Nestled in the West Midlands, the city of Wolverhampton makes up one of the four metropolitan boroughs collectively known as the ‘Black Country’. Originally given the name due to the South Staffordshire coal seam, which would turn the soil black, the region is now a popular place to live, work and visit, attracting over 25 million tourists each year.
There are around a quarter of a million people living in and around Wolverhampton, from the traditional city centre to the modern suburbs of Blakenhall, Wednesfield and Merry Hill. The most populous ward is Bushbury South with around 15,000 people, and the smallest is Tettenhall Wightwick with just over 10,000.
As with any major conurbation, the hustle and bustle of daily life in such close quarters with others can sometimes lead to accidents. This could be on the road, while we are doing our jobs or when we’re just out and about at the shops. No matter where and how the accident happens, one thing is for sure; you didn’t see it coming.
Sometimes an accident is just that, a little bit of bad luck that interrupted our day. Other times there was someone at fault; someone who could have prevented our injury if they were taking more care, being more sensible or doing their job properly. When this happens, and you’ve been injured as a result, it’s time to take action.
Accident Advice Helpline are the national specialists who are here to help anyone looking for a personal injury solicitor in Wolverhampton. Our legal team are the finest in the business, and are able to effectively represent you on a wide variety of personal injury cases, giving you the very best chance of a successful outcome.
Don’t limit yourself to looking for a personal injury solicitor in Wolverhampton only. We work nationwide to provide specialist legal representation on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so that every single accident victim has their chance to make a claim. Talk to our friendly advisors today and see if you’re eligible to seek compensation.
Road traffic accidents in Wolverhampton
Car ownership in Wolverhampton is significantly lower than the average across England at just 66 per cent. The other 34 per cent of the city’s residents rely on the extensive bus network and, of course, the Midland Metro tram, linking Wolverhampton with Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Birmingham.
Despite this, analysis has found Wolverhampton to be the fifth worst city for congestion in the UK, with driving speeds averaging less than 14.8mph. The city’s worst traffic hotspot was named as the A4039 W at the junction with the A449, although a further 184 locations were also picked out as causing major daily delays.
With so many people trying to get into and out of the city, coping with dangerous junctions, heaving congestion and overwhelming frustration, it comes as little surprise to find out that some of the roads in Wolverhampton are the most dangerous in the Black Country. Over the course of the year, 2,042 incidents were reported across the region, resulting in 2,883 casualties and 18 fatalities. The West Midlands as a whole was found to be the area with the most road casualties in all of the UK, with in excess of 37,000 casualties over four years.
In response, the City of Wolverhampton Council has launched several road safety campaigns, aimed at making the streets in and around the city a safer place to be. However, the numbers are still on the up, with 725 road traffic accidents in Wolverhampton during the course of 2015, 12 per cent more than the year before.
Whether you’ve been in a major collision or a minor bump, if you were hurt and someone else was to blame, you should get in touch with us. We frequently work on cases involving road traffic accidents, and have some of the best solicitors in the business ready to help with your case. Call us today to find out more, and to start the claims process now.
Whiplash accident in Wolverhampton
Many car crash accidents in Wolverhampton happen at low speeds. When you’re crawling along in 14mph traffic, it can be easy to lose concentration and run into the person in front. Many people walk away from these minor ‘fender benders’ without any consequence, but they can just as likely suffer a serious injury, most frequently whiplash.
Whiplash describes the tearing, straining and pulling of soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons in the upper body, shoulders and neck. This injury is typically caused by the head rapidly moving in an unexpected direction, such as often happens in the event of a car accident. Research has shown that even at just five miles per hour, it is very easy to suffer a whiplash injury, as the force of the crash is focussed on the only unrestrained part of the body – the head.
Sometimes a crash victim will walk away from the scene of the accident feeling fine, not realising that the damage has been done. It can take several hours for the symptoms of whiplash to start to show, so often they feel much worse the next day than they did immediately following the incident. Usually the pain from whiplash will subside within a couple of weeks, but in one in four victims the discomfort can persist for much longer, lasting a year or even more.
Only one in three whiplash victims go on to make a claim for compensation, meaning an awful lot are missing out on cash that could help to speed their recovery. People fail to claim for all sorts of reasons, including:
- Worried what others will think
- Didn’t think they were eligible
- Were in the car where the driver was at fault
- Thought they couldn’t claim because they felt OK after the crash
- Didn’t want the hassle
- Couldn’t afford a solicitor
If you’re suffering following a whiplash accident in Wolverhampton, but are reluctant to claim because of one of these (or any other) reasons, please do pick up the phone. We will treat you with the utmost consideration, sympathy and confidentiality, and will help you decide if you have a case to claim or not. All our cases are taken on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so you don’t need to worry about having lots of money in the bank either.
Not making a claim now could mean you miss out on potentially thousands of pounds. Imagine if your whiplash continued to restrict your activities and impact your quality of life for years to come; you would be furious with yourself for not making that call. Don’t suffer in silence and then miss out; contact our friendly advisors today.
Slips, trips and falls in Wolverhampton
Falling over has always been the backbone of any good slapstick comedy. Residents of the Black Country are renowned for their awesome sense of humour, so it’s hardly surprising that a comedic slip or fall might raise some stifled chuckles when it happens unexpectedly.
But before you get your giggle on, let’s look at some of the facts. Slips, trips and falls are the single most common cause of accidental injury in the UK today. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are admitted to hospital or receive medical treatment because they’ve fallen down. Injuries range from broken bones, cuts and bruises to brain injuries and spinal trauma. On average, two people in the UK die each year following a slip, trip or fall.
As you can see, it’s no laughing matter, and when those injuries have come about because someone else wasn’t doing their job properly, it’s not fair to be made to suffer in silence. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we help people who have been injured in slips, trips and falls in Wolverhampton to access the professional legal support they need to make a claim for compensation.
Maybe the floor was wet but no warning sign was in place. Perhaps the paving slap you tripped on should have been repaired. Could it have been possible that a non-slip floor covering could have saved you from falling down those stairs? Whatever the situation, if someone else is to blame, you can and should make a claim. Talk to our friendly advisors today and we’ll be pleased to help.
Work accident in Wolverhampton
Since the recession of 2008, the employment rate in Wolverhampton has been steadily declining, as has employment in the Black Country as a whole. It is estimated that around a third of the working age population are currently without employment, which is significantly lower than the national average. Most employed people who live in Wolverhampton work in the city as well, and around 46 per cent of the jobs available here are filled by commuters coming in from neighbouring areas.
Traditionally, Wolverhampton’s economy was driven by the iron, steel, engineering and manufacturing industries, although over the years these traditional businesses have mostly either downsized dramatically or closed entirely. Today, employment in Wolverhampton is dominated with the services sector, with around 74.9 per cent of the city’s employment being in this area. Other important industries to the city include the motor trade, specifically sales and repair, health and social work, manufacturing, education and construction.
Although the services sector does not seem like a highly risky job, according to HSE it is still fraught with unexpected accidents and illnesses. The health and social care sector, particularly, suffers from work related stress and illness, as well as injuries caused by manual handling. Building and manufacturing bring some of the highest risk jobs out there, with the most fatalities at work occurring in the construction industry.
Whether you’re working in an office or handling heavy machinery all day, your employer has a responsibility to ensure you work in a safe and healthy environment. The City Council provides support for better workplace health and safety, so every employer can do better by their employees. If you think that your employer could have done more to prevent your work accident in Wolverhampton, it’s time to talk to us.
Our expert solicitors are ready and waiting to help you pursue a claim for compensation; a valuable cash sum that could replace lost earnings and help you cope while you are recovering. It is your right to seek this compensation from your employer if they have failed to keep you safe, and by doing so you will ensure that their working practices change, so future employees are not put at risk too.
Call our friendly advisors today for a completely confidential chat. You are not obliged to go ahead with a claim, but you owe it to yourself, and to your colleagues, to at least explore your options. We’re waiting to offer advice and support, so make that call today.
If you’re looking for a personal injury solicitor in Wolverhampton, talk to us first
If you’re feeling frustrated and angry that you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, talk to Accident Advice Helpline. We’re here to make sure the responsible party is brought to justice, and that you are adequately compensated for your injuries and any losses you have suffered as a result.
Our expert solicitors specialise in personal injury claims, and are the very best people to have on your side when it comes to putting your case together. We aim to do as much of the hard work as possible to make your claim a stress free, simple process, and to ensure you are free to focus on your own recovery.
Call our friendly advisors today for an informal chat, to find out whether you have a case to claim and what’s involved in the process. We’re here for you on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile you can call 0333 500 0993. Don’t suffer in silence; talk to Accident Advice Helpline today and start your claim for personal injury compensation.