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Being injured in an accident will be a very upsetting experience for you and depending on how serious your injuries are. Possibly even life changing.
We understand that you will be feeling worried about your future. Your job and how you will cope financially with your injuries. We at Ashmans Solicitors can help with your claim for compensation. Furthermore take some of the pressure away from you so that you can focus on your recovery.
How Ashmans Solicitors Can Help You
Ashmans Solicitors has an experienced and professional personal injury team with many years of experience. This means that we can focus our collective experience. Ensuring that we get the best settlement possible for your compensation claim. We believe in “justice after injury” for all our clients. Our role in your personal injury case is to deliver the right advice at all times. Always obtaining the correct level of compensation on your behalf.
We will ensure that the process of making a claim is as easy as possible. We make the legal process simple and stress-free. Ashmans promise not to ever use legal jargon when we speak with you about your case.
Through our association with professional and ethically motivated hire companies. We are able to provide our clients with replacement vehicles on a like-for-like basis. This can be either a small hatchback or a taxi plated vehicle for taxi drivers. We are also able to access prestige vehicles for our professional clients.
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Losing a limb in an accident is devastating for everyone involved. You will be in pain from your injury but also trying to come to terms with your future circumstances after losing a limb. In addition, your family will also be concerned about your injury and your limb loss too. You also need to considering any practical changes which may need to be made in your home or at work. This is a huge adjustment for you to make and the implications your injury will have on your life will be massive. We understand that this will be a difficult time for you, but if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. YOU may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Your compensation will also help you to obtain the best prosthetic limb possible which can be custom made to fit. In contrast to the standard fit prosthetic available on the NHS. If you need adaptations to your vehicle or your house or if you need to move house or change your vehicle as a result of your injury. Consequently your compensation will allow you to be able to do this without any concerns about how you will afford it. In addition, you should be able to get an interim payment quite early on. This is to allow you to concentrate on getting well again rather than worrying about how you will pay your bills.
Head injuries happen when you receive a blow to the head and as a result your brain is injured. Medical staff will assess anyone with a head injury using the Glasgow Coma Scale, more commonly know as a GCS. This scale helps them to identify how serious your head injury actually is, with 3 being the most serious and 15 being the least. The biggest issue with a head injury is permanent damage to the brain and immediate medical treatment allows you the best chance of avoiding this. However the more severe your injury, the more likely you are to suffer from a permanent brain injury.If you or a relative have suffered from this type of injury then please contact our Personal Injury Solicitors today.
There is the added complication of pressure on your brain following a head injury. Consequently this can be a build up of blood or fluid or blood clots which can also cause temporary or permanent brain damage. Once you have recovered from the initial head injury, there may be other symptoms which you will need to come to terms with afterwards. You may have problems communicating, suffer from emotional or behavioural changes. Furthermore even hormonal imbalances and even physical difficulties too.
Spinal injuries are complex. The spinal cord is basically a large bundle of nerves which run down from the brain stem all the way down to the base of the spine. It is protected by the spine and runs through the centre. However, an impact in a car accident can cause damage to both the spine itself and the spinal cord. Any damage of the spinal cord will result in paraylisis from the injury site, downwards. As a result, if yous suffer an injuries high up in the neck, your may not be able to breathe unaided. Damage to the spinal cord can somtimes be temporary if it has been badly brusied, however if your spinal cord is badly damaged or completely severed. Consequently your injuries will be permanent.
The Impact Of Spinal Injury
A spinal injury will not just affect you, but your whole family. It may mean that you can no longer live in your home, if suitable adaptations cannot be made and you may need to move. You may not be able to return to your job. Or in fact ever work again and you may have to face the reality of the rest of your life in a wheelchair. No amount of money will be able to change your injuries. However it will be able to help you to afford to do all of the things you will now have to do. Like moving or adapting your current home, buying new transport and being able to access the best medical treatment and rehabilitation for your injuries.
There are many things which can affect you psychologically after an accident, including:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD
- Adjustment Disorder
After most accidents the physical damage that has been caused usually heals overtime with no lasting effects. However the psychological scars of the accident could remain for a very long time if not treated as well. In addition to these conditions, there may other problems you face such as travel anxiety, insomnia and fear of going to the scene of your accident. You may feel that you are alone in facing these types of injuries. However at least 25% of people suffer some sort of psychological injury following a traumatic accident.
Accidents At Work
Your employer is required by law to ensure that you are kept safe whilst you are at work. Furthermore as a result if you have an accident at work and your employer is responsible. If it happens then you are able to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. We do understand that you will be hurt, upset and probably worried about your job too but making a claim for compensation against your employe does not mean that your job is at risk, as your employer is not able to dismiss you for claiming compensation for your accident.
There are many different types of work accidents and some of the most common ones are:
- Falls from heights
- Slips or trips
- Crush accidents
- Lifting or carrying objects
- Struck by moving object such as a vehicle
More and more people are using their bicycle to commute to work whilst getting some exercise. Trying to cut down their travel time and avoiding the inevitable inner city traffic we all face every day. Riding a bicycle can be difficult because of the high volume of vehicles that are on the roads, and inevitably accidents will happen. If you have been involved in an accident whilst riding a bicycle you will probably be injured, perhaps even seriously.
There are many different types of cycle accidents. Some of them are:
- A vehicle turns onto the road where you are cycling leaving you nowhere to go but into their car
- Roundabouts where motorists don’t see you
- Driver pulls out into the side of you from a junction
These are the most common cycle accidents and are all eligible for claims.
Being injured in an accident was probably the last thing you thought would happen when you got on the bus. There are a number of different types of bus accidents and they are:
- You slip or trip on a bus
- A bus hits you whilst you are driving your car
- The bus knocks you over as a pedestrian
- A bus hits you whilst you are cycling
- You are injured whilst on the bus from poor driving by the bus driver
These are some of the most common accidents which could happen on or near a bus.
Riding a motorcycle gives you a real sense of freedom from the confines of a car and it can be a very liberating experience. Motorcycles are safe to ride with the right equipment and training. However as a motorcycle user you are inevitably more vulnerable than you are in another vehicle. There are many different accident scenarios which may happen whilst riding a motorcycle, but some of the most common are:
- Vehicle pulls out on you from a side road and you have nowhere to go but into the car
- A Vehicle pulls out from a side road and hits you side on
- Vehicle does not see you on a roundabout and pulls out on you
Passenger Accident Claims
Having an accident is bad enough but being involved in an accident as a passenger is very unfortunate. In most circumstances you will be able to make a claim for compensation (passenger Claim. You will be able to claim against either the other driver if they were at fault. Or against the driver of the car you were travelling in. This may make you feel uneasy as the person driving the car in which you were travelling may be a friend. Or even a member of your family or even your spouse. However you should remember that an insurance policy will cover any cost of your claim.
Personal injury claims are a way for you to be compensated for all of the losses you have had as a result of the accident. For example such, time off work, treatment and medication costs and many other things too.
Pedestrian Accident Claims
There are a number of different types of pedestrian accidents and these are:
- A vehicle mounts the pavement and knocks you over (Motoring Offences)
- A vehicle fails to stop at a pedestrian crossing
- A bicycle hits you whilst you are walking on the pavement
- A vehicle reverses into you
These are a few examples of pedestrian accidents. But whatever your accident circumstances are, please do talk our Personal Injury Lawyers to us to see if we can help. This is list is not exhaustive though. If you have been involved in an accident and have been injured, we encourage you to talk to us today. Our experts will be able to identify whether you have a claim or not. All initial discussions are free of charge.
Road Traffic Accident Claims and Compensation
Driving a car, or some other types of vehicle is an everyday occurrence for most people. However few give any thought to the possibility of being involved in a road traffic accident (RTA). Sadly car accidents are common and there is a real possibility of serious and life changing injuries too. There are many different road traffic accident scenarios which may happen and some of these are:
- Your vehicle is hit in a head on collision
- The car is hit from behind
- Your vehicle is hit by a car pulling out from a side road
- Your car is hit whilst you are stationary
- A vehicle hits you whilst changing lanes without indicating
These are a just small number of accident circumstances. However if your accident is not listed here, this does not mean that you cannot claim as each accident will be different.
Slip Trips and Falls
Falling, slipping or tripping whilst out and about can be very embarrassing and if you have been injured too it can be painful and upsetting as well. Especially if it wasn’t your fault. If you have slipped or tripped as a result of someone else’s negligence then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. There are a number of different types of slip or trip accidents, and some of the most common are:
- A slip on the floor of a shop
- Trip over a mat which wasn’t secured properly
- A trip over a paving slab
- Trip or fall over an object left lying around
These are only some of the circumstances in which you may slip, trip or fall as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Taxi Accident Claims
Driving a taxi for a living can be a stressful and difficult job. However if you are involved in an accident which is not your fault whilst driving your cab there will be many more issues for you. You will have the worry of being self-employed and of not being able to work. Furthermore of having a damaged vehicle which you cannot drive and added to that the worry about your injuries and how long it will take you to recover.
We can provide a specialist hire vehicle for you so that you can continue working as long as you are well enough to and we can provide all the arrangements for the repairs to your vehicle too. Not only can we help you to make all of the necessary arrangements for your vehicle. We can help you make a claim for your injuries too.
Fatal Accident Claims
Losing someone you love in a fatal accident is overwhelming, shocking and tragic. The accident may have been a road accident or an accident at work. Whatever the circumstances, you are bound to be feeling so many different emotions.
There is specific legislation which offers guidance on compensation claims following fatal accidents. A solicitor will be able to talk to you in detail about how much you are entitled to. The law is very specific about who can make a claim following a fatality. Consequently it is advisable to take advice as soon as you can. You do have 3 years from the date of your loved ones death to make a claim. Ensuring you don’t feel that you need to go ahead and deal with it straight away.
You can take your time and wait until you feel you are ready. If your loved one was killed in a road accident, you may need to prepare yourself for criminal charges to be brought against the person who was responsible and whilst a compensation claim is completely separate, any criminal conviction can only help in a civil case. If your loved one was involved in a fatal accident at work, there may be investigation and prosecution of your loved ones employer by the Health and Safety Executive. Nothing can ever prepare you for this, and you can get help from organisations such as RoadPeace, Brake or Cruse who can help you with the grief you are experiencing.
Children are well known for getting scrapes and bumps and because of their age. Making rash decisions about things without being able to understand the consequences, which results in them being hurt or injures. This is normal, but what happens when your child is injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence? In these circumstances it can be very difficult to come to terms with your child’s injuries. Especially if they are serious and life debilitating. You can make a claim for compensation on behalf of your child, if you choose to. However your child will also have the option to make a claim for themselves. Furthermore they will have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday (when the reach majority in the eyes of the law) to make a personal injury claim. Regardless of when it happened in their childhood.
There are many different types of accidents which your child may have, which may not be their fault. These are:
- Road traffic accident
- Accident at school
- An Accident in the play park
- Accident on a school trip
There are a number of differences in a child’s personal injury claim. The first is that your child will need a litigation friend to act on their behalf. This will normally be you, their parent, however, in some circumstances you may be the person your child is claiming from (in a road accident which was your fault). If this is the case, someone else must act as litigation friend. A litigation friend will act on the child’s behalf, sign all legal paperwork and agree the settlement once it has been made.
A litigation friend should always act in the best interests of the child. This is why a parent usually takes this role. The second difference is that all child claims must go to court. Most of the time this is just for the settlement to be approved by a judge and not because agreement cannot be reached. Lastly, any compensation awarded to the child will be kept in a trust until they reach 18 years old.
We offer specialist lawyers who can help those who have suffered injury in the course of their employment. We aim to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for our clients. Furthermore offer free initial advice about any workplace accident you may have been involved in. All businesses have to have ‘liability insurance’. This means that they will be protected in the event that an employee is injured during the course of their employment. You are protected by employment law. Consequently you may be able to take legal action against your employer should your employer seek to treat you differently. Or try toterminate your employment as a result of pursuing your claim.
Anyone who has suffered injury in a public place can make a public liability claim for compensation, Especially if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party. Family members can ask Ashmans Solicitors for advice on making a public liability claim. Even if a loved one has been injured and is still recovering in hospital. One of our experts will visit you at home if you are recovering from injuries sustained in an accident in a public place. Furthermore we can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim.
There is a duty on the occupiers of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors. They should have in place procedures to assess their premises. Which would identify all possible hazards. However, not all risks can be mitigated and Ashmans Solicitors pursue a large number of claims on behalf of people injured on unsafe premises. We always tailor our advice to the circumstances of each client. Always addressing individual needs and concerns as they arise. Whether the accident causes minor injuries with symptoms that resolve fully, or has life-changing consequences.