A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Cornwall or anywhere else in the UK, we can will help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make 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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Key criteria

Claims for compensation should usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness or road accident, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Getting your claim started sooner will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by the lawyer.

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The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Work accident claims in Cornwall

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from hotel workers to communications engineers, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness information for the Cornwall local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

HSE reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Cornwall

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cornwall are relatively commonplace. Official statistics reveal 27 fatal accidents, 193 serious accidents and 1584 slight accidents in 2013 in Cornwall (Total events were 1804 local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,907.

Our panel of expert lawyers have decades of experience in achieving maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Cornwall.

See: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Cornwall experts for serious injury compensation

The Quittance team understand the vital difference injury compensation can make to seriously injured claimants.

By relieving the stress catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured claimant, an injury claim helps individuals to focus on rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist law firms have for many years aided claimants affected by severe accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include dioxin poisoning, serious pharmaceutical error and brain injuries.

See: Serious injury compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South West England. These types of accident are frequently the precursor to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, a carrying injury or an electrocution accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as broken arms occurring on potholes are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on Fore St.

Clinical and medical negligence in Cornwall

When a person is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want a better understanding of events rather than claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, to make a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Cornwall 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 Cornwall and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Cornwall, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their knowledge and expertise.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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 Cornwall?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Cornwall and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Cornwall seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Instructing the most suitable solicitor to help you is a key step towards achieving the best compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With approximately 75 offices within 25 miles of Cornwall (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website) - what is the best way to make sure you instruct the ideal company to act for you?

Cornwall personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can help build a picture if you are weighing up which lawyer to pick.

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Does the location of the solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a law firm near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain, for example, ranges from ?11,110 to ?20,185 (based on 2015 market data).

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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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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