A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Bude or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims should usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

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.

Your solicitor will discuss these issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Bude

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from members of the air force to charities administrators, to claim compensation. Work injury information in the Cornwall local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government as follows:

HSE reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

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Road traffic accident claims in Bude

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Bude are common. Police reporters reveal that there were 27 fatal accidents, 193 serious accidents and 1584 slight accidents in 2013 in Cornwall (Total events were 1804 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907.

Quittance's panel of expert legal advisors have vast experience in negotiating maximum compensation for people injured in a road accident in Bude.

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Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Bude

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for closure instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Slips and trips

Health and Safety figures indicate that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most common accident in the Cornwall workplace in 2015. These types of accident are often lead to injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like pulled muscles happening on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent pothole trips having happened on Lana and on Cross Park.

Bude serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that a serious injury has a significant effect on an injured person and their dependants.

A claim will lessen the financial load and reduce the pressure on a claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of law firms have aided people collect damages for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness referred to as serious include benzene poisoning and brain tumours.

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

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Bude and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning cases.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Bude?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Bude, Cornwall and across the UK, get compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including motorbike accidents and accidents on building sites.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Identifying a suitable lawyer for your case is your most important step towards negotiating the highest compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With 49 offices within 25 miles of Bude (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority) - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the best law firm to work with?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do I need to select a local Bude solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not very critical as cases are usually handled by phone, post and email.

You will need to go with a company that has national medical centres as claimants will almost always have to attend a medical exam.

Read Bude personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by lawyers can vary enormously.

Reading reviews can be revealing if you are contemplating which solicitor to select.

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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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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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