Nestled in the Forth Valley in the historic county Stirlingshire, lies the large town of Falkirk. It lies almost exactly at the half-way point between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. The town has been recognised as one of the top five places to live in Scotland thanks to a combination of its location and favourable leisure, transport, education and employment opportunities.
Falkirk is the main town and administrative centre of the Falkirk council area and is steadily growing. It is home to around 34,000 people and is the 20th largest settlement in Scotland. People have been living in the area since medieval times. In the eighteenth century, it became what historians describe as the ‘cradle’ of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution. This was largely down to its location at the junction of the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Falkirk was at the centre of the iron and steel industry.
Heavy industry in the area experienced a decline from the 1960s and now the economy of modern Falkirk is based on retail, a few remaining large manufacturing companies and tourism.
For the discerning tourist, local attractions include the Falkirk Wheel, which is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Another very popular attraction is the Kelpies which is the world’s largest equine sculpture.
The combination of a prosperous urban environment and attractive natural landscapes makes Falkirk a desirable area to live in and to visit. Most of the time, it is both safe and enjoyable but just like any other town in the UK it can be the location of nasty accidents.
Many people think that they can only turn to a personal injury solicitor in Falkirk to help them claim compensation if they get hurt in an accident that was not your own fault. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we can help you find just the right solicitor to make a personal injury claim. Give us a call now.
Road traffic accidents in Falkirk
Nationally, the combined efforts of researchers, vehicle manufacturers, police, education departments and health services have produced a gradual decline in the annual number of personal injury accidents on the roads. Falkirk council collect data on road traffic accidents in their area in order to inform their road safety plans. Recent data reflects the national picture. Comparison of recent four-year averages shows a five per cent reduction.
Despite this optimistic picture, there are still more than 200 people who get injured on the roads in the Falkirk area every year. Are you one of them?
If you were injured recently in one of the road traffic accidents in Falkirk that was caused by another driver, we can help. If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Falkirk to help you make a personal injury claim, give us a call. You can take advantage of our gold standard expertise and exceptional customer care. We put your needs first – always. Give us a call today to find out more.
Whiplash accident in Falkirk
Whiplash is the single most common injury suffered on the roads in Scotland and throughout the UK. The incidence of whiplash increased when seatbelts became a legal requirement in the UK. As the number of serious injuries declined, the numbers of the less serious injuries, such as whiplash, went up. The injury is caused by a transfer of kinetic energy when a vehicle collides with another vehicle or another object. Some of the energy is transferred to the occupant’s bodies. This causes them to be accelerated in one direction because they are strapped into the vehicle by the seat belt. The head, however, does not accelerate in the same way.
As a result, you may suffer a soft tissue injury. The ligaments, muscles and tendons are injured and cause neck pain, neck stiffness and headaches. After a whiplash accident in Falkirk, you can expect to suffer symptoms for a few weeks. However, in some cases whiplash pain can last for a long time. Around a fifth of patients will still have symptoms a year after the accident.
We can help people who are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Falkirk because they have whiplash. We work with the best solicitors in Scotland who have extensive experience in handling this type of claim. All of that experience is at your disposal. Pick up the phone and call us today.
Work accident in Falkirk
The heavy industry that brought about the growth of the town over the last 300 years has largely disappeared. In it’s place are the retail and services sectors. Falkirk is a large retail centre which serves a wide geographic area. Many of the town’s residents work in national retail chains in the town.
The public sector (Child Support Agency, National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions) is also a large employer. Falkirk Council itself employs more than 7,000 people and many of these are based at the council headquarters in the town centre. There are several further large office complexes within the town centre and in the business parks on the outskirts of the town.
Working in an office or a shop is not usually thought of as a high-risk occupation. Nevertheless, statistics collected by the Health and Safety Executive show that accidents in this sort of workplace are more common than most people realise. They report that the there are up to 1,560 injuries per 100,000 employees in this sector each year.
Perhaps you have experienced a work accident in Falkirk as an office worker and perhaps that accident was caused by your employer failing to prioritise health and safety in your workplace. All employers have a duty to safeguard worker safety. The practical and administrative measures that they have to take will vary by workplace. However, most health and safety regimes require appropriate training, safe and well-maintained equipment, risk assessments and safe working practices.
If you have suffered a work accident because any of these are lacking, you may be able to start a personal injury claim. It is best to get some legal advice to do so. We can help you find the best specialist work place injury solicitor for your case. Give us a call now and we will explain how.
Slips, trips and falls in Falkirk
Not everyone is aware that the organisations that operate public spaces have a duty to take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls. They have a duty to clear away spillages, to indicate wet floors with appropriate signs and to carry out necessary repairs.
Sadly, slips, trips and falls are one of the most common types of accidents and can happen to anyone at any time. Was your recent fall caused by a spillage of a liquid on a wet floor? Perhaps it was caused by an obstruction being left in an unsuitable place.
If you are one of the people who have suffered slips, trips and falls in Falkirk, when you look back at your accident you may realise that someone else was at fault. If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor because you want to start a claim, get in touch today to discuss your options. Call us for more information.
The compensation you deserve
There can be considerable stress associated with any injury. When the injury was suffered in an accident that was not your own fault, it can be even worse. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we want to help you by securing some financial compensation.
We have perfected our systems over the last 16 years or so. All of the legal technicalities and correspondence will be dealt with by an expert legal team. If you just want to find out more about how the process works, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 for a chat. We want to help.