Have you been injured in an accident in Rochester that wasn’t your fault? If third party negligence was responsible, then you could be entitled to compensation. In order for your claim to be valid, the incident must meet all three of the following criteria:
- The liable party owed you a duty of care
- The liable party breached this duty
- Your injury resulted from this breach
However, having valid grounds for a claim does not guarantee compensation. After an accident, entering into legal proceedings can be an intimidating prospect, especially without the guidance of a professional. If you’re looking for legal help, look no further than our nationwide panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitotrs covering Rochester.
Not only can they ease the stress of navigating the complex claims process, but ultimately ensure that you receive the best possible settlement for your compensation. Whether you’d like to make a claim or you’d be interested in a free and impartial assessment of your situation, get in touch with us today on 0800 408 7825.
Our advisors are available 24/7 to take your call, or you can use our handy chat feature. For more information about personal injury claims, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide, explaining everything from identifying whether you have a claim to finding legal help.
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- A Guide To Using Injury Claims Lawyers Covering Rochester
- Injuries From Workplace Accidents
- Injuries From Rochester Car Accidents
- Injuries From Cyclist And Bike Rider Accidents
- Injuries From Accidents In Public Places
- Injuries From A Trip Or Slip Accident
- Injuries On Council Land, Property Or Facilities
- Injuries Caused By Being Attacked Or Assaulted
- How To Claim With Injury Claim Lawyers Covering This Town
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- No Win No Fee Injury Claim Lawyers Covering Rochester
- Who To Talk To About Your Case
- Rochester Area Resources
Whether you tripped on a pothole while jogging or slipped on a wet floor with no hazard sign you could make a personal injury claim if someone else is responsible for your accident and they had a duty of care to keep you as safe as reasonably possible. Though every case is different, the claims process typically follows a similar structure:
- A solicitor is selected to handle your claim if you choose to use one.
- Evidence is gathered and reviewed
- The liable party is notified of your claim
- Liability is accepted or denied
- A settlement is agreed
In this guide, we’ll break-down the claims process, offering you advice every step of the way. However, despite its detail, this guide couldn’t possibly cover every situation. Therefore, it’s always best to consult one of our advisers for more information. Contact us today to receive a personalised assessment, with free and impartial advice tailored to your unique case.
Limitation Periods on Personal Injury Claims
Before making any legal proceedings, you must ensure your claim is made within the relevant personal injury claims time limit. Otherwise, you risk losing out on compensation you may be entitled to. If you’re over 18, the limitation period is up to 3 years after the accident date or the date you became aware of your injury or illness.
As minors cannot represent themselves in court, a parent or guardian can do so on their behalf. Alternatively, the 3 year limitation period comes into effect once the claimant turns 18, at which time they can represent themselves.
Under The Mental Capacity Act 2005, the limitation period is frozen in cases where the claimant lacks the mental capacity needed to make a claim. This period resumes once they recover, or a ‘litigation friend’ could claim on their behalf if recovery is unlikely.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to ensure the wellbeing of their employees in the workplace, as much as is reasonably possible. To uphold this duty, certain procedures could be followed, such as:
- Conducting risk assessments and maintenance checks
- Providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Displaying HSE-approved signage
However, with the Labour Force Survey reporting that 581,000 people were injured at work between 2018 and 2019, it’s clear that accidents can still happen.
Whether you fell from a height because the ladder you were provided with was defective, or you were exposed to harmful chemicals because you weren’t provided with appropriate PPE, if employer negligence resulted in your injury then you could be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, contact our team who can connect you to our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Rochester today.
A road traffic accident (RTA) is legally defined as any collision involving a vehicle or other road user. This can take place on the road or in a public place, with common causes including:
- Failure to look properly
- Failure to judge another person’s path or speed
- Poor turns or manoeuvers
- Loss of control
According to a 2019 government report, there were 157,630 casualties on Britain’s roads, year ending June 2019, if you fall victim to a road traffic accident in Rochester, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact our team of No Win No Fee experts today and see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Injuries From Using Public Transport Services
Despite public transport statistically posing less of a risk than cars (accounting for 58% of RTA injuries in 2019), accidents can still happen. If you’ve been injured in a public transport accident in Rochester and a third party was at fault, you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim.
Whether you slipped on an ungritted platform at Rochester Station in icy weather conditions or your bus driver caused a crash by a poorly-judged manoeuvre, speak to one of our friendly advisors today. Our advisors can provide free legal advice of no obligation and check if you are eligible for public transport compensation.
Injuries From Vehicle And Pedestrian Accidents In Car Parks
In car-parks, vehicles are so closely packed together that accidents may seem bound to happen. If you fell victim to a parking accident caused by another driver’s poor judgement, you could be entitled to make a claim against their insurance for any harm suffered.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, operators of car parks owe their users a duty of care. Certain procedures must be carried out to ensure safety on-site, such as conducting maintenance checks and repairs. If you are injured as a result of this duty of care being breached, you could be entitled to compensation.
For example, if you lost control behind the wheel due to a dangerous pothole or a faulty barrier came down on you unexpectedly, then you could make a claim against the owner/operator of the car park for any injuries sustained. Determining third party liability can be difficult, especially in cases where no one else was present at the scene. Therefore, it’s always best to seek help from a personal injury lawyer covering Rochester to ensure you don’t miss out on compensation you deserve.
With a 2018 report by ROSPA finding that 17,411 cyclists were injured on Britain’s roads that year, it may come as no surprise that cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users. Despite lacking both the visibility and protection of cars, cyclists must often share the roads with other vehicles, placing them at a greater risk of injury. A number of factors can be responsible for causing cycling accidents, including:
- Manufacturing defects to bikes or safety equipment (e.g. defective helmet)
- Negligence of another road user (e.g. dangerous manoeuvre)
- Roads or cycle lanes in a state of disrepair (e.g. potholes)
If you’re a cyclist involved in a collision that wasn’t your fault if someone else is responsible for your accident causing an injury a personal injury solicitor covering Rochester could help you make a claim. For more information, contact one of our advisors today.
Accidents in public places – such as gyms, shops, and parks – happen all too often. However, determining if someone is responsible can be confusing. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of public places have a duty of care to ensure visitors’ safety as much as reasonably possible. To uphold this duty, certain procedures must be followed, such as regular maintenance checks and repairs. If a breach of this duty results in your injury, you could make a claim for public liability compensation.
For example, if you tripped on a cracked paving slab or slipped on ungritted library steps, the local authorities responsible for the maintenance of these public places could potentially be liable for your injury. Seeking the experience of our claims team can take the stress out of the claims process. Speak to one of our advisors today to see how our panel of No Win No Fee experts could help you.
Public spaces could inlucde;
- The Esplanade
- Strood Station
- The Vines
- The Pentagon
Play Area And Public Park Accidents
If you’re walking the dog, meeting friends, or just getting some fresh air, visiting a local park can be an integral part of your day.
Common causes of accidents in parks include:
- Natural hazards (e.g. tree roots and potholes)
- Poor maintenance (e.g. playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment in a state of disrepair)
Whether you trip in a pothole jogging or your child is injured by faulty playground equipment, speak to our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitoirs covering Rochester for advice on public liability claims.
Retail Park And Shopping Area Accidents
You may visit High Street or the Pentagon Shopping Centre, on a regular basis. Those in control of retail environments have a duty of care to you as a customer shopping on their premises. If you’re injured in an accident in a shopping centre caused by a breach of this duty, you could possibly be entitled to make a public liability claim. Common accidents in a retail environment include:
- Slipping on a wet floor with no hazard signage
- Tripping on loose stock obstructing aisles and walkways
- Being struck by falling stock due to unsafe shelf stacking or damaged shelving
If you’re interested in seeing whether you’re entitled to compensation, contact our team today for a free consultation.
Slips, trips, and falls accounted for a third of major injuries according to a report by the Health and Safety Executive. With over 95% of major falls resulting in broken bones, the figures show how detrimental an accident like this can be. Whether you slipped in a shop due to lack of appropriate hazard signage or you tripped on a pothole while jogging on a footpath our panel of personal injury solicitors covering Rochester could help. Speak to one of our advisors today to find out more.
Local authorities also fall under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, meaning they must undertake measures to ensure safety in any public place under their control. Public roads, highways, and footpaths account for a large portion of local authorities’ responsibility, with a reasonable inspection system required to be in place. This system of regular maintenance checks and repairs aims to prevent defects, such as potholes, from becoming hazardous.
However, if local authorities fail to do so, this could be breaching their duty of care. If an accident is caused as a result, then a public liability claim could be made against them. Whether you tripped on an uneven paving slab or were involved in an accident caused by a pothole, you could be entitled to compensation. If you’re wondering whether you have a claim against Medway Council, contact our team today for a free eligibility check.
Falling victim to a crime or even simply bearing witness to one can be deeply traumatic. But did you know that you could be entitled to compensation for psychological harm as well as physical? Through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you could make a claim for your suffering up to 2 years (this may vary) after the date of the crime. Please note that in order for your claim to be valid, it’s vital that you report it to the police.
For free advice and support, speak to one of our friendly advisors today. Available to take your call 24/7, we’re here to listen, whenever you’re ready to discuss your situation.
Medway (Including Rochester) Crime Rates
Please see the following table for recent crime stats in the Medway area:
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In our experience, we know that every accident is different, making claims just as unique. Factors including; the severity of your injury, the extent of third party negligence, and the evidence you present in your case are all key to deciding the outcome of your claim.
If you’re injured in an accident in Rochester that isn’t your fault, we urge that you first follow these three steps:
- Seek medical attention immediately, ensuring the accident is logged in your medical records
- Make a record of the accident, taking photographs and contact details of witnesses (if possible, record the incident in the responsible party’s accident book)
- Seek help from a personal injury lawyer covering Rochester
Areas In This Town Where You May Locate Lawyers
On High Steet and beyond, there are plenty of firms to choose from when searching for a personal injury lawyer in Rochester. However, have you considered whether you’re restricting your claim’s chances of success by confining your search to the local area?
Where Could A Lawyer Be Based?
Rather than worrying about how local your solicitor is to you, prioritise the quality of their service instead. Our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors covering Rochester has years of experience in the claims process. They always do our best to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Since communication can be done over the phone or via email, we keep you informed every step of the way. Or, if you’d prefer, we’re more than happy to meet face to face. To learn more about our services, speak to one of our advisors today for a free consultation.
Where Could I Visit A Doctor To Be Assessed?
Once entering into the claims process, your solicitor may ask you to undergo a medical assessment with an independent specialist. This not only helps your lawyer better understand your suffering but assesses the impact your accident had on you. The resulting prognosis also acts as evidence, which is key to building your claim. Therefore, it’s vital that you attend your appointment if asked by your solicitor.
After an accident, you may feel bewildered by the number of legal services claiming to be the best. Online reviews are a great way to cut through the noise and figure out which service suits you. You can hear first-hand about clients’ experiences with solicitors, including their success rates. Ultimately, pay close attention to whether they would recommend the service or not, using this information to inform your decision.
If you’re injured in an accident in Rochester that wasn’t your fault, you may be wondering how much compensation you could receive. After paying out of pocket for medical and travel expenses relating to their injury, many victims seek solace in estimated payouts. Online tools claiming to be personal injury calculators could provide inaccurate estimations, often leading to disappointment and confusion. Instead, contact our team today for a personalised consultation. In the meantime, we’ve put together this helpful table using reliable data from the Judicial College Guidelines, responsible for training Britain’s judges.
|Neck (minor)||Full recovery within 1-2 years||£4,080 to £7,410
|Shoulder (moderate)||Symptoms including frozen shoulder, limited movement and discomfort persisting for up to 2 years||£7,410 to £11,980
|Back (minor)||Full recovery within 3 months||Up to £2,300
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Recovery likely, with effects not grossly dehabilitating||£7,680 to £21,730
|Tinnitus / Partial Hearing Loss ||Mild tinnitus with some noise-induced hearing loss||£11,820 to £13,970
After an accident, many aspects of your life can suffer as a result. Financially, you may have experienced a loss of earnings from unpaid sick leave or had to pay for medical and travel expenses relating to your injury. Expensive solicitors’ fees and complicated legal systems may deter you from making a claim, even if you weren’t at fault.
In light of this, No Win No Fee agreements ease the worry and risk involved in the claims process. Simply put, if the law firm doesn’t win your case for you, then you don’t pay their fees. In addition, you don’t have to pay any hidden upfront or ongoing fees. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a small ‘success fee’ from your payout to cover their costs. However, don’t worry about losing much of your compensation, as this is capped by law.
Whether you’d like more information about our services or you’d be interested in a free consultation to see how much you could claim, we could help. Contact our advisors today:
- Call: 0800 408 7825
- Use our live chat service
Please click the following links for additional resources regarding personal injury claims in Rochester:
- Accidents in a Public Park
- Accidents on Public Transport
- Cycling Accidents
- Find NHS Services
- Kent Police
Locations Of Injury Claim Medical Examinations
76 - 78 High Street,
Magistrates’ Courts Covering Medway
|Medway County Court and Family Court|
47-67 High Street
Medway Local Authority Providing Services To Rochester
|Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR|
Article by LA