A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Cowes or anywhere else in the UK, our injury lawyers can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, proving a claim has three key components. It must be demonstrated 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

Your lawyer should explain how each of these points will relate to your injury claim.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cowes

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from gardeners to civil service administrators, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident information in the Isle of Wight local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Isle of Wight Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related851
Exposed to fire300
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)442
Fall from height151012
Injured by an animal011
Lifting and handling injuries792731
Physical attack16113
Slip or trip724846
Struck against1112
Struck by moving vehicle323
Hit by object15814

For more information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Cowes

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of trained injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining optimum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Cowes.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cowes are reasonably common with statistics showing a total of 421 accidents (335 slight accidents, 82 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Isle of Wight local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 427.

For more information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Isle Of Wight and the UK in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently the precursor to injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by a falling object, when supporting another person or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Isle of Wight local authority) negligence claims injuries such as broken toes happening on tripping on a street are also common with recent pavement trips having occurred on Well Rd and on Terminus Road.

Clinical and medical negligence in Cowes

When someone is injured due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Isle Of Wight NHS Trust, for example, you can write to St Mary's Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Cowes specialists for serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that serious injuries will have a life-altering effect on an injured person and their dependants. By relieving the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury puts on an injured claimant, compensation allows individuals to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of law firms engage with medical professionals, the legal system and insurance providers, helping to ensure claimants impacted by major accidents receive legal and medical support.

For more information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Cowes No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Cowes and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Cowes, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

Has Quittance handled many Cowes claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Cowes, the Isle of Wight and across the country, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people throughout the Isle of Wight seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and car accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and 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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Finding the right personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your lawyer should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to give compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Do you need to go with a local Cowes lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not relevant as injury cases can be handled by phone and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors' firm that has medical facilities near Cowes as claimants will need to go to a medical exam.

The variation in success fees charged by law firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant awarded ?8,645 for a fractured index finger can range from ?5,187 to ?7,348.

More information Compare personal injury solicitors fees

What should be considered when checking Cowes solicitor reviews?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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