Being involved in an accident is never a good experience. You may be hurt, upset and worried about taking time off work to recover. If your injuries are major, you may be panicking about what life will be like for you going forward. If someone else was to blame for all this pain, worry and suffering, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury solicitor in Sheffield.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in representing the victims of accidents. We provide the very best personal injury solicitors Sheffield residents could hope for, and can put you in touch with an expert legal representative to help secure the compensation you deserve. From accidents on the road to injuries caused at work and everything in between, we’re here to help you bring justice to this terrible situation.
Why work with us?
Accident Advice Helpline are one of the biggest and most successful law firms in the UK, and have helped millions of accident victims to claim compensation for their injuries. Here are just a few of the reasons our customers trust us, and why for a personal injury solicitor in Sheffield, victims can ask for no better representation:
- A proven track record of almost two decades: We’re not going to disappear overnight, unlike many smaller, less well managed legal firms. We’ve been operating since 2000 and have an enviable track record of success with even the most complex of claims.
- Trustworthy advisers and absolute discretion: We know you might feel uncomfortable making a claim for compensation, but you can trust our advisers and solicitors to be absolutely discreet. There’s no need for anyone to know anything about your claim, unless you choose to tell them yourself.
- Master of one trade, Jack of none: We don’t believe in trying to cover all sorts of legal niches with our service. We are accident and personal injury specialists, and our solicitors are the very best in the industry. We only deal with personal injury claims, so you can be confident that you’ve got the very best team working on your behalf throughout the claims process.
- Dame Esther Rantzen would choose us: We are endorsed and supported by the well-known consumer champion, Dame Esther Rantzen. She wholeheartedly approves of our ethical practices, and loves the way we stand up for the little guy against responsible parties large and small.
If you’re looking for a personal injury solicitor in Sheffield, there’s no better law firm to handle your case than us. Get in touch today and chat with our friendly, expert advisers to find out more about what we can do for you.
Making a claim is easy
We know you’re hurt and worried that starting a compensation claim will mean more work and inconvenience to you, so we’ve worked hard to make the process as stress free and easy for you as possible. Our team will handle as much of the paperwork, communications and organisation as possible, so that you can focus on your recovery. The majority of our claimants never even go to court, so don’t worry about creating more work for yourself, because this process is as seamless as we can make it.
Road Traffic Accidents in Sheffield
With more than 550,000 people living in Sheffield, it’s no wonder that rush hour can be a nightmare. Sheffield was named as one of the most gridlocked cities in the UK last year, with drivers spending on average 36 minutes a day stuck in traffic. These delays lead to frustration, which in turn can make drivers more careless, increasing the risk of accidents on the road.
INRIX data shows the worst traffic hotspot to be the A61 N (London Road) at the junction with the A621, although there are a further 360 traffic hotspots across the city. Locals also cited the Chapeltown to Sheffield road, the Leppings Lane junction and the Hillsborough interchange as bad blackspots for traffic.
On average, there are more than 1,200 road traffic accidents in Sheffield each year, many of which are non-fatal and result in only minor injuries. However, recent research by the Road Safety Foundation named two of Sheffield’s roads as among the ten most dangerous in Britain. The A621 Barlow to Totley road and the A625 Calver to Sheffield road were picked out as accident blackspots, based on the number of fatalities recorded compared to the distance travelled.
Cyclists in Sheffield as also at risk, with a total of 825 accidents being reported in the past five years. That’s around 11 accidents a month, many of which occur on Sheffield’s most dangerous roads for cyclists. Ecclesall Road, Abbeydale Road and Glossop Road were all accident blackspots for two wheeled users, racking up 90 accident reports between them.
Have you been in an accident in Sheffield?
Being involved in a road traffic accident is one of the most frightening things that can happen to us. Even if the accident was minor, the stress and anxiety from this event can often last a long time. High speed accidents can result in injuries that can be life changing, but even if your injuries were not so major, you still don’t have to suffer in silence.
Whether you were a driver or passenger, a pedestrian or cyclist, or were on public transport at the time of the accident, we can help. We specialise in proving blame for accidents on the road, and can help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. Your award could go a long way to helping you financially, particularly if you need to take time off work to recover, so talk to us today about your accident and we’ll be happy to start a claim for you.
Whiplash accident in Sheffield
One of the most common injuries our personal injury solicitors in Sheffield deal with is whiplash. Whiplash describes a type of serious neck strain, which is caused by the head being thrown back or forth, left or right, in a rapid and unexpected way. This motion causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck and shoulders, resulting in pain, loss of movement, headaches and other symptoms.
According to the latest figures, over 78 per cent of all personal injury claims are made on account of a whiplash injury. In fact, even in very low speed crashes of five MPH or less, whiplash is still a very common injury to drivers and passengers in vehicles. There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Seatbelts: This life saving device immobilises your torso and prevents you from going through the windscreen, hitting your head on the dashboard and suffering serious injuries. However, it also means that all the force of the impact is absorbed by your head and neck, causing cases of whiplash to rise exponentially in countries such as ours where seatbelt use is widespread.
- Vehicle design: Cars have been made more rigid over recent years, in an effort to ensure the occupants are protected in the event of a crash. The knock-on effect of this is that more of the energy from a crash impact is transferred to the people inside the car, leading to more injuries to the neck and shoulders as a result.
- Congestion: We’ve already discovered that Sheffield is one of the most congested cities in the UK, but actually the UK as a whole is one of the most congested countries in the world. Compared to the EU average of 34 cars per KM of road, the UK has an average of 77. This makes the risk of shunts more likely, as driving conditions are more dangerous overall.
If you’ve been involved in a crash at any speed, and at the time felt as if you had got away with no injury, it’s important to keep an eye on your health over the coming hours. Whiplash can take several hours, and in some rare cases even a day or two, to exhibit any symptoms, so if you feel any pain in your neck, shoulders or arms, or experience a headache, it’s a good idea to get checked out medically for whiplash.
Whiplash can also be caused by a blow to the head, by falling or tripping awkwardly and even by fun activities such as playing sport or riding rollercoasters. Any event where your head was thrown in an unexpected direction could cause injury, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of whiplash to keep yourself safe.
Can you claim for whiplash?
Whether you’ve been in a car crash or there was some other cause for your whiplash, don’t put off the opportunity to make a claim. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) found that 33 per cent of people who get whiplash through the fault of someone else do not go on to make a claim, which is a lot of people who are missing out on their rightful compensation.
This could be because they don’t realise they are eligible, or just because they don’t understand the process. Many don’t think it’s serious enough to bother with the hassle of a claim, but it’s important to realise you could be turning down compensation for something that will affect you for life. One in five people with whiplash say they are still in pain after one whole year, and many never recover at all.
Don’t panic about whether you are able to make a claim or not; it’s our job to assess that for you. And don’t worry about hassle or paperwork either, because we’ll take care of as much of that as we can too. Talk to us today about whiplash accidents in Sheffield and we’ll get started in pursuing your claim.
Slips, trips and falls in Sheffield
Suffering a slip, trip or fall in Sheffield might not seem like a big deal, but actually these incidents can cause serious injury. When we feel ourselves falling, we naturally put out our hands to break the impact, which can cause serious injury to the arms, hands and shoulders. Falling down can lead to broken bones, cuts and bruises, head injuries and more, so really, it’s no laughing matter.
Sometimes these slips, trips and falls are just plain bad luck; we’ve missed our footing or not been paying attention. Other times they are a result of someone else’s negligence, and should not have happened to us at all. Think about the last time you fell down; was it really your own silly fault, or could it have been avoided?
Owners and managers of public places have a responsibility to keep people safe. From shopping centres to public transport, pavements to libraries, we should be able to go about our business in safety and comfort, without being put at risk of injury from slipping, tripping or falling down. Safety measures can be low cost and simple, such as:
- Providing non-slip matting in areas prone to wetness
- Using ‘wet floor’ signage to warn people of slip hazards
- Employing effective cleanliness regimes, to ensure spills are cleaned up rapidly
- Being conscientious about keeping members of the public away from fall hazards
- Using covers for cables which are across pathways
- Properly maintaining paths and pavements to avoid cracks and other trip hazards
There are many more things that are simple and effective ways for building managers to keep people safe, and most are very inexpensive too. If someone has failed to keep you safe in a public place, isn’t it right that you bring justice to the situation with a claim for compensation?
Slips, trips and falls are the single biggest cause of injury in the UK today, according to HSE. If you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip or fall in Sheffield, and it was because someone didn’t do their job properly, get in touch and we’ll help to put things right.
Work accident in Sheffield
There are around 240,000 employment positions in Sheffield, employing both people living in the city and those from outside who commute in each day. Historically a steel making city, Sheffield is undergoing an element of reinvention. Although the city still produces a large amount of specialist steel, the production process has largely become automated, reducing the number of jobs in this sector. The city is aiming to become a hub of modern technology and sports, and the employment sectors are slowly beginning to reflect this trend.
The biggest employment sectors in Sheffield currently include public administration, health, finance and business services, demonstrating the move away from manufacturing and towards more sustainable industries. A recent business survey named Sheffield as the 9th most likely UK city to have an accident at work in, proving that even with a reduction in the perceived dangerous steel industry jobs, work accidents still happen in Sheffield just as often.
In total, almost two million people a year will suffer either an injury or an illness which is caused by or made worse by their job. Falls from height are the biggest cause of fatalities in the workplace, although not all accidents end in death. Injuries caused by lifting and carrying are the most common cause of injury, accounting for around 40 per cent of all reported accidents, with slips and falls as well as injuries from machinery making up the other most common causes reported.
What should you do if you’re involved in a work accident in Sheffield
Your employer has a responsibility to ensure you can do your job safely, without risking your health. If they have not provided the appropriate training, tools or protection for you to do your job safely, then they must take responsibility for your accident. Here’s what to do if you’re injured at work:
- The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Your workplace should have a first aid kit and first aider ready to help you initially, and should help you get to a hospital or doctor for further medical care.
- You should ensure the incident is appropriately reported in your workplace’s accident book. If you are too unwell to do this yourself, ensure that a colleague or supervisor does this for you.
- If you think your accident was caused by negligence of your employer, you don’t have to return to work. You should report the accident to HSE, and avoid putting yourself at risk again until the problem is resolved.
- Talk to Accident Advice Helpline about compensation for your injury. Don’t be afraid of seeking compensation against your employer; your action could help to protect your colleagues and other workers in the future.
We have specialist personal injury solicitors Sheffield workers can talk to about their compensation claim. These solicitors have dealt with many types of work accident in Sheffield, and are extremely efficient at dealing with complicated cases. Just call us today, and we’ll put you in touch with the right person to handle your claim.
We only deal with no-win, no-fee cases
We don’t think it’s fair to stop victims from claiming compensation because they can’t afford legal help. If you’re injured and someone else is to blame, you should be able to make a claim regardless of your financial circumstances. For this reason, every one of our cases is operated on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), this means you won’t be liable for huge legal bills if your case is unsuccessful. If you do win your case, we’ll recover the legal costs from the other side, so that you can keep your award and use it as you wish.
One in three accident victims does not seek compensation because they are afraid they either can’t afford to, or that they won’t win. Neither of these things are an issue for you when you choose to work with Accident Advice Helpline. We’ll do our very best to ensure you do win, and if you don’t, we’ll make sure you don’t end up with an unaffordable legal bill.
Call today for the best chance of winning
With compensation claims, the sooner we get started with your case, the greater the chance of a win there is. Having a personal injury solicitor working on your case soon after the incident will make it easier for them to gather evidence, and to put together a winning case for maximum compensation.
Don’t delay; call us today and tell us about your accident, and we’ll allocate you a personal injury solicitor for Sheffield claims who will work tirelessly to win the compensation you deserve. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or if you’re using a mobile on 0333 500 0993. The call is free, and you’re under no obligation to go ahead at any stage.
Our friendly, expert advisers are waiting to talk to you.
Date Published: 28th August 2012
Author: Clare P
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