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John Whitcroft Solicitors I offer a Personal service to all my Clients to ensure they receive full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses, helping them recover from a frequently distressing experience. I have more than 25 years experience in handling personal injury claims. Most of my Clients come to me directly or they have been referred to me by former Clients or other professionals.

I do not pay insurance or claims management companies to refer Clients to me. I find it very important to meet with my clients in person, obtaining their own first-hand account of their accident and resulting problems. People are often unaware of the full extent of their injuries and, in particular, a psychological injury is easily overlooked. Many people are also unaware of the full extent of their financial losses and what exactly they may claim for.

Unfortunately, this kind of attention to detail and meeting with the client, which is especially vital in complex cases or when liability is denied, is something other legal providers dealing with large volumes of claims may not always offer.
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read more › There are many ways in which an employer may be held responsible for an injury suffered by an employee in the course of their employment. Broadly, they fall into the following categories:. An employer may be held vicariously liable for the negligent conduct of another employee who causes an accident. If you have had an accident or suffered an injury you should make sure to report it as soon as you can as sometimes employers may deny that you have had an accident in the course of your employment with them.

read more › I have recently seen a growing number of accidents on buses where people have been injured when their bus stops abruptly. Sometimes the accident is the fault of the bus driver where the bus may have collided with another vehicle due to negligent driving of the bus driver. In this type of claim your claim is against the bus company. However, there are also situations where the bus driver has had to stop abruptly due to the negligent driving of another driver who may have pulled out carelessly in front of the bus.

read more › Many people may be unaware that where a child has had an accident they generally have until the age of 21 within which to bring a claim. Where an adult has had an accident usually an adult must issue proceedings in Court within three years from the date of the accident if their claim has not already been settled. Therefore your child or even you yourself if you have had a serious accident during your childhood and you have not as yet reached the age of 21 can still bring a claim. Where a child is a Claimant under the age of 18 they need a "litigation friend" to help them bring the claim.

read more › Vehicles turning left across the path of the cyclist unaware or ignorant of the existence of the cyclist. However your accident may have occurred, unfortunately, it is the cyclist every time who will suffer, often quite seriously. With any Bicycle Accident Claim, I will help you recover compensation for your injuries, repairs to your bicycle or the value of your bicycle if it is a write-off, loss of wages (past and future), the cost of any care you may have required, and any other financial losses you may have or will incur in the future.

read more › If so, you may be entitled to bring a claim against the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority. This scheme covers a wide range of crimes ranging from the victims of the London bombings to individuals mugged or assaulted in the street. It is essential that you notify the police as soon as possible of the assault upon you as the delay is a possible ground for refusal of your application. All criminal assault claim applications should be filed within two years from the date of the assault. Generally, under personal injury law, the victim has three years within which to file Court proceedings.

read more › Generally, in order to succeed in a dog attack claim, one has to be able to prove that the keeper of the dog was aware before the assault upon you that their dog was dangerous. Sometimes the keeper may admit that there had been previous incidents but where they do not, then it is important to obtain evidence elsewhere to show that the animal was known to be aggressive. Sometimes there may have been previous complaints to the police. I have successfully represented Claimants after taking Witness Statements from other neighbours in the neighbourhood.

read more › Panel Solicitors are often based in an entirely different part of the country and usually, they never meet their Clients. Most of the work will be carried out by paralegals, not solicitors. Communication will often be based on standard questionnaire type forms. Many of my clients have come to me frustrated by their experiences elsewhere, often saying that they were upset because there seemed to be no one individual with whom they could communicate or no one person driving their case forward. I find it is important to obtain a first-hand account from each Client of the circumstances of their accident.

read more › If you have been injured on your motorbike in an accident which was not your fault, you need the help of an experienced solicitor to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Where the accident was the fault of another driver, your motorcycle accident claim will be against the other driver and their insurers. If the other driver was uninsured, you will still have a claim against the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) under the Uninsured Driver's Scheme and your legal costs will be recoverable from the MIB.

read more › As the passenger was not driving, the accident could not in any way have been caused by them. Either the driver they were with or some other driver involved in the accident will usually be held responsible for a passenger injury claim. A passenger can sue their own driver where he/she is at fault even though the driver may be their partner, parent or some other family member. Their insurers will be responsible for dealing with the passenger injury claim and paying out any compensation. You should therefore not hesitate to bring a claim where the accident was the fault of your partner or another family member.

read more › Unfortunately, the poor pedestrian is the person who will suffer the most every time in a road traffic accident, often quite seriously. If you have been run down in a car accident, it is important that you have an experienced solicitor to represent you to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. If your pedestrian accident claim is not straightforward, it is all the more important that you receive advice from an experienced solicitor. Loss of wages, not just past loss of wages but also the future loss of wages.

read more › You may be worried about claiming compensation if you are involved in a road traffic accident where you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident. There would be no deduction where the use of a seat belt would not have made any material difference to the injuries suffered. In other words, even if you had worn a seat belt you would still have suffered the same injuries, then there will be no deduction from your compensation. Where you would not have been injured or would have suffered almost no injury had you worn your seat belt, your compensation will be reduced by 25%.

read more › Most tripping accidents seem to arise out of accidents either on the public footpath, on the highway or in shops. If you have had a tripping accident on the public footpath or highway it is important to try and obtain good quality photographs showing the height of the trip as soon as possible before any repairs are carried out. You should also measure the height of the trip with a steel tape or a good ruler. A steel tape is better as with a lot of rulers there is usually a tip at the end which is not included in the scale on the ruler.

read more › I cannot thank John enough for the service he has provided over the last five years dealing with a very stressful personal injury case. Throughout the entire process John has been professional, friendly and kept me informed of the progress at every opportunity. John has been incredibly patient and gone above and beyond what I would have expected. I am extremely grateful for all of the work he has done and would happily recommend John to anyone looking for a personal injury solicitor they can trust.

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