If you’ve suffered an injury following an accident which wasn’t your fault, then you may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to make an accident compensation claim for your injuries. Are you unsure if you can claim accident claims in Rochdale? And who maybe liable for damages? Luckily, this guide will provide answers to both those questions also provide you with information why you are not restricted to only using accident claims solicitors in Rochdale.
Whether the claim is because of a road accident in Rochdale, a public transport accident claim, an accident at work or you’re looking at making a public liability insurance claim, we could help.
Even though we’re not based in Rochdale, our accident claims solicitors could offer a no win no fee service in order for you to make your claim and free accident claims advice. To discuss your accident claim today, call 0800 073 8801 and one of our advisors will explain the accident claims process.
If you want to find out more today, then please carry on reading this helpful guide.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Rochdale?
- Road Accident Compensation Claims In Rochdale
- Accidents And Injuries At Work
- Numbers Or Reported Work Injuries In Rochdale
- Slipping Or Falling Claims
- Injuries As A Victim Of Crime
- Accidents In A Public Place
- Negligent Medical Care
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Rochdale
- Contacting An Expert
- Frequently Asked Questions Of Solicitors
- Local Resources And Contacts
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Rochdale?
There are many types of solicitors with different specialities including conveyancing, criminal, family as well as those who deal with personal injury claims. An accident claim solicitor or personal injury solicitor specialise in representing clients who have suffered an injury or illness that could have been avoided but was caused due to the negligence of a third party who owed them a duty of care.
Many accident claims solicitors in Rochdale offer a no win no fee service to make the process less risky and less stressful for clients. All our personal injury solicitors who can cover the Rochdale area work to a no win no fee structure. In many cases, the solicitor will want to use the following checklist to see if a client could be eligible for a no win no fee claim:
- Was the claimant (you) owed a duty of care by the other party?
- Was the duty of care breached?
- And, did that breach cause an accident which led to a personal injury?
Once the solicitor has established that they could help you, they’ll usually provide the following services:
- Gathering evidence to support your claim including medical records & assessments, witness statements and CCTV footage.
- Handling communication with the other party or their insurer.
- Dealing with any objections and assessing any compensation offers received.
Importantly, a claim must be lodged within the accident claim time limit. This is currently 3 years which starts from the date of the accident. Alternatively, it begins when your injuries are diagnosed by a doctor. For more information about the time limit please call our advisors the number is near the end of the guide.
Road Accident Compensation Claims In Rochdale
If you have suffered a car accident in Rochdale which was the fault of a third party and you are injured you maybe able to claim compensation for any injuries suffered a long with any financial losses.
Claims could be possible if another road user is negligent and their negligence leads to an accident in which you sustain some form of injury. This could happen if you are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist and also a pedestrian who’s been injured.
Reasons why the other road user could be deemed negligent include the fact that they stepped out in front of you, pulled out in front of you, failed to give way, were not concentrating, were driving dangerously or were speeding.
Accidents And Injuries At Work
Wherever you work, whether it’s in a shop, an office, on a building site or in a factory, your employer has to ensure your working environment is as safe as possible.
They should look at the processes involved in your job and risk assess them. If there are any risks identified, they should take steps to minimise the risk. This could include:
- Ensuring staff are provided with personal protective equipment such as hard hats, boots, safety goggles and gloves.
- Making sure all staff are fully trained in their duties.
- Maintaining and repairing all equipment so that it is safe to use.
- Ensuring staff understand all health and safety procedures and that they are adhered to.
Any failure to follow out these steps could mean they have breached regulations laid down in the Health and Safety at Work act 1974 and that the employee could seek compensation against them if they are injured as a result of the employers negligence.
If you’re considering claims for an accident at work in Rochdale then please get in touch and let us discuss how we could help you. It’s free advice and you’re under no obligation to proceed.
Numbers Or Reported Work Injuries In Rochdale
The table below provides details of accidents at work in Rochdale that have been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in this annual report. The table refers to accidents at work during 2017.
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National statistics, again from the HSE, show that over 30 million days were lost to illness and injury in the workplace and, alarmingly, 147 workers died in accidents at work during 2018.
Slipping Or Falling Claims
Accident claims solicitors covering Rochdale often deal with claims for slips and trips. They can happen at work, in the street, in a shop, at school, in a restaurant and, in fact, could occur just about anywhere.
Not all injuries that happen due to a slip, trip or fall will qualify for compensation as not all causes of such accidents will be the fault of someone else. Accidents can just be accidents. Inorder to be eligible to claim the accident must be caused due to negligence i.e. not adhering to obligated legislation. Proving this can be tricky and we’d always recommend you get photographic evidence wherever possible to support your claim.
Some reasons why another party may be liable for a slip or trip include:
- If a local authority hasn’t maintained a public highway within their remit, and you trip over a road defect. The defect must fit into a strict criteria in order to be able to claim.
- If a floor is slippery or wet but no warning signs highlight this to you, and you slip over. This could be because of cleaning, a spillage or a leak.
- Where lighting has failed which means you trip over a trip hazard because it was hard to see.
- Or if a handrail fails while using it, causing you to fall down the stairs, because of a fault or damage.
Injuries As A Victim Of Crime
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was set up by the government to compensate those injured when a crime was committed against them. Criminal compensation damages could be claimed for injuries, abuse, mental injuries such as PTSD.
The claim process isn’t massively tricky but can be complex, especially when you need to provide evidence of your injuries and how it has affected you personally. There is quite a strict criteria when it comes to CICA and injuries sometimes have to be significant in order to claim. For more information please call our advisors.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors have the knowledge and experience to be able to help you make a CICA claim properly. They also understand exactly what evidence and documentation the CICA process requires to ensure the claim is handled as efficiently as possible.
Accidents In A Public Place
Another type of common claim that accident claims solicitors covering Rochdale deal with is for accidents in public places. In some cases, they can be quite straightforward because it’s obvious who’s at fault and who’s responsible for the land or property where the accident happened.
In others, where there is a dispute between the property owner and the occupier, it can become quite tricky to understand who the claim needs to be against. That’s why using our accident claims solicitors are advisable. They deal with public liability cases on a daily basis and understand the law around public place accident claims.
Negligent Medical Care
Clinical and medical negligence claims could be possible if:
- You receive substandard, careless, reckless, dangerous or negligent treatment from a medical professional; and
- The treatment leaves you with a new injury, illness or your existing condition is made worse.
It’s possible to claim compensation for negligence against the NHS as well as private health care operators. Also, you could claim for avoidable suffering caused during negligent medical treatment as well as for problems that occur during cosmetic treatment.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Rochdale
Using a no win no fee solicitor can really reduce the amount of financial risk and stress involved with making a claim. When a solicitor agrees to work on this basis, they’ll prepare a CFA document (or Conditional Fee Agreement) which will state that:
- You don’t need to make any deposit or pay anything up front.
- The solicitor won’t charge you if they don’t win the case.
- And it will state what their success fee will be for winning compensation.
Success fees, by law, are limited to 25% of any compensation. They are used to pay the solicitor for their work and it is taken directly from the compensation to save you having to find the funds to pay the solicitor yourself.
Contacting An Expert
If you’d like to speak with one of our specialists about how to begin your own accident claim today, then you can get in touch by:
- Calling 0800 073 8801.
- Filling in our accident claim form.
- Or using the live chat feature on this website.
Frequently Asked Questions Of Solicitors
Many new clients ask very similar questions when they contact us, so, to save time, we’ve answered some of them here for you.
What Services Could A Solicitor Provide?
We know that while we’re not accident claims solicitors in Rochdale, our panel of accident claims solicitors can cover the area and have all of the skills and experience to do so.
Some have up to 30 years’ experience and are happy to discuss your claim with you before you agree to proceed. We are a friendly team who are committed to ensuring you get the compensation you’re entitled to and will always keep you up to date throughout your claim.
Is Having A Solicitor In My Area Important?
Many modern solicitors and accident claims specialists, including us, are happy to manage claims over the phone or by email. This could make things easier for you as it reduces any time off work for solicitor’s appointments.
Therefore, you don’t have to pick a solicitor based in Rochdale, using a nationwide service like ours is also a possibility.
Is Seeing A Doctor Important
It’s important that, when filing a claim, that your solicitor can demonstrate how your injuries have affected you, for how long and if they’re likely to affect you in the future. To do this, you’ll need to undergo a medical assessment, by a doctor, who’ll provide a report for your solicitor to use.
Will I See A Doctor In My Area?
We try to reduce the amount of travelling involved with making a claim as much as possible. That’s why we have a panel of doctors to perform assessments across the UK. In Rochdale, we could send you to:
Rochdale, OL11 1HH.
Rochdale, OL11 2XZ.
Local Resources And Contacts
Below, we’ve provided some further useful links, guides and resources which we hope you’ll find useful.
Bolton Court – Details about the opening times and contact details for the local Rochdale court.
Report a Car Accident – A website from Greater Manchester Police about how to report road traffic accidents.
Reporting Workplace Accidents – Instructions from the HSE about when to report accidents at work.
Whiplash Injury Claims – a detailed look at the symptoms of whiplash and the amounts of compensation that could be awarded.
Medical Negligence Claims – This guide has a more in depth look at when you could claim for medical negligence compensation.
Edited by Mel.