A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Chinnor or anywhere in the country, our personal injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, we 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. 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.

In all cases, answers and useful advice can be provided by a short, free consultation with an expert Chinnor lawyer.

How much compensation could I get?

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Chinnor

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people hurt in an accident, from factory workers to clinical scientists, to claim maximum compensation. Accident data in the South Oxfordshire local authority are compiled in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in South Oxfordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury746
Explosion related010
Fire related200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)224
Fall from height16137
Animal related211
Slip, trip, fall same level542538
Struck against722
Hit by vehicle131
Hit by falling object191214
Crushed by something collapsing203

Further information: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Chinnor

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Chinnor are not uncommon. Official statistics show 19 fatal accidents, 308 serious accidents and 1635 slight accidents in 2013 in Oxfordshire (Total events were 1962 council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,201.

Quittance's group of trained legal advisors are experienced in achieving the highest compensation for people who have been injured in a road accident in Chinnor.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Chinnor

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Government statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury in the Oxfordshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are quite often the forerunner to injuries recorded in a different category for instance being hit by moving machinery or a toxic substance accident. Public place (South Oxfordshire local authority) claims for injuries such as pulled muscles sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having occurred on Keens Lane.

Chinnor serious injury compensation claims

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a life-altering effect on an injured person. Damages will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant so they can focus on recovery. Our network of expert solicitors have for many years aided families affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include lung disease, cerebral palsy and head injuries.

Further information: Serious injury compensation

Chinnor 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 Chinnor and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Chinnor, from fast track cases to long term illness. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

What experience do you have of claims in Chinnor?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Chinnor, Oxfordshire and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Oxfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from bike accidents to scaffolding accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Choosing the most appropriate injury solicitor for your case is a crucial step towards claiming the best compensation award.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Chinnor (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website), how do you make certain you select the most appropriate one for your specific circumstances?

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medical exams 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.

The difference in success fees and insurance premiums charged by solicitors often surprises prospective claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?24,098 for a moderate pain disorder could conceivably vary from ?14,459 to ?20,483.

See How much can you claim?

Check Chinnor solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Reading reviews is a great place to start when trying to decide which solicitor to select.

Find out more - Solicitor reviews

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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