A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Falmouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance can help you make a claim for compensation.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must be made within three years of the date of the injury in the majority of cases.

In most cases, making a successful claim involves three components. 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.

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Calculate your compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Falmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have a wealth of experience in achieving the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Falmouth.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Falmouth are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,907.

Further information: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Falmouth

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured Claimants, from construction workers to employment advice workers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident at work statistics in the Cornwall local authority collated under legislation by the HSE in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified7011271
Electrocution623
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Lifting228176152
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

Further information: Accident at work compensation claims

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Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help Claimants with securing compensation for industrial illness including anything from asbestosis to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

Quittance recognise the vital difference injury compensation makes to the lives of people affected by major injury. Quittance's network of specialist solicitors work hard for compensation for serious injuries, including claiming for medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's network of solicitors engage with medical providers, insurers and the Courts ensuring people affected by serious accidents receive the support they need. Injury and illness held to be serious range from serious pharmaceutical error to spinal cord damage.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Official data reveal that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Cornwall and the UK. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by another person, being trapped by something or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Cornwall local authority) accident claims injuries such as sprained wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having happened on the Quay and on Market Strand.

Clinical negligence in Falmouth

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for closure or answers instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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Falmouth 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 Falmouth and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Falmouth and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning cases.

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
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What experience does Quittance have of claims in Falmouth?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors that helps people in Falmouth, Cornwall and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people throughout Cornwall get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

What issues to think about when choosing the best personal injury solicitor

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be paid. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to give practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Read Falmouth personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Researching reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are deciding which solicitor to act for you.

Read more : Personal injury solicitors reviews

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The variation in the amount of success fees between law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is huge.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant awarded ?81,003 for deafness can vary from ?48,602 to ?68,852.

Additional reading Get a personal injury quote

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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