A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Cottenham or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

In most cases, there are three elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Answers to your questions and useful guidance will be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with a Cottenham personal injury solicitor.

Calculate your compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cottenham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from plasterers to clothing and textile technologists, to seek financial compensation. Work accident figures in the South Cambridgeshire local authority are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury547
Fire related (e.g. burns)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)642
Fall from height161913
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying584534
Physical assault131619
Slip, trip, fall same level544441
Struck against944
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object201216
Crushed by something collapsing100

For more information: Work injury claims

Road traffic accident claims in Cottenham

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of best of breed no win no fee injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing optimum settlements for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Cottenham.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Cottenham are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1969 accidents (1664 slight accidents, 277 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cambridgeshire local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,049.

For more information: Road accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Cottenham

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award. You can contact Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, for example, to make a complaint against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Government figures highlight the fact that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cambridgeshire in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are often lead to accidents categorised as something else like being hit by machinery or a fire related accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as broken shoulders sustained on obstructed walkways are also common with pavement crack trips having happened on Station Road and on High Street.

Serious injury

The Quittance team recognise the critical change compensation makes to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. By reducing the financial stress a major injury places on an injured person, compensation enables them to focus on their rehabilitation.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Cottenham 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 Cottenham and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Cottenham, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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 Cottenham?

We are a nationwide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps people in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of people in Cambridgeshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from pedestrian accidents to factory accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Advice for potential claimants searching for an injury lawyer

It can take months for most claims to have a settlement negotiated. Claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take years in some circumstances. The SRA regulate legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

Reviews for lawyers in Cottenham

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between firms is quite significant

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by an injured person having been awarded ?93,923 for severe leg injuries could conceivably vary from ?56,354 to ?79,834.

More information - How much can you claim?

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

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

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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

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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