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The IMS Law guide to accidents at work claims

Being involved in an accident at work can be a very concerning and difficult time, but at IMS Law we fully understand the concerns you may have about making a claim against your employer.

With over a million workers in Great Britain injured or made ill by their work each year, Litigation Executive, Lisa Hatton tells us more about what to do after an accident at work and how IMS Law can help.

What should someone do if they’ve been involved in an accident at work?

Lisa: Like any accident, the first thing you need to do is report it. By officially recording the incident in the accident book it will ensure that your employer and their insurers cannot dispute what has taken place and when.

There are a few more helpful steps that you should take if you are able to, such as:

  • If you can’t report the accident because you’re too ill, ask someone else to do it for you
  • Seek immediate medical attention if necessary
  • If possible, take photos of any defect and also the injuries sustained
  • Obtain the names of witnesses
  • Keep full details of losses and expenses incurred as a result of the accident, keeping receipts where possible.
  • Enquire as to whether there is any CCTV footage available

How long do I have to make a claim after an accident at work?

Lisa: The general rule for adults is that you have three years from the date of the accident to start the claims process. If a claim has not been settled or Court Proceedings have not been issued by the 3rd anniversary of the accident, your claim may be considered ‘time-barred’ leaving you ineligible for compensation.

The rules for children who have sustained injury as a result of an accident are slightly different. The three year time limit still applies, however a child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to process a claim. Therefore a claim processed after the date of a child’s 18th birthday must have either settled or Court proceedings issued before they reach their 21st birthday. Again after that their claim may be considered ‘time-barred’ leaving them ineligible for compensation if either of the above have not been completed.

How much compensation can someone receive after an accident at work?

Lisa: The amount you can claim varies depending on your circumstances and the level of injuries you’ve sustained.

The amount then awarded depends on completed medical evidence. This includes the length of time you suffer from any injuries, the extent of the treatment required including the need to take medication to control pain and discomfort, the impact any injuries have had on your ability to function in everyday life as well as the impact of the injuries on your ability to work.

How are accidents at work cases funded?

Lisa: At IMS our accidents at work cases are funded on a no win, no fee basis. Which is known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’.

The benefit of a no win, no fee agreement is that there are no financial risks to you. You don’t have to pay anything upfront to start a claim and you are only required to contribute towards any legal costs if your claim is successful.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay us anything.

If IMS Law are successful in securing your compensation, your contribution is capped at 25% from the amount you are awarded.

At IMS we always fully explain the funding arrangements during our initial consultation before anyone enters into any arrangements with us.

If you’ve been involved in an accident at work, contact IMS Law now to begin your compensation claim.

The IMS Law guide to road traffic accident claims

Being involved in a road traffic accident can be very upsetting and confusing for everyone involved, thankfully IMS Law have helped thousands of clients to claim compensation.

With more than 165,000 road traffic casualties reported in the UK last year alone, we caught up with Litigation Executive, Kim Hatton, to find out more about what you should do following a road traffic accident and how IMS Law can help.

So, what should someone do after a road traffic accident?

Kim: Immediately after a car accident people find it hard to think straight. There are however a few helpful steps you should take, such as:

  • Take the full name and address of the driver/s of the other vehicle/s involved
  • If possible take photos of the scene of the accident, the other vehicle/s involved including the damage sustained (showing the vehicle registration plate/s)
  • If an injury has occurred, report the incident to the police as soon as possible
  • Report the matter to your insurers as soon as possible
  • Obtain names and addresses of witnesses if possible
  • Check to see if any of the driver/s or witnesses have a dash camera which recorded the accident
  • Keep full details of losses and expenses incurred as a result of the accident – keeping receipts where possible
  • Seek immediate medical attention if necessary

You are legally obligated to inform your insurance company when you’ve been involved in an accident. However do not be pressured into utilising their own legal services, you are entitled to choose your own representative to act on your behalf and that’s where IMS can help.

What types of road traffic accident claims are there?

Kim: At IMS we have experience in every type of road traffic accident claim. We’ve helped passengers in a vehicle at fault, made children’s claims, claims against uninsured drivers, acted on behalf of passengers on a bus or coach, motorbike claims, pedestrian claims, passengers in a taxi, and multiple vehicle accidents to name just a few.

It isn’t common knowledge that if a child is involved in a road traffic accident, their parent or guardian can pursue a compensation claim on their behalf and act as the Litigation Friend.

Can someone claim compensation from an uninsured or untraced driver?

Kim: Yes, IMS can make a claim for you through the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) under the Uninsured or Untraced Drivers Agreement.

IMS will then liaise with the Motor Insurers Bureau on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

How long does someone have to make a claim after a road traffic accident?

Kim: The general rule for adults who are considering making a claim for personal injury compensation is that you have three years from the date of the accident to start the claims process.

If a claim has not been settled or Court Proceedings have not been issued by the 3rd anniversary of the accident, your claim may be considered ‘time-barred’ leaving you ineligible for compensation.

The rules for children who have sustained injury as a result of an accident are slightly different to that of an adult. The three-year time limit still applies, however a child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to process a claim.

Therefore a claim processed after the date of a child’s 18th birthday must have either settled or Court proceedings issued before they reach their 21st birthday.

Again their claim may be considered ‘time-barred’ leaving them ineligible for compensation if either of the above have not been completed.

How much compensation do people usually receive after a car accident?

Kim: The amount can vary depending on the circumstances and the level of injuries sustained.

It also depends on the length of time in which you suffer from the injuries. This includes the extent of the treatment you require, such as taking medication to control pain and discomfort, the impact the injuries have had on your everyday life and your ability to work.

At IMS our personal injury team will be able to give you a valuation of your claim once we have received completed medical evidence.

How are road traffic accident cases funded?

Kim: At IMS our road traffic accident claims are funded on a no win, no fee basis. This is known as a ‘conditional fee agreement.’

The benefit of a no win, no fee agreement is that there are no financial risks to you. You do not have to pay any upfront costs to start a claim and are only required to contribute towards legal fees if your claim is successful.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay us anything.

If we are successful in securing you compensation, the contribution you make is capped at 25% from the amount you receive. We always explain the funding arrangements during our initial consultation before anyone enters into any arrangements with us.

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident contact IMS Law now to begin your compensation claim.

Legal advice that talks your language

Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

Since I proudly established IMS Law almost twenty years ago now times have certainly changed.

St Helens, the town we call home, along with the local residents we continue to serve has also changed.

IMS Law may now look a bit different but change doesn’t have to be a scary word.

The old, traditional view of a solicitor is less relevant today. People are tired of jargon and rhetoric, and are instead looking for legal advice that talks their language.

That’s what we do at IMS.

At IMS we are proud to help people when they need it most. Whether you’ve had a bump in the car, an accident at work or a fall in the street, with us you’re in good hands.

At IMS we are proud to support clients throughout the claim process. Our legal experts take the time to personally keep you informed every step of the way.

At IMS we are proud to represent those who need a voice. We understand that every case is different, but whatever your legal problem we’re on your side.

With IMS there’s no need to panic, just phone us first.

Offering the same trusted advice you’ve come to expect from us, at IMS we are now ready to serve our town and its people for the next twenty years.

Iain MacDonald 
Director of IMS Law

House of Lords worried about “hoodlums in lycra”

Lord Winston has renewed calls for cyclists to require licences and insurance.

The government ruled out the proposal in 2018, saying the cost and complexity would outweigh the benefits.

The Labour peer’s concerns were echoed by others in the House of Lords worried about “hoodlums in Lycra”.

But Tory peer Lady Barran said only a “small minority” of cyclists, motorists and “smombies”, people on smartphones walking like zombies, caused problems.

Full article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47616286

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