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Golfer Sues for £50K in Personal Injury Damages Due to a Slip in the Shower

The Daily Telegraph recently reported how a man sued his golf club after slipping up in the shower.  It makes for interesting reading, as cases like this could have an impact on how personal injury laws are used in the UK.

Apparently the man, a Mr Avery, fell over after slipping up on a shower mat in the golf club’s changing room.  He then sued for negligence asking for £50,000, with the case being on the premise that there were no non-slip shower mats in the changing rooms, and the surface floor was too slippery, meaning he fell over and ended up having to get hospital treatment for damaged ligaments.

Personal Injury Case of a Golfer
Golfer Sues After Non Slip Shower Mat Injury and Fall – Image from flickr.com/photos/jurvetson

This included him having to pay £5,000 for private medical care – all because the golf club did not have non slip shower mats installed in their changing rooms.

However, the golf club have taken umbrage with the personal injury case, and the president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health even got involved when he questioned the validity of personal claims such as this – where in essence he said “we need to stop this where there’s blame there’s a claim culture – in particular within the no win no fee industry”.

He went on to say people need to be aware of minor hazards around them, and not feel inclined to try to get money for compensation when small accidents occur – such as this one relating to a slip in the shower.

The personal injury solicitors for the golf club responded to the claim by saying over 10,000 showers were taken annually in the changing rooms, and so occasional slips were always going to happen.  To quote him he said that; “When people use showers, they generally create wet surfaces which may also be soapy and/or to some extent unavoidably slippery” – not all showers are as non-slip as most, so accidents can happen.

At time of publication, the judge over-seeing the case at Lewes County Court had adjourned the case until next summer when it will be possible to make a full hearing.

Please note that we help Bristol residents with not only personal injury claims for slips, trips, and falls, but also for whiplash injury claims in Bristol.

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New Statistics Available on Motorbike Accidents and Injuries

The Government has recently released some up to date and new statistics on motorbike accidents.  It makes for sobering reading, and highlights the fact that motorcyclists are in one of the highest risk categories of road user.  You can see a synopsis of the report below.

Accident Statistics

The Statistics

  • Motorbike riders are nearly 40 times as likely to be killed in a road accident when compared to those in a car or lorry.
  • Over 300 riders were involved in a fatality in the year 2013 with nearly 5,000 suffering from a serious injury.

Have You Had an Accident?

If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident on your bike and have been injured then we can help.  Today we launched our motorbike accident claims page which contains details on how you can claim for compensation.


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Work Accident Claims in Bristol – How We Can Help

Being involved in an accident at work is one of the most common types of personal injury claim that we deal with.  Whilst work accident claims in Bristol will typically normally be made by people working in manual type jobs such as construction, they can still happen anywhere, and at any time.  You can find out more by visiting this page to make a claim.

Work Accident Claims Bristol – The Law

Work Accident Claims CompensationIt is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you work in safe conditions and that their premises and working conditions comply with the law and in particular health and safety legislation.  If you feel that you suffered an injury at work and would like to discuss a claim for compensation with us then please call today.

Even if your employer has taken every step to comply with the law, that doesn’t mean that you cannot claim for work injury compensation.  In Bristol we have seen multiple instances where work places had every safety precaution in place, including protective clothing, headgear, and premises – yet an accident at work still happened.

Friendly Accident Claims Advice for Bristol Residents

Give us a call, have a chat with one of our friendly personal injury specialists and find out whether or not you can claim for Bristol work injury compensation – you might be surprised by the outcome.  We also work on a no win no fee* basis meaning you have the peace of mind of knowing you won’t be hit with any upfront legal fees to pay – and our solicitors only get paid if the compensation claim is successful.

Accident at Work Compensation – Your Concerns

If you are worried about bring legal action against your employer then please don’t. Our solicitors will advise you on the best course of action.  Your employer will have some form of insurance which is especially set up to guard against work place accident claims. Bristol companies and businesses generally will all be in compliance with this law so it’s very rare that the actually company has to make a compensation payment – that’s usually and typically in the hands of the insurer.

Our phone lines are manned around the clock so you don’t need to worry about when to call us.  If you don’t want to phone to discuss a claim then you can also use our personal injury claims form that you see to the right of the page.

Get In Touch Today for Bristol Work Accident Claims

Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t accept anything less.  Talk to our personal injury lawyers today about how we can help you to claim for compensation.

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Season’s Greetings from the Bristol No Win No Fee Team

On behalf of the whole team at Bristol Personal Injury, I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas, and season’s greetings moving in to the New Year, 2016.

Personally it’s been a very exciting year here with the team, as we’ve helped countless people in the area with personal injury claims, and have helped them to get back on their feet financially.

We of course would never wish injury or an accident on anyone, but it’s an unfortunate fact of our work that many people do need us from time to time.

Christmas and New is an especially busy time for us in the offices, as accidents tend to be far more commonplace around this time of year, for obvious reasons really.

So whilst we do appreciate your custom as always, I would implore you to be safe over the next month, enjoy yourselves, and have a great time… but please keep safe.

If you do need our services then please visit our homepage for details on services relating to No Win No Fee Bristol, and then call our 24 hours a day helpline should you need to talk to us.


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Will You Be Able to Pay Your Mortgage or Bills After a Personal Injury or Accident?

Did you know that you can get mortgage protection insurance that will help and support you if you should ever become injured at work, become ill, or lose your job?

If you are in the process of making a personal injury claim with our panel of solicitors, then we would also advise that you explore the possibilities of income protection insurance so that you have the peace of mind in knowing your mortgage is covered in all eventualities.

What is income or mortgage protection insurance?

It’s a policy that will protect the holder against any loss of earnings. The policy will kick in if you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, become unemployed, or can no longer work.

You will benefit from tax-free income which could be paid to you until such point you are able to return to work, or possibly even retire. It’s certainly worth having and having in place before the accident happens.

There are 3 different options available for mortgage and income protection, including:

  1. Illness protection
  2. Accident coverage
  3. Unemployment protection

You can have a policy with all 3 combined or choose which ones you think you want depending on your attitude to risk and how much you afford.

What a mortgage protection policy will cover

At their most basic level, this type of insurance policy is created to help you afford everything you normally pay for when in employment. It means you should be able to maintain your standard of living, despite being unable to work due to a personal injury.

This type of things a policy could cover and pay for include:

  • Accident insurance – covering personal injury claims and legal fees
  • Payments of household bills – including credit cards and mobile phone bills
  • Loan protection – lets you keep up repayments on any existing loan agreements
  • Mortgage protection – pays your mortgage off monthly
  • Salary protection – it could pay up to 70% of your monthly wages
  • Sickness protection – offers insurance if you are ill and cannot work
  • Unemployment protection – covers you in redundancy
  • Rent protection – will help you pay the rent if you cannot work

What is a bad credit mortgage?

Looking closer at one of the examples listed above, if you are unable to make your mortgage repayments each month due to not being able to afford it, you could end up with defaults on your credit file.

This is what’s called bad credit (read about bad credit mortgages here), and can arise not just from missing mortgage payments, but also from any of the following scenarios:

  • No credit history
  • Low credit score
  • Late payments
  • Missed mortgage payments
  • Defaults
  • CCJ’s
  • IVA’s
  • Debt management schemes
  • Repossessions
  • Bankruptcy

If you do end up in this situation, and don’t have adequate mortgage protection insurance (compare the options here) then your home could be re-possessed. It’s a stress you simply don’t need if you are having to recover from a personal injury.

What type of insurance policy is best?

Mortgage protection and income protection insurance can offer either long-term or short-term coverage.

Longer term policies give you protection for regular wage replacement payments up until you can get back on your feet and into employment again. It offers a tax-free monthly payment so you can cover all bills including mortgage payments.

The shorter-term coverage mostly works on just a 12 month period, rather than offering a “life-time” of policy cover.

Conclusion

Being injured at work can be a very stressful time. By having adequate insurance in place before it happens, you can ensure that you can cover any expenses should the worst happen.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get coverage after the event with the main insurance providers, so it’s worth having something in place, even if you don’t think you will ever suffer a personal injury – it can happen to anyone!
And it’s not just personal injuries and accidents that can lead to you being unable to pay your mortgage. You might be made redundant, and given the current economic climate, this is more common nowadays than you might think.

Look into the various mortgage and income protection companies available on websites such as Compare the Market or Go Compare and try to find a policy that will let you cover your bills should the worst ever happen.


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Support the Bristol Armed Forces Day on June 28 2015

Armed Forces Compensation Bristol
Supporting Armed Forces Day

On Saturday the 27th of June it’s Armed Forces Day in the UK – with a special Bristol event taking place on the 28th.

At Personal Injury Bristol we are offering our own support and will be donating to one of the many different events that are happening in and around the UK.

We believe that our servicemen and servicewomen deserve all the support that they can get for their efforts, and would like to bring attention to the Armed Forces Day website.

On the website you can find out about events in your local area, get involved, and see some of the great initiatives that are going in around the country and world.

Bristol Armed Forces Day

For more information about the Bristol event please click here.

Bristol Armed Forces Day
What’s happening in Bristol.

Helping Bristol Resident with Military Claims

If you have served in the armed forces and have suffered an injury due to an accident that could have been avoided, then please do take the time to check out our new page.  We offer support and legal advice to those in the military living in Bristol who would like to make a military injury claim.


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We Can Now Handle Sports Injury Compensation in Bristol

At Personal Injury Bristol we are pleased to announce that we are now able to support people with sporting injury claims for compensation.  With new solicitors now added to our roster of partners, who all have sports personal injury claims experience, it means we can now offer expert accident claims advice on a variety of sports all of which can be seen on our newly dedicated Bristol sports injury compensation page.

Referee and Player Assaults

It’s a sad state of affairs, but assaults on referees and players around the UK are on the increase.  Because of that we have set out some information on what to do if you have been a victim of an assault on the football or rugby pitch in Bristol.  If this affects you then please get in touch with us or alternatively take a quick look at our new pages relating to rugby injuries and football accidents.

Sporting Injury Compensation

We will give you immediate advice over the telephone on what you need to do next in order to ensure you can claim compensation for your injuries.

On the subject of football we would like to extend our congratulations to Bristol City FC who have recently done the city proud with winning the League One promotion race – well done lads!

Here’s a fantastic video of the team celebrating promotion!


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Did You Contract an Illness Due to Your Working Environment?

Bristol’s history as a centre of trade and industry is an interesting aspect to our local culture.  Whilst not quite at the levels that it once was, there are still some very active businesses who work in older traditional type industries.

We would like to think that all of them adhere to the best health and safety practices, but that’s not always the case unfortunately.

In the past this was particularly true, and it’s only now that some workers are experiencing illnesses that were contracted as a direct result of their working environment.  People who become ill through no fault of their own because the place they work in deserve effective legal representation.

We now have two new pages on our website which can help with that.  The first one is focussed on industrial hearing loss and deafness.  People who have worked in heavy industry are particularly susceptible to hearing loss complaints through their work and our solicitors have years of experience in helping with compensation claims such as this.

Secondly we launched a new page regarding Bristol industrial disease claims.  Symptoms and illnesses can range from minor to serious.  No matter what you have been affected by, please take a look and see how we can help you today.

If you know anyone else who might need out support then please do share our pages socially.


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We Support and Advocate the THINK! Cyclist Campaign 2015

Look Out for Each OtherAt Personal Injury Solicitors in Bristol we always have our client’s welfare at the forefront of everything that we do.  Despite being accident claims solicitors we would rather nobody in the city was injured, but are pleased to say that we are here to help should that happen to you.

Recently we launched our new page highlighting how we work in terms of cycling accident compensation and detailed the whole Bristol no win no fee process from start to finish.  This means we are your number one choice when it comes to seeking bicycle accident compensation in Bristol, and our lawyers are experienced in helping people just like you.

However, as we said, we don’t want you to be injured, and advocate safe driving and cycling, plus greater awareness also from pedestrians.  As part of that policy we are pleased to announce our support of the UK Government’s THINK! Cyclist program.  For more information on this initiative please visit the THINK! website as it contains superb information on how many people are injured each year on their bikes, plus advice and safety tips for cyclists and drivers.

Think Cyclist Advert
The THINK! Cyclist Campaign Advert

In 2012, the current Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond spoke about the launch of the new THINK! Cyclist campaign and you can see a video of him explaining that below where he calls on drivers and cyclists to stay safe this by looking out for each other.

For some hard-hitting information, we also like this video advert that has appeared on YouTube recently – you can also see that below.

So whether you are a car driver, a bus or lorry driver, a pedestrian, or a cyclist, we hope that you stay safe this year and reduce the chances of being injured in an accident.


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We Can Now Help With New Work Injury and Asbestos Claims

New ContentAs we reported in our last blog post, our online marketing manager had some very exciting plans for the website including plans on new content updates.

We are very pleased to say that those plans went live today with new pages on the website concerning how to make an asbestosis claim in Bristol, plus a huge amount of information about work accident compensation claims.

This generation of new and compelling content is all part of our commitment to residents and workers in the Bristol area who want immediate and effective accident claims advice from our expert personal injury lawyers.  This now means that new clients are more likely able to find the legal information that’s relevant to them when searching for our all forms of Bristol accident claims.

In the coming weeks we are also going to be adding even more content relating to other types of injury claim including industrial diseases, industrial deafness, and industrial hearing loss so please keep an eye out for those announcements on our blog.

If you would like to see the new pages that we released this week then please click one the following links for more information:


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