The name “Shields” comes from the Middle English schele which means huts used by fishermen, and still today North Shields has a fishing industry and a fish quay even though the fishing industry has declined since the middle of the 20th century. Fishing, like farming, can be a dangerous occupation and there are many fatalities and injuries which befall people who go deep-sea fishing.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) oversees the regulations relating to the loading and unloading of fishing vessels, while the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) undertakes to enforce health and safety rules on fishing vessels. If a fisherman has an accident on a boat, it is possible that they can file a personal injury compensation claim against the owner of a fishing boat if it can be proved that the owner’s negligence was responsible for the accident and injury.
Everyone on board a fishing vessel has a responsibility to ensure that the health and safety regulations are maintained. However, the skipper and owner have responsibility for the health and safety of crew members. There are various checks which should be made before a vessel puts out to sea, and protective wear should be close-fitting and free of any loose belts or flaps which could get caught in gear or machinery. Boots should have anti-slip soles and have protective toe caps.
Injury solicitors in North Shields
Despite precautions, accidents and injuries can occur on boats and ships, and if you are injured on one, you may need the services of a firm of injury solicitors in North Shields. You will need to find injury solicitors in North Shields, or ones based elsewhere, who are experienced in dealing with personal injury compensation claims made by fishermen. Ask to see testimonials from satisfied clients that the solicitors dealt with in the past.
If you are unable to locate a firm of injury solicitors in North Shields who are experienced in this area, call us at Accident Advice Helpline and we will put you in touch with an expert solicitor who will represent you on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis.
Claiming for an illness
You may also be seeking a firm of injury solicitors in North Shields, if you have been diagnosed with an illness (perhaps work-related) which you can prove was caused by another person’s negligence (your employer in the case of a work-related illness). You have three years in which to file for such an illness.
Accident Advice Helpline
Whatever type of personal injury compensation claim you may have, call us at Accident Advice Helpline for help and expert legal advice regarding how to file one. You can call us on one of our freephone numbers at any time, even on Bank Holidays. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for expert legal advice. Find out how we can help you with your claim by calling us now.