A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Hayle or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with 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

A claim must usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim 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 such cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a slip, trip or work accident in Hayle, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. 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

How much compensation could I get?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Hayle

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from catering assistants to health service managers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident at work figures for the Cornwall local authority reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Hayle

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Hayle are relatively commonplace with a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,907.

Quittance's group of knowledgeable no win, no fee personal injury solicitors are experienced in achieving the best general and special damages for anyone hurt in a car accident in Hayle.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in Hayle

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, to make a formal complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Hayle serious injury claims

The long-term effect of a serious or catastrophic injury is recognised by insurers and the Courts when they are calculating how much compensation to pay. We work to achieve maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including damages for private medical treatment and case costs.

Our panel of specialist solicitor firms work with medical experts, insurers and the other side's legal representatives to ensure people affected by severe accidents receive the support they need.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

HSE statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cornwall workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are often connected to injuries attributed to other causes such as being struck by a moving object, a fall from a height or a drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken wrists suffered on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having occurred on Connor Hill and on Carnhell Rd.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from industrial deafness to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

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

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

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Hayle and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected for their winning track record, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Hayle?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that helps people in Hayle, Cornwall and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Cornwall get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including public place accidents and injuries sustained at work.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to represent you

It can take several months for the majority of claims to conclude. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

Many injury lawyers operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Hayle

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For minor achilles tendon injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,885 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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