A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Carterton or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, Quittance can help you make 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

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

In order to win a Carterton personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate 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.

Making your claim sooner should allow your solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Calculate my compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Carterton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from dental nurses to community arts workers, to claim injury compensation. Work accident figures for the West Oxfordshire local authority are detailed under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in West Oxfordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury120
Machinery related785
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)520
Fall from height11119
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)624
Lifting and handling injuries411829
Slip, trip, fall same level453432
Struck against1033
Struck by moving vehicle308
Hit by object1457
Trapped underneath something200

For more information: Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Carterton

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert no win no fee personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Carterton.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Carterton are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,201.

For more information: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Oxfordshire in 2014/15. They are quite often lead to accidents classified under another heading such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a fall from height or a fire related accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as sprained arms happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with recent falls having happened on Station Road and on Black-Borton Rd.

Serious injury lawyers acting in Carterton

The Courts recognise that serious injuries have a major effect on an injured person.

We work to get the maximum compensation for severe injuries, including reimbursement for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Our network of law firms engage with the other side's legal representatives and insurers to make sure people affected by serious accidents and injuries get medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses considered to be serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence, concussion and lead poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical negligence in Carterton

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other health worker. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want closure or answers as opposed to claiming compensation. For example, to raise a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Carterton 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 Carterton and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Carterton, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience.

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 is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Carterton?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Carterton, Oxfordshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Oxfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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.

Locating the right solicitor

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

Comparing Carterton personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

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

Will you need to instruct a local Carterton solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not especially relevant as cases are typically handled remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors' firm that has a national network as you will usually have to go to an independent medical examination.

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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