A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you are based in Hereford or anywhere in the UK, we can will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

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.

Injury claims calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Hereford

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Hereford are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal 5 fatal accidents, 56 serious accidents and 466 slight accidents in 2013 in Herefordshire (Total events were 527 council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 560. Accidents in the Hereford area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A438 and A49 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A4103 and A4110 crossroads.

Quittance's network of accredited no win no fee personal injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving maximum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Hereford.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Hereford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from farm workers to homeless workers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work statistics for the Hereford local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Herefordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified413534
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)223
Machinery related injury22911
Fire related (e.g. burns)201
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)021
Fall from height322532
Animal related1073
Lifting and handling injuries956438
Slip, trip, fall same level717565
Struck against111011
Hit by vehicle342
Hit by object382531
Trapped by something collapsing110

See: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Hereford

Medical negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact The County Hospital, Union Walk, Hereford, Herefordshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Wye Valley NHS Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury lawyers handling cases in Hereford

We understand the difference a compensation claim can make to the lives of people impacted by severe injury. Compensation will ease the financial burden on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitor firms have aided claimants claim compensation for numerous severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness referred to as catastrophic or serious include brain injuries and serious psychiatric harm.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from allergic contact dermatitis to farmers lung.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded statistics emphasise the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most common accident at work in Hereford and Worcester and the UK as a whole in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are often the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons like being struck by machinery, a lifting injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Herefordshire local authority) legal claims for injuries such as sprained ankles experienced on potholes are also common with recent slips and trips having happened in the area.

Hereford 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 Hereford and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Hereford, from short-term injury cases to life-changing injury. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our 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

How much experience do you have of winning claims in Hereford?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Hereford, Herefordshire and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Herefordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from industrial disease to car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as clear and straightforward 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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

In most cases a claim for compensation can take several months to complete. In cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is an important first step.

The difference in personal injury success fees between different law firms is quite surprising.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?26,584 for significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage could conceivably vary from ?15,950 to ?22,596.

Read more at How much can you claim?

Look into Hereford personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be a good place to start when trying to decide which solicitor to choose.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Do I need to instruct a local Hereford solicitor ?

The location of the law firm is not especially critical as cases can be handled by phone and email.

You will need to choose a law firm that has national medical centres as you will usually need to attend a medical assessment.

More on - Will 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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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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