A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Cheddar or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a 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

Claims should be made within three years of an injury in the majority of cases.

For the majority of injury claims, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Answers to your questions and useful guidance can be provided by a short, free consultation with a Cheddar-specialist solicitor.

Compensation calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Cheddar

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from warehouse assistants to child psychotherapists, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness statistics in the Sedgemoor local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Sedgemoor Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)111
Machinery related injury1159
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)702
Fall from height (ladder)19108
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)014
Physical attack652
Slip or trip584730
Struck against1371
Hit by vehicle523
Struck by object191212
Trapped underneath something101

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Cheddar

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of personal injury lawyers have years of experience in negotiating the highest compensation for anyone injured in a car or motorbike accident in Cheddar.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Cheddar are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,623.

See: Road accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Slip and trip accidents

Official statistics show that employee slips and trips are by far the most frequent accident at work in Somerset and the UK. They are often connected to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine, when helping another person or a drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on potholes are also quite common with trips having occurred on St. Mary's St and on Bath St.

Serious injury

Quittance recognise the critical difference an injury claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so a claimant so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of lawyers have aided claimants recover compensation for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from cancer to concussion.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Cheddar

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

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

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Cheddar, from less severe claims to long term illness. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Cheddar?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Cheddar, Somerset and across the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout Somerset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from slips and trips at work to accidents on public transport.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How to pick the best lawyer

Identifying the most suitable legal representation to assist you is your most important step towards obtaining the highest settlement or award for your accident.

what is the best way to make certain you choose the most appropriate law firm to advise you?

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a fractured femur could vary between ?7,370 and ?11,385 (based on 2015 market research).

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

Are Cheddar claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

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

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Look into Cheddar personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can differ.

Reviews can certainly be instructive if you are weighing up which lawyer best serves your needs.

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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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