A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Coventry or anywhere in the country, our lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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 must be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in most cases.

For most claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must be proven 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

The solicitor will discuss these issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Coventry

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from office workers to clinical molecular geneticists, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics for the Coventry local authority reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Coventry Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported676049
Electric shock injury331
Machinery related181919
Explosion related010
Exposed to fire001
Exposure to harmful substance1056
Fall from height (ladder)313028
Injured by an animal716
Lifting and carrying165108114
Physical assault302622
Slip or trip175144134
Struck against182016
Hit by vehicle151515
Struck by object673843
Trapped underneath something222

Further information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Coventry

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Coventry are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 731 accidents (625 slight accidents, 100 serious accidents and 6 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Coventry local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 827. Accidents in Coventry in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the B4101 and B4107 crossroads and on the A428 and A444 roundabout.

Our group of professional no win no fee legal advisors have a wealth of experience in negotiating the best settlements for claimants who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Coventry.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics reveal that slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Warwickshire in 2014/15. Slips and trips are frequently connected to accidents recorded in a different category such as being struck by a moving object or an asphyxiation accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like bruised legs sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with pavement crack trips having happened on Walsgrave Road and on Victoria St.

Serious injury

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing impact on an injured person and their family.

By reducing the pressure serious injury puts on a claimant and their family, an injury claim allows individuals to prioritise their recovery.

Quittance's panel of law firms have aided families collect damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as catastrophic or serious range from back injuries to lead poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Coventry

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Wayside House, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Coventry 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 Coventry and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Coventry and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Coventry?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Coventry, West Midlands and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people across the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including industrial disease and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward 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. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

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

The disparity in the level of insurance premiums and success fees between lawyers is significant.

For instance the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded ?43,873 for back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms can vary from ?26,324 to ?37,292.

Further reading How much can you claim?

Do I need to select a local Coventry solicitor ?

Going for a local law firm is not especially important as cases are handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near you as you will usually be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

Coventry solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be informative when contemplating which lawyer to sign up with.

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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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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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