A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Bideford or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced solicitors can help with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Starting your claim sooner will enable witness statements to be gathered by the lawyer.

What is my claim worth?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bideford

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of trained lawyers have vast experience in getting the best compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Bideford.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Bideford are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,427. Accidents in the Bideford region in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A386 and B3236 junction and on the single carriageway of the B3233 and A386 other junction.

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Work accident claims in Bideford

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants injured at work, from gardeners to broadcasting presenters, to claim compensation from their employer. Work accident data for the North Devon local authority collated under legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in North Devon Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
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
Slip, trip, fall same level412835
Struck against446
Struck by moving vehicle331
Struck by object20919

Read more: Accident at work compensation claims

Other types of claim

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported data highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accident in the Devon workplace. They are typically the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being struck by machinery, a fall from a height or a toxic substance accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken ankles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred on Yelland Road and on the Quay.

Clinical negligence in Bideford

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person is injured due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Serious injury solicitors in Bideford

Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a major effect on an injured person. By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured claimant, an injury claim allows them to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of solicitor firms for many years have helped claimants affected by major accidents.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Bideford 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 Bideford and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Bideford and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their professionalism.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Bideford?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Bideford, Devon and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from building site accidents to car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Finding the best lawyer

In many cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion and in severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to offer expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Bideford?

You do not need to choose a lawyer near you.

In general, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The variation in fees charged by law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is quite surprising.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?48,403 for a very severe ankle injury could vary from ?29,042 to ?41,143.

See How to compare injury solicitors quotes

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Bideford?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

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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