A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Ledbury or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims must be made within three years of the date of the injury in most cases.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

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

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Ledbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of trained no win, no fee injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in obtaining optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car accident in Ledbury.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Ledbury are reasonably common with statistics showing 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 3,690. Accidents in the Ledbury region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A417 and A449 roundabout and on the A417 and B4216 roundabout.

See: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Ledbury

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from soldiers to insurance underwriters, to seek financial compensation. Work accident statistics in the Forest of Dean local authority are compiled under legislation by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Forest of Dean Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)010
Machinery related injury1186
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)231
Fall from height585
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying303422
Physical assault267
Slip, trip, fall same level332220
Struck against422
Struck by moving vehicle133
Struck by object1837
Trapped by something collapsing100

See: Accident at work claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

The impact of serious and catastrophic injury is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining compensation. By relieving the pressure severe injury puts on an injured person, a claim allows claimants to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist lawyers have aided people recover compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include birth negligence and dioxin poisoning.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Official statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most common accident at work in Hertfordshire. They are sometimes connected to injuries recorded in another category like being hit by a falling object or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability claims for injuries like broken ankles experienced on potholes are also quite common with recent pavement trips having occurred on Church St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Ledbury

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you only want a better understanding of events instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Wye Valley NHS Trust, you can contact The County Hospital, Union Walk, Hereford, Herefordshire.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from allergic contact dermatitis to emphysema.

See: Industrial disease claims

Ledbury 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 Ledbury and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Ledbury, from fast track whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and expertise.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Ledbury?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors that helps people in Ledbury, Herefordshire and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Herefordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including ladder accidents and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

What to think about when picking the right solicitor

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for complex cases. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues of interest to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

The diversity in fees charged by lawyers is an important consideration for claimants.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?40,036 for serious arm injuries might vary from ?24,021 to ?34,030.

Additional reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Ledbury?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Will you need a local Ledbury injury lawyer ?

Going for a local firm is not very critical as injury cases now tend to be handled by phone and email.

However, you should instruct a solicitors' firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will be expected to go to a medical exam.

Read more - Do you have a local medical centre?

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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