A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Amesbury or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 12, 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 expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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Key criteria

Claims for compensation should, in most cases, be made within three years of an injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Amesbury or work-related illness, there are three elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Beginning your claim as soon as possible should allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Amesbury

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from soldiers to architectural technologists, to claim work accident compensation. Accident data in the Ynys M?n local authority are detailed in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other989174
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

Read more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Amesbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win no fee litigators have a wealth of experience in achieving the best compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Amesbury.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Amesbury are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1474 accidents (1283 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wiltshire local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,607.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

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Other types of claim

Slips, trips and falls

Official data indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most common accident at work in Wiltshire. Slips, trips and falls are typically forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being struck by machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like sprained wrists sustained on spillages are also common with street falls having happened on the Packway and on Salisbury St.

Amesbury solicitors for serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the difference a compensation claim makes to the lives of severely injured Claimants. A successful claim will ease the financial load on an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery.

Our panel of law firms have helped families claim compensation for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as serious and catastrophic range from degloving injuries to deep vein thrombosis.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical negligence in Amesbury

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for answers as opposed to a compensation award. You can contact Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

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Amesbury 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 Amesbury and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Amesbury, from short-term injury cases to life-changing injury. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

To meet more of our 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 does Quittance have of injury claims in Amesbury?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Amesbury, Wiltshire and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants in Wiltshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from cycling accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to select the right personal injury solicitor

Usually a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. For cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to give compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

The difference in the amount of fees charged by solicitors working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is important for Claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?6,065 for a minor head injury could vary from ?3,639 to ?5,155.

Further reading Compare solicitors

What should be considered when comparing Amesbury solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

Will I need to instruct a local Amesbury injury lawyer ?

The location of a law firm is less relevant as injury cases are normally handled by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm that provides a national network as Claimants will almost always be expected to attend a medical assessment.

Further reading - Do I have to attend 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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