Ashford is a town in Kent, a small market town since the 13th century. Its geographical location made it an important transportation hub, with five railway lines converging on the town since the 19th century.
The rail network continues to this day, with lines running from the town to London and into the Channel Tunnel. The ‘Chunnel’, as it is affectionately known, is a crucial link between England and France, and the rest of Europe beyond.
Over the years, the town has been effectively modernised, particularly in terms of shopping. The County Square Shopping Centre and the Ashford Designer Outlet are just two of the popular malls, and many boutique retailers nestle along with busy high street and town centre. Ashford is renowned for being one of the best places to live in the UK, with world-class schools including Ashford School.
Visitors are attracted to the town’s excellent facilities, as well as landmarks including St Mary’s parish church, which has been renovated to become both a place of worship and an arts and performance space in one. It also features old flour mills and the Ashford Borough Museum.
Ashford continues to grow and develop and, like many similar towns with growing populations, accidents are not uncommon. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s largest law firms specialising only in personal injury compensation claims; if you were injured in the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, we’re the name to trust.
Road traffic accidents in Ashford
Road traffic accidents are an unfortunate part of life, no matter where you live in the UK. You can be the most careful, considerate driver on the roads, and still find yourself involved in a collision with someone who is less experienced, or more reckless.
Ashford Borough Council recognises the importance of road safety and has implemented a number of measures designed to bring accident numbers down. These include linking up with the ‘CrashMap’, developed by collision analysts and road safety professionals, making transparent the numbers and locations of road traffic accidents in Ashford. Putting this information in the hands of residents forewarns drivers of particularly dangerous stretches of road, allowing them to exercise extra care.
People who are involved in serious road traffic accidents face can injuries such as broken bones, damage to the chest and sternum, head trauma and spinal injuries. Such injuries are horrifically painful, and can lead to chronic symptoms that can hamper the victim for many years. If you were injured in an accident like this and you believe someone else was to blame, there is help available. Government legislation entitles you to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and such an award could help you to recover the costs you’ve incurred as a result.
You could search for a personal injury solicitor in Ashford, but that can take time. Instead, contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll get started on your claim right away. We can help you wherever you are in the UK and, because we can deal with most claims entirely over the phone, you probably won’t even have to go to court.
Whiplash accident in Ashford
Whiplash is an injury that is still often misunderstood due to stigma and negative press. However, researchers and medical professionals are amassing a growing body of research and evidence that has helped us to understand the proliferation of this condition in recent years.
For example, it’s now understood that whiplash may be as or more likely to occur in slow shunts as high-speed collisions; this may go some way to explaining the prevalence of whiplash injuries on congested roads. Modern safety measures in cars can increase the likelihood of a whiplash, and the rigidity of modern car chassis may mean that more force is applied to the body. Finally, the lockable seat belts which save our lives by applying an opposite force to the body, actually leave our head unprotected from the force of the impact.
At the point of impact, the body is immobilised, and the maximum force is focussed on the head and neck. The head is thrown forwards and backward, in a whipping motion. This overextends the muscles and ligaments in the neck, leading to the common symptoms of whiplash, such as headaches, muscle spasms and pain, tingling in the arms and fatigue. While the injuries without a seatbelt would be much more serious, suffering whiplash is still a painful and traumatising experience.
If you sustained a whiplash injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can and should seek to make a claim. This could compensate you for the physical and emotional suffering you’ve experienced, as well as replacing any out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result.
A personal injury solicitor in Ashford could help you with your claim, but how do you know if they have the proficiency to make your claim a success? Whiplash is complicated, and can be difficult to prove, so it’s crucial that you have the most practiced solicitor on board from the word go. You needn’t worry about the cost of this legal expertise, because we operate all our cases on a no win no fee basis.
There’s nothing to pay upfront to start a claim, and no big legal bill from us if you lose. Call us today to find out what your next steps are.
Slips, trips and falls in Ashford
Slips, trips and falls can occur for a variety of reasons, but they are more common in adverse weather conditions. Imagine, for example, that you’re in Ashford on a busy winter’s morning. There’s been a heavy snowfall overnight and, beneath the snow, the surface is icy. If you wear the wrong kind of footwear, you could easily slip on the ice and fall.
Now, while in many such instances these accidents are unavoidable, on some occasions they could have been prevented. Perhaps there was no grit laid down when it should have been, or no warnings that the surface was icy. Should someone have cleared away the snow, or should the pathway have been closed altogether?
If you have been injured in any kind of slips, trips and falls in Ashford, and you think someone else was to blame, talk to us today. We offer free, no-obligation advice from the outset, with no-nonsense and plain, honest language. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll support you throughout your claim too; call us today to find out how we can help.
Work accident in Ashford
Ashford is home to many businesses, in areas as diverse as retail, manufacture, science and technology. More people work in administrative roles and skilled trades, as well as caring, leisure and customer services, than UK averages. Although not really seen as ‘dangerous’ occupations, people working in these sectors can still be put at risk if good health and safety is not implemented.
In our experience, a work accident in Ashford can occur in any and all kinds of industries. Falls from height may occur in construction, while chemical burns are more common in manufacture. In offices and retail, people can be injured tripping over cabling, having heavy objects fall on them, or in lifting and carrying incidents. Health and safety is equally important in every single workplace, and should be taken seriously by every employer.
Your employer should regularly undertake risk assessments, and must take steps to remove or minimise hazards they identify. Those hazards that cannot be removed should be actively managed, including clearly and legibly signposting their presence. They should also make sure that you and your colleagues have received proper training for the job, that personal protective equipment and clothing is provided where necessary, and that all equipment and machinery is properly maintained, and repaired or replaced where appropriate.
If you were injured in an accident at work and you believe your employer was responsible, a claim for compensation could not only help you to recover your losses; it could also force your employer to improve their health and safety procedures to prevent it happening to anyone else. You could look for a personal injury solicitor in Ashford to help you with your claim, but why limit yourself to just those firms near to you?
Accident Advice Helpline have some of the best solicitors in the entire UK, and can work just as efficiently with you remotely as we could if we were in your lounge. We try to do as much as we can over the phone, so that you don’t need to worry about getting to meetings or filling in forms. Our top priority is to give you time to recover, and to win you the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and inconvenience.
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