The Somerset district of Mendip covers around 285 square miles of land, from the Mendip Hills to the Somerset Levels. It comprises rural areas and a few small towns, of which Frome is the largest, although Shepton Mallet is the administrative centre. The other notable centres of population are Wells (which is officially designated a city) and Street which, although sizeable, is still a village.
Mendip is a lovely area to live in and attracts many visitors every year. There is plenty to keep them busy including the stunning and historically significant Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor and Wookey Hole caves.
Touring around is a popular option, and Mendip Hills have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors flock to the area, especially in the summer months to enjoy the distinctive limestone ridge rises and windswept plateaus. The hilltops provide a wonderful environment for flower rich grasslands and wooded combes, supplying a variety of habitats for wildlife. For visitors who fancy something a little more energetic, there is cycling, horse riding, walking and host of other activities.
There are only around 112,500 permanent residents in Mendip, which makes it a generally peaceful place to live. However, this number swells considerably during the tourist season, and can make the towns and villages of the area somewhat crowded. But even in the off-season, as with any other district in the UK, accidents can sometimes occur.
If you have had an accident yourself when you were living in or visiting the area, you may be looking for a personal injury solicitor in Mendip to help you with a claim. This could be a good time to talk to us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a highly experienced nationwide law firm, who always put our clients’ best interests first. Give us a call today to find out more.
Road traffic accidents in Mendip
The M5 runs to the west of the district but the whole area is traversed by several major trunk roads including the A39 and the A37. The roads can become very busy when events are underway in the district especially the internationally acclaimed Glastonbury Festival. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area and leads to a big increase in traffic.
The overall picture in terms of road safety for roads in non-built-up areas as in most of Mendip is very optimistic. In the last couple of years, the number of people killed has fallen by 6 per cent, the number of people seriously injured fell by 4 per cent and the number of all casualties was down by 8 per cent.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that people don’t still get hurt on the roads, and there are still significant numbers of casualties from road traffic accidents in Mendip every year. Sometimes they caused the accident themselves, but in other cases they were the innocent victim of another driver’s carelessness. In this situation, the victim has the right to seek compensation for their injuries.
The process of starting a personal injury claim can seem daunting if you have never done it before. We want to help, so have taken the time to ensure that the process is as simple and transparent as possible. Your first contact with us will be with our friendly telephone advisors, who will check that you have a valid claim, before passing your case to one of our highly skilled solicitors. Don’t suffer in silence; call us today and claim the compensation you are due.
Whiplash accident in Mendip
When a road traffic collision takes place at lower speeds you may expect to emerge unscathed from the experience. In many cases, you will, but there is a high risk you could suffer a neck injury called whiplash.
This is a soft tissue injury, so there are no bones involved. It develops when the soft tissues of the neck are stretched further than they are usually able to. It results in torn or stretched fibres in the tissue which become inflamed and start to hurt.
It is perfectly normal for whiplash to develop a few hours after the road traffic collision. Sometimes, it may even be the next day before you feel any discomfort. It is important that you visit a doctor to get checked out if you suspect you have whiplash, as they will be able to give you the best advice on how to help your recovery.
Keeping still is not the best way to recover. You will normally be advised to take pain killers (if it is safe for you to do so) and to keep moving gently. Sometimes whiplash is so severe that you will not be able to work or care for young children. This is when a whiplash accident can start costing you money, in terms of lost wages and child care costs.
If you’ve been in a whiplash accident in Mendip, we do not think that it is fair that you lose out financially as well. We want you to be able to focus on your recovery without worrying about money. Give us a call today, and we’ll explain how to take the next steps.
Work accident in Mendip
The wholesale and retail trade sectors are major employers in the Mendip area, with nearly 20 per cent of the workforce employed in this sector. A further 10 per cent work in manufacturing. There is also plenty of employment in the education and health services sector.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that nearly 20 per cent of fatal accidents are caused by being struck by a moving vehicle and this is a hazard in both manufacturing and the retail sector. Fork lift trucks are used extensively in storage facilities to move heavy loads, but if care is not taken they can present a hazard. In fact, Mendip has been listed as being in the top ten worst areas for fork lift fatalities.
There is no need for fork lift trucks to present such dangers to workers. Employers should risk assess the way in which fork lift trucks are used in work premises, and put measures in place to reduce the risks. This will include adequate training of operatives, sign posting and safe systems of work.
Employers can find information on better health and safety at work from Mendip Council, or from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If you have been injured in a work accident in Mendip involving any type of machinery, we understand how distressing it can be. It is even more upsetting if you are aware that the accident was your employer’s fault. We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation, so give our advisors a call today.
Slips, trips and falls in Mendip
Slips, trips and falls can happen in any part of the country and Mendip is no exception to that. The injuries suffered in this common mishap range from simple cuts and bruises right through to life-threatening head injuries and more. Sometimes there is no one to blame but ourselves, but a small portion of slips, trips and falls in Mendip were completely preventable.
Prevention could be as simple as signposting a spillage or repairing a broken light on a stair well. If this was not done and you were injured as a result, you should call us and have a chat about how you could claim compensation.
Our expert solicitors are highly experienced in this type of claim. We will do all we can to resolve your case quickly and get you the compensation that you deserve. Give us a call to find out more.
Helping you to make your claim
We understand that looking for your perfect personal injury solicitor in Mendip is time consuming and stressful. But you’ll be happy to hear that, now you’ve found us, your search is over. We have both the experience and the expertise to handle your case efficiently, and some of the highest achieving personal injury solicitors on our team. You can rest assured that your case will be in the best hands from start to finish.
Our no-win, no-fee* arrangement means that anyone can start a claim with no upfront legal fees to pay; our services are available to everyone, no matter what their financial circumstances. We aim to conduct as much of the claims process over the phone as possible, and will do our best to ensure you don’t need to attend court.
If you need a personal injury solicitor in Mendip call us right now, on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.