A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Cheltenham or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Compensation claims must be made within 3 years of the injury in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, 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.

How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cheltenham

Worker injured in accident

We have helped self employed or employed claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to clinical scientists, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury statistics for the Cheltenham local authority reported under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Cheltenham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known233026
Electric shock injury110
Machinery related injury455
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)401
Fall from height11818
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)110
Slip, trip or fall363032
Struck against441
Hit by vehicle533
Struck by object18105
Trapped underneath something200

Find out more: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Cheltenham

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of skilled litigators have a wealth of experience in securing maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Cheltenham.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cheltenham are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1055 accidents (842 slight accidents, 181 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Gloucestershire local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,168. Incidents in the Cheltenham region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A46 and A40 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A40 and B4633 junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claim

Other injury claims

Serious injury

The Courts understand that serious injuries have a life-changing effect on a claimant and their dependants. By limiting the financial pressure a major injury imposes on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps individuals to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Our network of expert law firms have aided people recover damages for many severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious and catastrophic include dioxin poisoning, back injuries and deep vein thrombosis.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Cheltenham

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you just want answers instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to make a formal complaint against Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Trust HQ, Alexandra House, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Reported data underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury in the Gloucestershire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often related to injuries attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like bruised legs occurring on pavement ice are also common with trips having happened on Hatherley Rd and on Gloucester Rd.

Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Our nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Cheltenham and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist 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 Cheltenham?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Gloucestershire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including public place accidents and accidents at work.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.


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.

Help for those searching for a solicitor

It can take many months for most claims to conclude. Cases where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to provide specialist legal guidance and practical advice.

Solicitor reviews in Cheltenham - What to consider

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

Do I need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not critical as cases are usually conducted by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors' firm that provides a national network as you will almost always have to go to a medical assessment.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For serious hand injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?23,430 to ?50,050 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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