A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Dartmouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 9, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

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

  • 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

Making your claim sooner should enable your lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

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How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Work accident claims in Dartmouth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for Claimants, from members of the army to dentists, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work information for the Dartmouth local authority made available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in South Hams Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury449
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)422
Fall from height141012
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)401
Manual handling421825
Slip, trip or fall373132
Struck against102
Struck by moving vehicle345
Struck by object142117
Trapped by something collapsing010

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

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Road traffic accident claims in Dartmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of qualified no win no fee solicitors are experienced in fighting for optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dartmouth.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dartmouth are quite common with statistics showing a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

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Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Dartmouth

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury lawyers in Dartmouth

We understand the change injury compensation can make to people affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured person and their family, a successful claim helps individuals to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

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

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon. They are sometimes connected to injuries classified under another heading for instance being hit by tools in use, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (South Hams local authority) cases for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent kerb stone trips having occurred in the area.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from allergic contact dermatitis to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

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Dartmouth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Dartmouth and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Dartmouth and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

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
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How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Dartmouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Dartmouth, Devon and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and accidents on public transport.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

What to consider when choosing the right personal injury solicitor

In many cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and for serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness could vary between ?10,175 and ?19,800 (based on 2015 market research).

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

Do I need to select a local Dartmouth injury lawyer ?

Going for a local law firm is not so critical as cases are, as a matter of course, handled remotely.

However, you should instruct a company that provides a national network as Claimants will almost always need to attend a medical exam.

Check Dartmouth solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, vary considerably.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be revealing when mulling over which solicitor to go 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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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