If you’re on the lookout for a personal injury solicitor in London, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer some of the best injury solicitors in London, and in the UK too. Being injured in an accident is no laughing matter, so forget all the jokers who purport to be able to handle your claim well, and turn to us for the very best legal representation in town.
If you got hurt in an accident which wasn’t your fault, chances are you’ll be able to make a substantial claim for compensation. Don’t worry about the process, because we’re here to help you through every step of the way, and to offer the very best legal assistance you could wish for. All we ask is that you can say yes to these three questions:
- Were you injured because of someone else’s actions or negligence?
- Did you see a doctor or go to hospital as a result of your injury?
- Was the accident within the last three years?
If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to claim, our friendly team of advisers are ready and waiting to help. Don’t give up just because you’re not certain; talk to us today and you could be in line for a significant level of compensation.
Road traffic accidents in London
If you’ve ever driven in London, it won’t surprise you to find out that capital is also the 9th worst city for road rage in the UK. Apparently, the most likely time for a major road rage incident is at 7:30am on a Monday morning, as the fun of the weekend gives in to horrifying reality, and those already late start to lose their rag. It’s no wonder really, when you consider that London’s motorists waste 13 days of their lives sitting in traffic on gridlocked streets.
The deadly combination of heavy traffic, frustrated drivers and London is one of the worst cities in the UK for accidents. According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the constituency of the Cities of London & Westminster experience the highest number of accidents each year, with 1514 being reported in 2015 alone. 147 of these were noted as ‘serious’, also the highest number in the UK.
Among the top 10 highest constituencies for accident frequency, eight are within the boundaries of London. Holborn and St. Pancras, Tottenham, Vauxhall, Bethnal Green and Bow, Islington South and Finsbury, Poplar and Limehouse and finally Bermondsey and Old Southwark all reported over 500 road traffic accidents in 2015. Many other Boroughs of London experience a high number of accidents every year, a handful of which are fatal, but many more either serious or slight.
Road traffic accidents in London are definitely moving in the right direction, despite the sheer number of reported accidents each year. Transport for London (TfL) reported the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads to be at their lowest number in 2015 since records began, and at 42 per cent below the 2005 baseline which they are using to measure reductions.
Injuries to cyclists were down 10 per cent, and pedestrian injuries was down six per cent. However, the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in the capital was up by nine per cent, potentially as a result of the increase in motorcycle couriers and the popularity of ‘on demand’ services.
Despite these encouraging figures, it’s important to recognise that there are still many thousands of people killed or injured on London’s roads every year. Many of these accidents could have been avoided if other parties involved were paying more attention or driving with more care. If you’ve been involved in such an accident in London, and are looking for support to pursue a compensation claim, we’re here to help. Just get in touch with our expert advisers and we’ll help you to claim what you deserve
Whiplash accident in London
Although the number of accidents in London is high, it’s important to remember that not all of them are fatal, or even serious. In fact, according to the figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), of the 162,000 injuries from road traffic accidents reported in 2015, less than one per cent were fatalities. Just over 11 per cent were serious, and 87 per cent were only slight.
These slight injuries aren’t always negligible, and can still have long lasting consequences. One such injury is whiplash, which can be caused in an accident where speeds are as slow as just five MPH. Whiplash occurs when the head is forced forwards or backwards, left or right, in a rapid, unexpected motion. The consequences can mean chronic neck and shoulder pain, headaches and problems with movement, sometimes lasting months or even years after the accident.
Types of whiplash accidents in London
With so many accidents in London, and so many reported as ‘slight’, there are an understandably high number of whiplash injuries reported. However, it’s not only accidents on the road which can cause this type of injury. According to the NHS, causes of whiplash can include:
- Sporting injuries causing a blow to the head, such as in rugby or boxing
- A fall, trip or slip where the head is suddenly jolted backwards
- Road traffic accidents
- Being hit on the head by a solid object
We have also experienced people suffering whiplash after activities such as horse riding, after being on rollercoasters and thrill rides, as well as following accidents at work where either their head is hit by an object or they have fallen. If you think you might have whiplash, you should check for the following symptoms:
- Pain in the neck, tenderness, aches
- Stiffness in the neck, difficulties moving the head
- Pains in the shoulders or arms
- Muscle spasms in the upper back, neck or shoulders
People suffering with whiplash may also experience confusion, dizziness, memory loss and pins and needles in the arms and hands. Most worryingly, many people don’t start to experience the symptoms of a whiplash injury for many hours after the incident, so it’s quite possible that they had walked away from the accident feeling fine, and started to go downhill afterwards.
Some whiplash injuries are just unfortunate, for instance if you had willingly taken part in a contact sport activity and suffered an injury as a result. However, there are many whiplash accidents in London which could have been avoided if other people were more conscientious about their actions.
Whether you’ve been in a car accident, slipped in a public place or had an accident at work, if you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash and the incident was not your fault, our team are here to help. We are experts in claiming for whiplash after an accident in London, and have some of the best solicitors in the industry ready to handle your case. Call us today, and start the process to claim compensation for your injuries.
Slips, trips and falls in London
Did you know that a massive 37 per cent of reported workplace injuries are as a result of a slip, trip or fall? In fact, slipping or falling is the most common cause of injury in the UK today, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Unfortunately, around 50 people every year die as a result of their fall, but many thousands more go on to live with often long-term consequences of their injuries.
Injuries from slips trips and falls in London range from minor irritations to major, life-threatening consequences. It’s all too easy to laugh off a fall as a bit of bad luck, but when the resulting injury is serious, and could have been avoided, it’s no laughing matter at all. Awkward falls can lead to broken bones, whiplash, tendon strains and back injuries, some of which will have long lasting impacts for the rest of the victim’s life.
Not all slips, trips and falls in London have serious consequences, but should still be treated with the gravity they deserve when they were the fault of someone else. Huge numbers of fall injuries each year could have been avoided, if the responsible person or business took simple steps to ensure everyone’s safety. Things like:
- Providing signage for wet floors
- Ensuring adequate lighting
- Using floor mats
- Removing trip hazards
- Keeping pedestrian traffic areas clear from debris
- Installing slip resistant floors
- Maintaining the building to prevent leaks
Avoiding slips, trips and falls is easy; all it takes is a little care and common sense. If you’ve been hurt in a slip or fall because someone else didn’t do their job properly, you should make a claim. Claiming against negligence such as this could prevent someone else being injured more seriously in the future, so call our team today and we’ll support you through the process.
Work accident in London
Of the 8.7 million residents in London, 25 per cent living in Inner London and 16 per cent in Outer London are aged 25 to 34. In general, the trend in London is for younger, working aged people to live there; in fact, there are proportionally less people over the age of 50 living in the capital than anywhere else in the UK. From the latest figures, London has a working age population in excess of 5.4 million.
London has the UK’s highest proportion of people in full time employment at 79 per cent, which is reflective of its young demographic and the high cost of living associated with the capital city. Londoners work hard too; across the board, people in London work on average three weeks more each year than the average worker elsewhere in the UK.
This exhausting work ethic coupled with the average commuting time of 75 minutes per day means many Londoners are living a toxic lifestyle of stress and pressure, all of which can take its toll both mentally and physically. Being at work when feeling tired, stressed or unwell can increase the risk of accidents and injuries, no matter what sector you work in.
Over half a million people are injured at work every year in the UK, many from accidents that could have been avoided if proper health and safety standards were implemented. In addition to this, a further 1.3 million workers each year report to be suffering from an illness which was either caused or made worse by their job.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the industries with the highest rates of injury and illness are found in:
- Human health and social work: Over 6,000 a year
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing: Over 8,000 a year
- Construction: Over 6,500 a year
- Public administration and defence: Over 6,000 a year
Across the board, there are injuries and accidents occurring in all sectors, so whether you’re a programmer or a pilot, there’s still a risk that you could become injured when you’re just doing your job.
Thousands of people suffer work accidents in London every year. On the Underground alone, more than 3,600 workers were injured last year in the line of duty. Around a million people in London are employed in the construction industry, which has one of the highest rates of serious accidents and fatalities of all UK industries. Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers, but despite this, many people are still working in unsafe environments each day.
If you’ve suffered a work accident in London and you think your employer could have done more to prevent it, don’t suffer in silence. Your lost work days, loss of quality of life and long-lasting health issues are not your fault, so turn to us to help you claim the compensation you deserve. Our expert advisers and acclaimed injury solicitors are on your side.
No-win, no-fee claims in London with Accident Advice Helpline
Despite all our hard work to get the word out, there are still millions of people every year missing out on claiming the compensation they deserve. In fact, only around 30 per cent of injured parties decide to pursue a claim, even when they are sure it was someone else’s fault.
One of the reasons for this is the perceived cost of hiring a personal injury solicitor in London. Legal costs are well known to be an expense only affordable by the richest of society, so many without access to endless funds will simply forgo any legal action for fear of a huge, unaffordable solicitor’s bill.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe in standing up for the little guy. The compensation process is put in place to help bring justice to a bad situation, and to make sure the persons responsible for your injuries are held to account. This process shouldn’t discriminate based upon location or financial position, and should be open to anyone who has suffered at the hands of another.
This is why we offer a complete legal service on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, you won’t be stuck with a legal bill you can’t afford. It also means we can get started on your claim right now, whether you’ve got savings or not, and that justice can be levelled sooner.
Talk to us for a personal injury solicitor in London
If you’ve been an accident victim, don’t let the responsible party get away with it. Talk to us today about making a compensation claim, and we’ll do all the hard work for you. Call us from your landline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Our expert advisers are at the end of the phone to answer any questions you might have about the claims process. We take care of almost all the paperwork for you, and you probably won’t even have to go to court.
Say no to being a victim any longer, and call us today.
Date Published: 13th September 2017
Author: Clare P