A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Cranfield or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors can take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a 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, we can help you make 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

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

To win a Cranfield personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable supporting evidence to be collected to strength by your solicitor.

What is my claim worth?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Cranfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Cranfield are not uncommon. Official statistics show 7 fatal accidents, 108 serious accidents and 716 slight accidents in 2013 in Bedfordshire (Total events were 831 local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 964.

Quittance's panel of professional no win no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining optimum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Cranfield.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Cranfield

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped injured claimants, from electricians to chiropractors, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness figures for the Central Bedfordshire local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified354049
Electric shock012
Machinery related injury191214
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)433
Fall from height (ladder)321728
Injured by an animal223
Manual handling876383
Slip, trip, fall same level937378
Struck against13819
Struck by moving vehicle1458
Hit by falling object382736
Crushed by something collapsing121

Further information: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Bedfordshire in 2014/15. Slips and trips are frequently the cause of injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by an object falling from a building, a carrying injury or an electrocution accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as bruised backs experienced on potholes are also common with kerb stone trips having happened on Wharley End and on College Road.

Serious injury experts in Cranfield

The Courts understand that serious injuries will have a major effect on a claimant.

By reducing the stress a major injury imposes on an injured claimant, a compensation claim enables them to concentrate on their rehabilitation.

Our panel of expert solicitor firms for many years have aided people affected by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be catastrophic or serious range from lead poisoning to serious pharmaceutical error.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Cranfield

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened rather than a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Cranfield 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 Cranfield and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Cranfield, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning cases.

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 is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Cranfield?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists people in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Bedfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from pedestrian accidents to factory accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as stress-free 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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from several months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to provide both expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I need to choose a local Cranfield lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not relevant as cases are typically managed by phone and email.

However, you should select a firm that provides medical facilities near you as claimants will need to go to a medical assessment.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For minor achilles tendon injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,885 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Comparing Cranfield personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different 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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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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