A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Dawlish or anywhere in the country, our experienced solicitors will take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Personal injury claims must be made within three years in the majority of cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a work-related illness or road accident, proving an injury claim has three key components. It needs to be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Making your claim as soon as possible will allow your solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

What is my claim worth?

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Dawlish

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Dawlish are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,427.

Quittance's panel of qualified road traffic accident litigators have vast experience in obtaining maximum damages for people hurt in a car accident in Dawlish.

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Work accident claims in Dawlish

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from dental nurses to counsellors, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work information for the Teignbridge local authority are detailed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE and set out below:

HSE reported work accidents in Teignbridge Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury672
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)513
Fall from height (scaffolding)81020
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)610
Manual handling493230
Physical attack6511
Slip, trip, fall same level604136
Struck against1123
Struck by moving vehicle236
Struck by object192223
Trapped by something collapsing001

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Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Dawlish

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a better understanding of events rather than a compensation award. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

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Dawlish specialists for serious injury compensation claims

We recognise the vital change a successful claim can make to severely injured claimants.

Damages should ease the financial burden and reduce stress so an injured claimant so they can prioritise recovery.

Our network of specialist law firms for many years have helped families impacted by major accidents. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be serious include poisoning, degloving injuries and major surgical negligence.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from radiation exposure to asthma caused by enzymes.

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Slips and trips

Health and Safety statistics expose the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Devon in 2015. Slips and trips are typically the cause of accidents recorded in another category e.g. being hit by an object falling from a building, being trapped by something or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as bruised legs suffered on poorly maintained paths are also common with pavement crack trips having happened on the Strand and on Holcombe Rd.

Dawlish 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 Dawlish and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Dawlish, from more minor injury cases to long term industrial disease. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Dawlish?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Dawlish, Devon and across the UK, get compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to public place accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process 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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from several months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Dawlish?

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Will you need to select a local injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not especially important as cases now tend to be conducted remotely.

However, you should instruct a law firm that offers medical facilities near Dawlish as you will almost always have to go to a medical exam.

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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