A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Cambourne or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury solicitors will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for compensation should be made within three years of an injury in most cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

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How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Cambourne

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of skilled no win, no fee litigators have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Cambourne.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cambourne are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 28 fatal accidents, 277 serious accidents and 1664 slight accidents in 2013 in Cambridgeshire (Total events were 1969 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,049.

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Work accident claims in Cambourne

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for Claimants, from construction workers to commodity brokers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Work accident data for the South Cambridgeshire local authority made available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined261821
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury547
Fire related (e.g. burns)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)642
Fall from height161913
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying584534
Physical assault131619
Slip, trip, fall same level544441
Struck against944
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object201216
Crushed by something collapsing100

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Other injury claims

Serious injury

The long-term effect a serious or catastrophic injury has will be understood by Courts when they are working out how much compensation to pay.

Compensation will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues and take the pressure off an injured person and their family enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of lawyers correspond with insurance companies and the Defendant's representatives, helping to ensure Claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries receive legal and medical support. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious and catastrophic include neck injuries, cancer and amputation.

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Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most prevalent accident at work in Cambridgeshire in 2015. They are typically related to accidents attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a building, when supporting another person or an animal related accident. Public place (South Cambridgeshire local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured wrists suffered on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having happened on Mill Rd.

Medical and clinical negligence in Cambourne

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award. For example, you can write to Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Cambourne 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 Cambourne and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Cambourne and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their track record in recovering compensation.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Cambourne?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire and across the UK, get compensation.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained at work to car passenger accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the right personal injury solicitor for your claim

In most cases a claim for compensation can take months to agree a settlement and for cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to offer practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Injury lawyer reviews in Cambourne - What to look for

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Do you need a local injury lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not particularly important as injury cases are typically handled remotely.

You will need to select a company that has national medical centres as Claimants will almost always be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

The key issue to be aware of is 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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