A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Cirencester or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Compensation claims should usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

In order to win a Cirencester personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • 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

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance will be provided by a short, free consultation with a specialist solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cirencester

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from nurses to civil service administrators, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work information for the Cirencester local authority collated in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

See: Work injury claims

Road traffic accident claims in Cirencester

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cirencester are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1474 accidents (1283 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wiltshire local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,607. Incidents in Cirencester in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A417 and A429 junction and on the A429 and A419 roundabout.

Our network of professional lawyers are experienced in fighting for maximum compensation for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Cirencester.

See: Road accident compensation claim

Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Cirencester

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics demonstrate that slips and trips are the single most frequent accident at work in Gloucestershire. Slips and trips are sometimes related to injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by a moving object, a fall from height or an animal related accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as fractured vertebrae occurring on spillages are also common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on High St and on Clarks Hay.

Cirencester serious injury compensation

We recognise the critical change compensation can make to the lives of people affected by serious injury. Compensation should lessen the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured person and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation. Our network of expert lawyers have for many years aided people affected by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious include benzene poisoning, paralysis and serious psychiatric harm.

See: Serious injury compensation

Cirencester No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Cirencester and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Cirencester, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in recovering compensation and their specialist knowledge.

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

What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Cirencester?

We are a national panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and across the UK, get compensation.

We have helped 100's of claimants across Gloucestershire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from part-time worker injuries to cycling accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim

It can take several months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated. Matters involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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

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

The disparity in personal injury fees between different firms is important for claimants.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?26,574 for significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage might vary from ?15,944 to ?22,588.

Read more at Compare solicitors quotes

Read Cirencester personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Researching online reviews can certainly be instructive when attempting to decide which solicitor to choose.

See Quittance 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.

Read more
Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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