By Brett Williams. Last updated 27th August 2021. This online guide to making accident claims in Rayleigh, explains how the process of using an accident claims solicitor covering Rayleigh to help you make a claim works. You will find, in the sections below, information that relates to both the reasons claims are made, and also how to go about having your claim processed.
Each claim is fairly unique, and there could be aspects of your own situation that are not covered by the information in this guide. Don’t worry if this is the case, our claims team is friendly and approachable, and will be happy to answer any questions that you have. They will also provide you with any additional information that you need. You can speak to one of them on 0800 073 8801.
Choose A Section:
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Rayleigh?
- Accident At Work Compensation
- Number Of Injuries At Work Reported To The HSE For The Essex Region
- Accidents On The Road And Whiplash Injuries
- Falling And Tripping Injuries
- Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
- Accidents And Injuries In A Public Place
- Clinical Negligence Compensation
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Rayleigh
- Talk To Our Specialist Team
- Answers To FAQs
- Local Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Rayleigh?
When you use a solicitor to help you make an accident or personal injury claim, they will assist you in two primary ways, thus:
- The solicitor will offer you advice on how to proceed with your claim. They will tell you which accident claims time limit will apply. The solicitor will also value your claim for you (even if you already got a rough estimate from a personal injury claims calculator). You will also be offered advice on how to prepare evidence, and also they will arrange your all-important medical assessment.
- The solicitor will act as your legal representative, communicate with the defendant’s legal team, and attempt to achieve a successful resolution to your claim.
We can provide you with a solicitor to fulfil these responsibilities, as part of our no win no fee service offering. Speak to one of our claim advisors on the number at the bottom of this page to learn more about this service.
Accident At Work Compensation
According to the Health & Safety Executive, during 2017/2018, approximately 30.7 million work days were lost due to work-related injuries and illness. This demonstrates clearly that workplace accidents are quite common. It is important to point out though that these statistics do not reflect accidents that have been caused through employer negligence. Not all accidents that happen within the workplace will be the responsibility of the employer. Some kinds of jobs put an employee at greater risk than others, for example, people working in these industries:
- Heavy or civil construction.
- Agriculture, fishing and forestry.
- Manufacturing and engineering.
- Storage and transportation.
- Retail, wholesale, and motor repair.
- Recycling and waste disposal.
If you are injured due to an accident at work that was caused because your employer breached their duty of care towards you, an accident claim solicitor could be able to process a claim for you. Accident at work compensation amounts differ greatly depending on the severity of the injuries suffered. Speak to one of our claim advisors to learn how much you might be able to claim for workplace incidents in Rayleigh.
Number Of Injuries At Work Reported To The HSE For The Essex Region
The table below relates to the period 2013/14 – 2017/18. It shows data related to the number of workplace accidents in the entire Essex region.
|Total – non fatal injuries
|Total – non fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
You can find further detailed information about the period 2013/14 – 2017/18, at the following link:
Accidents On The Road And Whiplash Injuries
In Essex, during the year 2018, there were a total of 49 deaths that were caused by road traffic accidents. RTA are the most frequent kind of accident that people in the UK are injured by. Injuries can range in severity from a mild case of whiplash to death. Common causes of a vehicle crash and other RTA’s are:
- Reckless or dangerous driving (overspeeding, racing, etc.)
- Driving whilst distracted (such as while checking SMS messages).
- Faulty vehicles.
- Hazards and obstructions on public roads.
All of these above could result in an injury to a driver, passenger, pedestrian or some other road user, which could see the victim eligible to make road traffic accident claims. If you have been the victim of an RTA, our panel of accident claims solicitors could be able to help you claim. Speak to a claim advisor today to learn how.
Falling And Tripping Injuries
There is a reason why slips, trips and falls occur so frequently, these accidents can be caused by the simplest of hazards such as a wet floor or torn carpet. These are also the most common of all non-fatal workplace accidents in the UK.
Every publicly accessible place is supposed to be kept free of hazards that could cause a slip, trip or fall. For example, if food is dropped on the floor of a restaurant, then it must be either cleaned up promptly or marked with a hazard sign that complies with Health & safety standards.
Of course, this doesn’t always happen, and this is the reason why people are injured by a slip, trip or fall that was not their fault. If you are the victim of such an incident, our accident claims solicitors could be able to help you to make an accident claim for the harm you suffered.
Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) is an executive agency of the UK Government. It was set up so that any victims of a violent crime that suffer injuries or psychological damage, have a way to claim compensation, in the event that the criminal cannot be pursued for damages. CICA covers violent crimes such as:
- A murder.
- Rape or sexual assault.
- Assault or threat of assault (in the case of psychological injuries).
- A mugging or other violent theft such as an aggravated burglary.
In these kinds of cases, it is CICA that a solicitor will process criminal injury compensation claims through. This is something our legal team is experienced with. If you call us on the number below, we can explain how we can be of assistance in making a CICA claim.
Accidents And Injuries In A Public Place
It should be clear by now if you have been reading this guide, that wherever you are, this could be at work, shopping, or out having fun, whenever you are on the premises of a business or some other organisation, they are responsible for ensuring your safety. But what happens if you are on a public street or using some other type of public facility and you are injured in an accident that was not your fault?
When you are walking down the street, visiting the park, using a public library or a leisure centre that is run by the council, it is the local authority that you would pursue damages in the case a person was injured due to negligence. We can provide you with one of our accident claim solicitors to process a claim against the council for accident compensation.
Clinical Negligence Compensation
We rely on medical professionals to provide treatment when we are ill or have been injured in an accident. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t always work out as expected, and a person is actually injured, or made ill by a medical professional, through clinical negligence they may have grounds for a claim. For a person to be in a position to make a claim for negligence, these three statements would have to be true:
- You trusted a doctor that had a duty of care towards you, to provide treatment in a way that would not cause you harm.
- The doctor failed in their duty of care, and actually caused you some form of avoidable harm.
- The doctor could have avoided breaching their duty of care, and causing you harm.
If, in your own case, these three statements do appear to be true, then it could be possible that you have a valid negligence claim. However, we recommend that you speak to one of our advisors, they can evaluate clinical negligence claims, and let you know whether you may be eligible to claim or not.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Rayleigh
In this section, we are going to take a look at what the term No Win No Fee solicitor actually means. The name really speaks for itself, as you don’t pay your legal team any money until your solicitor has secured a compensation payment for you. So, no charge when the solicitor first picks your claim up and begins working on it, and no charge during the time it takes to process the claim. And if there is no win, then there is no fee to them. You only pay a fee to your solicitor when the lawyer receives a compensation payment for you, and at this stage, the fee will be deducted automatically from the compensation you have won.
Talk To Our Specialist Team
By now, you should have a general idea if you are eligible to make a claim and how an accident claim solicitor can help you by processing your claim for you. However, you might need more information, or additional accident claims advice before proceeding with your claim. If this is so, please talk to one of our claim advisors on 0800 073 8801.
Answers To FAQs
In these following sections, we will provide additional information that is relevant to the claims process.
How Does The Claims Process Work?
The process of starting a claim, and using a personal injury lawyer to have it processed is pretty simple. You just need to do the following:
- Get your injuries checked out and treated at the hospital.
- Follow any applicable accident reporting procedure, such as filling in the company accident book at work.
- Ask any witnesses to the incident for their name, address and telephone number.
- If you can, take photographs with your phone of the cause of the incident.
- Begin to keep a record of, and all invoices or bills, related to costs you have incurred due to the incident.
Finally, give us a call on the number above, to have your claim evaluated and proceed with it if appropriate.
Can Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Rayleigh Help With Medical Negligence Claims?
Doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons and other medical professionals all have a legal duty of care to try and protect their patients. This means following the correct procedures and equipment when treating their patients wherever possible. If you have been injured, made ill or your underlying condition has worsened because of medical negligence, you could be entitled to claim damages.
Proving medical negligence can be very complex. Even if a solicitor specialises in clinical negligence, they will still need reports from medical experts to try and prove what happened. The test for medical negligence is to see if a panel of qualified professionals would’ve acted the same as the defendant given the same set of circumstances. If they would’ve done things differently, then a compensation claim might be possible.
Amongst other things, claims for medical negligence Rayleigh could be made for:
- Delays in treatment.
- Hospital-acquired infections.
- Surgical errors.
- NHS never events.
- Anaesthetic errors.
- Avoidable injuries during childbirth.
Where Are Your Solicitors Located?
We offer a national service, meaning that we may not be based locally to you but as we may not require any face to face meeting locations is not an issue as we can handle all correspondence via email, post and phone. We can help you with your personal injury claim, by providing a solicitor that can cover the Rayleigh area.
Can I Claim If My Child Has Been Injured In An Accident In Rayleigh
If a child is injured because of an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence a personal injury claim might be possible. There are two ways this could happen:
- A parent (or any other responsible adult) could become the child’s litigation friend and claim on their behalf. This can be done at any point before the child becomes 18-years old.
- When the child turns 18, they will have a 3-year time limit to make their own claim.
Becoming a litigation friend means you’ll deal with solicitors and courts on behalf of your child with their best interests in mind at all times. If the claim is successful, any compensation offer will need to be reviewed by a court to ensure it is fair. Once the amount is agreed upon, the court will place it in a trust fund until the claimant’s 18th birthday.
A litigation friend is able to ask for funds to be released from the trust fund by writing to the court. They must be able to demonstrate how the funds will benefit the child.
Why Do I Have To Visit The Doctors Again?
Having you undergo a medical examination, is the way that your solicitor will gather the evidence and information needed about your personal injuries, in order to be able to value your claim. So, you will generally have to visit an impartial medical professional to have this examination carried out.
Where Could I See Your Panel Of Doctors?
We can organise an appointment for a medical examination, from the following doctors or medical specialists close to Rayleigh.
|The Physio Academy / Essex County Cricket Club
|The Essex County Ground
|New Writtle Street
|Pleshey Village hall
|Regus office Victoria House Chelms
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Also, you could read these additional guides for helpful advice and information:
Thank you for reading this guide about our personal injury solicitors covering Rayleigh and our accident claims solicitors covering Rayleigh could help. Please call today if you’d like to start the ball rolling with a free case review.
Article by MW Edited by Mel.