A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Bodmin or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors can take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

To win a Bodmin personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Beginning your claim sooner will enable supporting evidence to be collected to strength by the lawyer.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Bodmin

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from farm workers to barrister's clerks, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident figures for the Cornwall local authority are compiled in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Workplace accidents in Cornwall Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

Read more about Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Bodmin

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of trained no win no fee personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best general and special damages for claimants who have been injured in a car accident in Bodmin.

Accidents involving vehicles in Bodmin are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,907.

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Other claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Safety figures expose the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Cornwall and the UK. They are frequently related to injuries attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by machinery or a river drowning accident. Public place (Cornwall local authority) litigation for injuries such as facial scarring suffered on tripping on a street are also common with trips having happened on Fore Street.

Clinical negligence in Bodmin

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more about No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Bodmin serious injury compensation

We recognise the difference a successful claim can make to seriously injured claimants. By limiting the financial pressure a serious injury puts on an injured person, compensation enables individuals to concentrate on rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitors have for many years helped people affected by severe accidents.

Read more about No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Bodmin 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 Bodmin and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Bodmin, from fast track whiplash cases to long term industrial disease. Selected for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Bodmin?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people injured in Bodmin, Cornwall and across the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Cornwall get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

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.

Locating the right lawyer for your compensation claim

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be agreed. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Reviews for solicitors in Bodmin

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The disparity in the amount of success fees charged by lawyers working on No Win No Fee agreements is quite significant

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded ?11,857 for serious thumb injuries might vary from ?7,114 to ?10,078.

Further reading How much can you claim?

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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