A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Fordingbridge or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in these cases.

For most claims, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities 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

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert lawyer can provide answers and advice.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Fordingbridge

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of professional solicitors have years of experience in negotiating maximum general and special damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Fordingbridge.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Fordingbridge are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 3661 accidents (2955 slight accidents, 660 serious accidents and 46 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hampshire local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 3,743.

For more information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Fordingbridge

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people injured in an accident, from dental nurses to environmental managers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness statistics for the New Forest local authority are listed under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in New Forest Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified242422
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)001
Machinery related564
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)846
Fall from height231115
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)465
Manual handling824127
Physical attack22613
Slip, trip or fall535345
Struck against633
Hit by vehicle434
Struck by object18914
Trapped underneath something001

For more information: Work accident claims

Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Fordingbridge

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, to make a complaint against Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Fordingbridge serious injury claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a significant impact on an injured person and their family. By limiting the stress a serious or catastrophic injury places on a claimant and their family, compensation allows claimants to concentrate on recovery. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms for many years have aided claimants impacted by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are considered by the Courts to be serious range from serious psychiatric harm to chemical burns.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Official figures underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Hampshire workplace. Slips and trips are sometimes the forerunner to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by material under pressure or an electrocution accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken ankles experienced on obstructed footpaths are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on the Green and on High St.

Fordingbridge 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 Fordingbridge and across the UK.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Fordingbridge, from fast track cases to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their professionalism.

Meet the team - click here.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Fordingbridge?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Hampshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from ladder accidents to accidents on the road.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Help for those searching for a solicitor

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be paid. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Comparing Fordingbridge personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Do you need a local Fordingbridge legal firm ?

The location of the law firm is not very relevant as injury cases now tend to be run by phone, post and email.

You will need to instruct a law firm that provides national medical coverage as claimants will usually need to attend a medical assessment.

More details : Do I have to attend a medical?

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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