Birkenhead on Merseyside is opposite Liverpool, and is best known for its ship-building industry and port. It was there that the HMS Ark Royal was built in 1938, the first British warship to be purpose-built as an aircraft carrier. Although, it was the third ship to be given the name Ark Royal. Unfortunately it sank in November 1941 when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The next Ark Royal set sail in 1955; this was another aircraft carrier, which was eventually broken up after 25 years of service in 1980.
There was also a ship named after the place where it was built, the HMS Birkenhead, completed in 1846. This tragically sank off the Cape of Good Hope, although it is remembered because the crew were ordered to ‘stand fast’ while the women and children on board were saved.
Other ships with illustrious histories were also built at the Birkenhead shipyards.
Why look for solicitors in Birkenhead?
If you work at a shipyard, you will know that there are inherent dangers, and despite management carrying out the necessary risk assessments, accidents happen, perhaps due to the negligence of others. If you have been injured in an accident at work you may be seeking the services of a firm of solicitors in Birkenhead in order to file a personal injury compensation claim.
You can also file a personal injury compensation claim with the help of solicitors in Birkenhead if you have been diagnosed with a work-related illness. If you work in a cramped space for several hours at a time, you are risking injuring your limbs. There is also the danger of asphyxiation if, for some reason, there is suddenly a lack of oxygen. Asbestos exposure can also occur and asbestosis is a recognised industrial disease, which can be claimed against.
Solicitors, Birkenhead-based, or ones elsewhere in the country can discuss your potential personal injury compensation claim with you and tell you whether or not you have good grounds for making a claim.
How long do I have to make my claim?
If you have had an accident or illness because of working in a shipyard in the UK you would have three years from the date of your accident, or the date of first being diagnosed with an illness to make your claim.
However, if your accident occurred outside your place of work, you might have less time in which to make a claim, depending on the nature of the accident. Call us at Accident Advice Helpline to find out how long you have to file your potential claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time for help and expert legal advice regarding you potential claim. Call our freephone numbers now: 0800 689 0500 (from landlines) or 0333 500 0993 for mobiles. Don’t hesitate to call us as the time for you to make your claim may be running out.