Updated: Monday, 8th August 2016
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.
Making a claim
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.
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.
Which types of claims does Quittance conduct?
Quittance's panel of lawyers have helped people get compensation for a broad range of injuries.
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.
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.
Accidents at work
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)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Electric shock injury||1||1||0|
|Machinery related injury||4||5||5|
|Exposed to fire||0||0||1|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)||4||0||1|
|Fall from height||11||8||18|
|Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)||1||1||0|
|Slip, trip or fall||36||30||32|
|Hit by vehicle||5||3||3|
|Struck by object||18||10||5|
|Trapped underneath something||2||0||0|
Road traffic claims
Quittances 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 repoetrs 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.
Clinical and medical negligence in Cheltenham
Clinical negligence - in the past known as called medical negligence - is where an illness or injury is associated with a breach of the duty of care on the part of a medical professional. Quittance's panel of personal injury lawyers acting for Gloucestershire and Cheltenham have handled claims made against local hospitals including Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN.
Cheltenham No Win, No Fee Specialist Solicitors
In the event that you win your case, the costs for your solicitor must be settled by the losing party. In the event that your lawyer loses the compensation claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement with the solicitor confirms that you are not required to pay their fees.
A success fee can be charged by lawyers working under a No Win, No Fee agreement. The success fee will be in most cases 25 percent and will be paid out of your award or settlement.
Will there be hidden fees in the small print to pay?
Quittance ensure No Win, No Fee means a Claimant shall never have to pay your lawyer's legal fees should you do not win the injury claim. Click here to read more about about No Win, No Fee.
How to proceed
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Get more information
Before you decide to instruct a solicitor you should arm yourself with as much information about the process as you feel you need. The right information will help you to make the best choice.
If you need more information before calling, see our FAQ section.
Get your claim for compensation started
Once you are ready to get underway, you can start the personal injury claim by calling 0800 612 7456 or with Quittance's contact form.
If you would like to discuss your options before starting, phone Quittance on 0800 612 7456 or request a callback.