A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Dickens Heath or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Dickens Heath, making a successful claim has three key elements. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Starting your claim sooner will enable supporting evidence and witness statements to be collected by your solicitor.

What is my claim worth?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

Road traffic accident claims in Dickens Heath

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of certified injury lawyers have vast experience in achieving the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Dickens Heath.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Dickens Heath are common. Officially reported accident data shows 29 fatal accidents, 373 serious accidents and 2913 slight accidents in 2013 in Birmingham (Total events were 3315 local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,584.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Dickens Heath

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people hurt in an accident, from gardeners to database administrators, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident figures in the Bromsgrove local authority are compiled under legislation by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Bromsgrove Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined191920
Electrocution020
Machinery related420
Explosion related (e.g. dust)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)111
Fall from height13107
Injured by an animal304
Lifting281722
Physical assault15722
Slip or trip343621
Struck against414
Hit by vehicle132
Struck by object1677
Trapped by something collapsing110

For more information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related disease to farmers lung.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

We understand the difference a compensation claim makes to seriously injured Claimants. The Quittance team fight hard for compensation for major injuries. This includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of lawyers have helped families affected by severe accidents. Injuries considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic range from deep vein thrombosis to concussion.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip and trip injuries

Officially recorded figures emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury at work in West Midlands. They are sometimes lead to accidents attributed to other reasons such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as bruised backs sustained on pavement cracks are also common with recent incidents having happened on Wythall and on Hollywood Gardens.

Clinical negligence in Dickens Heath

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want closure as opposed to financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Dickens Heath 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 Dickens Heath and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Dickens Heath and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Dickens Heath?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Dickens Heath, West Midlands and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout the West Midlands seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to choose the best solicitor

In most cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion and in cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to provide practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for hip or pelvis fractures needing surgery, for example, ranges from ?31,625 to ?42,460 (based on 2015 market data).

Look into Dickens Heath personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative if you are mulling over which lawyer to act for you and which considerations are most important to you.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In most cases, the only aspect that should be carried out 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.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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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