Dumbarton in the West-Central lowlands of Scotland has a rich history of shipbuilding, glass-making, and whisky production. These days it’s more likely that the inhabitants will commute to nearby Glasgow or work in the BBC Scotland Studios which is located in this area. Let’s take a look at the type of personal injury claim that the injury claims solicitors in Dumbarton would have dealt with in the past and today.
Injury claims solicitors in Dumbarton – historical claims
The Scottish shipbuilding, glass-making, and whisky production industries can give rise to their fair share of accidents. If the modern system of claiming personal injury compensation, by contacting a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline, was operating then there is no doubt that they would have attracted many claims. The workers in the shipbuilding yard would have been able to claim compensation from their employer if it could be shown that the accident was the employer’s fault. The employer would probably be the private individual or the company that was running the ship yard. Ship building would have exposed workers to many hazards.
Many would have been operating at great heights and it is unlikely that the safe systems of using guarded platforms and scaffolding would have been operated. Workers may also have been exposed to noxious fumes and dusts, and this would have caused them to claim for industrial diseases many years in the future, after they were eventually diagnosed as having them. The glass making industry would have involved accidents relating to burns and scalds. It is unlikely that sufficient protective clothing was provided to the glass manufacturers of several hundred years ago. The injury claims solicitors in Dumbarton would have been kept very busy indeed.
Injury claims solicitors in Dumbarton – modern claims
These days, modern claimants – people seeking compensation – contact Accident Advice Helpline using the telephone or Internet. In fact, the majority of cases are handled over the phone and visits to lawyer’s offices or court are rarely necessary. The modern workload of the injury claims solicitors in Dumbarton are dominated by road traffic accidents – a relatively ‘modern’ phenomenon of course. Hundreds of accidents happen in Scotland every day. People who have been hurt can make a claim from the person who was at fault for the accident.
In practice, this is often another driver – but it may be a cyclist, a pedestrian, or even the organisation that is responsible for maintaining the road. Modern road traffic accident claims are usually paid out of an insurance policy such as one for car insurance. As motorists, we all pay into these every year. If we are in an accident that is caused by an uninsured driver things are a little more complicated, but the lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are experts at sorting out these types of problems.
Modern workplace accidents are just as likely to involve a slip, trip or fall in an office, as a serious accident in a ship yard. Modern health and safety legislation relating to working at heights, machinery, and dangerous chemicals have made construction safer, but of course accidents can still happen.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry