7 Solicitors

Accident and insurance

Catastrophic claims

We have experience of dealing with life changing injuries including spinal injuries, brain injuries, amputees and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to name but a few.  We also act for the families where someone is fatally injured, bringing claims for spouses, partners and dependent children or adults.

When you or a loved one have been involved in a serious accident, it is vital that you get the right help and advice early on. Immediate medical care will usually be in the NHS setting, however, before discharge from hospital it is essential that the suitability of the home environment is assessed and thought given to who will provide the care. We will usually arrange for a pre-discharge assessment and once at home, an Immediate Needs Assessment. Depending on the nature of the injury, we will appoint an experienced Case Manager to act as a liaison between the various private medical practitioners, employer, family members, carers, insurer, ourselves and the benefits agency.  We aim to get early rehabilitation in place to maximise recovery potential and timescales. The aim is always to return quality of life.  It is vital that next of kin also get support and do not fall into the role of carer as opposed to spouse, partner or parent.

Once the initial phase of recovery is in hand, we look to evidence the injuries, care, housing and employment needs. This means getting a team of experts in place in order that we can ensure that the injured client is, where possible, supported in their return to work or retrained for alternative work. Where this is not possible, we will claim for the lost earnings and pension to retirement. Our role is to legitimately maximise our clients’ damages, whilst always being aware of their aims and objectives.

Call us, and come and meet us to discuss our potential involvement. Making the right choice at the outset will make a real difference in the long run.

If you have been working with a Solicitor on your claim and are considering changing your representative, again, we are always happy for you to come and discuss matters with us to see if our approach might be more beneficial for you.

What we need from you:

the injured person’s details or who to contact on their behalf

the patient or next of kin’s consent to obtain copies of medical records

Clinical negligence

When you receive medical treatment, whether via the NHS or privately, you always hope to achieve the desired result. Sometimes, though, patients experience adverse outcomes of treatment.

There will inevitably be questions why the outcome is not as expected and the patient or family can feel very upset and emotional.  Some mistakes are unavoidable, however, there are about 12,000 clinical negligence claims a year where the treatment falls below the expected standard.

In these cases, we are always happy to review the medical records and obtain the input of an appropriate medical expert to advise whether the mistake is likely to be a negligent mistake. We have acted for clients where a left/right mistake has been made, where there has been a missed or delayed diagnosis and where there has been a failure to refer or to treat appropriately.

As a firm we have been actively involved in training expert witnesses to write reports for the Court in clinical negligence claims. We know what we are looking for and we are well placed to assist you in considering whether there is a claim.

The timeframe for bringing a claim is three years from the date of treatment, date of knowledge of a mistake, or date of death.

If you think that this applies to you, we will be happy to discuss matters with you further, without obligation.

What we need from you:

  • the date of treatment or the start of a course of treatment
  • the name and address of the treatment provider
  • why you feel the treatment fell short of the standard expected
  • the patient or next of kin’s consent to obtain copies of medical records
Dental negligence

When you receive dental treatment, whether via the NHS or privately, whether emergency or cosmetic, you always hope to achieve the desired result. Sometimes, though, patients experience adverse outcomes of treatment. There will inevitably be questions why the outcome is not as expected and the patient can feel very upset and emotional.  Some mistakes are unavoidable, however, there are occasions where the treatment falls below the expected standard.

As a firm we have been actively involved in training expert witnesses to write reports for the Court in dental negligence claims. We know what we are looking for and we are well placed to assist you in considering whether there is a claim.

We have acted for patients who have experienced

missed or delayed oral cancer,

extraction that has caused jaw fractures,

crowns and fillings that do not match tooth colour, and

failures or delay in treatment that has led to the unavoidable loss of teeth and the necessity for implants.

The timeframe for bringing a claim is three years from the date of treatment, date of knowledge of a mistake, or date of death.

If you think that this applies to you, we will be happy to discuss matters with you further, without obligation.

What we need from you:

the date of treatment or the start of a course of treatment

the name and address of the treatment provider

why you feel the treatment fell short of the standard expected

the patient or next of kin’s consent to obtain copies of dental records

Injuries arising from assault

If you are the blameless victim of physical or psychological injury as a consequence of a violent crime, you may be entitled to claim compensation. It may be that you have been the victim of a physical assault or sexual assault. The injuries we assist with include brain injury, facial and bodily fractures, internal injuries requiring surgery, tendon and tooth damage, scarring to the face or body, and psychological injuries.

You are required to co-operate with the Police in their inquiries, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Awards are made for qualifying injuries and it is a condition that claims are made within 2 years and that you do not have a criminal record.

The time limit to claim will inevitably be extended due to the nature of the claims and the natural reluctance to come forward at an early stage. We understand that you may find it difficult to talk about the assault, however, we have a highly skilled, experienced team of Solicitors who ensure confidentiality and the support you need.

What we need from you:

incident date

police crime reference or officer/station the crime was reported to

consent to obtain your medical records

co-operation

Employers liability

There are hundreds of thousands of accidents in the workplace every year ranging from minor incidents, which might not even require time off work, to more severe injuries and even fatalities.  Employer’s have a responsibility to protect their employees so if you’ve had an accident, talk to us.

No matter what type of industry or business you work in, if you’ve had an accident we may be able to assist.  Here at 7 we have dealt with a variety of claims and injuries in all sectors.  Common accidents we see include:

falls from height

manual handling

defective equipment

attacks at work

falling objects

slips and trips

repetitive strain injuries

stress

We are also able to offer advice to businesses on the steps they can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of a person suffering an injury, or in relation to claims that may cost an employer when an employee has an accident, due to someone else’s negligence.

Our team have a vast amount of knowledge in this area so if you’re looking for some advice, we’re here to help.

Public liability

What is a public liability claim?

Have you been injured whilst walking along a pavement and tripped over a rocking slab, a pot hole or an otherwise damaged path? This area of law assists those who have been injured on council owned property. It extends to incidents such as tripping and injuring yourself on raised tree roots and slipping on a wet or icy surface when there should have been warning signs. If you have children, you may also be able to claim if your children have been playing in a public park and an injury has occurred as a result of using the park equipment (for example swings, slides, roundabouts, climbing frames).

Does any of the above sound familiar? We understand that slipping and tripping can be painful, embarrassing and can create injuries that make even simple tasks difficult. However, there is no need for you to suffer in silence. Local authorities have a duty to ensure that property under their control is safe for the general public to use and enjoy.

If any of the above situations apply
to you; then we are here to help. At 7 Solicitors, we have years of experience to help guide you in the right direction.

What steps do I take if I have fallen, slipped or tripped?

It is important that you seek medical attention for your injury, such as making an appointment at your local surgery, or if the injury is more serious, visiting a hospital Accident and Emergency department. You should also take photographs of the defect, including in the photograph an object that shows its scale and size (for example holding a 50 pence piece next to the pot-hole that caused your injury). There should also be photographs taken of the wider area, alongside a map or sketch showing your direction of travel. Details of witnesses should also be obtained.

Once you are ready, please feel free to call us for a confidential and no obligation discussion. We are here to help.

Occupiers liability

All land owners owe a duty of care to people on their land/property.  Whilst the law may differ between visitors or trespassers, there are protections in place for both so if you’ve had an accident that wasn’t your fault, talk to us.

Examples of the most common occupier’s liability claims include:

slips/trips in restaurants, pubs and supermarkets

beauty treatments that have gone wrong

falling down stairs in a building

incidents in soft play areas/swimming pools

accidents at schools/colleges

The key is that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and if that is the case, we may be able to recover compensation for you.

Road traffic accidents

With the number of traffic levels on the UK’s roads rising year on year it may come as no surprise that thousands of individuals are injured in road traffic collisions every month.

About 750,000 people who reported injuries sustained on the road in 2015 alone, of these over 22,000 were seriously injured.

Whilst some injuries are short lived and cause a degree of loss and inconvenience others can be life changing; resulting in the need for lengthy treatment, not being able to work and/or having to adapt your home.

7 Solicitors specialise in assisting individuals following injuries sustained due to no fault of their own. Whether you have sustained a minor injury or significant life changing injuries we can provide you with advice and guidance and help you through the claims process.

If you are involved in a collision which results in injury and it was the fault of the other driver then call 7 Solicitor’s for a no obligation discussion on how we are able to assist you.

Travel and holiday claims

One of the worst things to happen whilst on holiday is being involved in an accident which results in injury. This can impact on the enjoyment of your holiday but also the consequences can continue long after your holiday is over. 

Unfortunately even the most prepared and careful of travellers may find themselves suffering from illness or injury due to no fault of their own. If this occurs then 7 Solicitors may be able to assist you. 

If you have been injured whilst on a package holiday then the holiday company or retailer may be liable to you under Package Holiday Regulations. Even if your holiday has been booked through one provider and flights through another, or if the holiday is a ‘tailor made experience’ then you may still be able to claim.

Whether a claim will be successful is dependant on the contract with the organiser, the circumstances of the incident and the local standards applicable at your holiday destination.

You may still be able to pursue a claim for injuries sustained abroad even if the holiday was not booked as a package, for example, where you are involved in a road accident.

At 7 LLP we investigate each incident on a case by case basis. So if you have been injured abroad or become ill as a result of someone else’s negligence and want to talk this over with us then please give us a call.