A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Dunstable or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors 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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Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation 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.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident or work-related illness, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be proven that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Making your claim as soon as possible will allow the lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

Calculate my compensation

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online calculator provides an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Dunstable

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted injured claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to crown prosecution service lawyers, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness statistics in the Central Bedfordshire local authority are detailed under regulations by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified354049
Electric shock012
Machinery related injury191214
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)433
Fall from height (ladder)321728
Injured by an animal223
Manual handling876383
Slip, trip, fall same level937378
Struck against13819
Struck by moving vehicle1458
Hit by falling object382736
Crushed by something collapsing121

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Dunstable

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers are experienced in getting optimum compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Dunstable.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Dunstable are relatively commonplace with statistics showing a total of 831 accidents (716 slight accidents, 108 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bedfordshire council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 964. Accidents in Dunstable in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A5 and B489 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the B489 and B4541 mini-roundabout.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Slip and trip accidents

HSE figures indicate that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Bedfordshire and the UK. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the cause of injuries classified under another heading such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like fractured ankles experienced on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with slips having occurred on Queensway and on Ashton Square.

Serious injury specialists in Dunstable

We recognise the vital change compensation will make to the lives of people who have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury. The Quittance team fight hard for compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Our panel of solicitor firms have for many years helped claimants affected by serious accidents. Injuries which are considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic range from birth negligence to hydrocarbon poisoning.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from industrial deafness to latex allergy.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Dunstable

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, to make a formal complaint against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Dunstable 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 Dunstable and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Dunstable, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and expertise.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience do you have of injury claims in Dunstable?

We are a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Dunstable, Bedfordshire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Bedfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents in the office.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Locating the right solicitor for you

Choosing a suitable injury solicitor for your legal matter is a key step towards successfully claiming the most compensation.

How do you make certain you instruct the most appropriate solicitors' practice to help you?

Will I need to instruct a local Dunstable lawyer ?

Going for a local law firm is not very relevant as cases are typically run by phone, post and email.

You will need to select a company that provides medical facilities near Dunstable as you will need to attend a medical exam.

More : Do I have to attend a medical?

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

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 bronchitis could vary between ?16,830 and ?25,300 (based on 2015 market research).

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Dunstable - What to look for

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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