Cheshunt Personal Injury Solicitors
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. The same is true for anyone who believes their ill-health is linked to unsafe working conditions. In this guide, by Legal Expert, available on 0800 073 8804, we lay out everything you need to know about making a claim and how specialist solicitors based across the UK could be the right people to help.
How our specialist team could help you
Personal injury compensation is nothing new. It has been on the law books in the UK for decades that if someone is hurt through no fault of their own, with someone else deeming to be negligent resulting in a beach in a duty of care, the victim is entitled to claim compensation. It is a specialist area of law which is why Legal Expert’s panel of personal injury solicitors have many years of experience working in this field. It can be problematic working out if you have a case for compensation or not, which is why consulting with the team at Legal expert is essential before you launch any claim. For example, if you were hurt in an accident, you have three years within which to make a claim but for clients suffering from an industrial disease or injury, such as vibration white finger, you have three years from the date of diagnosis to lodge a claim. If you are unsure, our friendly, expert team can help.
Key eligibility criteria claimants need to meet
There are other factors that point to whether you have a personal injury compensation claim. All of these, alongside making your claim within the three-year deadline, all have to be present in order for someone to be eligible to claim compensation;
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant, such as by an employer or the driver of the car that collided with you as it mounted the pavement, knocking you to the ground
- This duty of care was breached by the defendant
- This breach caused you injury or illness
Starting your claim as soon as possible is advisable, simply because it is easier to collect useful supporting evidence for your claim. This could be photographs of the scene, witness statements as well as reports from official bodies such as the police or the Health and safety executive if you were hurt as a result of an accident at work.
Tips for finding the right solicitor for your claim
It can take several weeks, months or even years in the case of a serious injury, to settle a compensation claim. This is why it is so important that you choose the right personal injury solicitors covering Cheshunt to work with you. Not only do you want a personal injury solicitor with experience, but you also want them to be approachable and committed to your case, no matter how long it takes or how complex it is.
All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) but service levels can vary – and this is reason alone to spend time researching personal injuries solicitors, and whether they are the right fit for your compensation claim.
The impact the right solicitor will have on you, your life and your rehabilitation after being hurt is considerable, so it makes sense to find the right solicitor for your personal injury compensation claim right from the start.
Read reviews of solicitors before making your decision
There are many ways in which you can measure the reputation of a personal injury solicitor;
- Reviews – from online reviews to the testimonials of clients who have gone before you, the fact that someone has taken the time to write a review says a lot about what they think of the service they were offered. But look at reviews carefully – what are they really telling you? Are they just saying they were ‘great’ or are they pinpointing aspects of their service that they found useful and accessible?
- Service on offer – you want your solicitor to be approachable and available but you also want to examine the service they offer, and how they offer it. The no win, no fee agreement is something that many clients look for. It makes sense too because if you don’t win your case, you don’t want to be left with a large bill for costs. However, if your case is successful, since a change in the law relating to compensation cases, you will have to pay your own legal fees. You must check what these fees are and how much of your compensation you will keep. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could face paying thousands of pounds in costs, not something that you want to come as a surprise. You could invest in an insurance policy to guard against unexpected costs (see ‘is no win, no fee really free?’)
- Talk to the solicitor direct – every case for personal injury compensation is different, even if the circumstances are similar and the injuries similar. And this is why there is no substitute for talking directly with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. By doing this, you will get an idea of well they communicate and explain important details, as well as being an opportunity for you to ask questions and raise concerns.
When you are confident you have the right personal injury solicitor, you can go ahead with making your claim for compensation.
Am I limited to choosing a solicitor in my area?
You might be wondering, “Do I need to use a personal injury or work injury lawyer near me?” If you live or work in this area, or suffered your accident or incident here, you may assume that the person best placed to help you is a Cheshunt personal injury solicitor. But this may not be the case. It is important to choose the personal injury lawyer with the right level of experience of cases like yours over and above their location. Legal Expert’s panel of solicitors is made up of personal injury lawyers from across the UK, all with different expertise within the field of personal injury law.
Whilst you don’t need to choose a solicitor local to you, what our panel solicitors always aim to do is ensure that any medical appointments and assessments are carried out by a medical practitioner close to you where you live. This is far more convenient at a time when you are recovering from injury or looking after your health.
What accidents and injuries does Legal Experts personal injury claims team handle?
At Legal Expert, we deal with all kinds of personal injury compensation claims, including medical negligence and those claims being made for industrial diseases, workplace accidents, road traffic accidents and many more situations in which someone has found themselves hurt.
Industrial disease claims
There are more than 70 industrial diseases that are now recognised as being caused by unsafe working practices. Some people will have been exposed to noxious substances and contracted their illness some years previously – decades in some cases – but are only now suffering ill-health. If you believed that your injury or illness was caused by the work that you did or the environment that you worked in, and your employer breached their duty of care, you may be able to claim compensation.
Medical negligence claims
No one likes to think that medical negligence may happen to them but, unfortunately, it does. It is understandable to be concerned about making a claim of this kind but in doing so, you are part of the solution to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. The panel of solicitors includes personal injury lawyers who specialise in medical negligence compensation claims. By their very nature, these cases can be complex and take some time to resolve. You need to be confident that you not only have a claim for compensation for medical negligence but have the right solicitor working on your case.
Cheshunt work accident compensation claims
There are many businesses based in and around the town. Workplace accidents can and do happen. The Health and Safety Executive statistics from 2017 to 2018 note that 1.4 million suffered from a work-related illness. This figure does not include those workers suffering ongoing health problems relating to industrial diseases, such as vibration white finger.
Broxbourne area accident at work statistics
|Broxbourne Local Authority Workplace Incidents (HSE)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Exposure to substances||4||0||1|
|Injuries to do with animals||1||0||1|
|Carrying and lifting||45||31||19|
|Falls on a level or slips or trips||39||26||26|
|Moving vehicle strikes||10||4||4|
|Becoming struck by an object||20||14||13|
|Becoming trapped in a collapse||1||0||1|
Fall, slip, & trip injury claims
Slips, trips and falls accounted for around 31% of accidents at work during the year 2017 to 2018, according to the HSE statistics. The harsh truth is, many of these accidents could have been avoided. In the majority of cases, there is an injury after a slip trip or fall, with a broken bone not uncommon. There is a general downward trend in accidents at work but if you have slipped, tripped or fallen, and felt this was as a result of negligence or another kind of breach in the duty of care from your employer to you, you may be able to claim compensation.
Serious injury compensation claims
A serious injury is one that is life-changing or life-limiting. A range of injuries can mean that a full recovery is not possible, with the claimant having to make drastic changes to their lifestyle and home in order to be able to cope with the change in their physical and emotional health too, in many cases. These cases can take many years to settle and this is why a specialist personal injury lawyer is a must in the case of serious injury compensation claims.
Road traffic accident compensation claims
Our roads are among the safest in Europe but our road network is getting busier. In Hertfordshire alone, there was a rise of 2.3% in traffic on the county’s roads. Busy roads don’t make road traffic accidents inevitable, but it can make them more likely. And when a collision results in injury, the consequences for the injured party can be devastating. If you were hurt in a road traffic accident which wasn’t your fault, a personal injury solicitor may be able to help you claim compensation.
Road traffic accident and car crash casualty statistics for Hertfordshire
The latest data from Hertfordshire County Council shows that in 2016, there were 2,628 road traffic collisions in the county, a rise of 4.7% on the previous year. The number of child pedestrian casualties decreased by 3.3% but the report notes that pedestrians were the group most likely to be seriously injured or to be a fatality of an accident than other road users. In fact, pedestrian casualties increased by a staggering 11.8% whilst moped casualties decreased by 17%. Compared to national average statistics overall, figures for 2016 for the county were slightly higher than the average.
|Data for 2016|
|Motorbikes, including mopeds||318|
|Car – drivers/passengers||2488|
|Others – bus, HGVs etc.||194|
These figures show the collective data for fatalities, serious injuries and minor injuries resulting from over 2,000 reported road traffic accidents and collisions on roads across the county.
No win no fee compensation solicitors
For many claimants look for personal injury solicitors who offer their services on a no win, no fee basis. In many ways, this makes sense – if your claim is not successful, you won’t have a hefty bill to pay. However, if you do win your case, you will have to pay your legal fees because, after a change in the law relating to personal injury in 2013, some of the financial responsibility was shifted to the claimant. This means that you now pay your own fees if your claim is successful. What you will need to check is the level of fees your personal injury solicitor will charge.
Can you make a claim with a no win no fee agreement?
The answer is yes we offer a no win, no fee’ service if you claim was to lose you would not pay us a penny. Contact for further details or to view our No Win No Fee agreement.
Where can I learn more about personal injury claims?
Claiming compensation for personal injury is a big decision for anyone to make which is why you will want to research and gather as much information as possible. This could include how to make a compensation claim to information relating to the nature of your accident and your injuries.
You will also want to know about the costs involved in making a compensation claim and how the no win, no fee agreement works and what it really means to you and your current situation.
And you want all this information without feeling obligated or tied into making a claim with a certain company or with a personal injury solicitor that you unsure is the right match for your claim.
As well as plenty of information on our website, you can also find out more through our live chat facility or by calling us on 0800 072 8804. You can also complete the online contact form for our team to take a look at and get back to you.
When you are ready to make the decision to pursue your compensation claim for personal injury, our team is here to guide you through the steps to making a claim.
You can also talk to a personal injury solicitor before making your decision. Contact a team member who will arrange a call back request for you.
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Have you made your decision? Are you ready to get your Cheshunt personal injury compensation claim underway?
Useful services and contacts in Hertfordshire
If you have been involved in an accident in Cheshunt, these local organisations may be able to help;
Hertfordshire Constabulary have a police station;
101 Turners Hill, Cheshunt
Phone: 01707 354000
King Arthur Court
Phone: 01992 411040
Minor Injuries Unit
Cheshunt Community Hospital
King Arthur Court
Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week
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