A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Axminster or anywhere in the UK, our injury solicitors can take on your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims must, in most cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

To win a Axminster personal injury case, it must be shown that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Information and legal advice will be offered through a free phone consultation with a Axminster personal injury solicitor.

Find out how much you can claim

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Axminster

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from kitchen workers to air traffic controllers, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness data in the West Dorset local authority reported under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in West Dorset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known271917
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury1267
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)112
Fall from height131411
Injured by an animal356
Lifting and carrying713434
Physical assault5117
Slip or trip503538
Struck against533
Hit by vehicle254
Hit by object2299
Trapped by something collapsing001

Further information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Axminster

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Axminster are quite common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,427. Accidents in the Axminster area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A35 and B3261 junction and on the single carriageway of the A358 and A35 junction.

Our network of proficient no win no fee injury solicitors have years of experience in negotiating the highest settlements for claimants hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Axminster.

Further information: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims we handle

Axminster lawyers for serious injury claims

The Quittance team understand the critical change a compensation claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants.

Quittance's network of lawyers work hard for the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our network of solicitor firms for many years have helped claimants affected by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses held to be serious include brain tumours, chemical poisoning and serious pharmaceutical error.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical negligence in Axminster

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone is injured due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to raise a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are still the most common accident at work in Devon. They are quite often the cause of injuries categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by moving machinery or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (West Dorset local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones happening on potholes are also common with slips having occurred on Lyme Road and on Charmouth Rd.

Axminster No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Axminster and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Axminster and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their years of specialist experience and their winning track record.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Has Quittance handled many Axminster claims?

We are a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps injured people in Axminster, Devon and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Can I get 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 you will never be out of pocket.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your claim?

Selecting a suitable injury lawyer to act for you is a crucial step towards successfully claiming the highest compensation settlement.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Axminster - how can you ensure you choose the ideal one to pursue compensation for you?

The variation in the amount of personal injury fees between firms is vast

For example the amount retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?8,031 for minor achilles tendon injuries might vary from ?4,819 to ?6,826.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Check Axminster personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Researching online reviews can be a good place to start when thinking about which lawyer to choose.

Read : Personal injury solicitors reviews

Will you need to instruct a local Axminster solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not very critical as injury cases are usually managed by phone and email.

However, you should go with a solicitors' firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will need to go to a medical assessment.

Read about - Do you have a local medical centre?

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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