A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Abingdon or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 10, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Injury claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

In most cases, proving a claim has three key components. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury
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How much compensation could I get?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online calculator provides an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Abingdon

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Abingdon are quite common with statistics showing a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,201. Accidents in Abingdon in 2013 included collisions on the A415 and A34 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A415 and B4017 junction.

Our group of qualified no win, no fee lawyers have vast experience in obtaining maximum damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Abingdon.

Read more: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Abingdon

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for Claimants, from lathe operators to architectural technologists, to claim compensation. Work accident figures in the Abingdon local authority reported under regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Vale of White Horse Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined262314
Electrical injury111
Machinery related injury494
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. food poisoning)212
Fall from height15138
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)364
Manual handling594230
Physical attack310
Slip, trip or fall523840
Struck against631
Struck by moving vehicle500
Hit by object10139

Read more: Accident at work compensation claim

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Other types of claim

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive data expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common cause of injury at work in Oxfordshire in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are typically the cause of injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by tools in use or an electrical discharge accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as facial scarring suffered on spillages are also common with street falls having occurred on Wootton Road and on Reynolds Way.

Abingdon serious injury claims

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a life-altering impact on an individual and their dependants. By limiting the financial pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured Claimant and their dependants, a successful claim allows them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of expert law firms work with insurers and the Defendant's representatives to ensure people affected by major accidents get legal and medical support.

Read more: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Abingdon

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a detailed explanation of what happened rather than injury compensation. To make a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation claim

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Abingdon No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Abingdon and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Abingdon and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their level of experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Abingdon?

We are a nationwide network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Oxfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from part-time worker injuries to cycling accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

In most cases a claim can take months to agree a settlement. In serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

Abingdon solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are contemplating which solicitor to sign up with and which considerations are most important to you.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

The difference in the level of fees between law firms is quite surprising.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant having been awarded ?12,045 for mild asthma can vary from ?7,227 to ?10,238.

Read more at How to compare personal injury fees

Do you need to instruct a local Abingdon solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is less relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors' firm that has national medical centres as you will almost always have to go to an independent medical examination.

See - What is the process for attending a medical?

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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