Maidstone in Kent is a former agricultural centre that was also a renowned area of heavy industry, but which now has an economy based around light industry and service. It is a central location for the paper and packaging industry, as well as blue-chip and technology.
The town also has a rich cultural heritage; there are several radio stations in and around Maidstone as well as an independent TV studio complex. There are also a number of museums and galleries including the Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, and Kent Life, an open air rural life museum.
Visitors also flock to the area for its historical houses and castles; Leeds Castle is known as the ‘loveliest castle in the world’ and there are also two castle ruins, Sutton Valence and Thurnham.
Maidstone has a large population in excess of 100,000, and sees an influx of visitors, especially during the summer. As such, accidents can happen from time to time in the town, as they can in all major conurbations.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you if you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. We have over 16 years’ experience of dealing solely in personal injury claims and we can put that experience to good use in representing you through your claim.
Road traffic accidents in Maidstone
Unlike many similar counties and council areas in the UK, the county of Kent, of which Maidstone is one of the larger towns, has seen road traffic accident numbers increase over the last five years. This includes fatalities, which have climbed from 43 in 2011 to 54 in 2015.
This worrying trend has seen a recent response from Kent County Council in the form of a number of road safety campaigns, including campaigns focused on drink driving, young drivers and the use of mobile phones. It remains to be seen what kind of effect this will have on accident numbers going forward, but nevertheless, road traffic accidents in Maidstone still occur. No matter how careful you are on the roads, there are always other drivers to contend with who may not be as careful or considerate as you are.
Many accidents on the roads occur due to careless or reckless driving on the part of other drivers; they could be speeding, not paying attention (such as using a mobile phone while driving) or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you were injured in an accident like this and it wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This could not only compensate you for your physical or emotional pain and suffering, but could also help you to recover some or all of your costs.
A personal injury solicitor in Maidstone could help you to make a claim, but it can take time to work your way through the phone book or search engine to narrow down your choices. Instead, call Accident Advice Helpline today; we can represent you wherever you are in the UK and can offer you immediate advice and support.
Whiplash accident in Maidstone
In a rear-end shunt, the force of the other car is transferred into your car, passing through the chassis and into your seat and then your body. Your body is thrown forward and only then does your neck and head ‘catch up’. As your body begins to move backwards following the shunt, your head is still travelling forward. This causes the head and neck to ‘snap back’, in a whipping motion.
This movement, which occurs in even slow speed shunts, is often compounded by modern seatbelts. They lock into place, applying an opposing force to the body to prevent you being thrown forwards on impact. But because your head is free of this locking action, the movement of ‘snapping back’ can be more violent.
This action is what causes whiplash; the muscles and ligaments in the neck, which also extend upward to the jaw and down to the shoulders, are overextended. This leads to the common symptoms of a whiplash accident in Maidstone, including headaches, muscle spasms, pain in the neck and shoulders, tingling arms and fatigue.
While many people who experience these symptoms find they subside in a day or two, APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) found that in one of five cases, symptoms last more than a year. That can mean chronic pain, time off work to recover, loss of enjoyment in relationships and social activities, and even psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression. If you were injured like this and the accident was caused by someone else, you can and should be compensated.
You could take on the services of a personal injury solicitor in Maidstone to help you with your case, but how do you know they have the expertise you need? Accident Advice Helpline has already put our knowledge and expertise to good use helping thousands of people across the UK to make successful personal injury claims.
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Slips, trips and falls in Maidstone
You might think that the worst you’d face in a slip, trip or fall is a little embarrassment, especially if it happens in a crowded place. Most of us have experienced this, and thankfully, it’s relatively easy to pick ourselves up, take the dent to our pride and carry on.
However, sometimes the repercussions are more severe. Depending on a number of factors, including how you fall, what caused it, the surface you land on and weather conditions, victims of slips, trips and falls in Maidstone can find themselves with serious injuries. These can include bruising, fractured bones and more. Such injuries usually heal fairly quickly with medical help, but even a couple of weeks off work can cause financial difficulty, which just isn’t fair when it wasn’t your fault.
If you believe that your accident was caused by someone else, why should you have to shoulder the financial burden? Government legislation entitles you to make a claim for this very reason; you could be compensated for loss of earnings, medical bills, prescription charges or travel costs to and from medical appointments.
A personal injury solicitor in Maidstone could be costly, though; you might be charged even for an initial consultation, and that’s before you’ve decided to hire this particular lawyer or firm. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe that everyone should access to justice, regardless of how much money you have, or your current financial situation.
That’s why we work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so that everyone can access the specialist services they need. There’s nothing to pay upfront to start a claim, so whatever your financial situation you shouldn’t be shy to talk to us about a claim. Contact to our friendly, professional advisers today to find out more.
Work accident in Maidstone
The majority of residents of Maidstone are employed in retail, with the next most popular professions being real estate, manufacturing and construction. Maidstone has above-average numbers of people employed in construction too, which is the UK’s most accident prone sector.
Work-related accidents can occur in any industry, even if the nature of those accidents may change. Regardless of where you work, though, you have a right to work without fear of injury, and your employer has a responsibility to make sure they do all they can to prevent an accident from happening. If your work accident in Maidstone was caused by a lack of adequate training or protective gear, poor processes and procedures or a failure on the part of your employer to maintain and repair or replace machinery, you could be eligible to make a claim against them for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is the leading name in personal injury claims; but don’t just take our word for it. We’re endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen, leading consumer rights champion and well-loved TV personality. She became our patron on the basis of extensive personal research that proved to her that we always put our customers first.
She also believes that our 100% no-win, no-fee* guarantee means just that, and that it represents the best opportunity for innocent accident victims to seek justice, regardless of affordability. Call now and find out how we can help.
Accident Advice Helpline – the name you can trust
We’re one of the largest law firms in the UK and we’ve specialised in personal injury claims for over 16 years. We make it simple and straightforward to make a claim; take our 30-second online questionnaire to find out if you’re eligible.
Just answer a few short questions and we’ll tell you if we think you are entitled to make a claim; we’ll even give you an estimate of how much that claim might be worth, although we can’t guarantee that figure as everyone’s circumstances are unique.
Then call our free, no-obligation helpline from a landline on 0800 689 0500. If you’re calling from a mobile, dial 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). Our advisers will 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.