The sprawling city of Newcastle Upon Tyne is the largest in the North East of England. Home to almost 300,000 people in the city, the greater metropolitan area houses an additional 1.6 million, many of whom have lived and worked in Newcastle Upon Tyne for many years.
As well as the permanent residents, the city attracts around two million tourists each year, filling up nine out of its ten hotel rooms all weekend and frequently during the week too. Football is popular here, with the local team, Newcastle United, a.k.a. the Magpies performing strongly in the Premiership tables.
Newcastle Upon Tyne started life as a humble mining community, but has flourished into a very modern city that represents the commercial, cultural and educational beating heart of the North East. As with any such densely populated area which straddles a range of demographic groups, the chances of an accident occurring here are high.
If you’ve been looking for a personal injury solicitor in Newcastle Upon Tyne, maybe you’ve already experienced one of these unexpected accidents. Perhaps you were injured in an accident on the road, in a slip or trip in a public place, or while you were doing your job? Whatever happened to you, our team of expert personal injury solicitors are here to help you claim compensation for your injury.
Can you claim?
We’re here to help you decide if making a claim is the right thing to do. To find out if you can claim, we will look at three key areas:
- Were you injured? It doesn’t matter if the injury was serious or just a minor problem, you shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else. Ideally, you will have seen a medical professional for your injury soon after the accident.
- Was someone else to blame? If someone has been careless, has not done their job properly or has otherwise put you in danger through no fault of your own, they should be made to take responsibility for their actions.
- When did it happen? We are usually restricted to dealing with accidents that have occurred in the last three years. However, there are some cases where we can make an exception, so do have a chat with us, even if the incident happened some time ago.
If you’d like more insight as to whether you can claim, our 30- second test is available to help you find out more. It’s not a definite answer to your question, but might help you to decide if taking this further is something worth considering. If you are in any doubt over whether you can claim or not, please talk to our expert advisors and they’ll help you find out for sure.
Road traffic accident Newcastle Upon Tyne
As with many major UK cities, Newcastle Upon Tyne is a busy, congested place to drive. In fact, the city has been identified as the 9th most congested location in all of the UK. Drivers in Newcastle Upon Tyne typically wait in traffic for around 24 hours every year, creating frustration and anger behind the wheel for many who are running late for work each day.
Major bottlenecks at rush hour include the many bridges and tunnels that cross the iconic River Tyne. The Tyne Tunnel sees more than 2,300 vehicles passing through both north and southbound every rush hour, and the Redheugh Bridge is almost as bad, with 1,145 vehicles passing southwards at 9am, and even more passing back to the north of the river at 6pm. The Tyne Bridge and A1 Western Bypass are also hotspots to avoid, with 5pm on a Friday earmarked as the very worst time to be on the road in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
With so many cars on the road, the occasional road traffic accident in Newcastle Upon Tyne is to be expected. Stressed out drivers, heavy traffic and frequent bad weather all add up to make a trying experience on the city’s roads, and on average around 700 accidents reported to local police each year.
Of these accidents, 918 casualties were reported last year, of which one was fatal and 78 classed as ‘serious’. 156 of these casualties were pedestrians, the majority in the 18 – 22 age group, prompting local police to launch their ‘heads up’ campaign to encourage young people to pay more attention when crossing roads.
Another 124 of these casualties had been cycling at the time of the accident. A pair of mini roundabouts in South Gosfort, at Haddricksmill Road, were picked out by cyclists as being the worst spot in Newcastle Upon Tyne for cycling accidents, with poor layout and confusing road markings being blamed for this accident blackspot. However, Newcastle City Council are undertaking many new projects to encourage cycling in the city, and provide various maps and information via their website.
For car drivers, one of the worst spots for accidents was the roundabout on Durant Road, where 45 people have been injured in over 30 separate accidents in the last few years. Roundabouts in general are accident blackspots around the region, with more than 492 crashes at these types of junctions over the last 12 months.
Getting around a big, busy city like Newcastle Upon Tyne is always going to be a little risky, whether you choose to drive, walk, cycle or take public transport. However, if you’ve been injured, not because you were not paying attention but because someone else did not, Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you.
Our expert legal representatives are ready to help you build a case, and to claim the compensation you are owed for your suffering and inconvenience. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling road traffic accident compensation claims, so will give your case the very best chance of success. There’s no need to look any further for a personal injury solicitor in Newcastle Upon Tyne, because you’ve already found the very best. Call us today to find out more.
Whiplash accident Newcastle Upon Tyne
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people suffer from following a road traffic accident in Newcastle Upon Tyne. However, it’s not only being in a car that can cause this type of injury. There can be many types of whiplash accident in Newcastle Upon Tyne which didn’t involve a vehicle at all, such as:
- Being hit on the head by something solid
- Tripping over something
- Falling from height
- Falling down stairs
- Being physically assaulted
- Taking part in contact sports
Whiplash is the term given to the injuries to the soft tissues in the head, neck and shoulders, which occur after the head has been ‘whipped’ forwards and backwards, left or right, in a sudden and unexpected movement. This can leave the victim with headaches, nausea, pain in the shoulders and upper back as well as loss of movement in the shoulders and neck.
Being in a car crash is by far the most common cause of whiplash accidents in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The restriction imposed by our lifesaving seatbelts means that the force of the crash is directed through our head and neck instead. Symptoms may take several hours to present themselves, so it’s perfectly possible to walk away from an accident feeling fine, only to be in severe pain later on or upon waking the next morning.
Some whiplash victims can be reluctant to make a claim, with only an average of one in three going ahead and seeking legal advice. However, because of the nature of this injury, you could end up with pain, stiffness and discomfort for many months, or could even be the unlucky one in four who is never quite right again for life. For this reason, it’s important to seek to make a claim early on in the process, so that your compensation can accurately reflect the severity of your injuries.
Our expert lawyers deal with whiplash accident claims every day of the week, and are highly skilled and experienced in helping to build a case. Despite these injuries being difficult to prove and quantify, with our expertise on board, you can be sure you’ll get the award you deserve, with minimum hassle and stress to you. Call today, and see why we’re the UK’s number one law firm for whiplash accident claims.
Slips, trips and falls in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Falling down, slipping over and tripping up constitute the single biggest cause of accidental injuries in the UK, according to HSE. Many such accidents are not serious, with most victims walking away with not too much injured, save for their pride. However, in some cases slips, trip and falls in Newcastle Upon Tyne can be significantly more serious, and could lead to serious injuries requiring long periods off work for recovery.
Two people per year are killed by a slip, trip or fall in the UK, and many hundreds of thousands are left seriously injured. Broken bones, pulled muscles, torn ligaments and head injuries are common complaints after a fall, with older people often suffering much more seriously than younger generations. When this accident could have been avoided if someone else was more careful, isn’t it only right that they are made to take responsibility for their actions?
Common causes of preventable slips, trips and falls in Newcastle Upon Tyne include:
- Broken paving slabs and potholes in public places
- Wet floors with no warning sign
- Lack of guard rails around holes in the ground
- Spillages in public places which were not cleaned up in a reasonable time
- Objects, cables and other obstructions being left lying across a footpath
- Snow and ice not be appropriately treated on public paths
There are many other situations where a fall could have been avoided, and as an injured victim, it is only right that you seek to bring justice to the cause of your accident. By claiming compensation, you’ll be making that person or company take responsibility for what they did, ensuring their practices change and that other people are protected in the future.
More than £1.3 million has already been claimed in Newcastle Upon Tyne for slips, trips and falls, so why not be the next success story? Talk to our friendly advisors today, and we’ll find the very best personal injury solicitor on our team to handle your case.
Work accident in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Around 133,000 people in Newcastle Upon Tyne are employed in the city, with thousands more commuting in from other towns and villages each day. Some of the biggest employment sectors in the city include human health and social work, providing 17.7 per cent of the jobs, education with 11.2 per cent of the jobs, and the motor trade with 11.8 per cent of the jobs.
Other major employment sectors include accommodation and food service, public administration, professional and scientific, and administrative and support service activities. Just 2.2 per cent of the population work in construction, seen as the most likely industry for accidents and fatalities, and just 3.9 per cent in transportation and storage, classed as the third most likely for accidents by HSE.
Of the 1.3 million people who claim to be suffering an illness either caused or made worse by their job, or being involved in an accident at work each year, almost 200,000 work in the health and social care industry. Almost half of these (44 per cent) suffer from stress, anxiety or depression, and a further 37 per cent complain of musculoskeletal disorders. With almost one in five of Newcastle Upon Tyne’s workers employed in this sector, if is not surprising that these types of accidents and sicknesses at work are relatively common.
Whether you’re working on health or retail, construction or computing, your employer has a duty to provide you with everything you need to do your job safely and in a healthy way. This could include appropriate training, support, providing well maintained equipment and machinery, as well as ensuring you have the right tools and protective gear to do your job well. If they fail to do this, and an accident occurs, you could have a case to claim compensation.
The city council in Newcastle Upon Tyne provides guidance both online and in person for businesses operating in and around the city on how to stay compliant with health and safety guidelines. If you think your employer is breaching health and safety, it is important that you report them to the council or to HSE before somebody gets hurt. If it’s too late for that and an accident has already happened, we are here to help. Talk to our work accident specialists today and find out more about your rights to compensation.
We are your personal injury solicitor in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Accident Advice Helpline are a leading national law firm, working with the very best solicitors up and down the country to help accident victims claim the compensation they deserve. By working with us, you’ll have access to the very best injury lawyers you could hope for, and all on a no-win, no-fee basis too.
The sooner you get in touch with us, the easier it will be for us to start gather evidence and building your case. Don’t leave it too late, otherwise you could lose your right to claim. Talk to our friendly advisors today, who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
You are under no obligation to go ahead, there is nothing to pay us to get started and you have no worries of a big legal bill from our solicitors if your claim is unsuccessful. Call 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 today, and we’ll help you claim the compensation you deserve for your non- fault injury.
Date Published: 25th September 2014
Author: Clare P
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