If you think you have had an accident which was not your fault, it’s possible that you could be entitled to compensation. In this blog, we’ll let you know what will happen if you think you should start a claim.
Firstly, after the initial telephone discussion, if we think that your claim should be investigated further we consider all funding options with you, including no win – no fee (subject to T&Cs). Most of our clients opt for the “no win – no fee” option if they have no alternative form of funding.
Secondly, we’ll try to see you face to face (via video conferencing during the pandemic) rather than dealing with your claim by telephone. We believe this gives us a better understanding of your claim and gives us the opportunity to understand your circumstances fully. Here at Silks, we know it can be a stressful time and, if the injury is preventing you from working or recovery requires help from others on a day-to-day basis, this can add financial and emotional pressure. We’ll talk through the issues and help you with your claim and we aim to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple terms.
Does one of the following areas apply to your situation?
Road Traffic Collisions
An accident whilst driving can have serious consequences. If another road user was careless, reckless or negligent, Silks Solicitors can help with any claim.
Having a driving accident is an unpleasant experience. The aftermath of the accident can add to the anxiety. Trying to assign liability to a reckless or careless driver or one who was just being plain stupid can take time. If liability is contested, legal advice is required. And if you are injured, this needs expert guidance to seek proper compensation.
We investigate the circumstances of the accident, use specialists if helpful, and look to secure the best outcome possible.
Work Place Injuries and Disease
Having an accident at work may show that your employer has failed to carry out their responsibilities properly. We’ll help you with a claim if health and safety laws have not been followed.
Accidents happen – when they occur in the workplace, the question is whether it could have easily been avoided? Making a claim against your employer can be worrying. It is their legal responsibility to keep you safe at work. Has proper training been carried out? Are risk assessments regularly undertaken? If you suffer an injury that results in time off work or loss of income, you need legal guidance with any claim you make.
Injuries can sometimes be mental, not simply physical. We talk with you, free of legal jargon, and agree what actions to take, likely costs and timescales. You may require further medical examinations but we keep in contact with you throughout. And our aim is to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Slips and Trips in Public Places
No matter how careful you are when out and about, accidents can happen and slips and trips are common. However, it may not always be your fault. If you have slipped or tripped because someone failed in their duty to keep you safe, you could be able to claim compensation.
Slips, trips and falls can happen just about anywhere – from a footpath or supermarket car park to a shop, restaurant, or even a private home. Wherever the accident occurred, if the owners of the premises are to blame, you could have a valid claim. By claiming compensation, you could receive the support you need to aid your recovery and help you get back on track. You may reduce the risk of someone else experiencing the same thing too.
We’ve successfully helped hundreds of people receive the compensation they deserve following an accident.
Simple accidents can sometimes result in serious injury. If that accident could – and should – have been avoided, it is all the more distressing. A permanent disability or major condition can impact upon a person’s quality of life. It can also result in financial hardship and emotional trauma. Legal advice can help you or a loved one seek compensation for your losses – whatever they may be.
We’ll ensure you understand what needs to happen to make your complaint, the likely costs and timescales. We explain information simply – no technical or legal jargon. Our lawyers gather the facts and work out what happened – and who is responsible. We promise to keep in regular contact and answer your questions as promptly as we can.
Child Injury Claims
It’s common for children to encounter scrapes and minor mishaps, but sometimes children can be involved in more serious accidents and sustain significant injuries. When this happens, parents naturally want to do all they can to help their child and this can include making a personal injury claim on behalf of the child.
From dog bites and falls to accidents in public places, or injuries caused whilst in employment; there are many different situations where it may be possible to bring a child injury claim to court. Even if the child or parent was partially to blame; for example if a child injures themselves on a building site where they should not have been, there may still be a claim.
We have claimed successfully in many child injury claims and have provided children and their families with much-needed support during the legal process.
When someone under the age of 18 wishes to bring a claim, the court takes special steps to ensure that the claim is dealt with correctly and that any settlement money is protected for the use of the child until they reach the age of 18.
Fatal Injury Claims
A wrongful death is a fatal injury that results directly from the negligence of another. That could be an individual or an entity, such as a company or business or a local authority or hospital. Making a claim for the death of a relative or loved one can be complex. It can involve court hearings and inquests, and they can be long, drawn-out processes. However, if you relied upon that person financially, you have the right to seek financial compensation. You also have the right to seek justice for a death that should have been avoided.
Inquests can seem complicated, the law filled with legal and medical jargon. We explain everything to you in simple language. We keep you involved throughout we promise, and we will answer any questions you have as promptly as we can. Costs and timescales are made clear at the outset; if anything changes, again, we will explain these to you.
Achieving the best possible outcome means seeking the financial compensation you deserve.
Military Injury Claims
If you’ve been injured whilst serving in the Armed Forces it can be a distressing experience for you and your family. You may be worried about the impact that your injuries will have on your long-term health, career, and relationships. Whether you’re a member of the Army, the Naval Service or the Royal Air Force; the Ministry of Defence has a responsibility for your safety and wellbeing – just like any other employer.
If you’ve suffered an injury or illness caused by negligence, faulty equipment or inadequate training, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you were injured during a training exercise or during combat, claiming compensation could provide the support and security you and your family need, now and in the future.
Our military injury lawyers are experts in this specialised area and understand the pressures that members of the Armed Forces and their families face. We know that talking about your experiences can be difficult but our specialist solicitors will listen to your case with compassion and understanding, putting you at ease and guiding you through the process.
Criminal Injuries or Assaults
Being attacked or assaulted is an upsetting and distressing experience that often results in physical or psychological injuries. If you have been the target of an attack, we can help you make a claim for compensation as well as providing practical help and legal advice.
Even if the person who attacked you has not been caught – or isn’t in a position to pay damages – you may still be able to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This government organisation makes payments to the victims of violent crimes and we have worked successfully with the CICA to claim compensation for many of our clients.
We understand that talking about your experience may be upsetting but our caring solicitors will do all they can to put you at ease whilst discussing the details of your case. With in-depth knowledge of criminal injury law, we have helped many people claim the compensation they deserve.
Whatever your situation, you can call us in confidence on 0121 511 2233.