By Brett Williams. Last updated 31st August 2021. When accidents happen, they can cause injuries, inconvenience, and financial loss. If they happen because somebody else was negligent, then it’s only right that you should consider finding accident claims solicitors covering Smethwick to help you seek compensation. In this guide, we’ll explain the types of accident claims in Smethwick that can be made, what you need to do if you’re involved in one and how we could help you begin your claim.
Even though we’re not based in Smethwick, our accident claims solicitors could help you make a no win no fee compensation claim for an accident there. If you would like to discuss your claim with a specialist today, please call 0800 073 8801.
Alternatively, to find out more about when an accident claim solicitor can help, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Smethwick?
- Work Injury Compensation Claims
- Statistics For Work Injuries In Sandwell
- Smethwick Road, Car And Bike Accident Claims
- Slip, Trip, And Fall Compensation Claims
- Victim Of Violent Crime Compensation Claims
- Claims For Accidents And Injuries In Public
- Claims With Clinical Negligence Solicitors
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Smethwick
- Contact Our Team
- Accident Claim Q&A’s
- Smethwick Accident Claim Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Smethwick?
Accident claim solicitors are able to help you make a compensation claim for injuries that were caused by somebody else.
They could help you make a whiplash claim, a slip, trip or fall compensation claim or a medical malpractice claim. The list of potential types of claim is limitless but you do need to be able to prove the following for a solicitor to consider your claim:
- That you were owed a duty of care by the person or company you blame.
- Which they breached causing an accident to happen.
- And you were made ill or suffered as a result.
All claims for personal injury come with a time limit, but the limit can differ in some circumstances. For more information regarding the accident claims time limit that is relevant to you, please call one of our legal advisors using our contact details provided within this guide.
The best advice we can offer, with any type of personal injury claim, is to use a specialist accident claim solicitor. They understand the claims process and have the expertise to make sure you receive the compensation that you could be entitled to.
Using an accident claims solicitor will reduce the stresses of making a claim, this is because they’ll handle all communication with the defendant and their representatives, provide advice on any compensation offers received and, in very rare circumstances, represent you in court if the claim can’t be settled amicably.
Work Injury Compensation Claims
Under UK legislation, your employer is required to keep you as safe as possible at work. It means that if you suffer an accident while working and it was caused by any form of negligence, you could sue your employer.
That might worry some people but legally, you cannot be disciplined or treated differently for making an accident at work claim. Also, your employer will have insurance to cover claims, so you won’t be affecting the company’s ability to trade.
Using guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), employers should perform risk assessments of any work processes. Then they should:
- Make changes to the process to reduce the risks.
- Train staff properly and regularly to ensure they complete tasks correctly.
- Ensure safety equipment like goggles or hard hats are worn when needed.
- Maintain all equipment properly and ensure any faults are fixed in a timely manner.
Statistics For Work Injuries In Sandwell
To show the number of accidents in Smethwick workplaces, we’ve included the table below. It shows accidents reported to the HSE between 2013/14 and 2017/18 in the Sandwell region (which includes Smethwick).
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries
|Total – Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers
The data in the table comes from this HSE report. It can be used to compare Smethwick with any other region in the UK.
Smethwick Road, Car And Bike Accident Claims
A fairly common Smethwick accident claim is one for injuries caused by a road traffic accident. When a car crash, bike accident or any other type of collision is caused by another road user’s negligence, then a compensation claim could be possible.
Following an accident of this type, gathering evidence quickly is important. That’s because, once the scene has been cleared, proving who was at fault can be tricky. Therefore, if you are involved in an RTA, try to:
- Take photographs before anything is moved from the scene.
- See if any witnesses have dashcam footage.
- Ask the witnesses for their details.
- Get the other road user’s details and if they were driving a vehicle, get the registration number and their insurance details.
- Get treatment for your injuries if required.
Slip, Trip And Fall Compensation Claims
Injuries caused by a slip, trip or fall can be very painful and take a long time to recover from. Therefore, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, you should consider making a compensation claim for your injuries.
Examples, where a slip trip or fall could’ve been caused by somebody else, include:
- Tripping over cables that were trailed across your walkway with no warning signs.
- If a passageway is blocked by items, that you trip over, which shouldn’t have been there.
- When you slip on a wet floor due to a spillage and there were no warning signs.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall, please contact our advisors who can connect you with one of our accident claims solicitors who specialise in this area and can cover Smethwick with ease.
Victim Of Violent Crime Compensation Claims
If you have been injured as a result of a criminal act that was committed against you, then we could help you claim through the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA). They are a government body that allows victims of violent crime to seek compensation which might not have been possible otherwise.
Claims For Accidents And Injuries In Public
Accidents that happen in public places like parks, footpaths, public highways or car parks can be a little more difficult to manage than other accident claims. That’s not to say you can’t seek compensation though.
Difficulties that can arise include trying to identify who was responsible for the public place or if there’s a dispute between an owner and occupier about who is to blame for the accident.
Our accident claims solicitors have experienced these types of problems in the past and have the skills and knowledge to handle these types of claims, so please call to see if you are eligible for a personal injury compensation claim.
Claims With Clinical Negligence Solicitors
When you undergo a medical or cosmetic procedure, the professional who performs the treatment should always explain what will happen and any potential risks. They should also ensure they follow the correct procedure where possible, maintain hygiene standards and use the correct equipment.
Failure to do so could lead to an injury or illness being caused, which means that the medical professional has failed in their duty of care to their patient. In which case, clinical negligence solicitors could be used to claims compensation for the suffering caused.
Negligent acts that might lead to a claim include:
- Injuries being suffered during a medical procedure.
- Suffering caused because of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis.
- Pain caused by anaesthetic errors.
- Side effects or suffering caused be incorrect medicine being prescribed.
It’s possible to make medical negligence claims against individuals, the NHS or private companies providing medical or cosmetic treatments. To see if you’re eligible to begin a claim, please call an advisor today.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Smethwick
If you’re worried that hiring a personal injury solicitor will be expensive, then you may be happy to know that our accident claims solicitors all offer a no win no fee service.
When you begin a claim, you’ll be provided with a conditional fee agreement to sign. It will explain:
- If you’re solicitor wins the case, you’ll have a success fee deducted from your compensation.
- The size of the success fee. They are a percentage of your compensation, limited to 25% by law.
- In the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay need to pay your solicitor for their services.
Contact Our Team
If you would like to begin your claim using Accident Claims UK today, then you can get in touch by filling in this online form, live chat with one of our advisors, which is available 7 days a week or by calling us on 0800 073 8804.
Accident Claim Q&A’s
If you are nearing the end of this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Smethwick and still have questions, please call to raise any queries. To save some time, we’ve answered some of the more common questions below.
Can Your Accident Claims Team Help Me Claim Compensation?
Our team of specialist advisors are happy to offer free accident claims advice, they will assess the merits of your claim for free. If they think your case is strong, they could direct you to one of our panel of accident claims solicitors who have a combined knowledge of accident claims of up to 30 years and are committed to ensuring all clients are compensated fully for their injuries.
Our accident claims solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for all claims they take on.
Can Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Smethwick Help Me Claim If I’ve Been Injured By A Criminal?
If a violent crime is carried out against you, more often than not you won’t make a claim against the criminal. That’s because they might not have the funds to compensate you or they might not have been identified. However, all is not lost because you could claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme.
CICA is a government organisation that could provide much-needed funds to help you deal with the effects of crimes like rape, assault or sexual assault. The criteria for claiming are different from other claims as crimes must have been reported to the police and you must claim within 2-years of doing so. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the time limit might be extended in exceptional circumstances such as in historical abuse cases.
Solicitors are able to help with CICA claims so that you don’t need to get involved with paperwork, evidence gathering and arranging a medical assessment of your injuries. If our solicitors take on your CICA claim, they’ll provide a No Win No Fee service.
What Do I Do If My Child Needs To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
Where a child is injured through no fault of their own, it might be possible to claim compensation for their suffering. However, children cannot legally represent themselves. Therefore, a parent or guardian could deal with the claim on their behalf and handle enquiries from solicitors or courts.
The process for doing this requires an adult to become the child’s litigation friend. If the claim is successful, a court will consider any compensation offer to try and ensure it’s fair. After that is done, the settlement funds will be placed into a trust fund until the child becomes 18-years old. During that time, the litigation friend is able to request funds from the court if they can show how they will support the child.
Would I Be Best To Claim With Local Law Firms?
There’s no legal reason why you have to choose a local solicitor to deal with your claim. You could use accident claims solicitors covering Smethwick who are happy to handle your claim over the phone or through email.
This gives you a wider choice of solicitors to choose from and means you won’t need to worry about travelling to face to face meetings.
Will A Doctor Assess My Injuries?
When you ask a personal injury lawyer to seek accident compensation for you, one of their most important tasks is proving the extent of your injuries. This is done by gathering any medical records from GP’s or hospitals and you’ll also need to undergo a medical assessment with an independent doctor.
The report is used to demonstrate how severe your injuries are, the extent of them and the impact it could potentially have on your life. Your solicitor will use this to assess the general damages element of your claim.
Will A Doctor In Smethwick Assess Me?
We try, wherever possible, to ensure you’re assessed by a doctor who’s local to you. Here are some of our panel of doctors who are local to the Smethwick area that could be used:
225 Hagley Road,
Birmingham, B16 9RY.
Smethwick Accident Claim Resources
You’ve come to the end of this article about using accident solicitors covering Smethwick to make a personal injury claim. Therefore, to assist you further, we’ve added some additional links and guides below.
Smethwick Police – Information on contacting the policing team in Smethwick.
Local Court – Information on how to contact the local court, their location and opening times.
Slips and Falls – A guide from the HSE about how to reduce the number of slips and falls within workplaces.
Criminal Injury Claims – A guide on how to claim compensation if you’re the victim of a violent crime, a Smethwick shooting or you’re injured in any other Smethwick crime.
Road Traffic Accidents – This guide will prove useful if you’ve been involved in a Smethwick car accident, bike crash or any other Smethwick road accident.
Workplace Accident Claims – Information on how to claim compensation for an accident causing work injury.
If you would like to discuss how our accident claims solicitors covering Smethwick or our personal injury solicitors could help you, please call today.
Article by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.