A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Chipping Sodbury or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims must, in most cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Making your claim sooner should allow the lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Compensation calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Chipping Sodbury

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants injured at work, from nurses to commissioning engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury figures for the South Gloucestershire local authority are published under reporting legislation by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in South Gloucestershire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known314040
Electric shock injury020
Contact with machinery11410
Fire related (e.g. scars)031
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)662
Fall from height262028
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)731
Lifting and carrying1378075
Physical assault151910
Slip or trip12110380
Struck against261812
Struck by moving vehicle1375
Struck by object463844
Trapped under falling object133

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Road traffic accident claims in Chipping Sodbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Chipping Sodbury are quite common. Official statistics show a total of 647 accidents (587 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 9 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Gloucestershire local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 555. Incidents in the Chipping Sodbury region in 2013 included collisions on the roundabout of the A432 and B4060 other junction and on the B4060 and B4059 roundabout.

Our panel of specialist no win, no fee injury solicitors are experienced in fighting for optimum damages for people hurt in a road accident in Chipping Sodbury.

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Other injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent accident at work in Gloucestershire and the UK. They are quite often the precursor to accidents recorded in a different category such as being struck by a moving object or an electrocution accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Tormarton Road and on Back Street.

Chipping Sodbury serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that a serious injury will have a life-changing impact on an injured claimant.

The Quittance team work to get maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including compensation for medical and care costs. Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors communicate with medical experts, the Courts and insurers ensuring claimants affected by major accidents get the legal and medical support they need.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Chipping Sodbury

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for closure or answers instead of financial damages. You can write to Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

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Chipping Sodbury No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Chipping Sodbury and across the UK.

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Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Chipping Sodbury and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their winning track record and their years of specialist experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Chipping Sodbury?

We are a national network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps people in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Gloucestershire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your circumstances

It can take several months for the majority of claims to conclude. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Will I need to instruct a local Chipping Sodbury solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby lawyers office is not relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a company that provides national medical coverage as you will have to attend an independent medical examination.

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is quite surprising.

For instance the amount retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?31,080 for loss of hearing in one ear could vary from ?18,648 to ?26,418.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

Solicitor reviews in Chipping Sodbury - What to consider

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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