By Brett Williams. Last updated 26th August 2021. If you suffer an injury in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence who was in some way responsible for you health and safety, you could begin a personal injury claim. Choosing the best solicitor to handle your case can be tricky, so we’ve written this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Taunton to assist you.
We have a team of personal injury claims solicitors covering Taunton that could help you begin a claim. Although we are not based in the area our team of highly professional and thoroughly experienced personal injury solicitors can cover the Taunton area as if they were based around the corner. To discuss your accident today, please call 0800 073 8801 and speak with one of our friendly advisors.
Alternatively, to find out more about when claims can be made, please carry on reading.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Taunton?
- Accident At Work Claims In The Taunton Area
- Taunton Area Injury At Work Statistics
- Road And Car Accident Compensation Claims
- Slips, Trips And Falls Claims
- Medical Negligence And Clinical Malpractice
- Personal Injuries In A Public Place
- Claims For Criminal Injuries
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Taunton
- Talking To Our Team
- Questions For Our Accident Claims Team
- Resources For Victims Of Accidents In Taunton
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Taunton?
There are many types of accidents that may lead to you seeking advice from a personal injury solicitor. This guide will explain when you could use a no win no fee solicitor to help with a fatal accident claim, accident at work claims in Taunton or slip, trip and fall claims amongst others.
A solicitor will usually want to see that the person you’re claiming against owed you a duty of care, caused an accident to happen through a negligent act and you suffered an injury as a consequence before they’ll agree to take on your claim. You’ll also need to ensure you begin within the accident claims time limit. This is 3 years from the date of the accident or from the date your injuries are diagnosed. There are exceptions to the rule please call for more details.
Accident claims solicitors covering Taunton could help you with your claim if you meet the criteria above and will usually offer to:
- Assess your claim for free.
- Help you collect the evidence required to prove your claim.
- Communicate with the defendant or their lawyer so that you don’t need to.
- Explain your options should you receive a compensation offer.
- And, in very rare cases where a claim can’t be settled, represent you in court.
Accident At Work Claims In The Taunton Area
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 outlines how all employers have a duty of care to protect their employee’s well-being, while in the workplace, as much as possible. If they breach this duty of care, through a negligent act, which leads to the employee being injured then accident claims solicitors covering Taunton could help them make a compensation claim.
If an accident occurs for any of the reasons below, then it could be possible to seek compensation:
- The worker or colleague who caused the accident wasn’t trained properly.
- If poorly maintained or faulty equipment caused the accident to happen.
- Where the employer hadn’t assessed the risks involved with a task.
- Or if protective clothing or equipment wasn’t provided to safeguard the employee.
Taunton Area Injury At Work Statistics
To demonstrate how often accidents at work occur, we’ve provided the table below.
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The data within the table shows accidents in Taunton workplaces between 2013/14 and 2017/18. To compare Taunton to other areas of the UK, you can view the full report here.
Road And Car Accident Compensation Claims
Accident claims solicitors are often asked to help with claims for injuries sustained during road traffic accidents (RTAs). Claims could be sought by any road user who’s injured in an accident caused by another road user’s negligence. This can include drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and also passengers using public transport.
It’s fairly important to try and gather evidence as soon as possible following the incident. This is because, once the scene has been cleared, it can be tricky to demonstrate what’s happened. Therefore, if you’re involved in a road accident in Taunton, if possible, you should:
- Photograph the scene of the accident before anything’s removed.
- Ask witnesses for their details.
- Secure any dashcam footage.
- Seek medical treatment if required.
- Report the accident to police.
- Ask the person who caused the accident for their details. If they’re a driver, ask for their insurance details too.
Slips, Trips And Falls Claims
Another reason people might contact accident claims solicitors covering Taunton might be because they’ve been injured in a slip or fall. For onlookers, these accidents might look like minor incidents but, in reality, they can lead to some very serious injuries. If the slip or fall was caused by somebody else’s mistake, then a compensation claim might be possible. Examples include:
- If you trip over cables that were trailed across your work space, a corridor or other walkway.
- When you slip and injure yourself because a floor was wet, but no warning signs were used. This could be due to a leak, cleaning or a spillage.
- Where a broken handrail causes you to fall.
- Trips caused by doormats at the entrance of a building that are not correctly situated.
Slip, trips and falls can happen just about anywhere including at work, at school, in a shop, on a public highway, in a pub or a restaurant. Wherever they occur, if you’re injured and the accident wasn’t your fault but the fault of a third party who owed you a duty of care you could seek compensation for any injuries. Please call to discuss how we could help you claim.
Medical Negligence And Clinical Malpractice
All medical professionals (doctors, nurses, care workers, hospital staff, surgeons and dentists) owe their patients a duty of care. This means they need to try and ensure the patient remains safe throughout their treatment. This can be achieved by:
- Following the correct procedure for any treatment.
- Using the correct equipment.
- Ensuring hygiene standards are maintained.
They should also explain the procedure and any associated risks prior to the treatment commencing. If they fail to meet their duty of care, which leads to the patient becoming injured or ill, then a claim for medical negligence could be made against them.
Claims are possible against the NHS and private health care providers. You can also seek clinical negligence compensation for injuries sustained during cosmetic procedures.
Personal Injuries In A Public Place
There are many accidents that can occur in public places. These are places that you’re allowed to use without seeking permission first. They can include parks, footpaths, shopping centres, public highways and public car parks amongst others.
Claiming for an injury in a public place can be complicated in some situations where it’s not obvious who’s responsible. This can be because it’s difficult to ascertain who owns the public place or, more commonly, it might not be clear if the landowner or their tenant are responsible.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors have a good understanding of legislation used to make such claims and could help you determine who the claim needs to be made against. If you would like to discuss an injury caused by an accident in a public place, please get in touch for a free initial assessment.
Claims For Criminal Injuries
Criminal Injury Compensation Authority or CICA are a government body that compensates victims of violent criminal acts for any harm suffered. It is different from personal injury claims as the criminal might not be identified or, if they are, they may not have the means to pay any compensation. Therefore, the government operates a scheme that can compensate you if you’re injured during a crime.
Although it’s not a standard personal injury claim, accident claims solicitors covering Taunton could still help you with a CICA claim. The scheme has its own eligibility requirements and time limits so having a personal injury solicitor working with you could ensure your claim is filed correctly and that you receive the right level of compensation.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Taunton
We realise that many people worry about the cost of hiring an accident claim solicitor. We recommend using a no win no fee service to remove that worry. Our panel of accident claims solicitors all work on this basis.
When using no win no fee, the financial risk is reduced because:
- There’s no initial outlay.
- You don’t pay anything at all to your legal team if the solicitor loses the case.
- You don’t need to find the funds to pay the solicitor if they win because their success fee is deducted from any compensation that’s awarded.
Talking To Our Team
If you’re now ready to begin your accident claim, there are a number of ways that you can contact us. They include:
- Calling free on 0800 073 8801.
- Using our live chat feature which is available every day of the week.
- Or filling in our claim form to arrange for us to call you back.
Questions For Our Accident Claims Team
When we’re contacted by new clients seeking accident compensation, they often ask us some common questions. To help you and to save time, we’ve answered a few of them here.
Can I Claim For Psychological Suffering In A Personal Injury Claim?
As part of their service, accident claims solicitors covering Taunton need to assess how you’ve suffered following your accident. The first part of a claim is called general damages and this can include compensation for both physical and psychological injuries.
The amount awarded will depend on how you have suffered. For example, if you’ve had a few weeks of sleepless nights following the accident, you’d expect to receive less compensation than somebody who’ll suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of their life.
To ascertain how you have suffered, an independent specialist will need to review your injuries. This may be a psychiatrist or psychologist. They will ask questions to determine a) what suffering you’ve endured already and b) whether you’ll continue to suffer psychologically in the future. Their prognosis will also explain whether you’ll need treatment to help with your recovery and how long you’ll need it.
What Expenses Can I Claim In Personal Injury Claims?
You shouldn’t be left out of pocket if you’ve been injured by somebody else’s negligence. Therefore, as part of your claim, you could seek special damages to help recover any expenses, fees or financial losses you’ve sustained because of your injuries.
Importantly, this isn’t a fine that the defendant has to pay. Special damages are designed to help you get back to the same position, financially, you were in before the accident took place.
What you can claim for will vary from case to case but special damages could include:
- Care costs to cover any time a relative, friend or carer helped you during your recovery.
- Travel expenses such as fuel costs, parking fees or public transport fares linked to medical appointments.
- Medical expenses such as prescription fees, non- NHS treatments and over the counter medicines.
- Any income you’ve lost because you were not able to work while you recovered.
- Future lost income should your injuries affect your ability to work in the future.
- Modifications to your vehicle or home if they are needed to help you cope with any type of disability.
It is important not to commit to any expenses if you’re not sure they can be claimed back. Sometimes, accident claims solicitors covering Taunton can arrange for interim payments to be made by the defendant if liability has been agreed but a settlement figure has not yet been agreed upon.
Why Might I Need A Solicitor To Make A Claim?
Accident Claims UK have a team of specialist advisors who are happy to offer free accident claims advice. They’ll assess your claim for free and help you decide if you have a valid claim. If they believe you do, they could refer you to one of our accident claims solicitors who have up to 30 years’ experience and always work on a no win no fee basis.
Should I Only Look At Solicitors In Taunton?
Just because your accident occurred in Taunton, doesn’t mean you need to use an accident lawyer who’s based there. Nowadays, many solicitors are happy to manage claims over email and the telephone which means you could choose accident claims solicitors covering Taunton, rather than those who are physically located there. The decision is totally up to you.
Will My Claim Need Medical Evidence?
As well as medical records from any visits to your GP or the hospital, your personal injury lawyer will need to provide a report from an independent medical professional. This report is used to show what impact your injuries caused and how they might affect you in the future.
To make your personal injury claim easier, we have a panel of doctors and medical specialists across the UK who can perform your assessment.
Do You Work With Doctors In My Area?
To ensure you don’t need to travel far for your medical assessment, we could send you to one of these local specialists:
St Johns Physiotherapy,
4 St Johns Road,
Taunton, TA1 4AZ.
Resources For Victims Of Accidents In Taunton
We hope that this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Taunton has proved useful. For further information, please take a look at the guides and links listed below.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – The legislation that employers are bound by to ensure the safety of their workers.
Reporting a Road Traffic Accident – Information from Avon and Somerset police about how to report an accident. This might be helpful when making road traffic accident claims in Taunton.
Taunton Court – The website of the local court which provides contact details and opening times.
Whiplash Claims – A guide which explains the amounts of compensation that might be awarded following a car accident in Taunton.
Accident at Work – Your Rights – This guide explains your legal rights following an accident at work.
Criminal Injury Claims – Information on how to claim criminal injury compensation.
Article by Brett Edited by Mel.