A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Helston or anywhere in the country, our expert solicitors will take on your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

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

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online calculator provides an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Helston

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Helston are relatively commonplace with statistics showing a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,907.

Quittance's network of skilled personal injury lawyers are experienced in negotiating maximum general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Helston.

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Work accident claims in Helston

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from forklift drivers to higher education administrators, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury information in the Cornwall local authority are detailed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Helston

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Helston specialists for serious injury compensation

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a major effect on a claimant.

We work to achieve maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions. This includes claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial injuries that range from dermatitis claims to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

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Slips, trips and falls

Reported statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of injury in the Cornwall workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often connected to accidents classified under another heading like being hit by hand tools in use, a lifting injury or a river drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries like sprained wrists happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with recent incidents having occurred on Culdrose and on Coinagehall St.

Helston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Helston and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Helston and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their winning track record, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Helston?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Helston, Cornwall and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we helped hundreds of claimants across Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to ladder accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your needs?

Choosing a suitable solicitor to help you is a critical step towards claiming the best compensation settlement.

With some over 75 offices within 25 miles of Helston (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database) - how do you make certain you instruct the most appropriate one for your specific circumstances?

Check Helston personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers can vary.

Reviews can be helpful if you are mulling over which solicitor to select.

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Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for mesothelioma, for example, ranges from ?56,650 to ?101,750 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Are Helston claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In most cases, 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.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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