April 2019 3 NEWS www.yourindependent.co.uk hoice of styles, sizes and brands ccredited, qualified staff olton’s Best Family Retailer It’s hard to talk about Wills... Bury Head Office 2 Manchester Road, Bury Lancashire, BL9 0DT. T: 0161 764 5266 Little Lever Office 58 Market Street, Little Lever Bolton, BL3 1HN. T: 01204 709959 www.clough-willis.co.uk @BurySolicitor We all know that talking about death can be hard, but if you don’t take steps to make a Will, there is no guarantee that your wishes will be carried out when you die and you could leave behind a trail of problems for loved ones to negotiate when you’re gone. Our Private Client Solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you draft and execute wills correctly. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 0815 to arrange a free, initial meeting and for a free quote EVERYONE has the right to go to work each day and return home safely. And yet thousands of people are injured at work every year because of their em- ployer’s negligence or breaches of health & safety regulations. Most accidents at work are pre- ventable and every employer has a duty to provide their workers with a safe working environment, a safe system of working, safe working conditions, suitable equipment, training and supervision and com- petent staff. Leaving aside the pain and suf- fering of the injury, every accident can have serious financial impli- cations for the victim. Even a few weeks off work because of an ac- cident can cause severe problems. What happens if your employer doesn’t pay wages whilst you are off work – how do you pay your mortgage and other outgoings? Chris Macwilliam, Partner and Personal Injury specialist at Clough & Willis Solicitors answers the ten most frequently asked questions about work place acci- dent claims. What type of accidents can I claim for? You can claim for many differ- ent types of accident at work. Ex- amples include injuries sustained whilst operating machinery or whilst lifting, falling from steps/ ladders or falling from height, slipping or tripping at work, stock falling on you, injuries sustained whilst driving a fork lift truck or Accident at work Questions & answers for being hit by a fork lift truck. The list is endless. Will I have to go to court? The vast majority of accident at work claims settle without the need to go to court. How long do I have to make a claim? Normally you have 3 years from the date of the accident to lodge your claimat court. The sooner you begin your claim the better. Will my employer be insured? Almost certainly. Employers must have insurance to cover claims made by their workers for accidents at work. The insurance company will deal with the claim for your employer. Will I lose my job if I make a claim? Bringing a claim against your employer should not make any difference to your job security. You are entitled by law to make a claim. Your employer should just pass the claim over to its insur- ers to deal with and there should not be any repercussions at all. If your employer sacks you for bring- ing a claim it will almost certain- ly be an unfair dismissal and you can take your case to an Employ- ment Tribunal. How much compensation can I claim? There aren’t any fixed amounts of compensation as each case de- pends upon the nature of the in- jury and how it affects you. You can receive compensation for the injury you sustain, past and future loss of earnings, medical and care costs, rehabilitation costs, out of pocket expenses etc. If your ability to work is restricted as a result of your accident you can also be com- pensated for that. Is No Win No Fee available? Most specialist personal injury solicitors will act on a “No Win No Fee” basis. How much of my compensation will I keep? If your claim is being dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis you should be able to keep at least 75% of your compensation. How long will it take? Each case is different but most cases take between 9 months and 2 years to settle. But it is possible to get some payments throughout the claim to cover things like lost wages, medical expenses etc. Will it cost my employer a fortune and maybe cause it financial problems|? Your employer will be insured and any compensation and costs awarded will be paid by the in- surance company and not by your employer. If you need further information about an accident at work con- tact Chris Macwilliam for a free, no obligation interview on 0161 764 5266 Bury is backdrop for new thriller series BURY was trans- formed into the chill- ing set for the new Netflix thriller series The Stranger. Cameras rolled as crews were spotted filming beneath the Peel Memorial outside Bury Parish Church on The Rock. The set was decked out like a lurid po- lice crime scene cen- tred around the grisly mocked-up corpse of an animal (believed to be a dog or an alpaca), com- plete with police tape, officers and a mass of fake blood — drawing crowds of shoppers and visitors to the town. Based on Harlan Co- ben’s novel of the same name, the eight-part series stars The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage in the lead role as Adam Price. The psychological thriller follows Adam as his seemingly perfect life is turned upside down. Blessed with two won- derful sons and a wa- tertight marriage, one night Adam is joined at a bar by a stranger who shares a shocking secret about his wife, Corrine. Adam is quickly con- sumed in a mysteri- ous web of deception, Filming for the new Netflix thriller 3.99% council tax increase ROCHDALE Borough Council will increase council tax by 3.99% to help cover the con- tinued reduction in govern- ment funding to the borough. The increase includes a 1% in- crease to contribute to the costs of providing adult care services. The Band D charge will in- crease by £93.71 a year (£1.80 a week). Most homes (85 per cent) in Rochdale borough are in council tax bands A, B and C. The total increases per year would be would be £62.47 (Band A), £72.88 (Band B) and £83.30 (Band C) – all less than £1.60 a week. The figures include an in- crease in the Greater Manches- ter mayoral precept which for band D rises by £9 a year (£6 for band A, £7 for band B and £8 for band C) and the increase in the mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner Precept which for band D has increased by £24 a year (£16.00 for Band A, £18.66 for Band B and £21.34 for Band C). becoming ensnared in conspiracy far more sinister than his wife’s deceit, and one which could have disastrous and even life-threaten- ing consequences. Joining Richard in the cast is the Happy Val- ley and Downton Abbey star Siobhan Finneran, alongside Absolute- ly Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders, as well as Ant Man and The Wasp villain Hannah John- Kamen, Broadchurch’s Shaun Dooley, Game of Throne’s Paul Kaye, Strike Back’s Dervla Kirwan, Black Mirror’s Kadiff Kirwan, Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Anthony Head and Os- car-nominated actor and star of The Crying Game Stephen Rea.