A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Exeter or anywhere in the country, our expert solicitors will take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with 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

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

For most claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Exeter

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Exeter are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427. Accidents in Exeter in 2013 included collisions on the B3212 and B3183 roundabout and on the A377 and A30 roundabout.

Our network of professional road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have a wealth of experience in fighting for maximum general and special damages for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Exeter.

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Work accident claims in Exeter

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from hotel workers to firefighters, to seek financial compensation. Work accident statistics for the Exeter local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government as follows:

HSE reported work accidents in Exeter Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury210
Machinery related injury531
Exposed to explosion011
Fire related (e.g. burns)120
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)415
Fall from height (ladder)251826
Injured by an animal110
Lifting and carrying1135847
Physical assault1656
Slip, trip or fall816368
Struck against1232
Hit by vehicle342
Hit by falling object293320
Trapped underneath something020

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury lawyers in Exeter

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury can have is understood by insurers and the Courts when working out how much compensation to pay. Damages will lessen the financial load on a claimant and their family so they can prioritise recovery.

Our network of lawyers have for many years helped people affected by major accidents. Injuries and illnesses considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include asbestosis and deep vein thrombosis.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to irritant contact dermatitis.

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Slips, trips and falls

Reported statistics highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Devon workplace. These types of accident are often forerunner to accidents recorded in a different category such as being hit by a falling object or a harmful substance accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like fractured wrists happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with pavement trips having occurred on Cowick St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Exeter

Medical negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for closure or answers instead of financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

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Exeter No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Exeter and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Exeter, from whiplash cases to catastrophic injury. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To 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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Exeter?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Exeter and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Exeter seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including whiplash and accidents on building sites.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Can I get 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 you will never be out of pocket.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to represent you?

In many cases a claim for compensation can take months to agree a settlement. For severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

The diversity in the amount of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between law firms is huge.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?14,094 for severe toe injuries could conceivably vary from ?8,456 to ?11,980.

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Will you need a local Exeter lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby lawyers office is not very critical as injury cases can be conducted by phone, post and email.

You will need to instruct a law firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

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Look into Exeter solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary enormously.

Reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are deciding which solicitor to work with and which considerations are most important to you.

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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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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