A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Buckinghamshire or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should usually be made within a 3-year window.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness 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 is considered.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Compensation calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Buckinghamshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Buckinghamshire are quite common. Official statistics show 22 fatal accidents, 199 serious accidents and 1263 slight accidents in 2013 in Buckinghamshire (Total events were 1484 local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,527. Incidents in the Buckinghamshire region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A413 and A4157 crossroads and on the A418 and A4157 roundabout.

Our panel of personal injury lawyers are experienced in fighting for the best settlements for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Buckinghamshire.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Buckinghamshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants injured at work, from construction workers to camera operators, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Work accident figures in the Aylesbury Vale local authority are compiled under RIDDOR by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Aylesbury Vale Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury110
Machinery related injury545
Exposed to fire003
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)412
Fall from height201220
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)246
Lifting and handling injuries683746
Physical attack303525
Slip, trip, fall same level645856
Struck against1464
Struck by moving vehicle212
Struck by object271417
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Buckinghamshire

Medical negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Executive Office, Hartwell Wing, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Read more: Clinical negligence claims

Slips and trips

Health and Safety figures expose the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South East England and the UK. They are quite often connected to accidents categorised as something else such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or a lake drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like facial scarring occurring on spillages are also common with recent trips having happened in the area.

Buckinghamshire serious injury claims

We recognise the difference compensation will make to people who have been affected by severe injury. By reducing the pressure severe injury puts on a claimant, a claim allows them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitor firms have aided people claim damages for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as serious range from lead poisoning to cerebral palsy.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Buckinghamshire, from short-term injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

What experience do you have of handling claims in Buckinghamshire?

We are a national network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Buckinghamshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people across Buckinghamshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from bike accidents to industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

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

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is an important first step.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Buckinghamshire?

You do not need to pick a law firm near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Buckinghamshire solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ.

Researching online reviews can certainly help build a picture when trying to decide which lawyer best serves your needs.

See - Personal injury lawyer reviews

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for a fractured forearm, for example, ranges from ?5,390 to ?15,510 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these 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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