A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you are based in Bristol or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, we can help you make a claim for financial 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

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Bristol, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It must 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.

How much compensation could I get?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Bristol

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people injured in an accident, from plasterers to building control officers, to claim injury compensation. Work accident data in the Bristol local authority are published in accordance with regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Bristol Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related621
Machinery related injury221515
Exposed to explosion001
Fire related021
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)1146
Fall from height674354
Animal related1321
Lifting and carrying274140161
Physical assault583548
Slip, trip, fall same level228176175
Struck against421721
Hit by vehicle191716
Hit by object797772
Trapped under falling object152

Read more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Bristol

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Bristol are quite common with statistics showing a total of 1110 accidents (1004 slight accidents, 94 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bristol council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,201. Incidents in Bristol in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A4044 and A38 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A38 and B4051 junction.

Quittance's panel of skilled no win no fee solicitors are experienced in getting optimum settlements for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Bristol.

Read more: Road accident claims

Other claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data expose the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in Bristol and Avon. They are often the cause of accidents recorded in another category for instance being hit by hand tools in use, a fall from a height or a harmful substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as strained muscles happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened recently.

Serious injury

The long-term effect serious injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining compensation. By relieving the stress a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured person and their dependants, an injury claim helps people to concentrate on their recovery. Our network of lawyers for many years have helped families impacted by serious accidents.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Bristol

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against North Bristol NHS Trust, you can contact Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Bristol, Avon.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Bristol 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 Bristol and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Bristol, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Bristol?

We are a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Bristol and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants in Bristol get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained at work and accidents due to poor road conditions.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Instructing the most suitable lawyer to represent you is the most important step towards negotiating the highest compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

How do you ensure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to handle your case?

Do you need a local Bristol lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not very critical as cases are, as a matter of course, managed remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a company that has medical facilities near Bristol as you will usually have to go to a medical exam.

Look into Bristol personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be a good place to start when deciding which solicitor to instruct.

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The diversity in success fees between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is surprising.

As an example the amount retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of ?3,360 for a wrist fracture could vary from ?2,016 to ?2,856.

Further reading : How to compare personal injury fees

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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