Personal Injury

    Road Accidents

Nearly 150,000 accidents happen on the road each year, causing all sorts of minor and major injuries, and fatalities. If you have been injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian as a result of an accident on the road, you can make a claim for compensation against the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident. Ascot Lawyers have a specialist team dedicated to motor accident claims involving all types of road accident and injury, who can handle your claim and help to negotiate your settlement. We can also help you to arrange and recover costs for any repairs for damage that has occurred to your vehicle, as well as organising a hire or replacement vehicle.

The Motor Insurers‘ Bureau (MIB)

If the person responsible for your accident is untraceable or uninsured, you may still be able to present your claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB is an independent organisation set up under the Road Traffic Act 1988, to provide compensation for victims of accidents caused by negligent uninsured and untraceable drivers. Ascot Lawyers can advise you on whether you are eligible to take your claim to the MIB, and handle the legal process on your behalf.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Accidents at School

Accidents at school may involve pupils, teachers, support staff or other visitors in any type of educational facility, such as nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. These places are all under a duty of care to provide a healthy and safe environment, and ensure the safety of pupils and staff whilst on the school premises and on school trips. Schools with young children attending are also responsible for providing appropriate supervision and safety measures, where these children are not fully capable of caring for their own safety. If you feel that you or your child have had an accident because the school neglected to ensure proper safety measures or precautions, your claim can be presented to the Local Education Authority.

Representing a Child

If a child is under 18, they will need to have a ‘litigation friend’ to act on their behalf. This is usually a parent, guardian, or someone close to the child and all that is required to become a litigation friend is that the person has the capacity to do so, and will act in the best interests of the child. When the claim is settled, the settlement will need to be approved by the court to ensure that these criteria have been met and that the child has been awarded fair compensation for their injuries. Ascot Lawyers can advise you throughout your claim, and provide you with legal representation at your court hearing, presenting evidence and information to support your case.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Accidents at Work

Workers can sustain injuries as a result of accidents or negligence in any type of workplace, including offices, shops, restaurants, outdoor sites, factories, warehouses, construction sites, and so on. Under The Health and Safety at Work Act, employers have a duty of care to provide their workers with a healthy and safe working environment. This means that they are responsible for actions such as the following

 

  • Carrying out risk assessments
  • Meeting ventilation, heating, lighting and sanitary standards
  • Ensuring safe working practices are in place
  • Providing necessary safety equipment and protective clothing
  • Ensuring that machinery and equipment are safe to use
  • Ensuring that materials are handled and stored safely
  • Setting up emergency plans
  • Providing first aid facilities

 

Prior to 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 provided that employers have a duty of care to their employees and would have a civil liability for health and safety breaches. As of 1 October 2013, further to 69(3) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, employers no longer have a civil liability for such breaches. However employees are still able to claim compensation in relation to breaches of relevant health and safety legislation, where it can be proved that the employer has been negligent. In effect, whereas previously such claims were normally pursued in relation to breaches of health and safety legislation and negligence on the part of the employer, as of 1 October 2013 claims will be pursued for negligence on the part of the employer. Many people worry about the negative impacts of pursuing a claim against their employer. However, our aim is to provide you with fair compensation for your injuries and losses, without having negative impacts on your working relationships or employment contract. Your claim is likely to be covered by the company’s employers’ liability insurance, which all employers are required to have by law for events involving accidents in the workplace.

Public Sector Employees

Members of the Police Force, Armed Forces, and other government agencies who serve the public are also employees, and their employers are still under the same duty of care to keep them safe at work. If you work in the public sector and have suffered an injury whilst in the line of duty, our employers’ liability team can assist you with making a claim.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Accidents in a Public Place

When people have an accident in a public place, they often believe that they are responsible for their own safety and that no one else is to blame. However, the owners of public and private organisations such as supermarkets, amusement parks, restaurants, and leisure centres all have an obligation to provide a safe environment to their visitors or customers, and are ultimately responsible for accidents that may occur on their premises. All of these organisations are required by law to have public liability insurance, to provide cover for accidents involving members of the public.

Local authorities and councils have a responsibility to maintain public areas such as gardens and footpaths, which includes actions such as maintaining surfaces, removing or preventing any dangerous obstructions, and clearing rubbish and litter. They also have a duty to take action during adverse weather conditions, such as gritting the roads or blocking flooded areas from public access.

Ascot Lawyers have a specialist team dedicated to public liability claims, with experience in reviewing photographs, evidence and information surrounding accidents in public places, and negotiating settlements with small and large organisations. If necessary, a member of our team can also visit the location of your accident to assess the environment and any hazards that may have been involved.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Animal Injuries

Many injuries can be caused by animals, and some of the most common causes are dog bites, horse riding accidents, farming incidents, or incidents involving escaped cattle. Although the animal itself may not be to blame, the owners and keepers of animals have a responsibility to look after them, and manage the safety of others around them. For domestic owners, this includes training their pets, and taking appropriate action if they believe that their animal may be dangerous, or could do something which may cause harm to others. In commercial environments such as horse riding schools, farms, or zoos, the keepers are responsible for ensuring the safety of visitors and participants around the animals, which may include actions such as providing suitable safety equipment, advice, and supervision for activities.

If you have been injured by an animal, our team of solicitors can advise you on whether the owner or keeper is responsible, and how you could pursue a claim. By nature, animal injuries can vary in severity from a small dog bite, to serious injuries sustained through a horse-riding accident, and your claim will always be handled by a solicitor with relevant experience.

The Dangerous Dogs Act

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced as a result of a number of attacks and serious injuries caused by aggressive and uncontrolled dogs. Under this legislation, it is illegal for an owner to let their dog be out of control in a public place, or a place in which it does not have permission to be. Some dogs are also required to wear a muzzle and be kept on a lead around others. If your injury was caused by a dog, and the owner has breached the Dangerous Dogs Act regulations, then you are able to make a claim for personal injury.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Sports Injuries

Most sports involve a level of risk associated with physical activity and the game involved. However, some accidents that happen whilst playing sport may be a result of faulty equipment, an unsafe environment or playing surface, insufficient training or supervision, or inappropriate behaviour of other players. In these cases, responsibility for your injury may lie with the organisers of an event, the owner of sporting grounds, equipment providers, or other sports club members or players. Many teams, clubs and event organisers have now taken out specific sports insurance, to provide cover for accidents during both training and matches.

At Ascot Lawyers, we can handle claims for accidents that have occurred during training or a match, for both individual and team sports, as well as extreme sports such as skiing, snowboarding or rock climbing.

Professional Sportspeople

For professional sportspeople, sustaining an injury may also result in a loss of earnings, and long term career impacts. Our personal injury team have experience in dealing with injuries to professional sportspeople, and evaluating the impact on their lives and career. For serious injuries which may completely prevent you from playing your sport, we can also help you with rehabilitation, and managing your finances.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Accidents Abroad

Many people are often unsure if they can claim for an accident that occurred in a foreign country which may have different laws and regulations, and whether their losses are covered by their travel insurance. Tour operators, airlines, hotels, and so on all have a duty of care to ensure your safety and provide a safe and hygienic environment. If you have had an accident abroad as a result of health and safety negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, as well as the cost of medical treatment, other incurred expenses, and loss of enjoyment.

If you were not travelling on a package holiday, to make a claim against a foreign person or organisation you would need to either seek advice from a legal firm in that country, or find a solicitor in the UK with knowledge of the personal injury laws in that country. Our personal injury team have specialist knowledge about the laws in a variety of countries, and can advise you about the different options for making a claim against a foreign defendant.

Package Holidays

The Package Travel Regulations are part of the Air Travel Organisers License (ATOL) regulations, and provide increased protection and legal rights to people travelling abroad. Under these regulations, holiday companies and tour operators are responsible for all the services provided in their holiday packages, including flights, transfers, accommodation, and other items such as car hire or trips. This means that your personal injury claim can be dealt with under UK law, rather than a foreign jurisdiction.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Faulty or Defective Products

All products that go on sale in the UK are required by law to undergo rigorous testing, in order to ensure they are fit for purpose, and meet strict safety, hygiene and quality standards. However, some products may have manufacturing defects or design faults which are missed at the testing stage, and can end up causing injuries or health hazards to the consumers that purchase and use them. Examples of this include burns from electrical products due to combustion or electric shocks, reactions to cosmetic products or medications, unsafe children’s toys with sharp edges or small pieces, furniture which breaks within the guidelines for recommended use, or food that is unsafe for consumption sold in a shop or restaurant.

Both the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Sale of Goods Act 1979 provide consumers with protection and legal rights by increasing the responsibility of suppliers. If you have been injured or contracted a health problem from a faulty or defective product, then you may be able to make a claim against the retailer, manufacturer, or importer that supplied the product. You can also make a claim against a service provider who has injured you by using a faulty product, such as a hairdresser using a hairdryer that burns you. Our solicitors can help you to claim for personal suffering, financial losses, medical treatment, and damage to related items such as clothing.

Fill out our online accident claim form or our quick call back form to the right and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Alternatively if you would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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    Serious Injuries and fatalities

Serious injuries, such as brain damage, paralysis or amputation can be caused by any type of accident, and can affect people in many different ways. For the person suffering, a serious injury can affect their whole life in ways such as learning to cope with a disability, extensive or ongoing medical treatment, loss of earnings, home modifications, and dependence on carers. Serious injuries can also have an impact on family and friends, who may spend time and money providing care and support, or have to adjust their own lifestyles.

In these cases, it is important to have a specialist and experienced solicitor to ensure that your claim is dealt with effectively, and that you receive fair compensation to help you to cope now, and with all your future needs. When making a claim for personal injury, we can assist by helping you to prove liability for your accident, evaluating the impact on your life and the compensation required, and dealing with all the legal stages of your claim. As part of our service, we can also arrange for interim payments to be made to help you whilst your case progresses, and provide ongoing, long-term support with finances and arrangements during and after your rehabilitation. We understand that serious injuries can be debilitating and distressing, and we are happy to include close family and friends in any of these arrangements.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with us or arrange a free initial telephone consultation, please call us now on 01344 512370 or email: enquiries@ascotlawyers.co.uk.

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