A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Devon or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, Quittance 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a Devon personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Answers to your legal questions and invaluable guidance can be offered through a free phone consultation with a Devon personal injury solicitor.

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The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Devon

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for contractors, self employed or employed claimants, from bricklayers to dramatherapists, to seek financial compensation. Work injury statistics for the Teignbridge local authority are detailed in accordance with reporting legislation by the Government:

Workplace accidents in Teignbridge Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
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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Road traffic accident claims in Devon

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee solicitors have decades of experience in getting maximum damages for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Devon.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Devon are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,427.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Devon

Medical negligence is the term for when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to make a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from mesothelioma to latex allergy.

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Slips and trips

HSE figures highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in South West England. They are sometimes the cause of injuries recorded in a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a building, being trapped by something or an animal related accident. Public place (Teignbridge local authority) claims for injuries like broken ankles happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred on Okehampton Rd and on Cowick St.

Serious injury

We recognise the difference an injury claim will make to people impacted by catastrophic and serious injury. By relieving the stress severe injury places on an injured person and their family, a claim helps people to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert law firms have aided claimants receive compensation for many severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious include chronic pain and head injuries.

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Devon 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 Devon and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Devon and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Meet more of the QLS 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 injury claims in Devon?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Devon and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

What to think about when locating the right injury lawyer

Choosing the most appropriate solicitor for your legal matter is a critical step towards getting the best compensation settlement for your injuries.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Devon (according to the SRA website), how can you make certain you choose the ideal law firm to instruct?

The contrast in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is a material consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?49,265 for leg fractures could vary from ?29,559 to ?41,875.

Additional reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Devon personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers can differ.

Researching online reviews can be enlightening if you are thinking about which lawyer to go with.

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Do you have to choose a law firm in Devon?

You do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

Usually, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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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