A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Carmarthenshire or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced injury solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for 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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Key criteria

Claims must be made within three years of the date of the injury in most cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must demonstrate 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.

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

How much compensation can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Carmarthenshire

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from soldiers to community arts workers, to claim compensation from their employer. Work accident data in the Carmarthenshire local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Carmarthenshire Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified354029
Electrical injury100
Machinery related injury6129
Fire related020
Harmful substance related1134
Fall from height301816
Injured by an animal513
Lifting and handling injuries675252
Physical attack1075
Slip, trip, fall same level846278
Struck against1577
Struck by moving vehicle755
Struck by object362521
Trapped by something collapsing030

See: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Carmarthenshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have vast experience in getting maximum awards for anyone hurt in a car accident in Carmarthenshire.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Carmarthenshire are reasonably common with a total of 619 accidents (519 slight accidents, 89 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Carmarthenshire local authority district. By 2014 accidents decreased to 557.

See: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Official data indicate that slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Wales. Slips and trips are quite often lead to injuries attributed to other causes for instance being hit by material under pressure or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Carmarthenshire local authority) negligence claims injuries like broken arms sustained on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with slips having occurred on Rhydargaeau and on High Street.

Carmarthenshire serious injury compensation claims

The Courts recognise that a serious injury has a major effect on a claimant and their dependants. Our network of expert lawyers fight for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our panel of solicitor firms for many years have aided families affected by serious accidents.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Carmarthenshire

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Corporate Offices, Ystwyth Building, Hafan Derwen, St Davids Park, Jobswell Road , Carmarthen, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Hywel Dda University Health Board.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Carmarthenshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Carmarthenshire and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Carmarthenshire, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected because of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

Have you handled many claims in Carmarthenshire?

Quittance is a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Carmarthenshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Carmarthenshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from building site accidents to public place accidents.

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


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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Finding the best solicitor for your compensation claim

Identifying the most suitable solicitor to act for you is an important step towards getting the highest settlement or award.

How can you ensure you select the ideal firm to handle your case?

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 you have to choose a law firm in Carmarthenshire?

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

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

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Solicitor reviews in Carmarthenshire - What to look for

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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