Thanks to the presence of its cathedral, Wakefield in West Yorkshire has been awarded city status. Prior to the industrial revolution, it was a wealthy market town and inland port trading in mainly wool and grain. After the construction of The Aire and Calder Navigations and the Barnsley Canal, it developed into the most important trading point for grain in the north. Large warehouses were built on the river banks to accommodate the industry. Later in the 19th century, several coal mines were sunk around Wakefield and eventually The National Coal Board became Wakefield’s largest employer. The glass and textile industries were also buoyant at this time.
Along with many other areas in Yorkshire, Wakefield suffered from the closure of the collieries during the 1980s and this was compounded by the closure of the glass and textile industries. More recently, inward investment from European and United Kingdom government funding has facilitated the regeneration of the area.
The majority of residents and visitors to Wakefield have nothing but happy memories of their time spent in the city but for a minority the memories are not so pleasant. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time and Wakefield is no exception. All it takes is a split second for someone’s life to change dramatically.
We have made it our mission to help people who are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Wakefield. Most of them will have just suffered an accident that they feel was caused by someone else. Does this sound like you? Call us now to find out more.
Road traffic accidents in Wakefield
The congestion on roads around Wakefield has been identified as an on-going problem. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has teamed up with the local authorities in the area to introduce measures to relieve congestion on the worst-affected roads. The seven most congested roads in the area have been earmarked for interventions and four of them are close to Wakefield including the A642 Wakefield to Middlestown road and the A655 Wakefield to Castleford road.
Congestion causes a great deal of frustration amongst drivers and results in the local economy losing money. It also increases the opportunities for collisions as some drivers allow frustration to boil over into careless driving. Road traffic accidents in Wakefield can result from this carelessness; perhaps you are paying the price for such behaviour right now?
If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Wakefield because you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, our legal experts are here to help. We can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us right now.
Whiplash accident in Wakefield
Any part of the body can be injured in a road traffic accident but some parts of the body are more vulnerable than others. Due to the way that the body moves during a car collision and the forces that are exerted on it, the neck is one body part that is frequently injured.
The most common neck injury is called whiplash. This is a common term for a neck injury caused by the soft tissues (ligaments, tendons and muscles) being stretched beyond their normal range of movement by a severe jolt.
After a whiplash accident in Wakefield you may think that you have not sustained an injury and may walk away from the accident with no symptoms. However, the following day you may wake up with:
- Neck pain (which can be severe)
- Loss of movement and difficulty moving the neck
- Postural changes
- Pins and needles in the arms
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
Whilst you are suffering from these symptoms, you may find it hard to work, leaving you out of pocket. We want to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call our experts on whiplash claims now.
Work accident in Wakefield
Wakefield has one of the fastest growing economies in the region and the unemployment rate in the area is falling. The local economy is improving, in part due to inward investment from European and United Kingdom government funding. Some residents choose to commute to nearby Leeds or Doncaster.
The distribution and service industries together with manufacturing make up the largest elements of the employment sector in the area. Over 10 per cent of the work force are employed in the transportation and storage sectors which is double that for the UK as a whole. A further 10 per cent are employed in manufacturing.
The work task that these sectors have in common is the movement of goods from one place to another. There is plenty of information available from the Health and Safety Executive and from trade associations on how to lift loads correctly, yet many employers fail to provide their staff with adequate training or appropriate equipment.
If you have suffered a work accident in Wakefield because your employer has not bothered to provide you with the correct training or equipment to carry things around your work place, you may be able to start a personal injury claim. This sort of accident is called a ‘manual handling accident’ and is one of the most common types of workplace accident.
Personal injury claims for workplace accidents can be complex. You will need a personal injury solicitor in Wakefield who is a workplace accident expert. We can help with this as all our legal team are experts in their field. Why not give us a call?
Slips, trips and falls in Wakefield
Have you slipped on a liquid whilst you were out and about in Wakefield? Liquids are a leading cause of slips and cause a sudden loss of balance. Landing on the floor is usually what causes the injury although a sudden change of direction can cause sprains or even dislocations.
Clearing up liquids from a floor surface in busy walkways is one of the best ways of preventing slips, trips and falls in Wakefield. This is not hard to achieve. There should be systems in place in public areas to spot slip hazards and draw the public’s attention to it with appropriate signage.
However, this is unlikely to be sufficient to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. It is also necessary to have systems in place to prevent spillages as far as is possible and to make sure that they are cleaned away.
If you have a nasty injury after a fall in a public place there are several good reasons for making a personal injury claim. Firstly, the compensation can be used to get your finances back on track. Also, it sends a message to the organisations that manage public spaces that they need to put safety at the top of their priorities.
Our highly trained personal injury advisers are waiting on the other end of the line. Call them now.
Compensation to get your life back on track
Irrespective of the type of accident that you were injured in, you are likely to lose out financially at some point. Why should you pay the price for someone else’s carelessness or negligence? Instead, you could use our no-win, no-fee* offer to start a personal injury claim with a minimum of financial risk to you. Call us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 to find out more about how it works. Give us a ring today.