The cathedral city of Winchester in the county of Hampshire lies at the western end of the South Downs National Park. Although it’s around 60 miles from London, the closest large city is Southampton which is only 13 miles away.
Modern Winchester is home to around 45,000 people, but it developed from the more modest Roman town of Venta Belgarum. It is an historic city with fascinating Roman archaeology including a recently discovered Roman wall at Southgate Street, which is the site of the Roman South Gate Road.
The most popular landmark is Winchester Cathedral; one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. It is a thriving tourist attraction as well as a cherished place of worship, and boasts the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
A visit to Winchester is a fascinating and educational way to spend a few days, but it is also true to say that accidents can happen here just as easily as anywhere else in the UK. For some accidents, there is no-one to blame, but at other times, someone is clearly at fault. Have you been in an accident that was caused by someone else whilst you were visiting or living in Winchester? If so, we can help.
Rather than getting stressed about finding exactly the right personal injury solicitor in Winchester, why not call us here at Accident Advice Helpline? As one of the leading law firms in the UK, we were set up to help people to make successful claims for personal injury compensation. If you want to know more, give us a call today.
Road traffic accidents in Winchester
The busy M3 motorway runs close to Winchester, and several major trunk roads (namely the A34, A31, A3090 and A272 roads) traverse the area too. Winchester was once notorious as a traffic bottleneck, and it still suffers from heavy congestion at peak times. There have been concerns from residents, the local county councillor, and the local MP about the A33/B3047 Cart and Horses junction near Winchester, which is now earmarked for significant investment to improve safety. It has been identified as a ‘notorious accident blackspot’, and was the scene of 16 collisions resulting in injury over a five-year period.
Despite the excellent efforts by local road safety authorities to improve the layout and lighting of junctions, there are still accidents that happen due to recklessness or carelessness on behalf of drivers.
A personal injury claim is one way of sending a message that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable, while also providing the victim with a valuable financial cushion. Whilst this cannot make the injury go away, it can help to pay for the services that are needed to aid rehabilitation. Have you or a loved one been involved in one of the road traffic accidents in Winchester that happen every week? We can help you to start a personal injury claim, so call our team today.
Whiplash accident in Winchester
The injury we know as whiplash is one of the most frequently suffered injuries following a road traffic accident. This could be caused by drivers not paying attention, poor judgement or inappropriate driving. If a driver is going too fast or is not paying attention, they may fail to spot situations in the road ahead, and that can lead to collisions.
Whiplash describes a collection of symptoms associated with hyper-extension of the neck. Put simply, this means that the soft tissues of the neck are stretched too far. They become damaged, inflamed and painful for the victim.
For most people, this is a self-limiting injury. This means that it can get better by itself, usually without medical intervention. You just need to take pain-killers and let nature do the rest. However, if you have been involved in a whiplash accident in Winchester, we strongly urge you to seek medical attention to ensure there is nothing more serious occurring.
Most whiplash injuries will clear up within a couple of weeks or so, but in some cases the pain, discomfort and stiffness can last for months or more. Research has shown that around one in five whiplash victims will continue to experience symptoms for more than a year, so although this type of injury is not life threatening, it’s important to realise the impact it could have on your life.
Our expert solicitors are on hand to help you claim back a fair award of compensation for your injury, and don’t even ask for any payment up front. Our no-win, no-fee* agreement means we can start working on your case right away, no matter what your financial situation. Call us today to find out more.
Work accident in Winchester
As one of the most diverse and prosperous urban centres in Hampshire, the employment sector in Winchester is both healthy and varied. The city’s density is higher than the regional average (1.18 vs the south east average of 0.86) and it is a popular location for entrepreneurial activity and start-ups.
The job market in Winchester is predominantly comprised of roles in the public sector (education and healthcare) and in tourism, retail, distribution and business services. More recently, the local creative sector has been gaining momentum.
Although the retail trade is one of the more hazardous industries to work in (2,250 injuries per 100,000 employees, according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive) there is no suggestion that it is more dangerous in a Winchester workplace than anywhere else. However, accidents can and do happen and a large proportion of them are associated with manual handling. This accounts for around third of all workplace injuries.
Manual handling simply means moving objects from one place to another and injuries can be caused by the lack of lifting equipment, inappropriate or poorly maintained equipment and a lack of training. The most effective ways to prevent manual handling accidents are appropriate training and provision of lifting equipment where necessary.
Employers have a duty to provide both equipment and training. Have you suffered a work accident in Winchester recently because your employer did not do this? We may be able to help you start a personal injury claim. Our solicitors have the necessary legal skills to handle workplace claims even if they are complex. Contact us now for more help.
Slips, trips and falls in Winchester
A visit to Winchester to learn more about the cathedral, shop or enjoy a meal should not be a hazardous activity. Most people will enjoy a lovely day out, but a few people will suffer the misfortune of a slip, trip or fall that was not their own fault.
Perhaps someone did not secure some trailing cables, maintain a floor surface or provide adequate lighting? These are the duties of organisations that operate public areas. It takes just a little common sense to prevent slips, trips and falls in Winchester.
Perhaps you fractured a wrist or tore a knee ligament. If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Winchester to help with your personal injury claim, you could turn to us. We are a UK-wide law firm with a wide range of expertise in many types of claim. Call us today for more information.
The support you need to claim
From the moment you make that first call to our friendly advisers we are on your side. We will take on all of the legal aspects of your claim and shield you from a lot of the paperwork. You can focus on providing us with your version of what happened.
If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Winchester, and would like your case handled on a no-win, no-fee* basis to minimise the financial risks to you, Accident Advice Helpline is for you. We are on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993; we are waiting for your call right now, so call us today.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: Clare P