Are you looking for a personal injury solicitor in Watford?
If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident, you may well be searching for a personal injury solicitor in Watford. However, you’ll be happy to learn that, as a national company, we don’t discriminate by location. Our services concentrate on finding you the right support for your situation, not the closest, so you can benefit from expert services when you need them most.
Our team of legal experts are competent to deal with your compensation claim, no matter where you are located. However, there are some criteria to consider to be sure you are able to make a claim:
- You must have been involved in an accident that was the fault of someone else
- You must have suffered an injury as a result of the accident
- Your injuries do not need to be life threatening, but they should have received medical attention
- In most cases, the accident should have happened within the last three years
If you aren’t certain that you are eligible to claim, just call our friendly team for advice.
Road traffic accidents in Watford
With over 90,000 people living in Watford right now, and a median age of just 35, there are a lot of car owners and users living in the area. Many of these are working age people, so rush hour can often be something of a nightmare on the roads.
From reports by Hertfordshire constabulary, one road in particular has come out as being Watford’s most dangerous; St. Albans Road was the scene of 416 road traffic accidents in Watford between 2002 and 2015. Beechen Grove is another accident hotspot, with 181 accidents in the same time period. North Western Avenue (154) then Hempstead Road (136) and Rickmansworth Road (126) make up the rest of the top five accident blackspots.
Most of the reported road traffic accidents in Watford are fairly minor, although there have been 17 fatalities in the town since 2002. The trend for accidents is generally downwards, with incidents reducing from 334 in 2002 to 223 by 2007, although numbers have been relatively consistent since then. Thankfully, of the 210 road traffic accidents in Watford in 2016, only 26 were considered to be serious.
Of course, you don’t have to be a driver or even in a car to suffer injury from an accident on the roads. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders are just as likely to be involved in a collision, and are at a greater risk of serious injury. Data from Hertfordshire council showed that accidents among these road users accounted for 55 per cent of all killed or seriously injured on the roads in the county, and 28 per cent of all casualties during 2015.
Whether you were a driver, passenger, walker or rider, if you were injured in an accident on the road in Watford due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, we can help. Find out more about making a claim after road traffic accidents in Watford.
Whiplash accident in Watford
Car accidents don’t have to be high speed to cause injury; in fact, even a minor shunt could cause serious problems such as whiplash, which has been known to occur when speeds are as low as five miles per hour.
Whiplash injuries account for around 75 per cent of all personal injury claims in the UK, and are on the increase as in-vehicle safety systems get better. The widespread use of life saving seat belts may be reducing fatalities and head injuries, but it also leaves the head and neck vulnerable to sprains and damage if an accident occurs.
Whiplash injuries are not limited to road traffic accidents either. This type of injury is caused by the sudden movement of the head either backwards, forwards or to the left or right, so can effectively be caused by any activity that results in this motion. You could suffer a whiplash accident in Watford if:
- You fall from a bike or a horse
- Something heavy hits you on the head
- You slip or trip over and land awkwardly
- You lift something heavy in an incorrect way
- You are playing contact sports such as rugby or boxing
If you have suffered a whiplash accident in Watford, the NHS recommends keeping your neck mobile to stop it seizing up. They suggest using painkillers to dull the discomfort, and seeking professional help with physiotherapy. If your injury was caused by another person, we can help you make a claim.
Find out more about how an injury solicitor in Watford could help with your whiplash accident claim.
Slips, trips and falls in Watford
Statistics from HSE show that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the UK, particularly in the workplace. In fact, around one in five of the 621,000 non-fatal workplace accidents reported each year are as a result of a slip or trip at work. With thousands of businesses choosing to base their trade in the town, we receive many claims for slips, trips and falls in Watford each year.
Of course, you don’t need to be at work to suffer a slip, trip or fall. In fact, approximately 50 people a year die from a slip or trip, and over 100,000 report serious injury. Not all of these were at work, as plenty of these accidents have happened in the street, in shops and other public locations.
Broken paving slabs, wet floors without signage and trailing power cables can all cause a serious hazard to the innocent passer-by. If you have been injured because you slipped, tripped or fell, and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should be confident that you are in a position to make a compensation claim, and that we are the right company to help you.
Find out more about getting help from an injury solicitor in Watford following slips, trips and falls.
Work accident in Watford
Of the 96,000 residents in Watford, more than 63,000 are of working age. In 2017, unemployment in Watford has fallen to its lowest level since before 2008, with just 4.2 per cent of the economically active population now out of work. That means more than 60,000 people who are resident in Watford go out to work each day.
Watford is a ‘net importer’ of labour, with around 9 per cent of the workforce travelling into the borough for work. These commuters will go to work in one of Watford’s 3,500 businesses, which employ more than 57,000 people in total. Increasing numbers of Watford residents also travel out of the area for work, mainly into London boroughs such as Camden, Islington and Westminster. Whether you’re a worker in the borough or a resident working elsewhere, knowing how to cope with a work accident in Watford is essential.
Every year, more than 600,000 workers across the UK are injured at work, leading to 4.5 million lost working days. These injuries can be caused by a great variety of accidents, from falls from height to injuries from machinery. The most common accidents, as reported to HSE over the last two years, were:
- Lifting, handling and carrying (122,000)
- Slips, trips and falls (119,000)
- Struck by a moving object (61,000)
- Contact with machinery (44,000)
- Physical assault (41,000)
- Fall from height (37,000)
- Other types of accidents (196,000)
Many of these accidents could have been avoided through better health and safety management in the workplace. Employers have a responsibility to provide you with a safe, secure place to conduct your work. If you’ve been injured in a work accident in Watford because they did not do this, you have a right to claim.
Find out more about claiming for a work accident in Watford.
No win no fee claims in Watford with Accident Advice Helpline
You might be surprised to learn that only around 30% of accident victims claim the compensation they are legally entitled to. The rest either don’t know they’re entitled, or are worried about the cost, which is why we at Accident Advice Helpline only work on no win no fee claims in Watford.
We don’t believe that claiming compensation should only be for those who can afford the solicitor’s fees. We strive to protect the little guy, and to make claiming the compensation to which you are legally entitled affordable for everyone. We’ve already won thousands of no win no fee claims in Watford, so why not become our next success story?
Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor in Watford today
Whatever stage of making an injury claim you might be at, we’re here to help. Our friendly, expert team are right at the end of the phone to answer all your questions about the claim process, so why not give them a call today? Call us on 0800 689 5659.
Don’t become part of the 70% of victims not claiming the compensation to which they are legally entitled. Call our experts today.