A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Filton or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury 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, Quittance's panel of 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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Eligibility to claim

A claim must usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

In most cases, making a successful claim has three key elements. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

A no-obligation phone call with a Filton personal injury solicitor can give information and useful advice.

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The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Filton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to fitness centre managers, to claim for their work related injuries. Injury and illness statistics in the South Gloucestershire local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Work accidents in South Gloucestershire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known314040
Electric shock injury020
Contact with machinery11410
Fire related (e.g. scars)031
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)662
Fall from height262028
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)731
Lifting and carrying1378075
Physical assault151910
Slip or trip12110380
Struck against261812
Struck by moving vehicle1375
Struck by object463844
Trapped under falling object133

For more information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Filton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Filton are quite common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 647 accidents (587 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 9 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Gloucestershire council area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 555. Accidents in Filton in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the B4468 and A38 junction and on the B4056 and A38 roundabout.

Our panel of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors are experienced in securing the highest awards for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Filton.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Slip and trip injuries

HSE statistics underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of injury at work in Bristol and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a quarry drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken ankles experienced on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having happened on Lockleaze and on Filton Avenue.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from asbestosis to asthma caused by flour.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Clinical negligence in Filton

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured due to the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of claiming compensation. For example, you can write to Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, to make a complaint against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Filton solicitors for serious injury compensation

We understand the critical change compensation makes to people who have been affected by major injury.

By relieving the financial stress a serious or catastrophic injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, a successful claim enables people to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have helped claimants receive compensation for many major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness referred to as serious include chemical poisoning, brain tumours and major surgical negligence.

For more information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Filton 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 Filton and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Filton, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their level of specialist experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Filton?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Filton, Gloucestershire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Gloucestershire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Choosing the most appropriate lawyer to represent you is a crucial step towards getting the best compensation award for your accident.

What is the best way to make sure you instruct the ideal legal practice for your specific circumstances?

Do you need to go with a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not so relevant as injury cases can be handled remotely.

You will need to choose a law firm that has medical facilities near Filton as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical examination.

Further reading : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

The disparity in the level of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms is huge.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?10,465 for a fractured forearm could conceivably vary from ?6,279 to ?8,895.

Further reading Compare solicitors quotes

Comparing Filton personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual 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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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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