By Brett Williams. Last updated 23rd August 2021. You’re probably aware that you could hire a personal injury lawyer to make a claim for injuries caused by somebody else’s negligence if that person owed you a duty of care and subsequently breached this. But which accident claims solicitors covering Wakefield should you choose? In this guide we’ll provide information about when you could make a claim, the types of claims that can be made and how accident claims solicitors can help.
If you’re already sure that you want to claim, call our specialist advisors today on 0800 073 8801. We’ll assess your claim for free and, if you have a strong case, could introduce you to one of our personal injury solicitors covering Wakefield.
To find out more before you contact us, please continue reading.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Wakefield?
- Workplace Accident Claims
- Injuries Reported At Work In Wakefield
- Whiplash And Road Traffic Accident Claims In Wakefield
- Trips And Falls
- Claims As A Criminal Injury Victim
- Public Place Accident Compensation
- Clinical Negligence Claims
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Wakefield
- How To Talk To Our Team
- Questions Common To Claimants
- Get More Info Here
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Wakefield?
An accident claims solicitor covering Wakefield can help with personal injury claims such as road accident claims, workplace accidents and medical negligence claims. They will have specialist knowledge of different legislation that is used to support the claim and will use medical evidence, witness statements and photographic evidence to support the claim.
If a solicitor works on a no win no fee basis, they may ask you to answer yes to questions similar to those below, before agreeing to take on your case:
- Did the defendant (the person or company you hold liable) owe you a duty of care?
- Was that duty breached causing an accident to happen?
- Were you injured in that accident?
- Did the accident happen within the accident claims time limit of 3 years? (Can vary).
If you can demonstrate that all of the above are true, you could be eligible to begin a claim.
It’s very rare for an accident claim to end up in court but your solicitor will represent you there should it need to be escalated that far. As well as this, your solicitor will:
- Provide advice about what evidence is required.
- Prepare your claim.
- Communicate with the defendant, their solicitor or their insurer so that you don’t need to.
- Advise you on any compensation offers you receive.
Workplace Accident Claims
Under Health and Safety At Work Legislation, any employer regardless of the amount of workforce needs to protect their employees while at work. They should risk assess the working environment regularly. If they identify any risks, they need to take steps to remove or reduce them.
This means that:
- All staff should be trained properly and regularly.
- Safety equipment should be provided.
- Equipment repairs should be fixed in a timely manner.
Injuries Reported At Work In Wakefield
In order to demonstrate the number of workplace accidents that occurred in Wakefield in 2013/14 and 2017/18, we’ve provided the table below.
|Location||Total - Non Fatal Injuries||Total - Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal Injuries|
To provide a comparison with the rest of the country, you can take a look at all of the data on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
Whiplash And Road Traffic Accident Claims In Wakefield
Whiplash injuries are amongst the most common road accident claims made each year. According to the NHS, whiplash occurs when the head is thrown violently in any direction. It can affect all types of road user including pedestrians, passengers, drivers, cyclist and motorcyclists.
Other injuries that could lead to car accident claims include:
- Sprained or fractured wrists and hands.
- Head injuries including concussion.
- Ligament damage.
- Muscle damage.
- Leg injuries.
If you’re involved in a car accident, then gathering evidence as soon as possible could be important. You should try, where it’s safe to do so, photograph the scene of the accident before any vehicle is moved. Then ask witnesses for their details and secure any dashcam footage if possible. It’s important to get the other drivers details of course and you should seek medical attention. Any medical records could be used as evidence to support your claim.
Finally, if you think a criminal act has been committed, you should contact your local police to report the accident. Our accident claims solicitors could help you claim even if the other driver has committed a crime, doesn’t remain at the scene or is uninsured. Therefore, please call today to discuss how we could help.
Trips And Falls
There are many ways in which a slip or trip could occur in any part of our daily lives. If it is caused because somebody else was negligent and left you injured, then you could seek compensation from them.
Some common scenarios which could mean somebody else was responsible for your accident could include:
- If you fall down a flight of stairs because a handrail was damaged and couldn’t support your weight.
- If you trip on cables or other items that were left across paths or walkways.
- If the lighting in an area was so poor that you weren’t able to spot a trip hazard. This could be due to faulty lighting or the fact that the lighting was inadequate.
- If you slip on a wet floor when no warning signs were used. This might be because of a spillage, a leak or recent cleaning of the floor.
- If a doormat at the entrance of a shop, office or other building was damaged causing you to trip over it.
Claims As A Criminal Injury Victim
If you’re injured by a violent criminal act against you, then you may be able to seek compensation.
This isn’t a normal personal injury claim as the criminal might not be identified or probably won’t have insurance to claim against. Instead, these types of claims are made using the government run Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
As this is a different type of claim, there are different eligibility requirements. The claims time limit and claims process is also different. Our accident claims solicitors can help you file your claim correctly and try to ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation for your injuries.
Public Place Accident Compensation
Accident claims solicitors covering Wakefield often have to deal with claims for accidents in public places. These are the types of places that you’re allowed to visit or use without seeking permission. They can include paths, roads, car parks, play parks, footpaths, shopping centres and public green spaces.
There are a couple of difficulties that can arise when claiming for an accident in a public place. Firstly, it can be tricky to identify who owns the land or building. Secondly, there may be multiple parties who could be responsible for the public place.
In some cases, there could be a landowner and also an occupier. If both parties deny they’re liable for your injuries or blame each other, you might not know which way to direct your claim. That’s where the experience and expertise of a personal injury solicitor can really help.
Clinical Negligence Claims
All medical professionals have a duty of care to protect their patients wherever possible. They can do this by using the recommended medical procedures, using the right equipment for the procedure, advising the patient of any risks and maintaining hygiene standards throughout the treatment.
If the professional fails to meet their duty of care, and the patient suffers as a consequence, then a claim might be possible.
Medical professionals could include doctors, care workers, surgeons, nurses, hospital staff, midwives and anaesthetists as well as other healthcare professionals. They could be employed by the NHS or a private health company. The claim could be made for avoidable injuries sustained during negligent cosmetic or medical procedures.
If you’ve been made ill, suffered an injury or if your existing condition was made worse because of substandard and negligent medical treatment, then we could help you begin a claim today. Please get in touch so that we can assess your claim for free.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Wakefield
Our accident claims solicitors all offer a no win no fee claims service. The agreement, known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is designed to reduce the financial risk involved with claiming. In turn, this allows more people to make a claim even if they do not have the funds to start one.
When using no win no fee, you don’t pay anything if the solicitor loses the case. If they win, a success fee is deducted directly from your compensation (maximum 25%) to pay the solicitor for their service.
How To Talk To Our Team
If you’re ready to talk to our dedicated team of advisors, you can call 0800 073 8801 today. If you’d rather, we can be contacted 7 days a week via our live chat facility.
How accident claims solicitors in Wakefield (and those covering the area) can help
If you have sustained injuries in an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may decide to find personal injury solicitors in Wakefield. When doing so, you may be overwhelmed with choices as you’ll find law firms in Cheapside, Chancery Lane and King Street (and many more). Something to bear in mind, though, is that some solicitors in Wakefield may specialise in other areas such as family law or criminal law. To give yourself a better chance of finding a suitable lawyer, you might want to deal with a law firm that specialises purely in personal injuries – and you don’t need to limit that search to companies in Wakefield.
Our nationwide service means we can take on claims for accidents in Wakefield. We have a team of personal injury solicitors who’ve represented clients in personal injury claims for up to 30-years. You might be wondering how we can help if we’re not based locally. Well, to make our service more efficient, everything is done over the phone, online or by email. This means you don’t need to travel and we can get to work on your case without having to schedule meetings with you.
What’s really important, we think, is that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Therefore, if we accept your case, that’s what the solicitor appointed to your case will try to achieve. At the start of the claim, they will discuss everything with you in detail. This consultation is to help them understand how you have been affected and so that they don’t forget to include anything in your claim. The next step is evidence gathering as you’ll need to prove what happened, who was to blame and how you have suffered. To achieve the last part, your injuries will need to be reviewed by an independent specialist. Therefore, you’ll be booked in for a local appointment at a time that’s convenient to you.
As soon as your solicitor has all they need, your claim will be sent to the defendant. Your solicitor will deal with any queries that are raised on your behalf. They will also try to counter any objections using their legal experience and by providing additional evidence where possible.
If you are interested in working with our accident claims solicitors covering Wakefield, why not call today to let us know about your claim?
Questions Common To Claimants
Because we’re often asked similar questions by new clients, we’ve answered some of them below to save time.
How Could I Be Helped By A Solicitor?
Our team are professional, specialists and dedicated to trying to achieve the right level of compensation for any accident claims in Wakefield.
We offer a free, no-obligation, assessment of your claim and free accident claims advice. Following your assessment, we could introduce you to a no win no fee solicitor with up to 30 years of accident compensation claims experience.
If you’re unsure about whether you could claim or would like to get more information, please contact our specialists today.
Should I Choose Between Local Solicitors?
Nowadays, it’s possible to use accident claims solicitors covering Wakefield, rather than those based there, because many are happy to handle cases over the phone and email.
This could allow you to pick a solicitor based on their experience rather than location. Although our panel of accident claims solicitors aren’t based in Wakefield, they’re more than happy to help with claims in the area.
Will I Need To Visit A Doctor?
It is normal, during any accident claim, for your personal injury solicitor to send you for a medical assessment. They are used to highlight how serious the original injury was. Furthermore, they will indicate what impact the injury may have on you in the future.
Medical assessments are carried out by independent medical specialists. We have a panel of medical specialists and doctors across the UK so that you can be seen locally.
Where Can I See A Doctor?
To ensure you don’t have to travel too far as part of your claim, we could send you to a medical specialists in Wakefield for your assessment. Here’s a sample:
Wakefield, WF1 2TF.
Denby Dale Road
Wakefield, WF1 1HR.
Get More Info Here
Now you’ve reached the end of this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Wakefield, here are some more external links, resources and guides which you may find useful.
Report an Accident – Advice from the HSE about workplace accident reporting.
Road Traffic Accidents – Guidance from West Yorkshire Police about reporting RTAs.
Wakefield Court – You’ll find the opening times and contact details for Wakefield’s local court on this site.
Clinical Negligence – A guide that outlines the accident compensation claims process for medical negligence injuries.
Accident at Work – Your Rights – Information about your rights following an accident at work. Including when you could use an accident claim solicitor to file a personal injury claim.
Thank you for reading about personal injury solicitors in Wakefield and accident claims solicitors in Wakefield today. For free legal advice on claiming for an accident in Wakefield, why not speak to our team today?
Edited by Mel.