A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's national network of solicitors help clients across the country keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Bridgend or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Compensation calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bridgend

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of knowledgeable no win, no fee solicitors have a wealth of experience in negotiating maximum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Bridgend.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Bridgend are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal a total of 330 accidents (298 slight accidents, 29 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bridgend local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 350.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Bridgend

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from warehouse assistants to barrister's clerks, to claim injury compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Bridgend local authority reported under legislation by the Government:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Bridgend Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury130
Machinery related8104
Exposed to fire400
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)202
Fall from height181015
Animal related (e.g. livestock)120
Manual handling675054
Physical assault201328
Slip, trip, fall same level686467
Struck against846
Struck by moving vehicle551
Struck by object271826
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Bridgend

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to raise a complaint against Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, you can contact Cardigan House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Bridgend experts for serious injury compensation claims

The impact a serious injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when working out a claim. A claim will ease the financial burden and take the pressure off a claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of specialist solicitors work with the Courts, doctors and insurers, helping to ensure people affected by major accidents get medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include cerebral palsy, lead poisoning and concussion.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Recorded statistics stress the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury in the Wales workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically forerunner to accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by hand tools in use or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Bridgend local authority) legal claims for injuries such as facial scarring happening on pavement cracks are also quite common with incidents having occurred on Shieldhall Rd and on Harvie Avenue.

Bridgend 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 Bridgend and across the UK.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bridgend, from fast track whiplash cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their years of specialist experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

What experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Bridgend?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Mid Glamorgan get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the workplace to public place accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the best personal injury solicitor for your claim

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be agreed. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Look into Bridgend solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, vary enormously.

Reviews can be helpful when contemplating which solicitor to select.

Find out more - Personal injury solicitor reviews

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is considerable.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?8,640 for a fractured index finger might vary from ?5,184 to ?7,344.

Further reading Compare solicitors

Does the location of the law firm matter?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Medical exams 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.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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