A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Barnstaple or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a injury claim?

Updated: September 11, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, Quittance can help you make a compensation claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury claims must be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness or road accident, making a successful claim has three key components. It must be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

In all cases, answers and useful advice can be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with a specialist lawyer.

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Compensation calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Barnstaple

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Barnstaple are quite common. Police reporters reveal that there were 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.

Our group of expert no win, no fee injury solicitors have decades of experience in achieving optimum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Barnstaple.

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Work accident claims in Barnstaple

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for Claimants, from bricklayers to architectural technologists, to claim injury compensation. Injury and illness data in the North Devon local authority made available under legislation by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in North Devon Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other201817
Machinery related injury463
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)301
Fall from height101511
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)130
Manual handling573836
Assault310
Slip, trip, fall same level412835
Struck against446
Struck by moving vehicle331
Struck by object20919

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Barnstaple

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Devon. They are typically the precursor to injuries categorised as something else like being struck by a falling object, a fall from height or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (North Devon local authority) accident claims injuries such as broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained paths are also common with street falls having occurred on Forches Avenue and on Boutport Street.

Barnstaple serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a successful claim will make to the lives of people whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury.

Quittance's panel of lawyers work hard for maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Read more about Catastrophic injury claims

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Barnstaple 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 Barnstaple and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Barnstaple, from fast track cases to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their professionalism.

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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What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Barnstaple?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Barnstaple, Devon and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Devon seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and industrial disease.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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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 pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

It can take many months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take years in some circumstances. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do you need to go with a local solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not especially relevant as cases are usually run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as you will be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

See - Will I have to attend a medical?

Look into Barnstaple personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers can vary significantly.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative if you are weighing up which lawyer to work with.

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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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