A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Chipping Norton or anywhere else in the UK, our expert solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our expert solicitors can assist you with an injury 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 usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

In order to win a Chipping Norton personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

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How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Chipping Norton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of knowledgeable solicitors are experienced in securing maximum settlements for people who have been hurt in a car accident in Chipping Norton.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Chipping Norton are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,201. Incidents in the Chipping Norton area in 2013 included car crashes on the A361 and A3400 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A44 and A361 junction.

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Work accident claims in Chipping Norton

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted injured claimants, from metal workers to clinical microbiologists, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work figures in the West Oxfordshire local authority collated in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in West Oxfordshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical and medical negligence in Chipping Norton

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE data indicate that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the Oxfordshire workplace. Slips and trips are quite often the forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a building or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability claims for injuries like fractured ankles happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with street falls having occurred on Market St and on High Street.

Chipping Norton specialists for serious injury compensation

The lasting effect of serious injury is acknowledged by the Courts when they are determining compensation. By relieving the financial pressure severe injury imposes on an injured person and their dependants, a successful claim allows individuals to prioritise rehabilitation. Our panel of lawyers for many years have aided claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Chipping Norton 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 Chipping Norton and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Chipping Norton and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Chipping Norton?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Oxfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including motorbike pillion passenger accidents and scaffolding accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


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.

What issues to consider when finding the best lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to give expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Read Chipping Norton solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Researching reviews can help build a picture when trying to decide which lawyer to select and which considerations are most important to you.

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Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The disparity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is important for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?80,997 for deafness can vary from ?48,598 to ?68,847.

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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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