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.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

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

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.

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.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bath

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

See: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Bath

Worker injured in accident

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

See: Work accident compensation claim

Other claims

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.

Medical and clinical negligence in Bath

Medical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you only want answers as opposed to financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath, Avon.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claim

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.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Bath No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Bath and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bath and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Bath?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Bath, Somerset and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Somerset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

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

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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