A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Kidsgrove or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury lawyers will 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 three years and another party was at fault, our personal injury solicitors 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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Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

In order to win a Kidsgrove personal injury case, it must be shown 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.

The solicitor can take you through each of these key issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

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The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Kidsgrove

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of qualified road traffic accident injury lawyers have years of experience in getting optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Kidsgrove.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Kidsgrove are common with statistics showing a total of 2862 accidents (2697 slight accidents, 141 serious accidents and 24 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Staffordshire local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,083. Accidents in the Kidsgrove area in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A5011 and A34 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A50 and B5371 crossroads.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Kidsgrove

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from bricklayers to investment analysts, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

Find out more: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other claims we handle

Clinical and medical negligence in Kidsgrove

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages. For example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury lawyers acting in Kidsgrove

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a life-changing effect on an injured person. Compensation will ease the financial load on an injured claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of solicitors have helped families receive damages for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious include head injuries, asbestosis and cerebral palsy.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from mesothelioma to chromium related illnesses.

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Slip and trip injuries

Health and Safety statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Staffordshire in 2015. These types of accident are frequently connected to injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by a falling object, a lifting injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists experienced on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having happened on the Avenue and on High St.

Kidsgrove 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 Kidsgrove and across the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Kidsgrove and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their professionalism and their winning track record.

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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 winning claims in Kidsgrove?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants in Staffordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and injuries sustained at work.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the right personal injury lawyer for your claim

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Look into Kidsgrove personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can be revealing when contemplating which solicitor to work with.

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Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. 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 wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness, for example, ranges from ?10,175 to ?19,800 (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.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a law firm near you.

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

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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