A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Godmanchester or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can take on your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, we can help you make a compensation claim.

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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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

To win a Godmanchester personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

A no-obligation phone consultation with a Godmanchester-specialist lawyer will give answers and advice.

What is my claim worth?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Godmanchester

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to environmental health officers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident figures in the Huntingdonshire local authority are detailed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Huntingdonshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported292936
Contact with machinery191714
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)306
Fall from height (ladder)171819
Animal related (e.g. livestock)314
Lifting and carrying874468
Physical assault22912
Slip or trip897462
Struck against765
Struck by moving vehicle330
Hit by object241726
Trapped by something collapsing111

Further information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Godmanchester

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of specialist road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in obtaining maximum damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Godmanchester.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Godmanchester are common. Official statistics reveal a total of 1969 accidents (1664 slight accidents, 277 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cambridgeshire local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,049.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of injury in the Cambridgeshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being struck by machinery or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place litigation for injuries like broken wrists sustained on potholes are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred on the Causeway and on Mayfield Rd.

Godmanchester experts for serious injury claims

The long-term effect of a serious or catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by Courts when working out a claim. Quittance's team work to achieve the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including damages for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Our network of lawyers have for many years aided claimants affected by severe accidents. Injuries and medical conditions considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence and paralysis.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from respiratory diseases to benzene poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical negligence in Godmanchester

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Godmanchester 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 Godmanchester and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Godmanchester, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of experience and their success rate in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Godmanchester?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire and throughout the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants across Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from motorbike accidents to workplace accidents.

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

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.

How to find the best personal injury solicitor

It can take many months for most claims to reach a conclusion. Claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to offer compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

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?".

Solicitor reviews in Godmanchester - Tips for comparing firms

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Godmanchester?

You do not need to instruct a law firm 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 network of medical professionals.

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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