We specialise in personal injury claims on behalf of injured people, and nothing else.
This expertise means that we are used to taking on defendants and insurance companies, standing up for you and winning.
But as well as securing your compensation for you, we also aim to help you to get back on your feet both physically and financially. Accidents, even straightforward ones, can mean both you and your family being hit hard. Getting money at the end of a case is often not enough if hardship strikes straight away. We work with insurers to get funding for medical treatment and rehabilitation, and early payments towards your eventual damages to replace lost income.
We deal with cases of all sizes, from straightforward injuries to catastrophic and fatal accidents. We have a particular specialism in psychiatric injuries and chronic pain conditions.
Amongst the types of cases we deal with are road accidents, accidents at work, accidents caused by defective premises, trips and slips, and criminal injuries. For more details, see below.
We believe that solicitors should only offer to take on cases where they are expert enough to do them well. We do not "have a go" at cases, and you should be wary of solicitors that do. For this reason, we do not do clinical negligence (claims against doctors and other medical professionals) or long-term disease cases such as for asbestos exposure. These types of cases need a solicitor who specialises in them, and we would recommend you search for a specialist using the Law Society's Find a Solicitor service.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions about what we do, or whether we can take on your case, feel free to contact us on 01733 807407 or by using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Road Traffic Accidents
Road accidents are the most common cause of personal injury claims, making up about 50% of the total. They include injuries suffered by drivers and passengers in cars, lorries and buses. They can also be claims on behalf of other road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders.
It is often said that a car can be a deadly weapon if used wrongly. Injuries caused in road accidents can be the most serious and life changing ones. For this reason courts will expect drivers and riders to take great care and to follow the Highway Code. If they don't, and you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, motorists have to have insurance to pay for the damage they cause.
Even where the defendant is uninsured, the victim is protected by the Motor Insurers' Bureau. This covers incidents where the motorist has breached the terms of their insurance, or where they never had insurance in the first place. The MIB also covers victims of untraced "hit and run" drivers.
Since 2010, claims following road accidents below a certain level (currently £25,000) have been dealt with using an online 'portal'. This aims to speed up the claims process for cases where the defendant's insurers admit liability.
New government changes due in 2021 aim to reduce the number of compensation claims for whiplash and other more minor injuries by reducing compensation levels. They also encourage accident victims to deal directly with defendants' insurers without using solicitors.
Our experience is that insurers are keen to look for reasons either to refuse claims, or to offer settlements for less than their true value. How does an someone without a good lawyer know whether an insurer's reasons for refusing a claim, or making a particular settlement offer, are fair? We will continue to support road accident victims, working with you so you have an expert on your side, fighting your corner.
Accidents at Work
Workplaces can be dangerous. Factories, building sites and farms have obvious dangers, but even places like offices and shops can have their hazards if they aren't run properly. Nobody deserves to go to work and come back injured. Making a compensation claim makes an employer sit up and take notice, and can help make sure the same thing doesn't happen to someone else.
The law requires employers to make workplaces as safe as they reasonably can. That way, when someone makes a mistake - and sooner or later, someone will - the chances of someone suffering an injury are reduced. Employers can't usually blame one of their employees for having done something they shouldn't, even if that employee is the accident victim.
Specific health and safety regulations cover things like safe tools and equipment, the physical condition of workplaces, lifting and carrying, providing proper training and supervision, work at height and exposure to hazardous substances. Other regulations cover specific activities like building sites or work at sea.
Businesses are usually legally responsible for what their employees do. This means that if you suffer an injury because someone doing their job has made a mistake, not followed instructions or even deliberately caused it, either through a joke getting out of hand or an assault, you may be able to bring a case against the employer.
Criminal injuries can include injuries suffered due to physical assaults, robberies, physical and sexual abuse and other crimes of violence. Most of the time there is no insurance to claim from and the assailant usually does not have enough money to pay for a compensation claim, so instead a claim is made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
The CICA is an agency providing government compensation for the innocent victims of violent crimes. To make a successful claim, you must have been the innocent victim, so for example you must not have become involved voluntarily in a fight. Compensation can also be refused if you have a significant criminal history yourself, or if you fail to help the police and the criminal court in prosecuting your attacker by going to court as a witness. In certain cases, especially if you were a child when the crime took place, or in cases of domestic violence or sexual crimes, the CICA can make allowances for how difficult it is to report crimes at the time.
Sometimes it is possible to bring a claim against the employer of an assailant, if the crime they commit has some connection with their work. Examples have included claims against schools and religious orders for abuse in boarding schools and care homes; claims against nightclub door staff or security guards who carry out attacks; and claims against employers of staff who carry out assaults at work or at work events.
Other Legal Work
We do accident compensation claims on behalf of injured people, and nothing else. We believe solicitors should specialise in the work they offer, so we don't take on cases that we can't do well. We don't take on clinical negligence or long-term disease cases, both of which require particular specialist expertise, so if you want advice on these types of cases, please use the Law Society's Find a Solicitor search.
Moons Solicitors was set up in April 2020 after Hunt and Coombs, where Richard Moon was a senior solicitor, decided to stop taking on personal injury cases. Hunt and Coombs is a leading Peterborough firm offering a wide range of legal services, and for any non-personal injury work such as conveyancing, commercial business, wills and probate, crime or family law, we are happy to recommend them.
You can visit Hunt and Coombs' website for further information.