By Daniel Sisko. Last updated 1st June 2022. On this page, you will find a guide about accident claims solicitors in Stoke-on-Trent. This guide will aim to educate you about the kinds of accidents that could be claimed for, and why you could be eligible to make a claim. We will also explain how our panel of accident claims solicitors can assist you, by processing a claim on your behalf.
Our Guide To Making A Stoke On Trent Accident Claim
If you have questions that this guide doesn’t answer, our claims team an answer them if you give them a call on 0800 073 8801. Our claims team will also be able to evaluate your claim and tell you how much compensation you might receive. This is why we have not added a personal injury claims calculator to this page, instead, we offer a personalised evaluation based on your own circumstances. They will also tell you which accident claims time limit will apply when you speak to them. Please read on to learn more about how personal injury solicitors covering Stoke-on-Trent could help you.
Choose A Section:
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Stoke-on-Trent
- How Many People Have Had An Accident At Work In Stoke-on-Trent?
- Could I Claim For An Accident At Work?
- Could I Claim If The Victim Of A Criminal Injury?
- Could I Claim Compensation For A Slip And Fall?
- Could I Claim For An Accident In A Public Place?
- Could I Claim For A Car Accident In Stoke-On-Trent?
- Could I Claim If Harmed By Medical Negligence?
- Compensation Payouts For Accidents In Stoke For 2022
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Stoke-On-Trent
- How You Could Start Your Claim
- Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
- Further Details
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Stoke-on-Trent?
In order for our accident claims solicitors to be able to process a claim for you, you must have suffered some form of harm (this can be physical, financial or both), in a way that it can be proven that a third party was at last partially to blame for.
Note that we have said partially to blame. What this means, is that an accident claim solicitor could still be able to process a claim for you, even if you share some of the blame for the accident. In cases where liability is divided, the two legal teams involved would negotiate and agree on a reduced level of liability. This is expressed as a percentage, and would be used to calculate any compensation settlement that is achieved.
This may seem confusing at first glance. If you are unclear of whether you are eligible to claim, or who you would need to pursue for damages, speak to one of our claim experts. They will be able to tell you after learning the circumstances of your claim.
How Many People Have Had An Accident At Work In Stoke-on-Trent?
The table below, shows statistics related to people that have had an accident at work in Stoke-on-Trent the region:
|Location||Total - non fatal injuries||Total - non fatal injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal injuries|
You can find more information about this kind of data at the following link:
Could I Claim For An Accident At Work?
It could be possible for people to make accident claims in Stoke on Trent for work-related injuries. Your employer is legally obligated to ensure that they comply with all Health & Safety rules and regulations pertaining to workplace safety, at all times. When compliance slips, it can result in injuries or hazards such as:
- Exposure chemicals that cause harm.
- Muscles strain and other types of STI.
- A member of staff being struck by a falling object.
- High levels of noise, causing ear damage.
- Accidents involving work vehicles.
- Injuries such as fractures, cuts, etc.
- Less tangible medical conditions such as RSI.
Could I Claim If The Victim Of A Criminal Injury?
If you are the victim of some kind of violent crime, and assault or a mugging, for example, you could be able to make a claim for the harm you suffered. This could be a physical injury, or a psychological problem such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The criminal will likely be prosecuted if they are caught. However, you will need to bring separate proceedings if you wish to make a personal injury claim. The actual criminal will likely lack the financial means to settle any compensation that you are awarded. In this case, it would be the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority that your personal injury solicitor will attempt to claim damages from on your behalf. This is a UK Government-funded body, that has been set up to provide victims of violent crimes a way to get the compensation they are entitled to.
Could I Claim Compensation For A Slip And Fall?
Under accident claims law, you could be able to make an accident claim for compensation for a slip and fall accident. These are very common kinds of accidents in the UK. They can be caused by a myriad of different hazards, and can happen any time, in any place, for example:
- Faulty floor coverings, for example a warped floorboard, cracked floor tile or frayed carpet.
- Poorly lit stairwells or stairwells with broken railings.
- Wet or dirty floors that have not been cleaned, and have not been clearly marked by a hazard sign.
- Damaged, cracked or badly laid curbstones and paving slabs.
- Uneven pacing surfaces, such as cobblestones.
These kinds of hazards can easily cause a slip, trip or fall accidents that could result in injuries ranging from minor cuts and sprains, through broken bones, to serious traumatic head injuries, and even death. If it can be proven that a third party was the cause of the accident, you could be in a position to make a claim for the harm you suffered.
Could I Claim For An Accident In A Public Place?
When accident claims in Stoke on Trent happen in a public place, it could be possible to purse the local council for damages. The local authority is responsible for ensuring safe public access to places such as:
- Recreational areas such as a children’s playground.
- Green spaces and public parks.
- Public footpaths and roads.
- A public library and other public buildings.
- Council-owned car parks.
When the council allows facilities properly, resulting in a hazard that causes an accident and subsequent injury, it could be possible for any person injured in such a way to make Stoke on Trent accident claims.
Could I Claim For A Car Accident In Stoke-On-Trent?
If you are injured in a car accident in Stoke on Trent, then you may be eligible to claim. This could be true of any road traffic accident, and is not restricted to the driver of a vehicle, it could relate to a passenger or even a pedestrian. If you are the victim of a car accident in Stoke on Trent, there are two main types of legal entities you would make a claim against. These being:
- Another road user – meaning the driver of a vehicle, their passenger or a pedestrian.
- An organisation – in the case of accidents that are caused by a non-vehicular hazard. For example, a safety railing that has collapsed onto a road that the local authority was responsible for maintaining, that has caused an accident.
As long as it can be proven that a third party was to blame for your accident in some way, it could be possible for car accident solicitors covering Stoke on Trent to process a claim for you. If you have questions about the car accident claims process, please speak to a member of our claims team.
Could I Claim If Harmed By Medical Negligence?
To answer the question, can a solicitor deal with my claim Stoke on Trent if I have been the victim of clinical negligence? The answer would that they could be able to, as long as the following holds true.
- The medical professional in question clearly had a duty of care towards you.
- The medical professional caused you harm in some way, by failing to meet this duty of care.
- The harm could have been avoided.
This is the acid test for judging whether you could have a valid claim. These statements all need to be true. If they are, then we could be able to help you to make a medical negligence claim for the harm that you suffered.
Compensation Payouts For Accidents In Stoke For 2022
If you’ve been injured due to an accident in Stoke that was caused by negligence, the compensation you receive can depend on a myriad of factors. One of the reasons for this is that your settlement can often fall into two categories.
First, let’s address the sum known as general damages. This figure is for the pain and suffering you experience due to your injuries.
Legal professionals use a few different resources when calculating your general damages claim. One of these is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Its last update took place in 2022. We’ve included some examples from this latest edition in the table below. This way, you can see how its laid out. The figures, however, are only guidelines.
|Brain/head||(a) Very severe brain damage with related issues with language and continence and a need for full-time care.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Brain/head||(b) Brain damage that is moderately severe leading to a significant dependence on others.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Epilepsy||(a) Established Grand Mal.||£102,000 to £150,110|
|Epilepsy||(b) Established Petit Mal.||£54,830 to £131,370|
|Chest||(c) Some lasting disability caused by damage to the lung(s)/chest.||£31,310 to £54,830|
|Hearing loss/tinnitus||(d) (i) Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss are severe.||£29,710 to £45,540|
|Psychiatric damage in general||(b) Claimant will struggle with work, social life and relationships significantly but the prognosis will be better than for more severe psychiatric injuries.||£19,070 to £43,830|
|Back||(b) Moderate – (i) Injuries such as crush fractures etc.||£27,760 to £38,780|
|Shoulder||(c) Moderate – Frozen shoulder where movement is limited with symptoms lasting roughly 2 years.||£7,890 to £12,770|
|Shoulder||(e) Clavicle fracture.||£5,150 to £12,240|
Some claims may also include special damages. This could be awarded when you have been impacted financially by your injuries. For instance, your ability to work may have been affected. This could reduce or remove your income as a result. If you have evidence such as a payslip, then you can prove how much you would have earned during your recovery period and potentially claim this amount back.
If you’d like to know more about what could be included in a special damages payment, get in touch with our advisors. If we think your claim may be valid, we may be able to connect you with someone from our board of personal injury solicitors for Stoke.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Stoke-On-Trent
When you use the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor, you won’t face any financial risk at all. Under our claims service, we don’t charge any fee to begin your claim, and we don’t charge any fee while we are processing your claim, even if this takes some time. If we can’t get you any compensation, we still won’t charge a fee. We will only charge a fee at such time as we have received a compensation settlement for you. At this time, we will deduct our fee from the money received, and then pass you the remainder.
How You Could Start Your Claim
Do you just need a little accident claims advice? Or are you ready for an accident claims solicitor to try and get you some accident compensation? No matter which, we can help. Speak to one of our claims team on 0800 073 8801 to learn more.
Do You Have To Use Accident Claims Solicitors In Stoke-on-Trent?
Hopefully, this guide has shown you when you could claim compensation for injuries caused by somebody else’s mistake. We also hope that we’ve explained how you can expand your search for a personal injury solicitor beyond Hanley, Fenton and Etruria. While it is true that there are many law firms within the Stoke city limits, it might be possible to find a personal injury lawyer who specialises in cases like yours or injuries like yours based outside the area. Importantly, you do not need a solicitor who is based in the area where the accident happened.
Our nationwide service means our accident claims solicitors are able to cover Stoke-on-Trent claims. To make everything a little more efficient, we process claims over the phone, by email and using online services. That means our office location isn’t really relevant. Importantly, our experienced team of solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) so you can be sure you’re compensation claim will be handled by a fully qualified legal professional.
If your case is strong enough to be taken on, we’ll appoint a lawyer to represent you. They will begin by going over everything with you. They do this so that nothing is left out of your claim and so that they are fully aware of how your injuries have affected you.
To help prove what happened, evidence will be collected by your solicitor at the start of the claims process. They’ll also arrange for a local medical assessment to be carried out by an independent specialist. By doing so, the extent of your injuries will be documented as will your prognosis.
Importantly, you won’t have to deal with the insurance company or lawyers representing the defendant. That’s because, once the claim has been filed, your solicitor will be the focal point for all queries and objections. If arguments are raised regarding liability for your injuries or the accident, your solicitor will use their legal expertise to try and counter them. Extra evidence will be provided where needed.
Should a compensation offer be made, it will be considered carefully by your solicitor. They’ll review whether it fully covers your injuries before it is accepted. If they believe the offer is undervalued, they’ll negotiate for you to try and achieve the correct level of compensation.
To learn more about how our personal injury solicitors covering Stoke-on-Trent could help you seek damages, please call our advisors today.
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
How Could A Solicitor Help Me Make An Accident Claim?
When you use our claims service, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to secure you the highest level of compensation possible. We will always be no more than a phone call away to keep you updated on the status of your claim ,and what we have been doing towards your claim. Furthermore, under our claims service, we won’t ever charge you anything until your claim has been successful.
Do I Need To Claim With A Stoke-On-Trent Solicitor?
There is no legal reason why you should use a local legal firm to process your claim. It is a much better idea to use the most suitable solicitor, that will have the best chance of winning your claim, regardless of where they happen to be located in the UK.
What Are Personal Injury Medical Assessments?
You can have yourself assessed by an impartial medical professional, in support of your claim. The doctor that examines you will produce a report that details your medical condition, and the effect it has had on your life.
Where Could My Assessment Take Place?
We can arrange for you to have a free medical examination in the Stoke on Trent area, from the following doctors:
|Zahir Ali||First Medical Consulting Rooms||Stoke On Trent||ST1 4LU|
|11 Snow Hill|
|Warwick Brindley||The Conference Rooms||Stoke On Trent||ST1 5NB|
|66 Trinity Street|
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