A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Launceston or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims must be made within three years of an injury in most cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible will allow your lawyer to gather evidence and witness statements.

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Compensation calculator

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Launceston

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have vast experience in securing optimum damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Launceston.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Launceston are common with statistics showing a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907. Accidents in the Launceston area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A30 and A388 junction and on the roundabout of the A388 and B3254 mini-roundabout.

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Work accident claims in Launceston

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from members of the Royal Navy to it technical support officers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident statistics for the Launceston local authority collated under RIDDOR by the HSE:

RIDAGGR 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 claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded data reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of injury at work in Cornwall. These types of accident are often forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by an object falling from a building or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place (Cornwall local authority) litigation for injuries such as fractured wrists happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent street falls having happened on Westgate St and on St Thomas Road.

Medical and clinical negligence in Launceston

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial damages. For example, to raise a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from dermatitis claims to asthma caused by grain.

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Serious injury experts in Launceston

The Quittance team recognise the change a compensation claim will make to people affected by severe injury.

Our panel of expert lawyers work to achieve the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, including damages for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's panel of law firms work with insurance providers, medical professionals and Courts to make sure families impacted by major accidents get the support they need.

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Launceston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Launceston and the whole of the UK.

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Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Launceston, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in recovering compensation.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have you handled many claims in Launceston?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps people in Launceston, Cornwall and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Cornwall get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on the road to factory accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to choose the right personal injury solicitor

Finding the best legal team to assist you is a critical step towards negotiating the highest compensation award for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Launceston SRA website 2015) - what is the best way to make sure you select the best solicitors' practice to advise you?

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For hip or pelvis fractures needing surgery, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?31,625 to ?42,460 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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

Reviews for lawyers in Launceston

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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