Brixham in Devon is a small town that has a history of fishing and sea-faring, with fishing trawlers still using the picturesque harbour. In times past, the town was split between the fisherfolk who lived close to the harbour and the people who worked the land in Cowtown, up the hill from the shore. Now Brixham welcomes tourists, who are no doubt regaled with stories of the town’s smuggling past and how the smugglers escaped capture by a variety of ingenuous means.
Brixham has seen some tragedies, such as the night a storm swept the beacon on the breakwater, when many vessels were smashed on the rocks, leaving wreckage over a three-mile area along the coast. There were no solicitors in Brixham in those days who could help widows file a personal injury compensation claim on behalf of their deceased spouses if they died in an accident at sea that was not their fault. Trawler owners might have been liable for the accident because of poorly maintained vessels but there would have been no compensation to be had even had there been solicitors in Brixham.
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If you work on a fishing trawler, you will understand the hazardous nature of your job. With modern technology, it is not as dangerous as it was in the past, when boats only had sails painted with the local red ochre to protect and preserve the canvas. If you have an accident at sea, you would need the services of best solicitors in Brixham, or a firm based elsewhere, in order to file a personal injury compensation claim.
The best Solicitors in Brixham or elsewhere could also help if you have been diagnosed with an illness that you can prove, was caused by another person’s negligence.
Claiming for accidents and injuries at sea
If you are injured in an accident at sea, you have two years from the date of the accident in which to make your claim. Usually, if an accident occurs on dry land in the UK, you have three years in which to make a claim, although there are exceptions to this rule.
If you slip and fall on a wet deck because the anti-slip coating has worn away, you may be able to file a compensation claim for your injuries against the owner of the boat. Similarly, if there are obstacles on deck which should have been securely stowed away, and you trip and fall, you could also be entitled to make a claim for your injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need any help or expert legal advice to file your potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time; our freephone lines are always open. From a landline, call 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call now and talk to an expert?