A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Exmouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced lawyers can assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, we can help you make a claim.

Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

To win a Exmouth personal injury case, it must be proven 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.

Your solicitor can take you through these key issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

Work accident claims in Exmouth

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from catering assistants to fisheries officers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work figures in the East Devon local authority reported in accordance with regulations by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in East Devon Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified292114
Machinery related593
Fire related (e.g. burns)011
Harmful substance related123
Fall from height191813
Animal related413
Lifting592944
Assault404
Slip, trip or fall382926
Struck against1074
Hit by vehicle312
Hit by object171413
Trapped by something collapsing011

Read more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Exmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of road traffic accident personal injury solicitors are experienced in obtaining the best compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Exmouth.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Exmouth are common with statistics showing a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Exmouth

Medical negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

We recognise the critical difference compensation makes to people impacted by severe injury.

The Quittance team fight to achieve compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes reimbursement for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitors have for many years aided people affected by severe accidents. Injuries held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include chemical burns and deep vein thrombosis.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slips and trips

Recorded data highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent accident in the Devon workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the forerunner to accidents classified under another heading e.g. being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or an animal related accident. Public place (East Devon local authority) claims for injuries like bruised legs happening on pavement cracks are also quite common with pavement crack trips having occurred on the Strand and on Rivermead Avenue.

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help Claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness that include anything from mesothelioma to asthma caused by latex.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Exmouth 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 Exmouth and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Exmouth, from more minor injury cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is your track record of claims in Exmouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Exmouth, Devon and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people across Devon get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How to find the best injury lawyer for your compensation claim

It can take months for most minor injury claims to reach a settlement. Cases involving disputed liability or severe injury can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Exmouth personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by lawyers can vary significantly.

Reading reviews is a great place to start when attempting to decide which lawyer to instruct.

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Are Exmouth Claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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

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

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a very severe ankle injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?40,480 to ?56,320 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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