Richmond Upon Thames is a borough in the south-west of London. Considered one of the most attractive boroughs in the city, it is a magnet for tourists keen to take in the many attractions there. It has stunning Royal Parks, historic houses and an array of theatres, museums and galleries, making it a rich cultural hub.
Almost half of the area is parkland and, with some of the highest house-priced districts in London, it scores highly on quality of life indices. However, as with much of London, it is both socially and economically diverse, with some parts scoring high on standard poverty indices too.
While its parkland and historic houses may suggest a sedate pace of life, the dense population and popularity for tourists means it’s actually very busy. As a result, it contends with regular accidents in the same way as any other part of London. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 16 years’ experience of working with accident victims, helping them secure the compensation they deserve. If you have been the innocent victim of an accident in Richmond Upon Thames, we are here to help.
Road traffic accidents in Richmond Upon Thames
Richmond Upon Thames has a slower pace of life than many other London boroughs. Road traffic accidents remain lower than other English regions, with an average of 2 fatalities or serious injuries on the roads per 10,000 population between 2014 and 2016 compared with an average of 4 across all English regions.
The number of road traffic accidents in Richmond Upon Thames has fallen faster in the last decade than in other regions too. This is partly due to road calming measures and public awareness campaigns, and because residents are less likely to travel by car, instead opting for foot, public transport and bicycle.
However, the lower number by no means indicates that the borough is completely safe for road users or pedestrians. There are still roughly 40 accidents on the road each year where people are killed or seriously injured. Such accidents can have massive repercussions for survivors and family members.
If you were injured in a car accident and you believe someone else was to blame, talk to Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly, professional advisors will talk you through your accident, give you free, no-obligation advice and introduce you to our personal injury solicitor in Richmond Upon Thames who will help you with your claim. Call today, for friendly, expert advice on your situation.
Whiplash accident in Richmond Upon Thames
A large number of physiotherapists in the borough offering specific treatment for whiplash injuries goes to show how common the injury is. Whiplash has been largely misunderstood by the public for a long time, but recent bodies of research have shown why the injury is so common, even in areas of slow traffic.
Contrary to what most people think, whiplash is as likely to happen in slow shunts as it is in fast crashes. This is partly because of the physiology of the neck and shoulders; in any kind of bump, the head is thrown forward and back, putting strain and stress on the muscles and bones in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Slow bumps can still cause a sudden, unexpected movement, and the instinctive reaction to protect the head can worsen the damage. It can also be compounded by the locking action of modern seatbelts, which cause an opposing force to the direction of the head.
Symptoms following a whiplash accident in Richmond Upon Thames include headaches, muscle pain, dizziness, confusion and fatigue, among others. While these usually subside over the course of a couple of days, some victims report symptoms lasting for weeks, months or even years. The symptoms can also be so subtle that it is often hard to diagnose.
It’s for this reason that almost two thirds of all people who suffer from the condition never go on to make a claim. However, in some cases the pain and discomfort of whiplash can last for many years, affecting work, lifestyle and social activities. If you have suffered whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault a personal injury solicitor in Richmond Upon Thames from Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for compensation. Call us now to find out more.
Slips, trips and falls in Richmond Upon Thames
Across the UK, just as in Richmond Upon Thames, slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidental injury. There’s a reason for this; they can happen anywhere, at any time, and even seemingly minor accidents can cause debilitating pain and discomfort.
In any area with high numbers of tourists and visitor attractions, there is a danger of slips and trips. In workplaces, these could be caused by loose cabling, obstructed thoroughfares or wet floors. Out and about, public areas may have loose paving or poorly maintained surfaces, which can also lead to trips.
Such accidents may seem minor, even embarrassing, but the injuries resulting from them can be surprisingly serious. We commonly hear about fractured or broken wrists or hands, a result of our instinct to put out our hands to break our fall. Other broken bones, facial injuries, head and back injuries are not uncommon either.
However, falls from a height, while fewer in number, remain the leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries reported to the Health and Safety Executive each year. Many of these are due to improper working practices, which means many of them could have been avoided.
Such accidents can result in death or serious injuries such as head trauma or brain and spinal injuries. Those surviving such accidents can be left needing personal care and medical treatment for the rest of their lives.
No matter what kind of slip, trip or falls in Richmond Upon Thames you had, if you believe someone was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation that could help you to recover some or all of the costs you’ve incurred as a result, including loss of earnings if you had to take time off work or ongoing treatment like physiotherapy.
Our personal injury solicitor in Richmond Upon Thames could work on your claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so there’s no reason not to call us today. Our friendly, professional advisors are waiting to help you now.
Work accident in Richmond Upon Thames
Richmond Upon Thames has higher levels of full-time and self-employment than the rest of Greater London and England as a whole. It also has a smaller population of unemployed people and students. By far, the three main occupation types in the borough are managerial or director levels, professional occupations and associate professional or technical, with small numbers of machine operatives, skilled trades, service industry, caring and customer service.
Regardless of the type of work you do, there is a risk of accidents at work. Sometimes these are random and unavoidable; however, occasionally they are caused by bad practices, a lack of proper risk assessment or carelessness on the part of the employer.
Your employer has a duty of care under the law to protect you from coming to harm during the course of your work. That means they need to take all reasonable precautions to reduce the chances of injury and to minimise the damage that can be caused. This includes providing training, carrying out proper risk assessments, using appropriate signage to denote hazards, issuing personal protective equipment and maintaining, repairing and replacing equipment as needed.
The local council has some excellent advice on what to do in the event of a work accident in Richmond Upon Thames. If you were injured at work and you feel your employer was at fault, don’t suffer in silence.
A personal injury claim could compensate you for your pain and suffering as well as help you to recoup your costs. That’s not all, though; making a claim could force your employers to change their practices to help prevent such accidents happening again in the future. Call our advisors today, and we’ll help to bring justice to your situation.
How to start a claim
Making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline is easy. Just pick up the phone and make a call to our friendly, professional advisors. They’ll explain the claims process to you, take more information on your accident and injury and give you free, no-obligation advice that can help you to decide if you’d like to make a claim.
There’s no obligation and it’s entirely up to you, but if you decide to go ahead, we’ll appoint you a personal injury solicitor in Richmond Upon Thames who will work on your case on an entirely no-win, no-fee* basis. That means you don’t have to pay anything upfront to start your claim.
Don’t wait; call us today FREE from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). We’re waiting to help you get the compensation you deserve.