A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Calne or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

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, Quittance's panel of solicitors 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that matters.

In order to win a Calne personal injury case, it must be proven that:

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

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by the lawyer.

Calculate your compensation

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Calne

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of accredited solicitors have years of experience in securing maximum compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Calne.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Calne are not uncommon. Official statistics reveal 17 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 1283 slight accidents in 2013 in Wiltshire (Total events were 1474 council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,607.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Calne

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from construction workers to archivists, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness information in the Wiltshire local authority made available under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Official statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Wiltshire workplace in 2015. These types of accident are often connected to injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by moving machinery or an animal related accident. Public place (Wiltshire local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae happening on spillages are also common with recent slips having happened on Quemerford and on Phelps Parade.

Serious injury

The Quittance team understand the change injury compensation will make to seriously injured claimants. A claim should ease the financial load on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert law firms have helped people claim compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include serious pharmaceutical error and lung cancer.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Calne

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Calne 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 Calne and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Calne, from less severe claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are selected for their specialist knowledge and their winning track record.

Click here to meet more of the QLS 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 claims in Calne?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Calne, Wiltshire and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in Wiltshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to factory accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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.

Advice for those seeking an injury lawyer

In many cases a claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and for severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) often surprises prospective claimants.

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant awarded ?28,002 for chronic asthma could vary from ?16,801 to ?23,802.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

Do you need to go with a local lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not particularly critical as injury cases are usually conducted by phone and email.

However, you should go with a company that has a national network as you will almost always have to go to a medical assessment.

Calne personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can be enlightening when considering which lawyer to go with.

See Quittance reviews

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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