A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Birmingham or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury A claim must usually be made within three years.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness in Birmingham or road accident, there are three key components to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities 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.

Beginning your claim sooner will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by your solicitor.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Birmingham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Birmingham are quite common. Official statistics show 29 fatal accidents, 373 serious accidents and 2913 slight accidents in 2013 in Birmingham (Total events were 3315 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,584. Accidents in Birmingham in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A38 and A4540 crossroads and on the A45 and A4540 roundabout.

Our panel of proficient no win, no fee litigators have years of experience in negotiating the best damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Birmingham.

Find out more: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Birmingham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for Claimants, from members of the air force to archivists, to claim work accident compensation. Accident information for the Birmingham local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Birmingham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined217171150
Electric shock injury1236
Machinery related injury644243
Explosives related321
Exposed to fire222
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)292313
Fall from height (ladder)12481106
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)14105
Lifting and handling injuries595350361
Physical attack175134128
Slip, trip, fall same level555489374
Struck against646150
Hit by vehicle533119
Hit by object190127145
Trapped by something collapsing385

Find out more: Work accident compensation claim

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury solicitors in Birmingham

The Quittance team understand the critical change compensation will make to the lives of people who have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury. A claim should lessen the financial burden on an injured person so they can prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist law firms correspond with Courts and doctors and health professionals to make sure Claimants affected by serious accidents receive legal and medical support.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2014/15. These types of accident are frequently the cause of accidents classified under another heading like being hit by material under pressure or a drowning accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like fractured wrists sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with recent pavement trips having occurred on Pinfold Street and on Corporation Street.

Medical negligence in Birmingham

When someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want closure as opposed to financial damages. To raise a complaint against Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Unit 1 B1, 50 Summer Hill Road, Birmingham.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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Birmingham 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 Birmingham and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Birmingham and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

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
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Birmingham?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people injured in Birmingham, West Midlands and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout the West Midlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on building sites to car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make our claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your injury

Choosing the most suitable injury lawyer for your legal case is a key step towards achieving the highest compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Birmingham - how can you ensure you select the ideal solicitors' practice to handle your case?

Will I need to choose a local Birmingham injury lawyer ?

The location of a law firm is not very critical as cases are typically managed by phone and email.

You will need to go with a law firm that has medical facilities near Birmingham as Claimants will usually have to attend a medical exam.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for loss of smell could vary between ?20,185 and ?26,620 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

What should you look for when checking reviews for solicitors in Birmingham?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. 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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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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