Situated in the heart of Devon, in the South West of England, Exeter is a former Roman fortified settlement. In the 1800’s it was renowned for its wool trade, and enjoyed a degree of wealth afforded by its success in that industry. The wool trade declined by the time of the First World War, and since then Exeter has been regenerated and transformed into an important centre of trade, modern business and tourism.
The Met Office relocated to Exeter in 2004 and is one of the city’s largest employers. Exter has also seen a substantial increase in retail businesses, with three major shopping areas all connected to the city’s main High Street. Exeter was granted ‘Fairtrade City’ status in 2004 in recognition of the city’s support for Fairtrade. Awareness events are run throughout the year.
The city also attracts many visitors for its numerous cultural activities, including the Northcott Theatre, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the SpaceX art gallery and the ruins of Rougemont Castle, built just after the Norman Conquests. As a thriving, busy, modern city, Exeter has a large population that increases greatly during tourist season. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for accidents to occur there.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the largest law firms in the UK and we specialise solely in personal injury claims. If you were injured in an accident in Exeter within the last three years, which wasn’t your fault, we could help you.
Road traffic accidents in Exeter
Devon County Council, which is responsible for Exeter, has made strong commitments to improving road safety across the area and, while overall accident numbers have fallen in the last decade, it recognises that serious collision and casualty numbers are increasing over time. No matter what kinds of road safety programmes are in place, and no matter how careful and considerate we are as drivers, we still have to contend with people on the roads who drive carelessly, dangerously or illegally, and we can’t always prevent accidents from happening.
Road traffic accidents in Exeter can result in serious, life-changing injuries, including chest damage, scarring and head trauma. Such injuries often result in long recovery periods, intensive medical treatment and a decline in quality of life, even if only on a temporary basis.
Perhaps you were involved in a car accident like this and you had to take time off work to recover. That might have meant a loss of earnings, especially if you were a reduced salary or statutory sick pay. On top of that, you might also have had other costs, like medical bills, prescription charges and travel costs to and from GP or hospital appointments, especially if you were without the use of your car due to the crash.
Such an increase in costs can lead to financial difficulties and stress, and it’s unfair to expect you to cope with this on your own. That’s why, if your accident was caused by someone else, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Instead of spending hours searching for a personal injury solicitor in Exeter, contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out how we can help you.
Whiplash accident in Exeter
It has been suggested that there are more claims for whiplash injuries in the UK than anywhere else in the world, leading to an element of stigma around the condition. However, with our roads being 79 per cent busier than EU averages, it’s an understandable correlation; more cars on the roads means more accidents.
Not only this, but research by the Association of British Insurers has shown that modern vehicle designs could also have contributed to an increase in whiplash injuries. Cars are now built to be stiffer in order to withstand high-speed rear end collisions. However, that means that the impact energy is transferred within the vehicle, often in the opposite direction to the force applied by modern, locking seatbelts.
This force causes the neck to be thrown forward and back in a collision, over-extending the muscle and ligaments. It is this stretching that causes the symptoms of whiplash, which can include headaches, fatigue, confusion, neck and back pain and muscle spasms.
Almost 40 per cent of people who are eligible to make a claim following a whiplash accident in Exeter do not pursue legal action, perhaps put off by the stigma. Interestingly, though, around 30 per cent of people who do claim were encouraged to do so by their insurance companies.
If you were injured in an accident like this and you’re not sure whether you can or should make a claim for compensation, talk to our friendly, professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll take more information from you about your injuries and give you free, no-obligation advice that could help you to decide.
Slips, trips and falls in Exeter
Far from being minor, seemingly insignificant accidents, slips, trips and falls are estimated to cost employers around £512m every year in lost production and other costs. Over half of all injuries reported each year involve slips, trips and falls, making it the most common cause of accidental injury in the UK today.
The most common causes of slips, trips and falls in Exeter include uneven floors, unsuitable floor coverings, wet floors, level changes, cables or wires trailing, poor lighting and poor housekeeping. These are all things that can and should be avoided by the responsible parties, but often they are unnoticed, ignored or not fixed in time to prevent an accident.
Failing to properly assess and reduce these risks can result in victims sustaining bruises, cuts, muscle damage and broken bones. While many of these injuries will heal within a short space of time, they can occasionally take longer; this can mean a long period of recuperation with time off work, inability to take part in social activities and limited ability to do work around the home, for example.
If you were injured in a slip, trip or fall that was someone else’s fault, you could make a claim for compensation. You might think about searching for a personal injury solicitor in Exeter to help you make your claim; however, solicitors can be costly, sometimes charging for even initial consultations. It can also be difficult to find a solicitor who has the right experience to give you the best possible chance of making a successful claim.
Let Accident Advice Helpline take the stress out of claiming instead; we can represent you wherever you’re based in the UK and we’ll do so on a no-win, no-fee* basis, meaning there are no upfront costs to start your claim and no big legal bills from us if you lose. Call today, and let’s get started.
Work accident in Exeter
Exeter’s economy has changed significantly over the years; it currently has above-average levels of people employed in administration, professional, scientific and technical activities, as well as in health and social work. Although these are not seen as particularly risky industries, a work accident in Exeter can happen anywhere.
Across the UK, and average of 27 million days of work are lost each year due to work-related sickness or injury. With this much productivity lost, you’d expect employers to be putting remedial action right at the top of their agenda. And some of them are; in fact, a new HR trend of “employee wellness” has seen many companies doing just that.
Despite this, there are still too many preventable accidents at work every year. Each employer has a responsibility under health and safety law to undertake full and proper risk assessments in the workplace and to remove or reduce any hazards that could cause employees to come to harm.
Too often, though, employers either don’t live up to their responsibilities by failing to make them aware of the law, or cut corners for a number of reasons. When accidents occur due to such carelessness, recklessness or wilful disregard for employee safety, the employer should be held to account for their actions.
You can claim for personal injury compensation if you were injured in an accident at work and you believe your employer was responsible. This can be a complicated area of law, and you’ll need support to make your claim. However, instead of searching fruitlessly for an experienced personal injury solicitor in Exeter, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
With over 16 years’ experience, we’ve already helped thousands of people to make successful claims and we can do the same for you.
Get the help you need
Don’t suffer in silence; get all the help and support you need to make a personal injury claim by contacting Accident Advice Helpline today. One free, no-obligation call to our helpline will get you started; our friendly, professional advisers will give you all the advice and support you need to get started.
It’s unlikely you’ll have to go to court, as we can handle most claims entirely over the phone, and we can even help you to arrange a medical assessment if you haven’t already had one. We’ll support you throughout your claim and we can offer you all this at no upfront cost.
So, why wait? Get the help you need by calling us free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary).