Livingston is the 4th ‘new town’ to be built in post-Second World War Scotland and is the largest town in the county of West Lothian. The town became an important hub in Scotland’s ‘Silicon Glen’, attracting blue chip companies to the area, but as with other parts of Silicon Glen this economy went into decline. However, there are still a number of headquarters for multi-national companies in the town.
The town has a strong sporting heritage, with football, rugby, cricket, swimming and hockey all popular pursuits. There are also a number of visitor attractions nearby, including the Almond Velley Heritage Centre, with a museum, farm and discovery centre. There are further fun times to be had at Almondwell and Calderwood Country Park, Howden Park Centre and the Livingston Designer Outlet, which offers 70 boutique stores, restaurants and cafes.
As the second-largest settlement in the Lothians after Edinburgh, and with a population that continues to grow, accidents are commonplace in Livingston. The can happen at work, on the roads, on town centre streets or anywhere else. If you were injured in an accident within the last three years, and you believe someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s largest law firms and, for over 16 years, we’ve specialised in personal injury, helping thousands of people to make successful claims. Our patron is well-loved TV personality and consumer rights champion Dame Esther Rantzen.
She agreed to represent us on the basis of extensive personal research, which proved to her that we offer fantastic customer service as well as a great opportunity for people to seek justice, regardless of income and affordability. We can help you too; just make a free, no-obligation call to find out how today.
Road traffic accidents in Livingston
Livingston is part of the county of West Lothian, an area that has seen a worrying upward trend in the numbers of road traffic accidents in recent years. Overall numbers have risen from 496 in 2011 to 576 in 2015, with fatalities rising from two in a year up to five, across the same period.
West Lothian Council has implemented a number of measures to try and reduce these numbers, including road safety schemes like a road safety audit, 20mph zones and school crossing patrols. However, while the local government is doing all it can to bring these numbers down, drivers and road users themselves are responsible for road safety.
You can be the most careful, considerate driver and still find yourself involved in an accident on the roads. Sometimes these accidents are random and unavoidable, perhaps as a result of inclement weather conditions, especially during winter. However, in many cases, these accidents are caused by someone else on the roads speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not paying attention. Drivers using mobile phones and other devices are still one of the leading causes of road traffic accidents in Livingston and across the UK.
If you were injured in an accident on the roads and it wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible for personal injury compensation. You could be compensated for any physical injuries you sustained, such as whiplash, back pain or chest damage, as well as psychological injuries like shock, PTSD, anxiety or depression.
A personal injury solicitor in Livingston could help you to make your claim, but it can sometimes be difficult to know who has the experience dealing with these kinds of complicated cases. Instead, why not contact Accident Advice Helpline? We specialise in personal injury claims and, when Dame Esther joined us in 2003, she had this to say about our service: “I have checked the company’s credentials and track record, and have met a number of its clients, and I was extremely impressed. I am convinced that Accident Advice Helpline only deals with genuine claims which deserve compensation.”
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Whiplash accident in Livingston
Contrary to the myths surrounding whiplash, almost 40 per cent of people who suffer these injuries never go on to make a claim. On top of that, of those who do make a claim, 30 per cent are encouraged to do so by insurers. APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) released a report that dispels many of the myths around whiplash, revealing that while it is a fairly common injury, it is hardly the epidemic you might have been led to believe.
80 per cent of whiplash sufferers either report their symptoms accurately or actually underplay their symptoms, for a variety of reasons. One in nine people who responded to the APIL survey had their injury diagnosed by a medical professional, revealing that whiplash is indeed a real injury that has an effect on people’s lives.
Whiplash is caused by the head and neck being jerked suddenly forwards and back on impact, usually in a road traffic accident. It leads to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, muscle pain, restricted movement and pins and needles in the arms. It can even lead to jaw pain, causing pain and discomfort when talking or eating.
Many people who suffer a whiplash accident in Livingston also report secondary symptoms as a result of becoming immobile. These can be physical, like gastrointestinal disorders or IBS, or psychological ones like fear of travelling, anxiety and depression.
If you were injured in an accident like this, don’t suffer in silence. Get the help you need to make a claim for compensation. You could be compensated for you injuries and also recover some or all of the associated costs. If you had to take time off work, for example, you could claim back your loss of earnings.
A personal injury solicitor in Livingston could help you with your claim, but with so many solicitors and firms around, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. In this case, you should rely on a national, reputable firm like Accident Advice Helpline. We can help you wherever you are in the UK, and will provide you with expert representation at no upfront cost.
Slips, trips and falls in Livingston
Slips, trips and falls in Livingston are often minor accidents, relatively speaking. Most people who are involved in these kinds of accidents suffer no more than a knock to their pride, as slipping or tripping in a public place can be embarrassing.
However, they are common, and occasionally, painful. Some people sustain injuries like cuts and bruises, or fractures or breaks in the ankles and wrists. Such injuries can immobilise you, leading to time off work and the inability to carry out hobbies or social activities.
They can also be costly. You might need to shell out for medical bills, prescription charges and travel costs to and from GP or hospital appointments. If your injuries were serious, you could also have to cover the costs of personal care, or help around the home.
If you also experienced a loss of earnings due to time off work, this could lead to financial difficulty and increased stress. A claim for compensation could help you to recover these costs, but the price of a personal injury solicitor in Livingston could put you off making a claim.
That’s why Accident Advice Helpline works on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, which means there are no upfront costs to start a claim. As Dame Esther says: “If you call Accident Advice Helpline, I promise you will receive no high-pressure sales tactics, no money is required to make a claim and no-win, no-fee* means exactly that.”
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Work accident in Livingston
While Livingston’s technology and blue-chip economy has declined somewhat since the boom of the 1990s, there are still a number of large employers in the area across industries like customer service, finance, technology, publishing and health.
No matter what industry you work in, you can still become injured in a work accident in Livingston, although the injuries you are likely to sustain can change from one sector to the next. For example, the most common injuries sustained in office accidents are slips and trips, often over hazards like trailing cables, falls from your chair, or being struck by objects falling on your head, usually in store cupboards.
Wherever you work, you have a right to do so safely and without fear of injury. While it’s incumbent on every employee to look after their own health and safety and that of their colleagues, employers have a serious legal obligation to do all they can to prevent this too.
They must provide you with adequate training to do your job safely, and should provide you with personal protective clothing or gear where appropriate. Any equipment you use must be regularly inspected and, if it is found to be faulty or defective, should be put out of commission until it can be repaired or replaced.
If you were injured in an accident like this and it wasn’t your fault, you should consider making a claim for compensation. Not only could you be compensated for your injuries and recover your costs, but a successful claim could also force your employer to change their approach to health and safety to ensure such an accident never occurs again.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out how we can help you to make a claim.
Get the help you need
If you’re thinking about making a compensation claim but you’re worried about how to go about it, have no fear. Accident Advice Helpline makes it easy to claim. To start, take our 30-second questionnaire which will tell you if we think you are eligible to make a claim. We’ll even estimate how much that might be worth, although we can’t guarantee the figure as everyone’s circumstances are unique.
Then, make a free, no-obligation call to our helpline where, as Dame Esther says, “one of [our] experienced advisors will help you every step of the way.” Our friendly advisers will explain the claims process and give you all the advice you need to get started.
So, what are you waiting for? Call today 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 get the compensation you are entitled to.