A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Bradford on Avon or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven 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 as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by the lawyer.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bradford on Avon

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Bradford On Avon are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal a total of 1474 accidents (1283 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wiltshire local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,607. Incidents in the Bradford On Avon region in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A363 and B3105 junction and on the single carriageway of the B3105 and B3109 crossroads.

Quittance's network of knowledgeable injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining optimum damages for anyone hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Bradford On Avon.

See: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Bradford on Avon

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from building site contractors to bilingual secretaries, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness figures in the Wiltshire local authority are detailed in accordance with regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

See: Work accident claim

Other injury claims

Serious injury specialists handling cases in Bradford on Avon

We recognise the difference injury compensation makes to the lives of people impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. We work for the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes damages for medical and care costs.

Quittance's panel of solicitors have helped families collect compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from serious pharmaceutical error to eye injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics indicate that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Wiltshire workplace in 2015. They are typically the precursor to injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by a falling object or a lake drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as bruised legs sustained on spillages are also common with trips having occurred on Winsley Rd and on Tyning Rd.

Medical and clinical negligence in Bradford On Avon

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Bradford on Avon 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 Bradford on Avon and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bradford on Avon and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Bradford on Avon?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of expert solicitors that assists injured people in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

We have helped 100's of claimants in Wiltshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including whiplash and building site accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as easy 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Instructing the best solicitor for your legal matter is a crucial step towards receiving the best compensation award for your injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Bradford On Avon, how do you make sure you choose the most appropriate firm to work with?

Check Bradford On Avon solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers vary enormously.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are thinking about which lawyer to sign up with.

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Will I need to go with a local solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not particularly critical as cases now tend to be run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a firm that has national medical coverage as claimants will have to go to a medical assessment.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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