A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Ilminster or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance 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

Injury claims should be made within three years of the date of the injury in the majority of cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that:

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

Your solicitor should look at how your case relates to each of the points.

How much compensation could I get?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Ilminster

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Ilminster are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Our network of certified no win no fee lawyers have vast experience in getting optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Ilminster.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Ilminster

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted injured claimants, from plasterers to gallery exhibition officers, to claim injury compensation. Accident figures for the South Somerset local authority reported under regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in South Somerset Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Contact with machinery15511
Fire related100
Harmful substance related133
Fall from height171323
Animal related (e.g. livestock)460
Lifting and handling injuries1025263
Physical assault837
Slip or trip666947
Struck against71111
Struck by moving vehicle564
Struck by object272220
Trapped underneath something110

Further information: Work accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Ilminster serious injury claims

The Quittance team understand the change an injury claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by major injury. By relieving the stress a major injury imposes on an injured person, compensation allows them to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitors for many years have helped families affected by serious accidents.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics reveal that employee slips and trips are still the most common accident at work in Somerset and the UK as a whole. They are sometimes the forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as sprained ankles suffered on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on High St.

Medical negligence in Ilminster

When a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a formal complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with getting compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from allergic contact dermatitis to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Ilminster 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 Ilminster and across the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Ilminster, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their level of experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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 injury claims in Ilminster?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Ilminster, Somerset and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Somerset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to accidents on the road.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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 do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury?

Instructing the best personal injury lawyer to represent you is your most important step towards obtaining the best compensation settlement for your accident.

How can you ensure you select the best one to take on your case?

Do you need to instruct a local lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not relevant as cases are typically run without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice that offers a national network as claimants will need to attend a medical assessment.

Read more : What is the process for attending a medical?

The contrast in the amount of success fees between different solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?28,345 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job might vary from ?17,007 to ?24,093.

More information How much can you claim?

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Ilminster - Tips for comparing firms

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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