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 ilness, 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.

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.

Making a 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 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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What compensation claims does Quittance conduct in Exeter?

Our panel of lawyers have guided clients in Exeter and across Devon whose accident circumstances were diverse and which led to serious injuries.

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.

Medical and clinical negligence in Exeter

Clinical negligence - once called medical negligence - is the term used to describe a breach of the duty of care on the part of a medical professional. Our expert panel of personal injury lawyers acting for Devon and Exeter have helped Claimants with legal action filed against NHS and private hospitals including Heavitree Hospital, Gladstone Road, Exeter, EX1 2ED.

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.

Accidents at work

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

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.

Road traffic accidents in Exeter

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.

Exeter No Win, No Fee Expert Solicitors

When you succeed, the fees for your solicitor must be paid by the losing party (or their insurance company). In the event that your case is lost, a No Win, No Fee agreement with the lawyer means that the lawyer's fees will not be charged.

A 'success fee' is charged by personal injury solicitors who work under a No Win, No Fee agreement. This fee is generally 25 percent and will be paid out of your compensation.

Will there be extra fees that need to be paid?

No Win, No Fee should mean that you will not be out of pocket if you lose your claim and you have absolutely no hidden fees. With Quittance's No Win, No Fee, there is absolutely no catch and you will not be charged unexpected costs.

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How to proceed

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get more information

Quittance give clear answers helping you choose whether to go ahead with a claim.

Find answers to common questions asked by potential Claimants on the frequently asked questions page.

Ready to begin?

If you are ready to proceed, you can begin a claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 or 0333 344 6575 or via our online contact form.

Quittance's team of experts help injured Claimants every day. Need more information? You can request a no-obligation callback or phone 0800 612 7456 today.