By Olivia Gavin. Last updated 6th September 2021. Choosing an accident claims solicitor can be a tricky process. Getting it right can impact how much compensation you receive or whether you win your claim or not which means the choice you make could be vital. If you’re looking for accident claims solicitors covering Swansea, then this guide will explain what you need to look for and what sort of claims for compensation can be made.
Here at Accident Claims UK, we have a team of specialists who could help you begin a claim for compensation. If you’d like to begin right away, please call our team on 0800 073 8801 today.
If you’d rather read more about how our team of solicitors can cover the Swansea area to pursue Swansea accident claims please continue reading our helpful guide.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Swansea?
- RIDDOR Statistics – Reported Work Accidents In Swansea
- Work-Related Accident Claims
- Claims For Road Traffic And Car Accidents In Swansea
- Fall And Slip Claims
- Criminal Injuries And Assault Compensation
- Claim For An Accident In A Public Place
- Medical Malpractice Compensation
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Swansea
- How To Make A Claim For An Accident
- Frequently Asked Questions Of Accident Claims Solicitors
- Further Information And Contacts
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Swansea?
An accident claims solicitor covering Swansea is one who can cover the area of Swansea without being based there. They specialise in personal injury claims and will usually offer their services on a no win no fee basis.
To be eligible for no win no fee, many solicitors will need to see evidence that:
- You were owed some form of duty of care by the defendant; which
- They breached and the breach caused an accident to happen; and
- You suffered an injury or became ill because of the accident.
If the solicitor agrees to take on your case because they believe you’ve got a good chance of winning, they usually offer the following services:
- Helping you collect the evidence required to support your claim. This could be medical records, witness details or accident reports.
- Managing all communication with the defendant or their solicitor.
- Advising you on what to do if they receive a compensation offer.
- In very rare cases, if the claim can’t be settled, they’ll represent you in court.
You should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible following your accident as there is an accident claims time limit of 3 years in the UK. If you don’t find out about your injuries until a later date, then the 3 years begins then.
RIDDOR Statistics – Reported Work Accidents In Swansea
We decided to take a look at how many people were actually injured at work in the Swansea area. The table below, taken from this comprehensive government report, shows how many injuries occurred, how that equates to injuries per 100,000 employees and how many fatal accidents occurred.
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Work-Related Accident Claims
All employers, whether small local companies or massive international enterprises owe their staff a duty of care under health and safety legislation. This legislation is designed to protect employees, wherever possible, while at work.
Employers need to take a good look at each process or task in their workplace and do whatever is necessary to remove the risks identified.
If the employer fails to do so, and an employee becomes injured, then a compensation claim might be possible for any injuries sustained. Examples of when an employer could be liable for an accident include:
- When staff haven’t been trained properly on how to complete the task which led to an injury.
- If equipment is faulty.
- When the employer hasn’t maintained equipment or machinery properly.
- If there are no health and safety procedures in place.
- Or if safety equipment is inadequate, not provided or missing.
Claims For Road Traffic And Car Accidents In Swansea
You may be able to make a Swansea car accident claim if you are injured in a road traffic accident which was caused by another road user. The car accident claims process is very like other claims but may require some evidence to be gathered immediately before it is removed.
For instance, following a car accident, you should:
- Seek medical treatment where needed. This will mean medical records show the extent of your injury immediately after the accident.
- Photograph the scene of the accident before anything is removed. Try to capture as much evidence as possible.
- Ask any witnesses for their contact details.
- Ask the other road user for their details including their insurance details.
This type of accident claim could be made against another driver, motorcyclist, pedestrian, bus driver, lorry driver or other road user if they caused the accident to happen.
Examples of negligence in road traffic accidents include:
- Where another driver pulls out into traffic where there was not enough time.
- If the other road user isn’t paying attention and causes the accident.
- When the other road user commits a crime like dangerous driving, drink driving or drug driving.
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, caused by somebody else and you’ve been injured, please get in touch so that we can help you decide whether to claim or not. We can help with minor whiplash injuries through to serious life-changing injuries.
Fall And Slip Claims
A slip or trip which causes you to fall can result in serious injuries that take a long time to recover from. If they’re caused by another person or company, then you may be able to seek compensation for any injuries caused.
Examples of when somebody else might be liable for your injuries include:
- Where a slip or fall is caused by trailing cables left lying across a walkway.
- If a path or pavement has a defect (including potholes, damaged kerb stones or raised paving slabs). Must meet the authorities criteria.
- Where a trip hazard isn’t visible because of poor or damaged lighting.
- If a floor is slippery or wet and hasn’t been identified by warning signs. This could be for any reason including a spillage, cleaning or a leak.
Criminal Injuries And Assault Compensation
One type of accident claim that many people don’t realise can be made is one for injuries sustained in a criminal act. There is a government body, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who can compensate victim’s for any injuries.
The claim can be made, even if the criminal is never identified, as long as it meets the scheme’s criteria. The compensation offered for cases with multiple injuries is reduced on a sliding scale, so it is not as good as a personal injury claim but this claim is not paid for by the criminal (usually), so the scheme offers a good alternative method of seeking compensation.
Claim For An Accident In A Public Place
Many accidents handled by a personal injury solicitor occur in a public place. These are places that the general public is allowed to use, pass through or visit without prior permission. They can include public highways, footpaths, public car parks and green spaces including parks.
If an injury occurs in a public place because of a negligent act, you might need to identify who’s responsible. This can sometimes be difficult in cases where it’s not obvious who owns the place or if there’s an occupier as well as an owner who could be liable. It could become even trickier if the occupier blames the owner and vice versa.
Medical Malpractice Compensation
Negligence by medical professionals such as doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, care workers, and cosmetic technicians could lead to a compensation claim if the patient suffers unnecessarily.
Claims could be made for injuries sustained during treatment, the suffering caused by a misdiagnosis, damage caused by procedural errors and suffering caused by the administering of incorrect medication.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Swansea
Using a no win no fee solicitor to assist you in making your claim can reduce the stress involved with claiming drastically. The no win no fee agreement, formally known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, means that:
- There is no need to pay any fee upfront.
- You won’t have to pay if the solicitor doesn’t win the case.
- You’ll pay a success fee from your compensation (maximum 25%) to pay the solicitor if they win the case.
How To Make A Claim For An Accident
Frequently Asked Questions Of Accident Claims Solicitors
Do I Need Legal Representation To Claim?
It’s a common misconception that you need to have a solicitor, or specifically a personal injury lawyer, in order to make a personal injury claim. However, there is no legal requirement for any claimant to have legal representation in order for them to make a claim. With this in mind, you have every right to make a claim on your own. If you’re thinking about doing so, we’d advise you to ensure you’ve considered the benefits that having a solicitor can offer. Primarily, their legal expertise and knowledge of how the claims process works can help ensure that your route to securing compensation is smoother than it would be if you navigated it alone. In turn, they could help win you the maximum payout that your claim is worth.
How Can A No Win No Fee Agreement Benefit Me?
If you’re not already familiar with the term, No Win No Fee simply means that you won’t be charged a fee if your solicitor fails to win your compensation for you. By claiming on a No Win No Fee basis, you can access legal representation quickly without having to save up for typical solicitors’ fees. In addition, the usual financial risk that is associated with hiring a solicitor is eliminated, meaning you can claim with peace of mind. This is because, as part of a No Win No Fee agreement, solicitors charge no upfront fees under any circumstance and no final fees if they fail to win your claim for you. Therefore, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to cover the costs of their service.
How Long Can You Make A Claim After An Accident?
As mentioned, if you can prove that you’ve been injured due to third-party negligence, you could be able to make a claim for compensation. However, you may not be aware of the fact that you can only claim within specific time limits. For personal injury claims, the typical time limit to make a claim is up to 3 years after an accident. However, if you only realised your injury was due to third-party negligence after these 3 years have already passed, exceptions could be made so you could still be able to claim. There are other exceptions that could apply to certain cases, such as for claimants that are unable to claim for themselves. To see what the time limit for your claim could be, please get in touch for a free consultation today.
How Does The Claims Process Work?
When you contact our claims team, we’ll assess your circumstances and provide free accident claims advice with regards to your circumstances. If we believe you have a strong case, we could refer you to one of our accident claims solicitors.
Our panel of accident solicitors have many years of experience in handling accidents in a public place, slip and fall claims and medical claims for a car accident amongst other types of claims.
Furthermore, any claim we help you begin will be handled on a no win no fee basis.
Will I Need To Choose A Swansea Solicitor?
Nowadays, because of modern communication methods, many solicitors don’t require face to face meetings to handle a personal injury claim. This means your accident claim could be handled by a solicitor based anywhere in the country so you don’t necessarily have to find one locally.
Are Medical Assessments Always Necessary?
Any full claim for personal injury will require a medical assessment to be undertaken. A doctor will assess the claimant to identify how the injuries affected them at the time of the accident and what impact they could have in the future.
To make your claim as easy as possible, we have a panel of doctors based across the UK. They will undertake your medical assessment locally to ensure you don’t have to travel too far.
Where Could My Injuries Be Assessed?
Here is a sample of some of our panel of doctors local to Swansea.
Swansea, SA1 3LW.
Thanks for reading our guide about accident claims solicitors covering Swansea. To help you further, we’ve linked to some external resources and guides below.
- Reporting Accidents At Work – This article explains when employers need to report a work-related accident to the HSE.
- Report a Road Traffic Incident to South Wales Police – This link takes you to their website.
- Swansea Civil Justice Centre – Information on your local court.
- Misdiagnosis Claims Guide – Information about how to claim and provides advice about what medical malpractice compensation amount you might receive.
- Whiplash Claims Guide – Information about how a personal injury lawyer could make a claim for an accident that results in whiplash.
- Burn Injury Claims Guide – Useful information regarding burn injury claims.
If you have any more questions or require further information about accident claims solicitors covering Swansea, contact our team of claims specialists today.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Swansea can help you.
Article by BH.
Edited by CK.