What is hand-arm vibration?

What’s hand-arm vibration?

Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted into your hands and arms when you use power tools, it can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) affects the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. It can become severely disabling if ignored, vibration white finger is classed as HAVS which can cause severe pain in the affected finger/s.

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder which may involve pain, tingling and numbness and weakness in parts of the hand and can be caused by, among other things, exposure to vibration.

What is personal protective equipment?

All employers have a legal obligation to protect their employers from hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpel tunnel syndrome. If you feel like a task or job you’re carrying out is putting you more at risk of suffering then you should ask your employer if the job can be done a different way. If this is not possible you should:

  • Ask to use suitable low vibration tools
  • Always use the right tool for each job (to do the job quicker and expose you to less hand-arm vibration)
  • Check tools before using them to make sure they have been properly maintained and repaired to avoid increased vibration caused by faults or general wear
  • Make sure cutting tools are kept sharp so that they remain efficient
  • Reduce the amount of time you use a tool in one go, by doing other jobs in between
  • Avoid gripping or forcing a tool or a work piece more than you have to/li>
  • Store tools so that they do not have very cold handles when next used
  • Encourage good blood circulation by:
    • Keeping warm and dry, eg wear warm waterproof clothing
    • Giving up or cutting down on smoking because smoking reduces blood flow
    • Massaging or exercising your fingers during work breaks
  • Report any problems with your hands promptly to your employer or the person who does your health checks
  • Use any control measures your employer has put in place to reduce the risk of HAVS
  • Ask your trade union safety representative or employee representative for advice

Uninsured Drivers In The UK

Uninsured Drivers in the UK

In the UK it’s a legal requirement for drivers to insure their cars before driving them. Regardless of this some people still decided to drive without insurance. Road traffic accidents can already present you with a wide range of problems and cause a lot of stress, this is only amplified if another party involved doesn’t have a valid insurance policy.

You’ll have fears that you may lose your no claims bonus or have to pay for repairs to your car out of your own pocket. Thankfully more and more insurance companies now protect your no claims bonus should you be involved in an accident with an insured driver.

It’s thought that over 1 million cars are driven in the UK without valid insurance. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau analysis revealed that in London one in eight cars are uninsured which earns the capital the title of the worst place for uninsured driving in the UK. This is causing insurance premiums to rise for those who do choose to get valid insurance, which in turn could be causing more people to drive uninsured due to the high costs.

The trouble is the police simply doesn’t have enough time or resources to catch all those driving without insurance. There has been an increasing number of calls for the police to turn to modern Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to increase the number of drivers being caught. The technology to read number plates is widely available and already used to monitor drivers speeds, simple modifications to the system could see more cameras checking if cars are insured. This technology is already used in some places and could be rolled out easily and effectively.

Can you still claim for injuries caused by an uninsured driver?

The simple answer is yes, however claims involving uninsured drivers can be significantly more complex and there’s more chance of a claim failing. Although if you use a solicitor with experience in dealing with uninsured driver claims you should be able to receive compensation. Injury lawyers UK have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with claims involving uninsured drivers and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us by completing an online enquiry form or to speak to a solicitor now call 0800 1123 156.

What should you do if you have an accident with an uninsured vehicle?

As with all accidents the information you gather immediately can prove vital in securing the maximum amount of compensation. To ensure you have the best chance of a successful compensation claim you should:

Report the incident to the police

Any road traffic accident should be reported to the police within 24 hours of the occurrence. This is no different if the other driver doesn’t hold a valid insurance policy. It would be useful to inform the police that another party involved didn’t have insurance when reporting the accident. If a report is not made to the police within 24 hours it may be impossible to make a successful claim.

Collect details

Whenever you’re involved in a road traffic accident you should gather the details of the other parties involved. This should include their name, address and contact details of the driver and any passengers in their vehicle at the time.

If anyone saw the accident occur gather their name, address and contact details, this should help us prove who was at fault and caused the accident.

Document evidence

If possible you should document as much evidence as possible, this will help us prove the accident occurred and the cars which were involved. Pull out your phone and either start taking photos or video the scene of the crash, capture the number plates of all cars involved and try and match the cars to their driver. You should also try to gather as much of the following list as possible:

  • Details of when the accident took place (date and time)
  • Details of where the accident took place (which road etc)
  • Road conditions- for example, the weather at the time of the accident, the road signs, the visibility, whether the other car had lights on or not
  • Details of damage- this includes damage to both your car and the other vehicles involved in the accident
  • Sketch of the accident scene outlining where point of contact was
  • Anything that the other driver said at the scene – this information can be important at a later date if legal proceedings were to occur
  • Any police report numbers

Electrical Accidents at Work – Facts and Statistics

Electricity is part of everyday life, without it many tasks in our day to day life would be impossible. It’s also a big part of our working lives with most job roles containing an aspect of using electrical devices to complete tasks. Other roles come into direct contact with electricity such as electricians.

What is an electrical accident?

An electrical accident is an accident that exposes the user to a direct electrical current. More often than not this can lead to an electric shock, which occurs when an extremity such as a finger, hand or arm is placed across an electric current.

Electric shocks can vary drastically in severity, mild electric shock will leave a slight tingling sensation. Moderate electrical shocks can cause the muscles to contract, this can make it very difficult to pull away from the electrical current. Severe electric shocks can lead to respiratory or heart failure.

Electrical fires are also classified as electrical accidents, these occur when the electrical current ignites flammable materials. These fires are extremely dangerous as if you try to put out the fire by pouring water on them it could result in an electric shock.

Electrical burns are a severe electric shock causes tissue to burn, these burns can be external or internal. Internal burns are the result of the electrical current taking a path through bone and burns deep tissue.

There’s a huge list of reasons why the accident has occurred, but they are commonly caused by poorly maintained electrical equipment, faulty or exposed wiring and unchecked electrical appliances.

Electrical Accidents in the UK

During 2015/16 just electrical fires caused 1380 fatalities or injuries, that’s an average of 4 a day. The leading cause of these fires are cookers and ovens causing 679 of the fatalities or injuries. Over half (54.4%) of all fires in England during 2015/16 were caused by electricity.

Of this 54.4% (15,432) the most common cause was due to misuse of equipment or appliance (7,392). Appliance or supply fault followed closely behind causing 6,226 of the fires.

During 2017/18 three people lost their lives due to safety-related electrical incidents in Great Britain, during the same period 315 people suffered serious injuries. Both of which are down from 7 and 351 respectively during 2016/17 and there has been a general downward trend in the number of serious and fatal accidents where electricity has been involved.

How can employers prevent electrical accidents?

Employers have an overriding duty of care to protect the people they employee, they should do their best to minimise the risk of an accident occurring by:

Conducting regular risk assessments

All workplaces and employers should conduct regular risk assessments, employers should ensure they look into and assess the danger that electricity may pose to its employees. Once they have identified the risks an action plan should be put in place to combat the risk. This could mean replacing old equipment and cabling or re-configuring the layout of an office.

This isn’t a one off job and should be repeated on a regular basis, once a month is normally suitable. This will enable you to identify how the risks are changing over time and means you can keep the risk as low as possible.

Ensure all electrical equipment is maintained and in a good condition

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the process of examining electrical products and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. It’s not a legal requirement to have equipment tested, but it’s encouraged to ensure that the equipment is not a risk to those using it.

It’s a simple visual examination to try and identify any defects that may not have been noticed unless testing takes place, potentially posing a risk to the user.

Ensure any working area is safe to work in

Workplaces should be designed to minimise the risk employees face while completing their day to day tasks. This can be achieved a number of different ways including: identifying electrical sources, ensuring electricity is turned off when working near power supplies and wiring or using suitable personal protective equipment for the job.

If you’re working in a public place then you should also ensure the safety of the public, this can be done by erecting barriers at an appropriate distance away with warning signs and putting up signs where there are live electrical circuits.

Provide appropriate personal protective equipment

Employers should provide their employees with the correct personal protective equipment. This equipment will need to be in good condition and suitable for the job its required for. Staff should also be provided with the training and guidance needed to use the equipment effectively.

Provide employees with up to date training

Employers should provide their employees with the correct and up-to-date training for minimising the risk of an electrical accident occurring. This should include: how to report faulty equipment, what warning and hazard signs mean and how to react in an emergency situation.

Manual Handling Injuries – Facts and Statistics

Nearly all jobs require you to lift or carry items on a daily basis, most of the time, this happens without fuss or harm. Unfortunately accidents still happen on a very regular basis across the UK.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is defined as the supporting or transporting of a load manually (e.g. by hand or by use of bodily force). This can include but is not limited to lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying or putting down a load.

Many of the tasks we do on a daily basis require manual handling, whether it be carrying files around an office, carrying materials around a construction site or picking up your child. More often than not injuries are caused by incorrect methods of manual handling and not knowing their own limit.

Manual handling injuries in the UK

Manual handling injuries fall into the category of work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs), other causes of WRMSDs include awkward/tiring positions, keyboard work or repetitive action, workplace accident and stress-related.

Between 2009-10 and 2011-12 the average number of musculoskeletal disorders per 100,000 workers was 1,680. Manual handing is reported to have caused 740 of these injuries which equates to around 44%.

Work related musculoskeletal disorders are more common injuries for those between the ages of 45-54 and those over 55. During the period of 2015-16 and 2017-18 males in the age categories 45-54 and 55+ suffered significantly higher rates than the average with 2,120 cases and 2,190 cases per 100,000 workers respectively. Females in the same age ranges also had significantly higher rates with 1,960 and 2,220 cases per 100,000 workers respectively.

WRMSDs represent around 25% of all days lost due to work-related ill health in Great Britain in 2017/18, this equates to 6.5 million lost days. Out of this 6.5 million, work related upper limb disorders account for around 2.6 million days lost, with back disorders around 2.2 million and lower limb disorders causing 1.7 million.

What should employers do to protect employees?

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their staff, employers also have a legal duty to follow the Manual Handling Operations Regulations. These regulations were put in place to protect employees from injuries due to manual handling in the workplace.

Although there is no such thing as a ‘no lifting’ policy within the regulations, they instead state that manual handling should only be performed when it is absolutely necessary and once the risks have been assessed and minimised where possible.

The best way for employers to ensure the safety of staff in the workplace is to ensure they adhere to three rules, which are:

Avoid manual handling wherever possible

The most effective method of ensuring the employees are not injured while manual handling is to avoid all manual handling. This can include using machinery or other equipment (e.g. lifts and trolleys) to complete the task at hand or assist at very least.

However, it’s acknowledged that there are instances where avoidance is not possible.

Assess the risk of manual handling where it is required

Where avoidance is not an option and manual handling is the only option, an assessment should be performed to ensure that any remaining risks are minimised.
When completing a risk assessment employees should focus on the main areas of:

  • The task in hand
  • The load involved
  • The working environment
  • The individuals involved capability

Within this, factors to consider include:

  • Whether the activity involves twisting, bending, sudden movement and the distance of travel required
  • The size and weight of the load
  • The space available to perform the activity in and the conditions of the area (wet, slippery, etc)
  • The strength and height of the individual

Reduce the risk of injury

To reduce the risk of injury employees should take into considerations such as whether or not more than one person can perform the task, could the loads be made smaller and whether the distance of travel could be reduced.

Employers should also provide their employees with manual handling training to ensure they know the safe way to lift objects. Just by doing this, employers could see a vast reduction in the number of injuries that occur in the workplace, with vast majority of injuries sustained due to poor handling techniques.

Personal Protective Equipment – Facts and Statistics

Personal protective equipment should increase the safety of workers, unfortunately the personal protective equipment isn’t always maintained to the correct standard. Or in some cases isn’t made available at all.

What is personal protective equipment?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the equipment individuals can use to protect themselves from hazards and risks while in the workplace.
Personal protective equipment includes but is not limited to:

  • High visibility clothing
  • Hard hats
  • Safety Helmets
  • Goggles and safety glasses
  • Safety footwear
  • Hand protection
  • Face masks
  • Ear defenders
  • Harnesses
  • Breathing apparatus

This equipment should be maintained to a high standard and be readily available or a requirement to enter different workplaces. If the equipment is not maintained properly it can become faulty and have the reverse effect of what it’s designed for, cause injuries.

Injuries involving PPE in the UK

Around 9,000 personal protective equipment related accidents are reported to the health and safety executive every single year. This matched with the construction industry seeing the largest number of fatal accidents and one of the highest fatal injury rates proves how important correct use of PPE is.

PPE related accidents cost the economy £252 million each year. Foot related injuries top the pile costing £85 million per year, while hand and arm related accidents cost £75 million over the same period.

Inspectors found that around £96 million of the total could not have been prevented or mitigated by the PPE provided. Failure to consider personal protective equipment resulted in costs of around £49 million whilst not using the PPE provided resulted in costs of around £65 million.

In around one-third of the cases personal protective equipment was used correctly, but the accident resulted from some other cause that could not have been prevented or mitigated by the PPE.

How can employers prevent accidents involving PPE?

Employers have responsibility for keeping the staff they employee safe while at work. Sometimes this can include providing personal protective equipment to the employees and enforcing strict rules about workplace safety.

When employers provide employees with personal protective equipment they need to:

Ensure that personal protective equipment is assessed and fit for purpose prior to use

Before the personal protective equipment is used employers should carry out a process whereby careful consideration is given to the choice of equipment to be used when performing certain tasks.

Issues to consider include:

  • Who is using the equipment and what health and safety risks might they be exposed to
  • How long will they be exposed to these risks
  • How much of a risk will they be exposed to

The equipment should not only be chosen by the task in hand but also take into consideration the users, ensure the size, weight and fit of the PPE is suitable for the employee completing the task.

Provide adequate training on using equipment

To ensure they’re compliant with the regulations set out by the government employers should provide all members of staff with up to date training for the equipment they will be using. If the employees are not trained to use the equipment it could lead to more injuries occurring.

Ensure equipment has been maintained and stored correctly

With a lot of the personal protective equipment being reusable, it’s vital that it’s maintained and stored properly. If the equipment hasn’t been it could result in defects to equipment and increase the employees exposure to risk.

Responsibility should be assigned to an individual or group of individuals for the maintenance and safe storage of personal protective equipment as well as ensuring that there is a ready supply available as and when required.

Step By Step Guide To Making A Personal Injury Compensation Claim

Making a compensation claim for the personal injury you’ve suffered can seem a daunting task and often the last thing on your mind after an accident. To help you understand the steps you should take following a personal injury we’ve created this step by step guide.

Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve been injured in an accident the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Depending on the seriousness of your injuries this could either mean paying a visit to your general practitioner or the hospital. If you visit the hospital you should inform your GP about the injuries you’ve suffered so they can provide you with follow up treatment.

It’s vital that you start progressing towards recovery as soon as possible and a medical expert will be able to provide you with the care you need. They will also record the details and seriousness of the injuries you’ve sustained which is vital later in the claims process.

Record The Details Of Your Injury Or Illness

The cause of your injury will change how you should record the details. If you was involved in a road traffic accident you should report the incident to your local police force. You should also ensure that your insurance company has been notified, if you fail to ensure both of the above are completed it could potentially jeopardise your claim.

If you suffered the injury as a result of an accident in the workplace you should record the details of the accident in your employers accident book. If the injuries you’ve sustained are serious you should also inform the government Health And Safety Executive (HSE) so there inspectors can assess the cause of the accident.

If you were injured in a slip, trip or fall you should inform the owner of the land the accident took place on. If your accident took place in a public place such as a recreational park or town centre it’s likely your local council own and are responsible for its maintenance. If you was on a private companies property you should inform the company of the details of the accident and the injuries you suffered.

In all cases any pictures of the accident scene can prove very useful later on in the claims process. Along with the contact details of any witnesses who saw the accident occur, they could prove vital when trying to establish who was at fault for the accident.

Make sure to keep a record of doctor’s visits, medications, treatments, operations, expenses and wage loss information. Your solicitor can use this information to help secure any costs of loss of earnings that you’ve incurred following the accident. Try to keep all this information neat and organised so you can easily provide it to your solicitor when asked.

  • Read how we helped Adam after his road traffic accident
  • When I was involved in a road traffic accident and I suffered what could have been life changing injuries I didn’t know where to turn. I was laid up at home after I had suffered broken bones in both of my legs.
    I was worried that by the time I was able to work again my cash reserves would have dried up and my family would be struggling to afford to put food on the table. Something which is every dads worst nightmare.A friend of mine suggested I call a personal injury solicitor and said he has previously used Injury Lawyers UK and was very impressed. The next day I called and spoke to Matthew Waterfield, he immediately reassured me that I was likely to have a successful claim.He swiftly arranged for me to have a private medical examination to establish how well I was recovering and what more could be done to aid me. He seemed to care about me and my family, he arranged a time to pay me a visit to meet in person.He informed me that it was likely I could receive an interim payment to help me make ends meet while I was still off work. He arranged extensive physiotherapy sessions with a brilliant doctor, I believe this physiotherapy is the reason I no longer have trouble walking or pains.Matthew had managed to provide enough evidence showing the blame lay with the third party and their insurers admitted full liability. Injury Lawyers UK successfully recovered £41,000 in compensation. This meant that I no longer had to worry about providing for my family.

    Without Matthew’s and Injury Lawyers UK support during a difficult period for my family the outcome could have been very difficult. I can’t begin to extend my gratitude for their team who did all they could to help me.

    I recommend anyone who finds themselves in the same situation as me to contact Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me overcome my injuries better than I thought I ever would.

Get In Touch With A Personal Injury Solicitor

Contact a personal injury solicitor who can help you make a claim for compensation using the details you’ve recorded. You should do this as soon as possible following an accident as there is a time limit on most claims. They will be able to inform the responsible party that you wish to seek compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered and manage your claim until settlement.

This process can vary drastically in length depending on a number of factors including the injuries you suffered and whether the opponents dispute who was liable for the accident occurring.

Injury Lawyers UK have a team of personal injury solicitors with over 20 years’ claim handling experience, they can help you get the compensation you deserve with their quick and easy claims process.

Talk to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156 or fill out the enquiry form found below.

Slip, Trip or Fall Compensation Claims

Slips, Trips and Falls are very common not only in the workplace but in public areas, they account for over a third of all major injuries in the workplace. Often a slip or trip can result in a more serious accident such as falling from a raised working area or into dangerous machinery.

The UK Health and Safety Executive report that there is 111,000 injuries caused by slips, trips and falls every year. If you’re one of these unlucky few and have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Had a slip, trip or fall?

If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a public place then you could be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you suffered. Whether you tripped over wires, uneven paving or slipped on a wet surface we can help you.

When we think about a slip or trip most don’t think of how serious the injuries can often be, for those unlucky enough to slip or trip the injuries sustained can be very serious. Broken bones, extensive bruising and muscle damage are often caused by slips and trips.

At Injury Lawyers UK our team of solicitors can help you get the rehabilitation needed to make a full recovery whatever injuries you’ve suffered. To speak to a solicitor now call 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

What qualifies as a slip, trip or fall?

Slips, trips and falls often happen because of surfaces not being maintained or looked after properly. Some of the most common causes we deal with are:

  • Tripping over wires or boxes
  • Falling from height because of faulty equipment
  • Slips on wet or icy surfaces due to a lack of warning signs in the area
  • Trips over uneven paving or surfaces
  • Poorly maintained staircases

There can be many other causes for a slip, trip or fall occurring so don’t panic if we haven’t listed it above, these are only the most common cases we deal with.

How much compensation could you receive?

All claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your claim could be worth until we find out more details about your injury. But our personal injury solicitors will ensure that they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim.

Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • The care you may need in the future
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back. We also deal with most claims on a no win no fee basis so you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth try out compensation calculator or speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156.

  • Read how we helped Karen after she slipped in the supermarket
  • As a busy working mother when I slipped on a wet floor on my way into the supermarket and broke my hip I was left worrying about how I could support my family. I was unable to work for 2 months and had to spend 5 days in hospital following surgery.

    I contacted Injury Lawyers UK to discuss whether there was any grounds for me to make a claim for compensation to help alleviate the money worries that come with having to take 2 months off work. They told me it was likely I would be able to make a successful claim.

    I was now able to walk again, assisted with a stick. They arranged for me to attend physiotherapy sessions to build up the strength in my legs and waist that I had lost after being bed ridden for quite some time. This helped me recover much quicker than I was expecting and saw me return to work soon after the sessions started.

    They had contacted the supermarkets insurers and informed them I wanted to make a claim for compensation due to the supermarket being negligent. The supermarket initially denied they was at fault but luckily I had gathered the contact numbers of several independent witnesses. They was able to confirm the floor was being washed at the time but no wet floor signs had been displayed, making me think the area I was walking on was dry.

    The supermarket had no choice but to admit liability for the accident. Once the claim was settled I was very pleased with the £6,000 I received in compensation.

    The team at Injury Lawyers UK were wonderful throughout the whole claims process, always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone. They made sure I received the highest quality of care and took away the stress involved in having to take time off work by ensuring I received every penny I deserved.

    I can’t recommend the wonderful service Injury Lawyers UK provide more, they helped me and my family cope through difficult times. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.

How long do you have to make a claim?

Standard procedure limits you to three years from the date of the accident or diagnosis of the injury to make a claim for compensation. If you’re within three months of this limit you should act very quickly as starting the claims process can take a while so its vital to act now.

There are a few exceptions to the three year claim limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.

How does a no win no fee agreement work?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they are also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose. We guarantee that you will receive maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained and you will pay nothing, win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there is no hidden costs, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in these circumstances. We don’t like to be negative but it’s important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

Who can I claim against?

The claim for compensation will be made against the party responsible for maintaining the location where the accident occurred. If the accident took place in a public place, such as a recreational park or town centre it’s likely to be the local councils responsibility. Whereas if the trip or slip occurs in a building, it’s whoever owns or operates out the building such a supermarket or shop.

How to get started

To start the process of making a claim for compensation for the injuries you suffered in a slip, trip or fall you should get in touch with Injury Lawyers UK, we have over 20 years’ experience dealing with this type of claim. We will not only secure you compensation but also provide you with access to the top medical treatment.

Call one of our solicitors on 0800 1123 156 now or complete the online enquiry form below.

Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claims

Road traffic accidents can often lead to serious or life changing injuries. They may also leave you worrying about losing your job or having to take time off work due to the injuries you’ve sustained. At Injury Lawyers UK we take the stress out of the situation by helping you secure compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered ensuring you’re not left out of pocket.

Roads can be very dangerous, the high speeds and the metal boxes we call cars can be a killer combination. Most of us will be involved in a road traffic accident at some point during our lives.

Every year 2538 people die a year on average as a result of road accidents in the UK. The chances of being killed in an accident on the road in the UK is 1 in 200.

Been involved in a road traffic accident?

If you or a loved one has been involved in a road traffic accident we can help you get the support rehabilitation and compensation you deserve.

The injuries sustained in the accident can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off work, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Injury Lawyers UK have a team of road traffic accident specialist solicitors that can help make the process of making a claim stress free and efficient. We’ve helped thousands of people get back to normal life after a road traffic accident and can help you too.

How much compensation could you receive?

All road traffic accident claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about the case. But our solicitors will always make sure they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • The care you may need in the future
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back. We deal with most of our road traffic accident claims on a no win no fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth try our compensation calculator or speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156.

How long do you have to make a claim?

Standard procedure limits you to three years after the date of the accident or diagnosis to start a claim for compensation. This limit is in place to ensure that its clear to see what injures you sustained due to the accident.

If you’re approaching the time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claims process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly to ensure your claim can be successful.

There are a few exceptions to the three year limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.
  • Read how we helped Adam after his road traffic accident
  • When I was involved in a road traffic accident and I suffered what could have been life changing injuries I didn’t know where to turn. I was laid up at home after I had suffered broken bones in both of my legs.

    I was worried that by the time I was able to work again my cash reserves would have dried up and my family would be struggling to afford to put food on the table. Something which is every dads worst nightmare.

    A friend of mine suggested I call a personal injury solicitor and said he has previously used Injury Lawyers UK and was very impressed. The next day I called and spoke to Matthew Waterfield, he immediately reassured me that I was likely to have a successful claim.

    He swiftly arranged for me to have a private medical examination to establish how well I was recovering and what more could be done to aid me. He seemed to care about me and my family, he arranged a time to pay me a visit to meet in person.

    He informed me that it was likely I could receive an interim payment to help me make ends meet while I was still off work. He arranged extensive physiotherapy sessions with a brilliant doctor, I believe this physiotherapy is the reason I no longer have trouble walking or pains.

    Matthew had managed to provide enough evidence showing the blame lay with the third party and their insurers admitted full liability. Injury Lawyers UK successfully recovered £41,000 in compensation. This meant that I no longer had to worry about providing for my family.

    Without Matthew’s and Injury Lawyers UK support during a difficult period for my family the outcome could have been very difficult. I can’t begin to extend my gratitude for their team who did all they could to help me.

    I recommend anyone who finds themselves in the same situation as me to contact Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me overcome my injuries better than I thought I ever would.

How does a no win no fee agreement work?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they’re also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there are none, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in those circumstance. We don’t like to be negative at Injury Lawyers UK but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

What makes a claim successful?

For a claim to be successful we will need to establish who’s fault the accident was, whether it was due to another drivers error or a poorly maintained vehicle. If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault the likelihood of the claim being successful is very high.

Whether you was a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist a claim for compensation is possible if you’ve sustained injuries in the accident.

Ask yourself the following questions and if you answer any of them with a yes, its likely you’ve suffered an injury that could be worthy of a compensation claim.

  • Are you seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment for an injury sustained in the accident?
  • Have you been making repeat hospital visits to treat the injury?
  • Have you taken time off work to recover from the injury?
  • Have your injuries stopped you from returning to work in the same role or working the same hours?

Many road traffic accident claims are very straight forward with liability having already been established by your insurance company.

Talk to one of our solicitors to find out if you have the ingredients to make a successful claim for compensation by calling 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

How Long does a road traffic accident claim take?

All claims we deal with are different so there is no sure way of giving you a time scale, the length of the claims process can be effected by many factors including:

  • The injuries you suffered
  • The number of parties involved
  • The amount of time needed to establish liability

As a guide a road traffic accident that only leaves you with a minor injury such as whiplash is likely to be settled within a year. Whereas if you’ve suffered serious injuries in the accident the claim is likely to take over a year to settle fully, but we are often able to secure an interim payment before this date.

To get a more specific time range for your claim the best option is to speak to a solicitor by calling 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

Common types of injuries sustained in road traffic accidents

Car accidents can leave you with a wide range of serious injuries, while others may only suffer minor injuries. We regularly deal with claims involving the following injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries

If you’ve suffered injuries that we haven’t listed above don’t panic, we can still make a successful claim for compensation. Call our solicitors on 0800 1123 156 or complete the contact form below.

What to do if you’re involved in a road traffic accident

No one wants to be involved in a road traffic accident, they can not only result in sometimes life changing injuries but they can also leave you worried about having to take time off work. They may also lead to you having to pay for alternative transport and expensive repairs to your car. No matter how small the accident you are involved in is you are required by law to stop. Failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Come to a stop in a safe location, make sure your engine is turned off and your hazard lights are on to alert other road users.

If anyone has been injured in the accident you should immediately call 999 and ask for the ambulance. If a car is blocking the road or you feel there was foul play involved, such as a crash for cash scam, you should also ask for the police service.

If no one is injured and the road is not blocked you should call the police on 101 instead to ensure they can respond to more important incidents.

Exchanging details after a car accident

If you’re involved in an accident you’re obliged to give your name and address to anyone else involved. You should stop and give your details if you crash into something on or near the road even if there aren’t any other people involved. For example if you hit a parked car you should leave your details on the windscreen so they can contact you.

Avoid saying or accepting blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened as this could be seen as an admission of liability and used against you at a later date.

If you don’t call the police immediately after the accident has occurred you will still need to report it to them within 24 hours. If you fail to do so you could find yourself on the receiving end of a fine, penalty points or even result in disqualification.

You should do your best to collect the names, addresses and contact details from any drivers, passengers and witnesses. You should also gather the insurance details of the other drivers involved in the accident, ask the driver if they are the registered keeper of the vehicle. If not, find out who is and take a copy of their name and address.

You should call 999 immediately if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.

  • Read how we helped Adam after his road traffic accident
  • When I was involved in a road traffic accident and I suffered what could have been life changing injuries I didn’t know where to turn. I was laid up at home after I had suffered broken bones in both of my legs.
    I was worried that by the time I was able to work again my cash reserves would have dried up and my family would be struggling to afford to put food on the table. Something which is every dads worst nightmare.A friend of mine suggested I call a personal injury solicitor and said he has previously used Injury Lawyers UK and was very impressed. The next day I called and spoke to Matthew Waterfield, he immediately reassured me that I was likely to have a successful claim.He swiftly arranged for me to have a private medical examination to establish how well I was recovering and what more could be done to aid me. He seemed to care about me and my family, he arranged a time to pay me a visit to meet in person.He informed me that it was likely I could receive an interim payment to help me make ends meet while I was still off work. He arranged extensive physiotherapy sessions with a brilliant doctor, I believe this physiotherapy is the reason I no longer have trouble walking or pains.Matthew had managed to provide enough evidence showing the blame lay with the third party and their insurers admitted full liability. Injury Lawyers UK successfully recovered £41,000 in compensation. This meant that I no longer had to worry about providing for my family.

    Without Matthew’s and Injury Lawyers UK support during a difficult period for my family the outcome could have been very difficult. I can’t begin to extend my gratitude for their team who did all they could to help me.

    I recommend anyone who finds themselves in the same situation as me to contact Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me overcome my injuries better than I thought I ever would.

Other useful information to gather

Although not vital you should try and collect as much information from the list below:

  • The registration numbers of all vehicles involved, as well as colour, make and model.
  • A description of the weather conditions and anything unusual about the road or lighting.
  • The time and date of the crash.
  • Photographs or sketches showing the positions of the vehicles involved.
  • Photographs and a list of damage to vehicles.
  • Description of any injuries sustained.

All of the above could come in useful when trying to establish liability of who was responsible for the accident.

Informing your insurer

Following an accident you should tell your insurance company about the car accident as soon as possible. Failure to do so within the time period listed in your policy may invalidate your insurance and leave you responsible to cover the cost of any damage caused.

Even if the accident was only minor and you don’t want to make a claim you should always inform your insurer. The time limit for informing the insurer varies from two days to two weeks depending on your policy so you should always read your policy to find out.

You should handover all the information you have gathered from the accident to the insurance company, ideally you can provide them with the other drivers name, address, contact details, vehicle registration number and their car insurance details.

What happens next?

Your insurance company will handle the claim on your behalf, they will contact you regarding what you need to do next in regard to who was at fault and getting your car repaired.

If you suffered an injury in the accident that wasn’t your fault then you could pursue a claim for compensation to help you recover fully from the injury. To begin you should contact Injury Lawyers UK by calling 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

Accidents At Work Compensation Claims

Accidents at work can often be the most stressful injury, there’s worries that you may lose your job if you decide to make a claim for an injury you received, as a result of wrong doing by the business. The reality is that you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job as the company will have insurance policies that protects the employees. This means that any compensation paid will be paid by the insurance company and not the business you’re employed by. Without a proper reason you cannot me dismissed from your job.

Suffered an injury or had an accident at work?

Accidents at work can occur for a wide range of different reasons. Whether it be other staff members failing to follow health and safety rules, or your employer failing to provide you with the correct personal protective equipment. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work in the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

The injuries you suffer can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off, meaning you have one less thing to worry about.

But we don’t just stop there, we will also make sure that we recover compensation for any other expenses that may have occurred such as travel and treatment costs. We will also take into account any future loss of earnings that may occur if you can no longer progress further in your industry due to the injury.

How much compensation could you receive?

All claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about your claim. But our specially trained personal injury solicitors will ensure that they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back and as we offer a no win no fee agreement you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth try our compensation calculator or speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156.

What types of accidents can you claim for?

There is a huge list of different types of accidents that you can claim compensation for, in fact as long as the accident happened while you were in your place of work and it wasn’t your fault you should have a case. Some industries are however more prone to accidents than others, one of the most common industries we settle claims for is the construction industry, others include the warehousing industry and offices.

Injuries in the work place can be caused by many different factors but more often than not they occur due to incorrect training or lack of safety regulations.

No matter what industry you work in all employers have a ‘duty of care’ towards their employees meaning that they must take steps to ensure your working environment is safe for you and your colleagues to work in.

  • Read how we helped John after his life changing accident at work
  • I’d been a scaffolder for all my life, I enjoyed the work and working outside as part of a team. This was until I had a nasty fall from scaffolding three stories up. I landed feet first causing serious injuries to my left ankle and leg.

    When the accident occurred I had been under a lot of pressure to get a job finished on time and had been working double shifts to ensure this was possible. This had been normal practice at the company I worked for. I feel like the accident wouldn’t have happened if I was not under such extreme pressure and working long hours.

    I was unable to work for more than a year while I recovered and had several major operations on my ankle, at one point there was a high chance of me losing it all together. I can now walk with a stick with a slight limp, better than I had feared would be possible.

    Throughout this time I was supported by Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me receive the first class medical treatment I needed. They fought tirelessly to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible to ensure I wasn’t left with money worries in the future as I’ll never be able to work as a scaffolder again.

    They had quickly managed to secure an interim payment from my employer to ensure I could make ends meet before the final settlement was paid.

    Everyone who I dealt with at Injury lawyers UK was very friendly and helpful, my file handler and the senior partner visited me at my home several times to discuss the case and see how I was recovering. They took all the stress out of the claims process which helped me focus on my recovery.

    Injury Lawyers UK secured me £400,000 of compensation for my injury, this has enabled me to pay off my mortgage and reimbursed the money I have lost out on due to my injuries. I may never be able to continue in my dream job anymore but they have helped me look forward to my future.

How long do you have to make a claim?

Accidents in the workplace can often cause serious injuries. This is because most working environments have a high potential for accidents when they’re not maintained, protective equipment hasn’t been supplied or staff are poorly trained.

Standard procedure limits you to three years from the date of the accident or diagnosis of the medical condition to make a claim for compensation. If you’re approaching this time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claim process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly.
There are a few exceptions to the three year claim limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.

How does a no win no fee agreement work?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they are also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose. We guarantee that you will receive maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained and you will pay nothing, win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there is no hidden costs, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in these circumstances. We don’t like to be negative but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

Do you have grounds for a work based compensation claim?

All workplaces can be potentially risky when they’re not maintained safely, if people haven’t been trained properly or lack the right personal protective equipment for the job in hand.

Many of the injuries suffered in the workplace may not seem very serious to you at the time but after further examination can actually be worse than originally thought. You’d be surprised how many times our clients injuries are worse than first thought.

The best way to be sure if you could make a claim for a personal injury suffered in the workplace you should call one of our solicitors on 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

You can ask yourself a few questions and if you answer any of them with a yes, then its likely you’ve suffered an injury that could be worthy of a compensation claim.

  • Are you seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment for an old injury or illness?
  • Have you been making repeat hospital visits to treat the same condition?
  • Have you taken time off work to recover from an injury or other condition?
  • Have your injuries or condition stopped you returning to work in the same role or working the same hours?

By claiming compensation you can recover any money you have spent to aid your recovery and any changes you have had to make to your life historically, currently or in the future. In serious cases our solicitors may be able to arrange for an interim payment to be made to take care of your immediate needs before the final settlement comes through.

Most common types of workplace accidents and injuries

The health and safety executive conducts detailed research into injuries caused in workplaces throughout the UK. The latest report published shows that the most common causes of injuries in the workplace are:

  • Slips, trips and falls on the same level – The most common cause of injury, often can result in bruising, breaks, fractures, sprains or strains.
  • Lifting and handling – Another very common cause of injury, can lead to soft tissue injuries, spinal strains and broken bones.
  • Falling from a height – Often leading to very serious injuries, falling from a ladder, roof or scaffolding can sometimes be fatal.
  • Being stuck by a falling object – Often a cause of injury in the warehousing sector where stock or materials are stored at height.
  • Workplace violence – Arguments or falling outs in the workplace can result in threats, assaults, cuts, scratches and bruising.

These are only the most common types of workplace accidents so don’t panic if you don’t see an accident similar to yours, it’s very likely a claim will still be successful.