A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Bourne or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims should be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Beginning your claim sooner will enable the solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

Compensation Calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bourne

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident personal injury solicitors are experienced in getting optimum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Bourne.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Bourne are relatively commonplace with a total of 3190 accidents (2775 slight accidents, 379 serious accidents and 36 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lincolnshire local authority. By 2014 accidents decreased to 3,115. Accidents in the Bourne region in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A151 and A15 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A15 and B1198 junction.

See: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Bourne

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped contractors, self employed or employed people, from gardeners to careers consultants, to claim work accident compensation. Accident information for the South Kesteven local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in South Kesteven Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury23610
Fire related (e.g. scars)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)343
Fall from height (scaffolding)211716
Injured by an animal123
Lifting and handling injuries854148
Physical assault443
Slip, trip or fall656552
Struck against1486
Struck by moving vehicle512
Struck by object271624
Trapped under falling object202

See: Work accident compensation

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Bourne

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Beech House, Witham Park, Waterside South, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

See: Medical negligence claims

Bourne serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a successful claim will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By reducing the financial pressure serious injury imposes on a claimant, a successful claim allows them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of specialist lawyers correspond with insurance companies, the other side's legal representatives and doctors and health professionals ensuring people impacted by severe accidents get legal and medical support.

See: Serious injury claims

Slips and trips

Reported statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most frequent cause of injury in the Lincolnshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are typically lead to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a building or a fire related accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken wrists sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with recent dislodged paving slab trips having happened on West St and on High St.

Bourne 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 Bourne and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Bourne, from more minor injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in winning claims 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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Bourne?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of specialist solicitors that helps claimants in Bourne, Lincolnshire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Lincolnshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car passenger accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Guidance for those searching for an injury lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and for severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Do you need to instruct a local lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is less relevant as injury cases now tend to be handled by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a firm that offers national medical centres as you will have to go to a medical assessment.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. 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 taste could vary between ?15,510 and ?20,185 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Solicitor reviews in Bourne - What to consider

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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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