A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Boston or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims should usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It needs to be demonstrated 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.

A free phone call with an expert Boston lawyer can give answers and invaluable guidance.

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The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Road traffic accident claims in Boston

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of qualified no win, no fee injury lawyers are experienced in obtaining the best compensation for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Boston.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Boston are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 36 fatal accidents, 379 serious accidents and 2775 slight accidents in 2013 in Lincolnshire (Total events were 3190 local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 3,115. Incidents in the Boston area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A16 and A52 crossroads and on the A16 and A1137 roundabout.

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Work accident claims in Boston

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for self employed and employed claimants injured at work, from dental nurses to charities administrators, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident figures in the Boston local authority are compiled under RIDDOR legislation by the Government excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Boston Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)010
Contact with machinery11126
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)321
Fall from height10810
Animal related201
Lifting and handling injuries804950
Physical attack525
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)534037
Struck against12123
Struck by moving vehicle578
Hit by object272215
Trapped by something collapsing020

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Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury in the Lincolnshire workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often the cause of accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by a falling object or an electrocution accident. Public place (Boston local authority) cases for injuries such as sprained wrists happening on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened on Kingsway and on Eastwood Rd.

Clinical negligence in Boston

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured due to a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for answers instead of claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to Beech House, Witham Park, Waterside South, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

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Boston solicitors for serious injury claims

Quittance understand the difference an injury claim makes to the lives of people affected by serious injury. A claim should ease the financial load on an injured claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of expert law firms have for many years aided people affected by major accidents.

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Boston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Boston and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Boston, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Boston?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Boston, Lincolnshire and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people in Lincolnshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How to pick the right personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to over a year for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Will I need to choose a local Boston lawyer ?

Going for a local firm is not very relevant as injury cases are typically run by phone, post and email.

However, you should choose a company that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually need to go to an independent medical examination.

Comparing Boston personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The variation in the level of success fees charged by lawyers can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?80,993 for deafness can vary from ?48,596 to ?68,844.

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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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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