A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Crewkerne or anywhere else in England or Wales, our lawyers can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

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The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Crewkerne

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Crewkerne are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Our panel of accredited personal injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving maximum awards for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Crewkerne.

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Work accident claims in Crewkerne

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from office workers to customs officers, to claim injury compensation. Work accident statistics for the South Somerset local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in South Somerset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Contact with machinery15511
Fire related100
Harmful substance related133
Fall from height171323
Animal related (e.g. livestock)460
Lifting and handling injuries1025263
Physical assault837
Slip or trip666947
Struck against71111
Struck by moving vehicle564
Struck by object272220
Trapped underneath something110

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Other claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from respiratory diseases to asthma caused by latex.

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Crewkerne serious injury compensation

We recognise the vital difference an injury claim will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By limiting the financial pressure a serious injury imposes on an injured claimant, a claim enables people to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

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Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics indicate that slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of injury at work in Somerset and the UK. Slips and trips are typically related to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something collapsing or a river drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as cheekbone fractures suffered on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened on Hogshill St.

Clinical negligence in Crewkerne

Clinical negligence is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want closure rather than a compensation award. To make a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

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Crewkerne 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 Crewkerne and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Crewkerne, from relatively minor claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their level of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Crewkerne?

We are a UK-wide panel of results-focussed solicitors that assists people in Crewkerne, Somerset and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people across Somerset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from slips and trips at work to accidents on the road.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, make our claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

In most cases a injury claim can take several months to complete and in cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to provide legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Do I need a local Crewkerne solicitor ?

Going for a local lawyers office is not particularly critical as cases now tend to be managed by phone, post and email.

You will need to go with a firm that offers medical facilities near Crewkerne as you will be expected to attend a medical assessment.

Comparing injury solicitors in Crewkerne - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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

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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