A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Kingsbridge or anywhere in the country, Quittance can are able to handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should usually be made within a three-year window.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

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

Getting your claim started sooner will enable your solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

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How much compensation could I get?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Kingsbridge

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of best of breed no win, no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum general and special damages for anyone injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Kingsbridge.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Kingsbridge are relatively common with a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,427.

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Work accident claims in Kingsbridge

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants injured at work, from gardeners to investment analysts, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness statistics in the South Hams local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Hams Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury449
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)422
Fall from height141012
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)401
Manual handling421825
Slip, trip or fall373132
Struck against102
Struck by moving vehicle345
Struck by object142117
Trapped by something collapsing010

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury experts handling cases in Kingsbridge

The Courts understand that a serious injury will have a significant impact on an injured person and their family.

Damages should lessen the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured person enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitors have for many years helped claimants affected by serious accidents and injuries.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from NIHL to asthma caused by isocyanates.

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Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent accident in the Devon workplace. Slips and trips are often forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by an object falling from a machine or a river drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken arms experienced on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with trips having occurred in the local area.

Medical and clinical negligence in Kingsbridge

When a patient is injured as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for closure or answers rather than financial damages. For example, you can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

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Kingsbridge 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 Kingsbridge and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Kingsbridge and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

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
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many Kingsbridge claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Kingsbridge, Devon and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Devon seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and accidents due to poor road conditions.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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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.

Guidance for potential claimants searching for a solicitor

Selecting the most suitable legal representation for your case is a crucial step towards obtaining the highest compensation settlement.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Kingsbridge (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website in 2015), how can you ensure you instruct the best firm for your needs?

Will I need to go with a local lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is less relevant as injury cases are run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a company that has medical facilities near you as claimants will usually have to go to a medical exam.

Read more : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

The contrast in fees charged by law firms can have a significant impact on your compensation.

E.g. the amount retained by an injured person who was awarded ?12,232 for scarring can range from ?7,339 to ?10,397.

See How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Check Kingsbridge solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be a good place to start when mulling over which lawyer to instruct.

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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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