At Accident Advice Helpline we’re always ready to answer the phone and provide you with free, no obligation paramedic accident advice. We know that attending accidents doesn’t mean being immune to them yourself, and we realise that working as a paramedic can often be hazardous. If you’ve suffered an accident because you weren’t given the training, equipment or support you should have had, we can help you to work out your legal position and tell you whether or not you can make a compensation case. Sometimes, depending on the way you have been affected, we can tell you roughly how much compensation you might be able to get.
Types of accident
We can help you with any kind of accident you suffer in the line of duty, from being caught up in a road accident to being injured by a drunken patient. Even a simple fall in a hospital corridor can potentially be grounds for a claim. The vast majority of claims, however, must be made within three years, and you will need to be properly treated for your injuries so that there’s a formal medical record of them. Treatment by a teammate will not necessarily be adequate for legal purposes.
If you are exposed to a disease because of your accident and it doesn’t become apparent that you have been infected until after the three year period has expired, you may be able to get special permission to make a claim. If you think this might apply to you, you should seek advice as soon as possible.
Finding a solicitor
To successfully claim for a paramedic accident, you are likely to need a legal representative with the appropriate specialism. In most cases this will be an industrial accident lawyer. Finding somebody like this can be difficult. You may then have to wait in a long queue and be told that you need to pay a lot of money upfront before work on your case can be started. At Accident Advice Helpline, however, things are very different.
Because we are a national organisation, we have access to a large number of expert solicitors and can usually match up our clients with appropriate ones very quickly. We do this on a no win, no fee* basis, so you won’t need to pay anything up front. We’ve streamlined our system to keep things as simple as possible for you, so you won’t be swamped with paperwork, and you can communicate with your solicitor on a flexible basis, making it much easier to fit things around your schedule if you’re still working.
Compensation – making a difference
A successful compensation claim can make a big difference to your life. It can ensure that you’re not out of pocket if you were unable to work for a while, and it can help you get by in the long term if you have serious injuries that force you to give up work. It can help you to recover your quality of life.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 9, 2014
Author: David Brown