You are probably aware that if you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you might be able to claim compensation, but do you know how to go about beginning a claim for compensation? A solicitor will help you prepare for making a claim, and also process it for you.source of critical information, such as which injury claims time limit will apply in your own case. This online guide gives free legal advice and information that will help you understand the role of a solicitor, and how to find one that can help you.
If you need questions answered that are not covered in this guide, our claims team is waiting to help you on 0800 073 8802. Talk over your claim with them, and find out how we can be of assistance. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you with one of our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors covering Weymouth to process it for you.
What Are No Win No Fee Agreements
So, you need to make a compensation claim? Have you ever used a solicitor before? If you haven’t, you may not know that there is a way to get the legal help you need without taking too many financial risks. You can use a No Win No Fee solicitor to process your claim for you. Now, let’s break down exactly what No Win No Fee means.
- When you first contact a solicitor, and they agree to handle your claim for you, then there is No Fee.
- Your solicitor will process your claim for you, and while they are doing this, they won’t ask you to pay anything, so there is still No Fee.
- If your claim is unsuccessful, and you don’t receive any compensation at all, then there has been No Win, and there will be No Fee to pay.
When you initially discussed your claim with the solicitor, they will have agreed on a percentage of the overall compensation that they would take as their fee if the claim is successful. This is done by way of a signed Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). When they do receive a compensation payment for you, they will deduct this percentage as their fee.
Our claims team can explain how this kind of arrangement works if you give them a call on the number at the end of this guide. If you don’t have time to call them right now, you can click here to read further information regarding how No Win No Fee legal representation works.
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Each year, the Department of Transport publishes a report that details Road Traffic Accident (RTA) statistics for the UK. This report shows that in 2018, the number of RTA across the country dropped by 6% from 2017. Even so, traffic accidents are still a fairly common occurrence in the UK. If you are harmed in an RTA through the actions of another road user, or negligence on the part of some organisation or business, you could be able to make a claim. As examples:
- You are involved in a Weymouth car accident, while sitting in the back seat of a car as a passenger. You suffer whiplash due to the accident.
- Due to faulty traffic lights, you are struck by a vehicle entering a junction because there were no red lights telling it to stop. The vehicle hits you from the side, and your head smashes into your side window, causing you to suffer from a head injury.
- A pet dog that is being walked breaks away from its owner and runs out into the road whilst you are cycling along it, the dog chases you on your bicycle, biting your ankles and causing lacerations.
Here we can see how an organisation such as the local Highways Authority, another driver, or even a pedestrian walking their dog can result in accidents that cause harm. In each of these examples, it could have been possible for you to make a claim. Speak to one of our advisors and explain how your RTA happened, and how you were injured, they will let you know if we can help you to make a claim.
Both the National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare providers are legally charged with providing safe treatment to patients at all times. Medical professionals are expected to honour their duty of care towards patients without exception and to never do unnecessary harm to a patient. Of course, despite this, mistakes can be made, and patients can be harmed due to clinical malpractice. For example:
- A patient is exposed to a harmful chemical, radiation, or a biological hazard due to a medical test being performed incorrectly.
- Critical treatment for an illness such as cancer is delayed, due to a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, this causes the patient’s health to suffer.
- Pharmaceutical mistakes lead to a patient being given medication that they are registered as being allergic to. This causes the patient to suffer anaphylactic shock.
In each of these examples, a mistake has been made that harmed a patient that was under the care of a medical professional or healthcare facility. If it can be proven that the mistake was indeed clinical negligence, and the onus is on the claimant and their legal team to do this, then it could have been possible for the victim to make a claim.
We all like to think that we are safe when we go to work. Safe from health hazards and accidents. Safe from work-related illnesses, etc. Unfortunately, although this is generally the case, people are injured at work quite frequently in the UK. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK Government body that is responsible for ensuring that employees in the UK are kept safe from harm at work. According to the HSE the most common kinds of workplace accidents are:
- Suffering a slip, trip or fall.
- Being injured when picking up or carrying heavy items.
- Being struck by a moving (or falling) object.
- Workplace violence (assault, bullying, etc)
- Falling from a height.
Every employer in the UK is expected to take measures to keep the workforce safe from these kinds of hazards or reduce the risks where possible. When they do not, and this leads to an employee being injured, there may be a basis for a compensation claim. If you have become the victim of a workplace accident in Weymouth, then we could be able to assist you in making a work injury claim. Explain your situation to a member of our team, and they will tell you if they think you have a valid claim.
Most people go on holiday, have a great time, and return to the UK safely. However, for some, a relaxing holiday can turn into a traumatic experience due to some form of holiday accident or illness. For example:
- Falling down the boarding stairs of a plane, breaking a leg.
- Contracting a waterborne illness due to swimming in a contaminated pool at a hotel.
- Suffering a serious food allergy after being told that food was safe to eat and contained no allergen content (nut allergies for example).
If you are injured or become ill while you are on holiday, you could have just cause to make a claim for the harm you have suffered. However, the process for making a claim will depend on certain circumstances, such as:
- Under the Montreal Convention – if you are injured or become ill on a plane that is flying outside of any national legal jurisdiction in international airspace. In this case, a fixed time limit of 2 years applies to the claim, and your solicitor would pursue the airline for damages.
- On a self-booked holiday – if you are harmed by the actions of a travel provider such as a hotel, restaurant, airline, bus company, etc. your solicitor would pursue the provider for damages.
- On a package holiday purchased from a UK based travel vendor – if you are injured whilst using any of the included features of your holiday package (accommodation, transport, food, excursions, activities, etc.) then your solicitor will pursue the UK travel firm for damages.
You may be unsure which of these situations applies to your own holiday claim, and we can help you to resolve this problem. Talk to one of our claim advisors and explain your circumstances to them, they will tell you a) whether your claim is valid, and b) how to proceed with it if it is.
Nobody wants to think about becoming the victim of a violent or sexually related crime. Physical injuries aside, the long-term psychological effects of crimes such as rape, assault, being mugged or assaulted sexually can be dilapidating. The UK Government has provided a way for victims of violent acts to claim compensation, in cases where there is no other way to do so. For example, the identity of the attacker is not known, or they lack the financial means to pay any compensation.
In cases such as this, a solicitor will make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). CICA provides the funds to compensate victims who have suffered criminal injuries. The crime compensation amount depends, obviously, on the extent of the physical injuries and psychological damage the victim has sustained. We can connect you to an experienced solicitor from our panel who is familiar with the CICA claims process. If you would like to learn more about this, contact our claims team. They will handle your enquiry sensitively.
There are many reasons why people need a personal injury lawyer to help them make personal injury claims. We have only briefly touched on some of the more common kinds of claims in this guide. However, any time you are injured in an accident in Weymouth that wasn’t your fault, you could have a valid claim. As examples of this:
- Slipping on a spillage in your local supermarket resulting in a severe head injury.
- Whilst you are shopping in a supermarket, an item that has been stacked on a shelf improperly falls and hits you on the head.
- Your child is injured at school by faulty gym or exercise equipment.
As you can see, the reasons to make a claim are wide-ranging. As long as you have suffered some form of physical harm or psychological damage, or financial loss in some cases, then you could be able to make a claim if the accident wasn’t your fault. Talk over your accident with our claims team to find out if you have a valid claim today.
In 2006, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), helped to draft new legislation that relates to the way that financial products are sold in the UK. These new rules pertain to financial products such as:
- Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).
- Private pensions such as Self-Invested Pension Plans (SIPP).
- Pension annuities, both fixed term and advanced annuities.
The rules are in place to ensure that financial products are sold ethically. They must fit the client’s needs, and all risk must be divulged to the client beforehand. The financial advisor is obliged to offer the best advice to the client at all times, even if this means that they cannot make a sale. If you were mis sold a financial product and lost out financially, you could be able to use no win no fee solicitors to make a claim for the money you have lost. Speak to our claims team to learn how.
Did you know that your landlord or letting agent is legally obliged to financially protect your security deposit for the lifetime of your tenancy? The landlord is not allowed to spend your deposit, or add it to their working capital. It must be stashed away in a fenced account, or in a proper tenancy deposit scheme. Your landlord also cannot withhold your deposit either in full or partially, without a valid legal reason to do so. For example, you have broken one or more of the terms of your tenancy agreement.
If you are struggling to get your deposit back from your landlord after moving out of a rental property, we could be able to help you claim it back. If you speak to our claims team, they will be able to tell you more about this.
If your rental property is in disrepair, your landlord is supposed to fix the disrepair within an adequate timeframe. When this doesn’t happen, you can follow the official housing disrepair claims procedure to try and get your landlord to do something about it.
If this procedure fails to produce results, we could be able to help you with housing disrepair claims in the UK. Please speak to one of our claim advisors and explain what has happened, they will let you know whether we can be of help.
Use the three simple steps below to get to help and legal advice you need to move forward with your claim today.
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Discuss Your Situation
Our team will tell you about your legal options, and evaluate your claim for you. If they think that we can help you, then they will move you on to the final stage.
Manage Your Claim And Stay Up-To-Date
A solicitor will begin helping you prepare your claim and then will process it for you. You can always give us a call for an update on the status of your claim once it is underway.
Weymouth residents may find the local information in the section below to be useful. Contact details, and information about local medical examinations.
Our Panel Of Doctors Covering Weymouth
In order to value your claim, your solicitor will need you to go for a medical examination. We work with a panel of independent doctors local to the Weymouth area who could perform the examination;
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Weymouth Community Hospital
3 Melcombe Ave
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
4 – 6 Nuffield Road
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Wimborne Minster Town Council
37 West Borough
Dorset, BH21 1LT
Written by MC.
Edited by CE.