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Children can be very accident-prone, but on most occasions there is no harm done. Unfortunately, however, there are also times when an accident is down to negligence, or occurs when your child is in the care of somebody else i.e. school or nursery.

Figures from the Child Accident Prevention Trust estimate that the cost of treating child accidents in the UK is in excess of £275 million per annum. It can cost as much as £250,000 to treat one severe bath water scald.

These figures, do not, however, accurately reflect the long-term costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, nor do they reflect the cost of the pain and suffering to both the child and their family. Often, when accidents happen, people simply dismiss it as ‘one of those things’ when this is not always the case. Where an accident is caused by negligence on the part of another party, you have the legal right to make a claim for compensation. More...

According to the Law Society, in the UK alone there are over three million people injured in accidents each year, either at home, in their cars, at work or outdoors. Of these three million personal injuries, a large proportion is made up of work-related injuries and ill health.

Recent statistics from the organisation charged with preventing death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have revealed the real extent of work-related ill health in the UK.

The Health and Safety Statistics Annual Report for Great Britain in 2013/14 states:  

  • Out of a workforce of over 38 million, approximately 1.2 million people in the UK suffered with work-related injuries (3.15%) 
  • 2,538 deaths from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure occurred
  • 142 employees were killed at work (2014/2015)
  • 78,000 injuries were reported under ‘Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations' (RIDDOR) 
  • 629,000 work injuries (Labour Force Survey) occurred 
  • 28.2 million working days were lost in relation to workplace injuries and work-related illness More...

making a personal injury claim

When someone is injured in an accident they are entitled to claim for compensation for their injuries and financial losses provided it can be shown that someone else was at fault and that their negligence caused the injuries. In some cases this is straightforward, but in others, evidence has to be obtained to prove the negligence, usually by way of witness statements and expert evidence.

There are a number of factors to be considered before Howells Solicitors will agree to act for you, and should you get in touch, we will assess your claim at the outset and advise you on whether we feel you have a good chance of winning.  In most cases, this is assessed on percentage terms, and your case would need to have over a 51% prospect of success to be accepted.  All the evidence available would be reviewed, and you would be advised early on as to the prospects in your case.  If your claim was rejected you would be given clear advice as to why.

The Personal Injury Claim Process

Generally, personal injury cases have a three-year deadline, which means you must issue you claim before the expiry of this limitation period.  It is therefore vitally important that you contact Howells as soon as possible after your accident. Howells may reject claims which are nearing the 3 year-deadline as we would have a short timescale within which to complete the work required.More...

overhanging tree law

In the newest edition of our legal FAQ series, we help someone who’s worried that their Uncle is at risk of a potential lawsuit.

Q: My uncle’s house has a very large garden with many huge trees in it, some of which are old and look dead.

Four of the trees overhang the road and could easily fall into it and injure someone. I have warned my uncle of the possible dangers but he has done nothing at all.

What is the UK law on overhanging trees? Can you give me some advice to pass on to him in the hope that he will take heed? More...

You may be aware that since April 1st 2013, the Law surrounding Personal Injury has changed. Not only has it changed the way that firms can get clients, it also has implications for you as the client.

The Jackson Reforms mean firms can no longer pay referral fees for client details and so the way clients come to the firm has changed. Thankfully, we at Howells have never heavily relied on referral fees or claims management companies to get clients through the door. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, efficient firm and find that clients choose Howells following recommendations from previous clients as well as word of mouth. Clients also benefit from us being a local practise and the knowledge that we are always available to help at any stage during the case. In order to help clients through what can be a difficult time financially, we are offering a £500.00 advance on your damages once liability has been admitted. This means that when liability has been admitted by the other side, we will send you a cheque for £500.00 which will then be deducted from your final settlement figure on conclusion of your claim. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes