A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Bath or anywhere in the country, we can will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, we can help you make an injury claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Making an injury claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

Purposeful legislation exists to support Claimants seeking compensation for their injuries, and Quittance's panel of personal injury solicitors have many years of experience advising clients on the strength of their claims.

In most cases, there are three key components to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated 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

Beginning your claim sooner should enable the lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, however the SRA are not required to monitor many issues of interest to Claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Bath solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Online reviews can be a good place to start if you are attempting to decide which solicitor to act for you.

See Personal injury solicitor reviews

Will I need a local solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is less important as cases now tend to be managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that has national medical coverage as Claimants will be expected to go to an independent medical examination.

The contrast in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers is a material consideration for Claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded £16,310 for ankle injuries causing some permanent problems can vary from £9,786 to £13,863.

Read more at How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Which claims for compensation does Quittance handle in Bath and Wiltshire?

It is possible to claim compensation for a wide range of injuries and illnesses in Bath. We can help with injuries and illness including:

Medical and clinical negligence in Bath

Clinical negligence, in the past referred to as medical negligence, is the term for when an injury or illness results from a breach in the duty of care on the part of a GP or any other healthcare provider. Quittance's panel of lawyers acting for Wiltshire and Bath have helped people with claims made against hospitals that include Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases, RNHRD, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RL.

Road traffic claims

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Bath are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal 17 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 1283 slight accidents in 2013 in Wiltshire (Total events were 1474 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,607. Incidents in the Bath region in 2013 included crashes on the dual carriageway of the A36 and A367 roundabout and on the A4 and A46 roundabout.

Quittance's network of professional road traffic accident solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting the best settlements for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Bath.

Bath serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a compensation claim will make to the lives of people who have been affected by serious injury.

Quittance's network of specialist solicitors aim for the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes reimbursement for medical treatment and care costs. Our network of law firms correspond with medical practitioners, Courts and insurers, helping to ensure people affected by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries which are held to be serious and catastrophic range from brain tumours to serious psychiatric harm.

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures indicate that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of injury at work in Wiltshire. They are frequently the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by another person or a fall from a ladder. Injuries sustained in public place, e.g. a fractured vertebrae from a fall on poorly maintained pavement, are also quite common with street trips having happened on Tyning Rd and on the Avenue.

Accidents in the workplace

We have helped Claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to advice workers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work accident figures in the Wiltshire local authority made available in accordance with legislation by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
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

How No Win, No Fee solicitors take care of compensation claims in Bath

In the event that your claim is won, the fees for your lawyer must be paid by the losing party. When you lose your injury claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement with the lawyer means their fees are not payable by the Claimant.

Do I have to pay any fees?

Quittance's expert injury solicitors ensure No Win, No Fee means the injured party do not pay the lawyer's costs should your claim is lost. Click here for more about Quittance's No Win, No Fee.

Next steps

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Find out more

Before you instruct arm yourself with information about the process. Answers will help you to make the right choice.

Get additional information without picking up the phone. See more frequently asked questions.

Get a claim started

You can start your claim for compensation online here or phone us on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your claim with our team.

Contact Quittance's network of specialists today for more information about the process. Request a callback or call us on 0800 612 7456.