In cases where a claim can’t be settled amicably, they will represent you in court.
Injuries In Public Places
It’s quite common for a personal injury lawyer to be hired to help with accidents in public places. This can be because it can be quite complex to determine who caused the accident because the potential parties involved deny liability.
The accident could be the responsibility of the land/building owner or it could be the occupier of the property who is to blame for failing to uphold their duty of care to members of the public.
This is where a solicitor with experience of accident claims in Poole can be really useful because of their knowledge of different litigation which exists to protect people using public places such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
Industrial Injuries And Workplace Accidents
All employers, whether big or small, have a duty of care to protect their employees while in the workplace. This means that, following health and safety regulations, they should assess for risks in the workplace regularly.
Following regular risk assessments, anything that’s highlighted should be mitigated as much as possible to make sure the job or process is as safe as possible.
Cases, where an accident at work could lead to a compensation claim, include:
- If the employee involved was not trained properly.
- When the accident was caused by faulty or poorly maintained equipment.
- If no protective equipment (PPE), such as hard hats and work boots, were provided.
Poole Accident At Work Statistics
The table below shows the number of workplace accidents in Poole per 100,000 employees as well as the number of fatalities in the area during 2018 – 2019 (report).
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Nationally, according to government statistics, there were over 1.4 million workers affected by work-related illnesses.
Road And Car Accident Claims
Accident claims solicitors covering Poole are often called upon to deal with car accident claims. The car accident claim process is very similar to other personal injury claims but it’s usually best to gather as much evidence at the scene of the accident before any vehicles are removed.
This means, following a car accident, you should try to photograph the scene, secure any dashcam footage, gather witness details and, importantly, get the other driver’s details.
While it’s difficult to provide the average compensation for a car accident here, once you’ve spoken with one of our specialists, we could let you know an estimate of what your claim could be worth, so please get in touch.
Trip And Slip Accidents
Although a slip or trip can look quite minor, it can lead to some very serious and long-lasting injuries. In cases where the slip was caused by some form of negligence, then you may be eligible to claim for any harm suffered amongst other damages.
Examples of when a slip, trip or fall could be somebody else’s fault include:
- If a handrail is damaged, faulty or missing and causes you to fall.
- When a doormat inside the front of a building is not fitted properly or has become loose, causing you to trip and fall.
- If a floor is wet and slippery but the cause hasn’t been resolved or warning signs are not used.
- Where cables are trailed along walkways without any warning signs.
Assaults And Injuries From Violent Crimes
Many people are unaware that the government runs a criminal injuries compensation scheme. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provides compensation payments to victims of violent crimes, even when the criminal responsible hasn’t been identified.
There are strict guidelines on how to make a claim which accident claims solicitors covering Poole can help with by making sure the claim is made correctly.
Some criminal injury claim examples include claims for:
- Physical injury.
- Sexual and physical abuse.
- Mental injuries.
- Loss of earnings and expenses.
- Funeral expenses.
- The death of a close family member.
Medical Blunders And Negligence
Another type of claim for compensation that can be supported by accident claims solicitors covering Poole include claims of medical negligence. This means that a medical professional has provided substandard treatment which caused you to become ill or injured unnecessarily.
Claims could be made for negligent medical treatment as well as negligence during cosmetic surgery. It is possible to claim for NHS negligence as well as negligence in private healthcare establishments.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Poole
Many people worry about the financial implications of beginning a personal injury claim. That’s why many accidents claim solicitors covering Poole offer their services on a no win no fee basis.
No win no fee agreements are now known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and are usually offered by solicitors who believe there is a good chance of winning compensation for their client. It is risky for the solicitor to work on this basis, so they don’t offer it in all cases.
Any CFA will usually explain:
- That the client doesn’t need to pay anything up front.
- There is nothing to pay the solicitor if the solicitor loses the case.
- And the success fee that is paid to the solicitor if they win the case.
The success fee, by law, can be no more than 25% of the compensation award. It is deducted from the compensation automatically which means the client doesn’t need to send any funds to the solicitor themselves.
What Should I Do Now?
If you’d like to contact us and begin your claim please call the number at the top of the page or fill in our online claims form so that we can call you back.
Accident claims solicitors covering Poole – FAQs
We often get asked a number of common questions when we’re contacted by new clients. Therefore, to make things easier for you, we’ve answered a few of them for you below.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is a term used to refer to the failure to uphold a duty of care. For example, your employer owes you a duty of care that they are legally required to uphold in order to ensure your safety at work. If they fail to uphold this duty or actively breach it, this would be an example of negligence. If you’re injured as a result of this negligence, you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim for any suffering that you endured as a result. To see if you could be able to claim, please speak to one of our advisors today for a free assessment of your case.
What Kind of Damage Could Be Compensated?
As part of a personal injury settlement, there are normally 2 different kinds of damage that could be accounted for. The first kind of damage is general damages, which covers your physical and psychological injuries. For example, if you were involved in a car crash, you may have sustained whiplash and developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On the other hand, the second kind of damage is special damages, which covers your financial losses. For example, as a result of your injuries, you may have had to take time off work and lost earnings. Similarly, you may have had to pay for things like prescription medication. Special damages can be claimed to help you recover any financial losses and ultimately restore you to the financial position you were in before your accident.
Do I Need A Solicitor?
We recommend using a specialist to support your claim because, as discussed previously, it can be tricky to win a compensation claim without the right evidence and if the other party denies responsibility. It could also affect the amount of compensation that’s agreed upon in cases where liability is agreed. Our panel of accident claims solicitors have many years of experience with personal injury claims so know what’s required (and what isn’t) to ensure a claim is filed correctly. Remember, we offer a completely free, no obligation, assessment of your claim. This is where you can ask for free legal advice about your options and we’ll let you know if we think you have a valid claim.
Does It Matter If My Solicitor Is Near Me?
Because of the modern way in which we communicate nowadays, many accident claims solicitors may be happy to manage claims over the phone and by email. This can reduce waiting times as it means you don’t need face-to-face meetings and could allow you a greater choice of companies to work with. It could also allow you to choose your solicitor based on their experience in accident claims rather than just on their location.
Do I Need To Have My Injuries Examined?
As part of your claim, even if you have seen a doctor already, you’ll need a medical assessment of your injuries. The assessment allows your solicitor to demonstrate the initial impact of your injuries and also how they will affect you in the future. We try to make sure that you don’t need to travel far for your assessment by using a panel of doctors and specialists across the UK, including in the Poole area.
Can I See A Doctor Near Me?
If you go ahead and use our service, we could send you to one of the following local specialists or another in the area:
42 Commercial Road,
Poole, BH14 0HU.
3 Springfield Road,
Poole, BH14 0LG.
How Can I Contact Accident Claims?
Here at Accident Claims, we provide a service that allows you to access free consultations on your case and legal help from our panel of personal injury solicitors. By getting in touch today, you can speak to one of our specialist advisors about your situation and how you’ve been affected by it. If you answer a few quick questions, they’ll be able to tell you whether they think you have grounds to make a claim and even provide an estimate of how much compensation you could be eligible for. Next, if you’d like legal help with making a claim, they can connect you to our panel of No Win No Fee accident claims solicitors covering Poole. The easiest way to contact us is by calling the number listed at the top of this page. Alternatively, you can complete a contact form to schedule a call back or chat to one of our advisors using the instant messaging feature at the bottom of your screen.
Now you’ve come to the end of this guide, we’ve listed some other useful guides, links and resources below.
- Bournemouth and Poole County Court and Family Court– Important information including opening times and contact details for the local court.
- Report to Dorset Police – Information from Dorset police about how to report an incident.
- Accident at Work Claims – A more thorough look at what types of workplace accidents could result in a compensation claim.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Poole could help you.
Written by B.H.
Edited by H.H.