By Brett Williams. Last update 27th August 2021. Any accident which leads to an injury can be both painful and annoying, but an accident caused by somebody else’s mistake can be even more so. That is why those who are injured due to third party negligence may have the choice to make a claim for compensation. If you’re looking for accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend because you’ve been injured by somebody else’s negligence, then this guide should prove useful. It will explain what accident claims in Wallsend could be made and how we’re able to help you begin a claim.
If you would like to talk to a specialist, for free, about starting your claim, please call 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, to find out more about our service, please continue reading.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Wallsend?
- Claim For An Accident At Work In Wallsend
- Reported North Tyneside Area Workplace Injuries
- Road And Car Accidents In Wallsend
- Personal Injury Claims For Slip And Fall Accidents
- Criminal Injury And Assault Claims
- Accidents Or Injuries In Public Places
- Medical Negligence Claims IN Wallsend
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Wallsend
- How To Contact Our Team
- Answering Your Injury Claim Questions
- Related Guides Or Services
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Wallsend?
It’s difficult to say how many different types of accidents can lead to a personal injury claim but we’ll cover some of the more common types throughout this guide. Some examples of claims people make include injuries sustained in a road accident, an accident at work, compensation for an assault or attack and slip, trip or fall accidents.
When you approach a solicitor to help you make a claim, they’ll need you to prove that someone owed you a duty of care, breached their duty of care towards you and this caused an accident, which has resulted in you falling victim to an avoidable injury. If you are unsure whether your circumstances meet the above criteria, we’ll explain further below when you’re owed a duty of care and provide examples of who could be deemed at fault for the injuries that you sustain.
As well as the free initial assessment that we offer all potential clients, our accident claims solicitors will:
- Help you gather the evidence required to support your claim. This can include CCTV footage, accident reports, medical records or witness statements.
- Compile your claim and submit it to the defendant.
- Deal with all communication with the defendant’s solicitor or insurer.
- Give you advice on whether a compensation offer is acceptable.
It’s very unusual but, if the claim can’t be settled by an agreement between the two parties, your solicitor would also handle any court hearing that occur.
Claim For An Accident At Work In Wallsend
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty of care on employers to ensure that staff are as safe as possible while at work. This could mean in a fixed location or any other location where they carry out their work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the main organisation that polices workplace safety and provides advice for employers to help them be compliant. Employers need to carry out risk assessments in the workplace and remove or reduce any risks that are identified.
Accidents that are caused by any of the following could lead to a compensation claim:
- A lack of training.
- Faulty, damaged or unmaintained equipment or machinery.
- Missing or inadequate safety equipment.
Reported North Tyneside Area Workplace Injuries
This report from the HSE shows the number of accidents at workplaces across the UK. It also shows any fatal accidents and the number of accidents per 100,00 workers. The figures are from the period 2013/14 – to 2017/18.
To show the number of injuries in Wallsend, we’ve extracted the data for North Tyneside and created the table below
|Location||Total - Non Fatal Injuries||Total - Non Fatal Injuries per 100,000 workers||Fatal Injuries|
Road And Car Accidents In Wallsend
Any road user could potentially seek compensation if another road user causes an accident which leads to an injury. That means cyclist, pedestrians, public transport passengers and drivers could all claim if not at fault.
To make a road accident claim you will need to gather some evidence that demonstrates how the defendant caused the accident to happen. This means you should try to:
- Get witnesses to state what they saw happen.
- Take photographs before the scene of the accident is cleared.
- Get the other road users contact details. If they were driving, ask for their insurance details and registration number.
- Visit a GP or hospital. Medical records could be used as evidence of your injuries.
Personal Injury Claims For Slip And Fall Accidents
A slip or fall could occur just about anywhere and could lead to a compensation claim if they’re caused by somebody else’s error, mistake or negligence. They could happen at school, work, in the gym, a hotel, a shop or even on the pavement.
If you’re unlucky enough to be involved in such an accident, we’d recommend that you:
- Take photographs of the cause of the accident.
- Get witnesses to write down what they saw.
- Report the accident so that it’s written in an accident report book (and ask for a copy).
- Photograph any visible injuries and seek medical treatment.
Criminal Injury And Assault Claims
You might think that it’s not possible to make a claim for injuries caused by a criminal if they don’t have the means to pay you.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or CICA is a government-run scheme that allows victims of crime to claim compensation for sexual, physical or mental injuries caused by a criminal act. The scheme is similar to a personal injury claim but has its own rules, payment amounts and time limits.
Accidents Or Injuries In Public Places
There are many types of accidents that could happen in public places but lead to confusion because it’s not clear who is responsible for the place that the accident happened. Public places such as footpaths, parks, car parks and leisure centres can be the responsibility of local authorities, shopping centres can be the responsibility of businesses or individuals so it’s important to find out before starting the claims process.
Medical Negligence Claims In Wallsend
Undergoing medical treatment or even a cosmetic procedure can be quite daunting, but you should be put at ease by the fact that all medical professionals owe you a duty of care to keep you safe as possible while you’re undergoing treatment.
This means that they should:
- Explain the procedure and discuss any known risks with you.
- Use the correct equipment for the procedure.
- Ensure they follow the correct method for the treatment.
- Maintain hygiene standards so that infections don’t occur.
If the above doesn’t happen and you are injured during treatment, then you could possibly seek compensation for any avoidable harm against the healthcare provider.
Reasons for claiming medical negligence could include:
- Receiving a late or negligent misdiagnosis which causes you to suffer because of a delay in being treated.
- Suffering because you were given the wrong medicine.
- Pain caused by avoidable injuries caused by your negligent treatment.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Wallsend
Something that often puts people off making a compensation claim is the cost of using accident claim solicitors. But you needn’t worry about that as you can reduce the financial risk of claiming by using a no win no fee solicitor.
All of our accident claims solicitors work on a no win no fee basis which can really reduce the amount of stress involved.
When you’re happy to proceed, you’ll be offered what’s known as a conditional fee agreement or CFA. This is the legal document that ensures you don’t have to pay the solicitor if they fail to win compensation.
It will also explain how the solicitor is paid a success fee if they win the claim. They are limited to 25% of any compensation achieved and deduct it automatically to save you finding the funds to pay the solicitor.
How To Contact Our Team
If you would like to get in touch to begin your claim, then you have a few options. We can be contacted 7 days a week via our live chat feature or by calling 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, to arrange a call back at a convenient time, you could fill in this online form.
Answering Your Injury Claim Questions
If you require any more information about how accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend can help, then please get in touch. To help you further, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive when discussing accident claims below.
Could I Claim Compensation When Injured?
Here at Accident Claims UK, we have a team of dedicated advisors. They offer a free assessment of your claim and provide accident claims advice if you have any questions about the claims process. They’re a friendly and professional team who could refer you to one of our accident claims solicitors if they believe you’ve got a strong case.
The accident claim solicitor they refer you to will specialise in making personal injury claims and could have up to 30 years’ experience doing so.
What Types Of Compensation Could I Claim?
When making personal injury claims, solicitors usually split them into two ‘heads of loss’. They are:
- General Damages – Compensation that covers any pain, suffering or loss of amenity. Importantly, this can cover both physical injuries as well as psychological injuries such as PTSD, anxiety or stress.
- Special Damages – Compensation that aims to return you to the same financial position you were in before the accident took place. Special damages claims can include medical costs, care costs, travel expenses, lost earnings and modifications to your home to help you cope with long-term injuries.
What Incidents Could I Claim For?
Accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend can help you claim compensation in a number of different scenarios. Generally, if somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent and caused you to suffer in some way, you could claim against. Some of the more common types of claims include:
- Accident at work claims.
- Medical negligence claims.
- Data breach claims.
- Road traffic accident claims.
- Child injury claims.
- Public place accident claims.
How Long Do I Have To Begin My Compensation Claim?
Personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit in the UK. The date that the time period begins will either be the date your accident occurred or from when your injury (or illness) was diagnosed.
There are some exceptions to this rule. For claims involving adults who don’t have the mental capacity to take legal action and children, the time limit does not apply. In these cases, adults representing the claimant will become their ‘litigation friend’. This process involves acting on behalf of the claimant and dealing with lawyers and courts where necessary.
Will I Have A Solicitor Near Me?
You’re not obliged to use a personal injury lawyer who is local. You can choose accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend as well. That’s because, due to how easy it is to communicate these days, many solicitors offer to carry out claims over the phone or by email.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors are more than happy to help with claims for accidents in the Wallsend region although we are not specifically based there and will offer a no win no fee service for any claim they take on.
What Will The Doctor Do At My Medical Exam?
When you hire a personal injury solicitor to make your accident compensation claim, one of the key pieces of evidence they’ll need is a medical assessment by an independent doctor. In this consultation the doctor will ask you a number of questions about your injuries. They’ll assess how you were affected at the time, if there are any ongoing issues and whether you’ll be affected in the future.
The report produced by the doctor will be provided to your solicitor. They’ll use it along with other evidence to determine how much compensation your claim is worth. Although you might think it’s an inconvenience, the medical assessment is, in fact, vital in any claim.
Where Are Your Doctors Based?
We understand that you probably don’t want to travel too far for your medical assessment. Therefore, we’ll try to ensure you visit a specialist who’s local to you. Here are some potential assessment centres we could use:
Stephen Grant Charlesworth-Jones
The Spire Newcastle Clinic,
4 Towers Avenue,
Newcastle, NE2 3QE.
Related Guides Or Services
Now that you’ve come to the end of this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend, we thought it’d be a good idea to link to some more useful guides and resources.
Whiplash Injuries – This guide, from the NHS, explains the symptoms of whiplash and what treatment is available.
Employer’s Responsibilities – Information from the HSE about what employers are responsible for with regards to health and safety in the workplace.
Local Court – Information from the local court including times and telephone numbers.
Accident at Work Solicitors – A guide which explains when you are eligible to claim for an accident at work.
Criminal Injuries – This guide could help if you’ve been injured in a Wallsend stabbing or any other criminal act and have suffered criminal injuries.
Thank you for reading about how our accident claims solicitors covering Wallsend and personal injury solicitors could help you claim damages. Please call today if you’d like any further information on our No Win No Fee service.
Article by BH.
Edited by CK.