Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, is a spa town and borough, which has been a health spa resort town since 1716 when the mineral springs were discovered. Since then, it has become a popular town for living and working, as well as being famous for its many annual events.
Tourists and residents alike flock to the many festivals of culture in Cheltenham, which include the Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Science Festival, Music Festival and Food & Drink Festival. It is also the home of the Gold Cup, the main steeplechase horse racing event held at the Cheltenham Festival.
It has a fairly sizeable population that swells considerably during events; the many visitors to the town also enjoy its many cultural attractions such as the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. With so many people enjoying the sights and sounds of Cheltenham, it’s no surprise that accidents happen there regularly, from accidents on the roads to workplace accidents and slips, trips and falls.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience of helping people who are the innocent victims of accidents to make successful claims for personal injury compensation. If you were injured like this in the last three years and you believe someone else was to blame, we can help you too.
Road traffic accidents in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is part of the larger county of Gloucestershire, which has seen a reduction in road accidents in recent years; from 1572 in 2011 to 1143 in 2015. However, like many areas in the UK, fatal accidents have actually risen over that period. While this might seem alarming, and has led to calls for further investigation, the Department for Transport (DfT) attributes this to “natural variation” and could also be ascribed to better reporting measures.
Nevertheless, road traffic accidents in Cheltenham still occur and are often serious. Last year, there were 159 car crash casualties reported to police in the Cheltenham area. The busy A40 from Gloucester to Cheltenham is frequently a site of serious car accidents, and in the town centre itself, some of the worst accidents have occurred on Montpellier Street, Bath Road and at the junction of St. Margaret Road and Fairview Road. The Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership continues to strive to drive down incidents on the road, but accidents still happen from time to time.
Some injuries sustained in road traffic accidents can be life-changing; victims may experience chronic pain and require lifetime care and medical treatment. That can mean a reversal of quality of life, particularly if they are prevented from returning to work by their injuries.
Luckily, help is at hand. Under government legislation, if your accident was caused by someone else, you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This could compensate you for your physical or emotional pain and suffering, as well as help you to recover any expenses you’ve incurred.
You could contact a personal injury solicitor in Cheltenham to help you with your claim, but might be worried about the charges involved. Don’t face even more stress; talk to Accident Advice Helpline. If you’re eligible to make a claim with us, we guarantee to represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there are no upfront payments required for you to start a claim.
Whiplash accident in Cheltenham
Many people think that a whiplash accident in Cheltenham is one involving a collision on the roads, but that’s not always the case. Whiplash can also be sustained in accidents such as sudden blows to the heads, often in contact sports like boxing or rugby, as well as slips or falls where the head is jolted backwards suddenly, or where a heavy falling object strikes the head.
Common symptoms include muscle spasms, neck pain and tenderness, stiffness, headaches and pain in the shoulders and arms. While, in most cases, these symptoms will take a day or two to appear and subside over a couple of weeks, in some cases people will experience symptoms that last longer, sometimes months or even years.
There is little treatment available for the condition, although painkillers and gentle physiotherapy ca help. Due to the nature of the injury and the physiology of the neck, doctors advise against using a brace or collar and instead keeping the neck mobile. It is, however, vitally important to get a professional medical diagnosis of whiplash, as there could be something more serious going on.
If you were injured in an accident like this and it was caused by someone else, a claim for compensation could help you to recoup some or all of the costs you’ve incurred. This includes loss of earnings if you were off work during your recovery period, medical bills like physiotherapy, prescription charges for painkillers and even the cost of travel to and from regular GP or hospital appointments.
A personal injury solicitor in Cheltenham might be available to help you, but it can be difficult to know which firm has the specialist expertise you’re going to need in order to make a successful claim. As one of the largest law firms in the UK, Accident Advice Helpline specialises solely in personal injury cases. We’ve helped our clients with all kinds of claims, so you know we have the expertise you need. Contact us today on our helpline and find out how we could help you too.
Slips, trips and falls in Cheltenham
Compared with car crashes and other potentially serious accidents, slips, trips and falls in Cheltenham might seem a minor inconvenience. It’s easy to assume that no real harm that can come from a simple trip, but in our experience, the consequences can be much worse than you think. If you’ve ever tripped on a loose paving slab and twisted your ankle, or slipped on water in a workplace or hotel lobby and fallen onto the hard floor, you’ll already know that slips, trips and falls can result in painful, debilitating injuries.
Slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury in the UK today, and causes more accidental wounds than all the car crashes put together. Most of the time these accidents are plain bad luck, caused by not paying attention or just a sudden loss of balance. However, just occasionally such accidents are actually caused by another party’s negligence or carelessness. Perhaps there should have been signage to notify you that the floor was a slipping hazard, or maybe that loose paving slab should already have been fixed.
In cases like these, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Instead of wasting hours searching for a suitable solicitor, contact the experts; Accident Advice Helpline. We’ll not only represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis, we’ll also provide you with help, advice and support throughout your claim. Call our sympathetic advisors today and they’ll let you know if you have a case for a claim or not.
Work accident in Cheltenham
Despite its diverse economy, Cheltenham has higher than average numbers people employed in the care, leisure and service economies, as well as sales and customer service. It also has lower unemployment levels than the current UK average. Although not known as being particularly dangerous jobs, it is still important to recognise that accidents can happen anywhere, and that health and safety at work are just as important, no matter where you earn a living.
In the caring profession, workers can suffer injuries to their back, neck and shoulders through improper moving and handling procedures, particularly if they have to move service users during the course of their job. There can be a number of reasons for this, including improper technique or a lack of suitable moving and handling aids. Employers have a responsibility to ensure they have the right equipment, training and enough manpower to avoid injuries sustained in this way.
In other industries, risks exist in many shapes and forms, all of which need to be adequately managed. From working with heavy machinery to tripping over loose cabling in the office, every employer should exercise good health and safety at work to ensure no harm comes to their employees. Support with this is available from Cheltenham Borough Council.
If you’ve been hurt whilst doing your job, and feel that your employer was to blame for your injury, it’s understandable that you might feel anxious about making a claim against them. Work-related accidents can make for complex claims, and although you might be able to find a personal injury solicitor in Cheltenham, they might not have the experience and knowledge that you need.
Come to Accident Advice Helpline instead, and discover an easy way to make your claim for compensation. We’ll give you all the help and support you need and, because we can handle most claims entirely over the phone, you probably won’t even have to go to court. All calls are completely confidential, so talk to our advisors today and find out what your next step should be.
Get the expert support you need
Just one free, no-obligation call to Accident Advice Helpline could get your claim started. Talk to our friendly, professional advisers who will take more details on your accident and explain the claims process, so that you know what to expect. They’ll give you all the advice you need to make a decision about whether or not you want to make a claim; it’s your choice, and you won’t face any pressure to decide.
If you do go ahead, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Call us today to get started, free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or, from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). We’re here to help you win the compensation you deserve.
Road Traffic Accident stats for Gloucestershire
Accident at Work stats for Cheltenham
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Date Published: 4th January 2014
Author: Clare P
Accident Advice Helpline: Cheltenham
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