A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Gloucester or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for 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 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. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

In order to win a Gloucester personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by your solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Gloucester

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from factory workers to facilities managers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work injury information in the Gloucester local authority are compiled under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Gloucester Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury672
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)510
Fall from height (ladder)131312
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)001
Lifting and carrying573328
Physical assault2255
Slip, trip or fall463830
Struck against756
Struck by moving vehicle734
Hit by object171710
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Road traffic accident claims in Gloucester

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of accredited no win no fee injury lawyers are experienced in achieving optimum compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Gloucester.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Gloucester are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1055 accidents (842 slight accidents, 181 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Gloucestershire local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,168. Incidents in the Gloucester area in 2013 included collisions on the A40 and A417 roundabout and on the A40 and A38 roundabout.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most frequent accident in the Gloucestershire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the forerunner to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being struck by machinery or a fire related accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with incidents having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from chemical poisoning to asthma caused by isocyanates.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Gloucester

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

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Gloucester serious injury compensation claims

The lasting impact of a serious or catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are calculating injury compensation.

By reducing the financial pressure a major injury places on an injured person, a claim allows people to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms have for many years helped people affected by serious accidents.

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Gloucester No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Gloucester and the whole of the UK.

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Meet our team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Gloucester and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning cases.

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

Have you handled many Gloucester claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Gloucester, Gloucestershire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Gloucestershire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained at work and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

What points to consider when picking the best personal injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Gloucester?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and 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.

Solicitor reviews in Gloucester - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between lawyers can have a significant impact on your compensation.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?15,664 for displaced metatarsal fractures could vary from ?9,398 to ?13,314.

Further reading How much can you claim?

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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