A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in Brixham or anywhere else in the UK, our expert solicitors can take on your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance can assist you with a claim.

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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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as repetitive strain injuries are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

In order to win a Brixham personal injury case, it must be shown that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The lawyer will consider how your claim will relate to each of these points.

Calculate your compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Brixham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from factory workers to chemical process engineers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident statistics for the South Hams local authority are listed under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Hams Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury449
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)422
Fall from height141012
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)401
Manual handling421825
Slip, trip or fall373132
Struck against102
Struck by moving vehicle345
Struck by object142117
Trapped by something collapsing010

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Brixham

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of proficient no win no fee legal advisors have decades of experience in securing the best compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Brixham.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Brixham are quite common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,427.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially reported statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Devon workplace. These types of accident are frequently the cause of accidents categorised as something else such as being hit by moving machinery or a fall from a ladder. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones occurring on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent pavement crack trips having happened on Riverside Road and on Churston Broadway.

Medical and clinical negligence in Brixham

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury specialists handling cases in Brixham

Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a major effect on a claimant and their dependants. By relieving the financial stress serious injury places on an injured claimant and their family, a claim enables them to prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms for many years have helped claimants impacted by severe accidents. Injuries and medical conditions which are held to be serious and catastrophic include dioxin poisoning, serious psychiatric harm and back injuries.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Brixham 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 Brixham and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Brixham, from short-term injury cases to long term illness. Chosen for their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do you have of winning claims in Brixham?

We are a nationwide panel of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Brixham, Devon and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants across Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including workplace accidents and pedestrian accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to provide compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In general, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Look into Brixham personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by injury lawyers can vary enormously.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be helpful when attempting to decide which solicitor best serves your needs and which considerations are most important to you.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

The contrast in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between different firms is huge.

E.g. the amount retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?18,210 for work-related upper limb disorders can vary from ?10,926 to ?15,479.

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.

Read more
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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